Starfinder by John Marco (Part 2)
Part One: http://shootingstarsmag.blogspot.com/2009/05/review-part-one-starfinder-by-john.html
Summary from John's Site: Starfinder is the first book in my upcoming trilogy, The Skylords. Not only is it a story of coming of age for the two main protagonists, Moth and his friend Fiona, but it’s also about mankind’s coming of age.
The world of Starfinder is very much like our own at the turn of the last century, with steam trains and electricity and budding technologies. And thanks to the inventive genius of Fiona’s grandfather Rendor, humans have finally taken to the sky, not only in giant airships but in small, ornithopter contraptions called dragonflies as well.
Not everyone is happy to see mankind’s progress, however. For thousands of years, the mysterious and powerful race known as the Skylords have jealously guarded their heavenly domain. In all this time, an uneasy peace has existed between humans and Skylords, but Moth and Fiona are about to breach the magical boundary between the two worlds.
My Review (Part 2): After I started reading Starfinder, I came across a couple places that mentioned this book being targeted for the middle school age and I have to say that I disagree. Like Harry Potter, I think everyone can read these books...but the book in general hit me as a Young Adult with the vocabulary and set-up of the world. Keep in mind however, that Moth and Fiona are only 13 and 14 years old.
Anyway, now that I've finished the book, I honestly think I'd keep my opinion from the first half: I'd give this book 4 stars if I had to pick. There were moments that dragged on a bit and I just wanted to jump ahead to find out what happens next, but I believe there's a good balance between those moments and the adventure, action scenes...or even the thoughtful, heart-wrenching ones. And the book definitely has a few of those, especially near the end, but I loved it because it shows that in every story not everything will turn out absolutely perfect and we do lose people in our lives (Moth and Fiona start out from the beginning as orphans) but no matter what, you have people that love you and care. So, maybe that sounds all lovey-dovey and you're rolling your eyes now, but I'm just saying, that is only part of the book!
Starfinder is a mix of friendship, action/adventure, mystery/suspense, familial relationships, fantasy, and more. It's worth a read if you love these type of books. I'm quite intrigued as to what will happen in Moth and Fiona's lives next.
Song for this Book:
"A Whole New World" from Aladdin
Reason Why? Because in Starfinder, you are honestly brought into a "whole new world" no mattr how cliche or goofy that might sound. Moth and Fiona cross the Reach and find themselves face to face with centaurs, mermaids, and much more.