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Spartanica (The Survivors of Sapertys) Paperback – November 12, 2013
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"Spartanica (The Survivors of Sapertys), Vol. 1, is the strong opening to what I anticipate will be an engaging series of Young Adult books. Spartanica... left me wanting more. It is also a book I've recommended to others. Spartanica is an enjoyable adventure, one you know the author enjoyed writing and that, very often, makes a difference. I look forward to seeing what more he has to offer." - Pacific Book Review
From the Author
I'm the author of Spartanica, but it was read by a bunch of kids (my beta readers) before I even came close to publishing. So, in a way, the story was also written by a number of middle school students that are crazy about sci-fi. Believe me, they were tough critics and told me about the parts they liked and the parts they thought were lame. The lame parts were revised and improved until they were at least as awesome as the rest of the book. Several adult beta readers went through Spartanica more than once and provided absolutely invaluable feedback as well.
Spartanica is just the first of three or four in The Survivors of Sapertys series. I'm already working on book two and would love to hear what you think about book one on the Spartanica Facebook page. Don't be shy. Your opinion is important! I want to hear it!
I really hope you read Spartanica. Lots of fans have told me it rocks! I know you'll enjoy it.
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Top Customer Reviews
Author, Powers Molinar’s book “SPARTANICA” is a masterpiece of imagery and suspense. It follows two brothers swept into a world far from their own. This world presents clues to its location, and a surprise in store for the brothers about their own history. The science fiction genre can present as difficult to write properly. With that said, I am referring to making the world believable in the way of science with proper terms and a grasp of certain ideas firmly based in the real world.
The author should possess a good working knowledge in the field they are writing in order to present the story well to the reader. This gem of a novel does all of the above well. Facts were bent in some cases pretty far, yet they fell into place seamlessly to form a world that took my breath away.
The brothers are swept into the ruined city of Spartanica on planet Sapertys. The scene that places them in this unusual world was convincing to say the least. There is a glowing white hot orb that appeared to be a bowling ball in the centre of a room referred to as the “A” room. All of this was in their home on Earth. They entered this room into static and loud rhythmic ear-splitting noise accompanied by the bright as the sun light from the orb. When they opened their eyes they found they were transported into another world. A world they longed to understand in order to return to their own. They thought they were having a vivid dream, yet there were so many things happening that proved them wrong.Read more ›
by Powers Molinar
Melissa Cushing's review
4 of 5 stars
I give this book 4 stars! Great read for me, my husband and my daughter ~ and that says something! Check out the synopsis from Goodreads.....
Ty and Marcus Mitchell are average middle school brothers growing up north of Chicago until one night when they’re hurtled through an inter-dimensional gateway to a parallel world defined by its multiple moons and planet-wide apocalypse. As they struggle to figure out where they are and how to get home, the boys encounter refugees of “the last day” from the distant city of Atlantis and a mysterious girl called Bellana, the sole survivor and resident of the devastated city of Spartanica. Ty and Marcus soon learn they only have seven days to get home. But before they can leave, they must battle through long-extinct predators, track down the elusive Professor Otherblood, and rescue a new friend from certain death. Is all of this insanity just Ty’s overactive imagination or are the brothers truly on the brink of being stranded on the brutal wasteland known as Spartanica.
Now as you can tell from this summary..... this is a fabulously different and refreshing YA read for sure. This story starts off action packed, which is a HUGE plus for me, and I give it this amazing rating without the "romance" part of the story! This is a clean story, not much romance if that is your thing, but even though it lacks in the "romance" department, it is still surprisingly amazing! I did not even need the "romance" or anything else for that matter, other than what the author managed to provide. This author managed to pull me in from description, imagery development and character development alone!Read more ›
The book is chock full of action, yet the violence is not over-the-top and is age-appropriate. The interaction between the boys and girls--the romance--is also age-appropriate. The message of self-reliance, loyalty, and responsibility is just what I would want my own kids to read and understand.
Character development is quite good. The use of three POVs helped with that, making it a richer book. What I appreciated was that each POV had its own voice, each character had his or her own way of thinking, of acting, of speaking. Too many times, an author uses different POVs, but each POV is in one voice, what I assume to be the author's voice. Molinar did not fall into that trap.
Editing was uniformly excellent.
My one critique is the reliance on what I assume to be Greek-based words for time, distance, and other measurements. I am not sure why, when pretty much everything else aligns between the Modern English of Ty and Marcus and that of the others in the book, these few differences would crop up. I think they interrupted the flow of the story, and I am not sure pre and early teens would have an easy time figuring out the meanings of the words.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A good read, really unpredictable and in all honesty, I almost quit reading it after the first chapter or so but to my delight the plot and story line picked up and after that it... Read morePublished 13 months ago by Robert O.
Powers Molinar's Spartanica is a great upper middle grade/younger YA read. The plot is imaginative and enthralling, and the suspense will keep you glued to every page. Read morePublished 13 months ago by EB
I think this is a pretty good book for a teenage child. The book reminds me a bit about Narnia. The book contains violence, romance, action which is at a certain level that its... Read morePublished 15 months ago by Jake Wilson
YA novels are always a hit or miss for me. They always seem to give in to cheesy plot lines and the plot is usually just too boring. But Spartanica digresses from that. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Silvia Cobian
You never know what you can do until you are put in a situation where your options are limited and it becomes a matter of life and death. Read morePublished 19 months ago by Cyrus Webb
I was expecting this book to be cool and a fun read, but it had so much more to offer. It had a tiny bit of the Chronicles of Narnia feel, a lot of fun Science Fiction elements,... Read morePublished 20 months ago by Dan Absalonson
Good first novel. Good YA Sci-Fi. Thoroughly enjoyable book that left me wanting to read the next one for the rest of the story. Read morePublished 20 months ago by Jonathan Bennett
As young children we all dream of having a great adventure. Well that is exactly what Marcus and Ty get though they don’t exactly go looking for it. Read morePublished 20 months ago by Samaris
This was an interesting take on a post apocalyptic tale on an alien planet. I really enjoyed several of plot twists and was frequently surprised. Read morePublished 20 months ago by Shannan Neff