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Thursday, August 5, 2010

My Review of "The Pack" by LM Preston

Product Description:
Shamira is considered an outcast by most, but little do they know that she is on a mission. Kids on Mars are disappearing, but Shamira decides to use the criminals most unlikely weapons against them the very kids of which they have captured. In order to succeed, she is forced to trust another, something she is afraid to do. However, Valens, her connection to the underworld of her enemy, proves to be a useful ally. Time is slipping, and so is her control on the power that resides within her. But in order to save her brother's life, she is willing to risk it all.

I was most impressed by the author’s world building abilities.  Mars felt real right from the beginning.  To me, as far as world building goes, the challenge is not really creating the world as much as sticking to this world.  Lm Preston did this masterfully.

The characters had a nice depth of emotion for this genre.  Shamira and Valens both had person investments in their goals, weaknesses they learned from, and ties that created conflicts.  I was easily pulled into rooting for them.  The complications of plot played out nicely, built suspense and resolved to a happy ending.  The twist of Shamira being blind and then having her eyesight surgically restored had twist that taught life lessons.  As a parent, I was impressed with all of the underlying 'lessons' in the book.

There was a lot of action scenes in this novel, and therefore, I gave it to one of my sons to read as well.  I was curious to get his opinion, given he was in the target audience.  Of course, while I knew he enjoyed the book, it is like pulling teeth to get a why!  He did tell me that “the fighting moves were interesting” and he thought “her sword and weapons were cool.”  I knew the fighting would draw him in J

Well Done, LM Preston! 

Product Details:
Reading level: Ages 9-12
Perfect Paperback: 316 pages
Publisher: Phenomenal One Press (August 1, 2010) http://www.phenomenalonepress.com/

About the Author:
L. M. Preston worked in the information technology field as a techie and educator for over sixteen years. Her first published novel, Explorer X Alpha, was the beginning of her obsessive desire to write and create stories of young people who overcome unbelievable odds.

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