Tuesday, February 25, 2014

REVIEW: Spartanica by Powers Molinar


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Ty and Marcus Mitchell are average middle school brothers growing up north of Chicago until one night when they’re hurtled through an inter-dimensional gateway to a parallel world defined by its multiple moons and planet-wide apocalypse. As they struggle to figure out where they are and how to get home, the boys encounter refugees of “the last day” from the distant city of Atlantis and a mysterious girl called Bellana, the sole survivor and resident of the devastated city of Spartanica. Ty and Marcus soon learn they only have seven days to get home. But before they can leave, they must battle through long-extinct predators, track down the elusive Professor Otherblood, and rescue a new friend from certain death. Is all of this insanity just Ty’s overactive imagination or are the brothers truly on the brink of being stranded on the brutal wasteland known as Spartanica?


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RATING: 4 stars


I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
Spartanica was a cute middle school science fiction book. It's been awhile since I've read science fiction, so it was good to go back into what once was my favorite genre. It's also hard for me to read middle school fiction because I'm constantly judging it with an adult mind, but when I let go and read the book with a middle schooler's mind, I totally loved this book.
From the first chapter it was science fiction all the way, and I enjoyed that. I don't always like a light science fiction book that's mostly some other genre and then the author or publisher tries to push the title into the science fiction genre. For those readers looking for action and adventure, there's plenty of that, but there's not that much violence which is perfect for a middle schooler to read.
The characters were fun to read, and I could connect with them on an emotional level. The back and forth jibes between Ty and Marcus were so funny to read, and it really added another level to the characterizations.
Overall, I enjoyed reading this book and hope to read more from this author.

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