Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Elysium: a Novel that Will Take You to Mars!

I read a great book recently, which I'd like to share with you!

Book Description:

What begins as a simple mission to recover lost comrades in the Martian desert quickly turns deadly as Tyke and the others find themselves stranded on the Red Planet, with only the slimmest of chances to ever make it home.

After several members of the group are badly injured during attacks by soldiers loyal to Colonel Burns, the murderous dictator of the Martian colony, it begins to seem that all hope is lost.

But things are not quite what they seem, and sometimes hope comes from the most unlikely of sources. Because even though he doesn't know it yet, Tyke has a destiny to fulfill; one which has been hundreds of years in the making.

If he has the courage to accept it.

My Review:

This was an interesting story. My favorite thing about it is the way the author sounds as though he actually knows what it's like on other planets and moons. He doesn't describe them like a sci-fi writer, he describes them like a traveler who's been there. A traveler who's knowledgeable about science and can explain why and how the gravity, different gases in the atmosphere, etc. affect the characters and what they do. At times I felt almost as though I was reading a real person's journal - the descriptions were so realistic that I felt I really understood what it would be like to try to breathe on Mars or take a flying leap into the sky of Deimos. There's just enough actual science mixed in with the science fiction to make it seem quite believable.

If you haven't read the rest of the series, I would recommend reading them first. I hadn't (though I'll probably go back and read them now), and so some things in Elysium were hard to understand.  However, I still enjoyed it and would recommend it to anyone who likes science fiction. If you've ever wanted to REALLY picture what it's like on another planet, Elysium will take you there! 

About the Author (in his own Words):

I'm an author of young adult and middle grade adventure novels with a Christian flavor, including the Last Werewolf Hunter series and other books.

My books are mostly fantasy, and sometimes science fiction. I like to make my readers laugh, and sometimes give them some food for thought along the way. Quite a few readers have commented that my stories are unlike anything else they've ever read, which I take as a compliment.

I'm told that my stories often have a southernish, Huckleberry-Finn type atmosphere in some ways. They're usually set somewhere in the South, primarily Texas, Louisiana, or Arkansas, which is my own home turf. Every place in the world has good things to offer, and I like to display all the good things about this place that I love.

The Christian aspect of my work is upbeat and sunny, the kind of thing that appeals even to non-Christians. It's meant to be an integral part of the story, not just something tacked on.

I love to hear from fans who enjoyed my work, so if you'd like to make a comment or ask a question, please feel free to message me. And thanks so much for reading my work!         

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