3/11/13

The Quest for Truth: Taken by Brock Eastman


Taken, Brock Eastman
About the Book:

The Quest for Truth Series Book 1:  Taken

Join the Wikk siblings as they race through space to save their parents who have been kidnapped by the sinister Captain Vedrik. Their only hope is their parents Archeos e-journal which contains clues that point the kids to their parents next mission-an archeological dig to find remnants of an ancient human civilization. They must rely on Oliver’s academy training to fly their ship but problems arise when twins Mason and Austin unexpectedly meet a secret race of people called the Blue People.


Author, Focus on the Family
Author Bio:

Brock D. Eastman is twenty-eight years old and lives at the base of America’s Mountain with his wife and two daughters. He has the pleasure of working for Focus on the Family and on the Adventures in Odyssey brand. He loves movie nights with his wife and their stove-popped popcorn, as well as playing pretend or reading with his daughters.
 

Brock started writing his first series, The Quest for Truth, in 2005 and five years later with his wife’s encouragement signed a publishing deal. He has since published Sages of Darkness and a book in The Imagination Station series. He’s always thinking of his next story and totes a thumb drive full of ideas.



My Thoughts:


Science fiction is really not my thing.  But it's right up my son's alley.  He's a huge Star Wars fan and loves a good action/adventure story.  This story is fresh and not your ordinary world.  There are space ships, lasers, and technological advances.  However, the focus is the origin of all life forms rather than solely the destruction of evil forces.  The family is on a quest for the truth.  And you will find yourself intrigued as you follow their journey.

The blue people who live on Jahr des Eises are primitive and everything there is blue.  Think Avatars combined with ugly elves.  I don't want to give away any plot spoilers, but these folks are pretty unique and the kids face some challenges trying to escape them. 

There were a lot of plot twists and turns.  My son's favorite character was Oliver because he is tough, smart, and knows how to fly a shuttle through challenging terrain.  He is also a good leader; even the two twins follow his orders (most of the time).  Overall, the book draws you in and keeps you interested in what will happen next.

The author included a Visual Glossary to help you see what various objects look like within the story.   It's very helpful to refer back to the drawings as you read along.  What you imagine things to be is not necessarily what the author intended, so having a visual like this is definitely neat!   There is even a recipe for you to make Mr. O'Farrell's Family Recipe for Russian tea.

My son gives this three thumbs up (because you can have three thumbs in science fiction)!  It is definitely a great read for tweens and teens.



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Disclosure: Thank you to Brock Eastman for sending my son a copy of this book for review purposes. No other compensation was received and all opinions are my own. For more info. see my Disclosure Policy. 

4 comments:

Kelsey said...

Sounds like an interesting book! Thanks for sharing!

Sofia said...

This one is geard more towards boys. If only my boys were older!! Definitely have to add it to my list (for when they are old enough).

Sofia
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Jennifer Williams said...

My son would love this book, I will definitely show him this and get it for Easter.

Brock Eastman said...

Shelly thanks for the kind words and I'm pumped your son used all three thumbs!!

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