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The Planet Thieves by Dan Krokos

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

The Planet Thieves is the first thrilling installment of a new middle-grade series by Dan Krokos.

Two weeks ago, thirteen-year-old Mason Stark and seventeen of his fellow cadets from the Academy for Earth Space Command boarded theSS Egypt. The trip was supposed to be a short routine voyage to log their required spacetime for summer quarter.

But routine goes out the airlock when they’re attacked by the Tremist, an alien race who have been at war with humanity for the last sixty years.

With the captain and crew dead, injured, or taken prisoner, Mason and the cadets are all that’s left to warn the ESC. And soon they find out exactly why the Tremist chose this ship to attack: the Egypt is carrying a weapon that could change the war forever.

Now Mason will have to lead the cadets in a daring assault to take back the ship, rescue the survivors, and recover the weapon. Before there isn’t a war left to fight.

Goodreads Summary

Looking for a book to entice young male readers to read over the summer?  The Planet Thieves is the perfect blend of action, humanity, and aliens!  Mason, the main character, is forced to think on his feet and make intelligent decisions in order to stave off an alien attack.  Originally, Mason was taking a short trip; however, that short trip went awry when the Tremist attacked and killed off or took prisoner most of the adult crew.  The Tremist is an evil alien race who have loathed the human race for many decades.  How does one combat an alien race?  Pick up this book to find out!

Mason's character was really fun to read about.  He managed to maintain his sanity in the upheaval of his ship, organize a resistance, and come up with a solid plan of attack.  The other characters in this novel were also interesting to get to know, but Mason will likely emerge as the clear favorite.  The plot itself was very fast-paced, making the book difficult to put down.  Many older readers will find this an enjoyable and fast read, but this book is perfect for younger readers, too.  The author kept the vocabulary at a level where older readers didn't feel like they were reading a grade-school book and younger readers felt like they could understand the dialogue.  Overall, this book is recommended to readers from middle grade to young adult.

4 Stars

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  1. bn100 said...:

    Very nice review

  1. Susan T. said...:

    This is awesome! What kid, especially boys, don't like aliens?