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- File Size : 1832 KB
- Publication Date : March 25, 2020
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print Length : 283 pages
- Language: : English
- ASIN : B086DTN4ZK
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Text-to-Speech : Not enabled
- Enhanced Typesetting : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Simultaneous Device Usage : Unlimited
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #583,204 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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The main protagonist, Jon Xiong, is self-centered and petulant. Am I judging him? Perhaps a bit but I don't think that I was ever as self-centered as he is in the story. There is some character movement away from this position by the end of this first novel (of three), there is not a lot.
One thing (and not the only thing) I liked about the novel was that it included some *thoughtful* (parallel universe) "science" that would appeal to people outside of the YA demographic. The author has clearly spent time thinking about this and coming up with a system that seems consistent and plausible.
One thing I struggled with was using static as a means of tuning (hence the title) between different bubble universes. I'm a musician and know about pitches and I also know about noise; white noise is an equal distribution across all frequencies while pink emphasizes lower frequencies and blue the higher frequencies. If you are trying to distinguish between different noise signatures, I'd almost think that an electronic device with filters and a means of graphically displaying the frequencies would be better than a "one in a billion" human being. Then save those signatures and allow the TF3 to select a specific world. Trivial overall but I struggled with this concept.
The story kept moving and growing and the end of this novel set the stage for the second novel in the series.
I can't tell that the person who did the book cover actually read the book.
The main character, Jon, is pretty self-centered, and not very self-reflective. He is a teenager, and he acts like one. So this will definitely appeal to teens, tweens, and young adults the most. Still, the story, the premise, and the world-building is all very good. The book is largely from Jon's perspective, and Aaron does an excellent job of capturing the teen outlook on life and the world.
I have read a lot of Aaron's books. They all move at a fast pace, there is lots of action, lots of plot twists and turns, and often a really interesting premise and impossible problems to solve for the characters.
Tuners is no exception. The concept of a multi-verse, accessed by devices that resemble iPhones, called TF-3s, are able to "tune in" on the frequencies, or signatures of unique universes. Certain younger folks, and in this case Jon and his friends, are able to "hear" those frequencies and travel instantly between the universes. There is a history to the Tuners, and one of them, a mercenary bounty hunter who is non-binary (no defined gender) and goes by Alex, has a very cool car, which for me gives the book plus points. The car uses an older model TF-2 phone/tuner, and for a vintage Chrysler it packs a lot of surprises!
Frale's premise is that many universes our nearly identical to our own, with certain exceptions like names of products, aspects of histories, and in some cases, more seriously, social development and cultural development. For example, in one noteworthy universe the civil rights movement never happened, and slavery still exists. So while it may be geared to an extent towards teens, this book has powerful themes, issues, and interests for many people, not just young adults.
In Tuners, the multi-verse travelers are trying to stop a horde of cultists, who are dead set on killing or capturing the Tuners, annihilating universes, and creating a multi-verse governed by pain, suffering, and death. When one of the Tuners betrays all of the others and starts helping the evil cultists, events unravel quickly and terribly.
This is a really good read, very fast-paced, very absorbing, and very engrossing. There are some typos, some language, preposition, and word issues, and it needs another good proof-reading. Still, it is completely understandable if not perfect, and a very enjoyable read overall. Aaron is writing the next book in the Tuners series, and I am really looking forward to reading it. If I could give this book 4.5 stars, I would. Really it just needs a polish. This is definitely one of Aaron Frale's best works, and I definitely recommend it.
Top reviews from other countries
Jon Xiong lives with his father, and to call it a 'strained' relationship is an understatement. I'm sure readers of all ages from 13 to 99 will fully relate to this - I know I did. As you read further, you begin to understand why his father is the way he is. Jon is a selfish and self-centred kind of guy, with an eye only for his hobbies, and girls, of course. Which is how his adventure begins...
The tempo builds as the twisty and turny story unfolds, and entwines Jon's life with the people and the organisation known as the 'Tuners'. I loved the worldbuilding, as I've come to expect with an Aaron Frale book.
Entertaining and leaves you wanting more.
Had me imagining many fascinating possibilities.