Friday, September 30, 2011


Taken, Brock Eastman, The Quest For Truth, P & R Publishing, Youth Science Fiction/Fantasy, July 1, 2011, 320 pages.

Synopsis: 'Five-Four-Three-Two-One!' 'We're out of here!' 

Suit up! Jump into hyper flight with the four Wikk kids! Forced into a high stakes hunt for their missing parents by the sinister Cpt. Vedrik, the siblings' only hope is their parents' Archeos e-journal. Can Tiffany decipher the clues within it? As time runs out, it's all up to Oliver and his Federation training to fly the Phoenix and protect his crew. But twins Mason and Austin endanger the mission when they unexpectedly meet . . . the blue boy!

The Quest for Truth series unfolds as the four Wikk kids are thrust into a desperate race to find the mysterious planet Ursprung and stop the Ubel renegades from misusing its long-lost secrets. Ancient cities, treacherous villains, high-tech gadgets, the Phoenix encounter all of these and more on this futuristic, interplanetary adventure!

My thoughts: This book was certainly intended for a younger audience. Even though it was science fiction, it was written in such a way for youth to easily understand it. Eastman did very well to that end. I do think that the writing was disappointing, though. It was more telling and less showing for quite a ways into the book. It got better near the end, but it was honestly making me yawn. The story also wasn't very intriguing until shortly after half-way, when we meet Obbin. The ending of the book made me interested, but was rather abrupt and inconclusive. It resembled a lunch break rather than signing off, if you get my meaning. You expect more to happen, but without any suspense.

My rating: 3 stars.

This book was provided free by P&R Publishing. I was not required to write a positive review, and the opinions expressed here are my own.

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