Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Book Review: Aoléon The Martian Girl PART TWO

Book Description:
Aoléon and Gilbert receive a special mission from PAX, a wanted criminal and leader of the Martian resistance movement to investigate the Luminon of Mars, who he suspects is planning an invasion of Earth to steal its milk cows. Gilbert has an encounter with the Luminess (the mate of the Luminon) and discovers something strange about her during a procession, and the duo are chased by the Royal Paladin Guard.

At Aoléon’s home, Gilbert meets Aoléon’s family, her sister Una, mother Phobos and father Deimos as well as her overzealous pet Zoot. He is also introduced to Bizwat, a covert operator and Procyon Commando, who uses his Saturn Pizza delivery job as a cover.

Gilbert then gets to visit the Martian Space Academy (Aoléon’s school) where he encounters Aoléon’s nemesis, Charm Lepton and her friend Quarkina, as well as receiving a history lesson on the Martian people by Plutarch Xenocrates. After class, Gilbert and Aoléon get to train in zero-G and Gilbert is treated to a Psi-ball match between Martian Space Academy and Martian Science Academy.

My Review:
This book picks up at the exact point that Part One left off.  The reader begins the exciting adventure of Mars with Gilbert and Aoleon.

I really like the details of life on Mars with Aoleon's family.  For instance, "Dinner was being dispensed from tentacle tubing that extended from the ceiling above the table, filling bowls with a milky substance."  Another example was Aoleon's holographic star map, which shone in bright colors and moved in three dimensions.

Aoleon even has a pet, a lovable little animal who looks like a cross between a cat and a pug.  At night she sleeps in a holographic sleep pod that disappears when it is not in use.  Details like this were fascinating, especially as they related to similarities and differences to life on earth.

The Martian Space Academy scenes are fun;  they introduce a diverse student population like the Harry Potter series.  The descriptions of classes on Mars are really interesting

The book is action packed and fast paced, with a mix of dialogue and description that will appeal to young readers.  The illustrations are vivid and exciting, and they really enhance the story.  The colors are especially great - they almost glow.  I would definitely recommend reading this book in color format (not on a black and white reader).

This book has a broad age appeal, but I think middle school students will especially enjoy it.  It has the hallmarks of a book that appeal to young readers - action, vivid imagery, and a sense of fun and adventure.  

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Meet the Author:
Mr. LeVasseur enjoys crafting good stories based on lovable characters designed to translate well to multiple media formats such as books, games, movies, and toys. He lives in New York when he is not commuting between Southern California and Olympus Mons, Mars. His hobbies include writing, 3D animation, musical composition, and intergalactic space travel. He also enjoys various sports such as skiing, running, and exospheric skydiving.

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I received a copy of this book from iRead Book Tours in exchange for an honest review.


Katie @ Bookish Illuminations said...

This sounds like a fun read! I can see my nephews enjoying this, especially with its "Mars" setting!

Birdhouse Books said...

Hi Katie,

Thanks for visiting! This is a fun read, and I bet your nephews would enjoy it. I've read the first two books in this series and they were fast paced and engaging.


Tiffiny said...

This book sounds like it's quite an adventure. Thanks for including some of the details from the story. And thanks for sharing at the Kid Lit Blog Hop.

Birdhouse Books said...

Tiffiny, thanks for the visit! I really enjoyed participating in the Kid Lit Blog Hop, and hope to join in again in the future.