Jun 12, 2013

The Planet Thieves by Dan Krokos Review + Giveaway

The Planet Thieves by Dan Krokos
(The Planet Thieves, #1)
Release Date: May 21, 2013
Publisher: Starscape; 256 pages
Two weeks ago, thirteen-year-old Mason Stark and seventeen of his fellow cadets from the Academy for Earth Space Command boarded the SS 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.

If you have kids and you'd love for them to read more (especially boys) then I would say definitely hand them this book. It's middle grade so it's for younger readers but I think, no I know that adults will enjoy this book, too. I just finished it and it was just such a fun, adventure filled book of kids being the heroes. Plus it's got the sci-fi factor of space and aliens - what kid doesn't love that?

I read this book because I became a fan of Dan Krokos after having read his Young Adult novel, False Memory. Middle Grade is tough to read, as an adult, because it's written for such a young audience but because I really enjoyed his writing I was willing to give this book a chance. I am so glad I decided too.

Mason Stark is a cadet and also a prankster. The cadets do get bored, at times, because they're still learning and still in training but would rather be participating. We all know, as kids (and even adults) how it feels to be a part of something but not truly being allowed to fully participate. It's like being told we're having ice cream cake for dessert but there's only enough for so many so you don't get any tonight. Mason's pranks are usually geared at his older sister (and guardian), Sarah, because he knows she won't truly get angry at him. That's how this book begins. What started as a prank turned in to something much more serious and dangerous. The ESC (Earth Space Command) are enemies with the Tremist whom both are going after a neutral planet both races could survive on and have been battling for such a long time. Tremists overtake the SS Egypt and the battle truly begins for young Mason Stark and his fellow young cadets, like Tom Renner and Merrin Solace.

The journey takes them all over space, in many different tricky, potentially dangerous situations; one that kids at that age (13) aren't equipped to handle but are being forced to. The relationships that you see form and build an even stronger bond is amazing. Especially Mason and Merrin which I am eager to read more about.

This is exactly the type of book I wish I had when I was younger because it's something I would've gotten really excited for. It's exactly the type of book that should belong to every young kid. If you know someone who love Star Trek, Star Wars, or Sci-Fi in general, this is something they should take an interest in.

I can't praise this book enough; the story telling was brilliant, the world building was magical and the essence of this book was real. I felt like I was along on this journey to freedom along with these kids and it was astonishing. The illustrations were an added bonus (though I do have to look at my finished copy to see some of the ones that weren't included in the ARC) and absolutely confirmed what you were already imagining.

Thank you again to Anne from Kaye Publicity for asking us to read & review this amazing Middle Grade book and thank you to Starscape/Tor for providing a review copy in exchange for an honest review.

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  1. Thank you for the international giveaway, I love Dan Krokos writing style!

  2. I´ve heard a lot about this book, specially about the sibling relationsgip within the story. So, I think this would be a great book to make a mini book club with my litttle brother. We both can read it and discuss it.

  3. I should be sleeping since I have class in the morning, but this is so much more important, don't you think? Thanks for the giveaway :D

  4. Agreed! I really like his writing, which is why I gave this book a chance! Totally worth it :)

  5. Yeah, I can't believe I forgot to talk about that in my review. It's one of the best sibling relationships I read (behind The End Games). Was definitely awesome to read - that sounds excellent! I think ya both would definitely enjoy it! :)


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