GENRE: Fiction – Sci-Fi
NUMBER OF PAGES: 94
SERIES / STANDALONE: Aoléon The Martian Girl: A Science Fiction and Fantasy Saga - Part 1
HOW I GOT THIS BOOK: Review copy as a part of iRead Book tours! Thanks a lot guys!
Science Fiction has fascinated me since a very young age. My earliest memory of proper Science Fiction is Nicholas Fisk’s short story – Cutie pie. That story was a part of my English coursework in school. That story ended up setting that standard for a perfect science fiction for me in spite of it being a truly simple story. After reading this book, that standard shifted for me. This book was an absolute delight for a Science buff like me.
Aoleon, the Martian girl plays around in the fields of Nebraska, making crop circles. Disturbed by the bright light from the Aoleon’s ship, Gilbert sneaks in the middle of the night to investigate the ruckus. He meets the Martian girl and boards her space ship to escape from framer Johnson on whose field Aoleon creates patterns. Together they dodge UFO counter attack missile fired by the army and escape to Aoleon’s home – Mars. Thus happens the first contact with aliens from Mars.
The book is targeted to middle grade readers and is filled with bright and brilliant illustrations. The writing is equally simple and had me in splits. Though the writer used copious amount of rather complicated technical terms, the glossary at the back helped a lot (not that I needed it! Yeah I can finally boast that one Sci-Fi book finally makes sense to me technically.) It is apparent that the writer, Brent, is quite adept with science and illustrations. He has made maximum use of the leverage that this particular genre gives a writer – the complete freedom to play around with technological/scientific concepts which would be totally impractical when employed in other genres. The writer surely deserves to be applauded for having a female protagonist. Sadly science fiction is filled with male protagonists.
My only qualm with this book would be the stereotyping. Why does every other Sci-Fi writer portray Aliens as scientifically advanced creatures and humans as mere primitives? One consolation with this book though – The aliens are behind our Cows and not actually behind the humans or the planet as such.
MY SAY: This book brought out the child in me. A must read for all people who have lost the child in them in the process of growing up.
PLOT : 8/10
BOREDOM QUOTIENT: 1/10(lower the better)
OVERALL RATING: 9/10
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