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Probably better for younger readers
on May 16, 2017
I'm really torn between 3 and 4 stars. In some places, the book is excellent - the writing and characters interesting. In others, I could barely make myself keep reading. If I were younger, perhaps I would like it more. It seems aimed at the young adult audience - a sullen, defiant teenager is the protagonist. And that's one thing that really turned me off. When we're first introduced to David/Garth, he is apathetic about everything except girls, music and comic books. He is saved from a certain death by two heroes, and spends most of the book begging to be put back - even though that would mean not only his death or capture by evil, but the destruction of his father's planet. He manages to evade death several times in the book primarily by "fate." He's the guy that if you yell, "Don't look!" he does, if you tell him not to smile, he smiles. The second thing that annoyed me was the uneven pacing - there were some parts that seemed to drag on with very little addition to the plot. What saves the book is both the prose and the moments of action that drag you along for the ride. I stuck to it, and really enjoyed the final part of the book.