Tuesday, January 24, 2012

The Pearl Wars Review

376 pages
A devastated Earth's last hope is found in Pearls: small, mysterious orbs that fall from space and are capable of supplying enough energy to power entire cities. Battling to control the Pearls are the Skyship dwellers—political dissidents who live in massive ships in the Earth's stratosphere—and the corrupt Surface government. Jesse Fisher, a Skyship slacker, and Cassius Stevenson, a young Surface operative, cross paths when they both venture into forbidden territory in pursuit of Pearls. Their chance encounter triggers an unexpected reaction, endowing each boy with remarkable—and dangerous—abilities that their respective governments would stop at nothing to possess. Enemies thrust together with a common goal, Jesse and Cassius make their way to the ruins of Seattle to uncover the truth about their new powers, the past they didn't know they shared, and a shocking secret about the Pearls.

This is a awesome, fast-paced sci-fi novel with lots of action. From the very first page we are thrown into a new world filled with adventure. Jesse Fisher is an average and even sometimes below average character who doesn't know where his life is headed. Cassius Stevensen is the complete opposite, and overachiever who sets out to prove himself. Both of these boys are from opposite ends of the spectrum and end up becoming part of something much bigger than themselves when they are thrown together in an unexpected twist of fate. I think that the way this book was written was interesting. The author switches between Jesse and Cassius from a first person to third person point of view respectively. However, this didn't deter from the great storyline. I loved unraveling the mystery of Jesse and Cassius' new powers and the end result is a definite unexpected twist. I honestly can't wait for the next novel to find out what happens next in their story. I definitely recommend this novel to those who love a good science fiction read.


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