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Summary: “The Renaissance,” a spaceship filled with young orphaned teens, has been traveling to the Rings of Orbis where they will start a new life. Thirteen years ago, something cataclysmic happened to their parents. No one knows what it was. Before they disappeared, the parents located a safe place for their children to build a new life. At least that’s what the children were hoping for. No sooner had they docked the Renaissance and started leaving the ship when they were challenged by the native inhabitants. They can’t go back. What will they do? This is a young adult science fiction novel. [High interest / low readability option]
Type of Reading: bedtime story, independent reading, read aloud book
Recommended Age: read together: 10 and up; read yourself: 12 and up
Interest Level: 12 and up
Reading Level: 4.6
Young Reader Reaction: Review pending.
Adult Reader Reaction: The author is attempting to write a legitimate and interesting piece of Science Fiction and at the same time, provide literature that will be popular with reluctant readers. This is a well crafted piece of science fiction. Aimed at an adolescent audience, the challenges, characters, and story are believable and relevant to the reader.
Pros: The story will captivate the science fiction enthusiast and appeal to the reluctant reader at whom the book is targeted.
Cons: The cast of characters, the number of plots and sub-plots and overall pace of the book may well be an obstacle for sustaining the interest of reluctant readers. Illustrations would be an asset to the works, as well.
Borrow or Buy: Buy. The Softwire series will captivate the science fiction enthusiast and appeal to the reluctant reader at whom the book is targeted. This would be an excellent birthday gift or Christmas present stocking stuffer.
Educational Themes: The author designed this series to capture the reluctant and/or non-engaged reader. Based on feedback from classroom teachers, the series seems to have struck a positive chord with the target audience. This is an adventure series meant to encourage recreational reading.
Notes: The author donated a copy of this book knowing that we would consider it for review and provide an independent, unbiased profile. This book will be given to a nonprofit to help readers in need.