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Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Book Review: Explorer X-Alpha by LM Preston

Explorer X-Alpha by LM Preston
Genre: Middle Grade/Young Adult
Release Date: Available Now
Publisher: Phenomenal One Press
Pages: 368
Received From: Author

Summary: For most kids, a trip to space camp is the trip of a lifetime for Aadi it was life altering. After receiving a camp immunization needed for travel to Mars, Aadi finds that the immunization is the catalyst of an insidious experiment. He realizes what is happening too late for a change of fate. The full experiment is set in motion when he and his co-pilot, Eirena, crash in a distant galaxy called Shrenas, where they change and realize the full extent of their power. This turn of events forces him to grow up quickly, accept his change, and to decide to save a world, or to do what he was trained to do dominate it. His power is coveted by the warring leaders of Shrenas, and he is forced to choose sides a decision that may prove just how much humanity he has left.

My Review: Explorer X-Alpha embodied a well-written and fun Sci-fi start to an interesting series. I admired the strong characters, especially the females. However, I did find it humorous at times which balanced out their personalities. The beginning started out a little slow to me but once the secrets are revealed the story picked up. It was filled with action and the LM did get a good job putting the reader through an adventure. The ending was decent but it did finish with a cliffhanger. I wasn't surprised since most of my questions will probably be answered in the sequel, Explorer-X Beta, coming out probably around 2011. Overall, a cute read which would be better for Middle Grade but Young Adults could enjoy it as well. I surprisingly liked it even though I normally don't go for this type of genre. The only negative thing is I really dislike the cover, my first initial thought was Mega Man, remember that video game? hehe.

My Rating: 3.5 out of 5
Author's Info:
L. M. Preston loved to create poetry and short stories as a young girl. She worked in the information technology field as a techie and educator for more than sixteen years before she began writing science fiction. Her first published novel, Explorer X Alpha, is the beginning of her obsessive desire to write and create stories of young people who overcome unbelievable odds.

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Lea said...

Great review Eleni! I really enjoyed the action in this novel. :D

Shooting Stars Mag said...

I'm glad it picked up. It seems that this is definitely more for a younger reader.


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