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 MartianSpace Academy and Martian Science Academy.
This is the second book in a series that I have read from this author. You can read my first book review by clicking the link. This is a middle grade book full of sci-fi kinds of adventure. This book does pick up where the last one left off so you would certainly want to read them in succession.
This time the martian girl, Aoleon is taking the Earth boy, Gilbert around her home world. Trouble does seem to find them but they seem to manage to get out of it too. More and more people are learning that Gilbert is not whom he appears which could put him in danger.
As in the first book, the author gives a clear picture of what things look like. You can easily imagine the places and people that the characters meet. The only problem I had this time it was almost too descriptive, if that can even be possible. I actually got weighed down a bit by it. Some descriptions seemed almost too technical for this genre of book. Also, there were a couple of times that I was surprised by what was written in the form of expletives and a few typos but considering this was an ARC copy I can overlook that. Those things did not draw me away from continuing to forge ahead with the adventure.
The most amazing thing about this book, as with the last one, was the photographs. The photos seemed to be in 3D and look like they jump out at you. This makes the book so unique and a stand out from others in the same genre.
Get yourself a copy and then keep on reading the additional books that are to rapidly becoming available.
Disclosure: I received an ARC in exchanged for my open and honest review. The views expressed here are 100% my own and may differ from yours. ~Naila Moon
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