Author: T. Michael Martin
Publication: Balzer + Bray (April 19, 2016)
Description: Super 8 meets Friday Night Lights in this smart and action-packed coming-of-age novel from the author of The End Games, T. Michael Martin.
Benji’s lived his whole life in the same sleepy midwestern town—the same town his father grew up in, and his grandfather. But he wants nothing more than to put his past in the rearview mirror as soon as he graduates high school. Benji yearns for a Moment—the Moment that will redeem and transform his ordinary life. The Moment that will propel him into a new, star-bright future.
Then one night, the Moment happens: Benji and his tight group of friends—CR, Ellie, and Zeeko—accidentally shoot down a flying saucer in the local quarry. At Benji’s urging, they decide to keep it a secret and solve its mysteries on their own. But as they face threats both earthly and alien, and old tensions among the friends surface, Benji begins to question whether this Moment is the miracle he’s always dreamed of—or a curse that could destroy them all.
My Thoughts: This is the story of an ordinary, nerdy kid who dreams that someday something special will happen to lift him out of the ordinary. But, when it does, coping with the changes might be enough to ruin everything he wanted or maybe not...
Benji Lightman is a magician who dreams of being an apprentice at a magician's workshop in Chicago but spends his time as a mascot for the football team doing magic tricks at the beginning of the games. His best friends are Zeeko, Ellie and CR. They have been friends since junior high. CR is the team quarterback with a bright future attending a top-notch university on a football scholarship. Ellie is a budding filmmaker hoping to pursue film making in college. Zeeko wants to follow his dad's footsteps into medicine.
One night, the four of them are partying with bunches of other people at a quarry when something comes from outer space. When Benji almost accidentally shoots it down, it starts a series of events that will change the kids' lives.
I thought the story was filled with action and filled with interesting characters. I liked the way Benji grew during the story. Fans of science fiction will enjoy this fast-paced story.
As a little kid, he had always assumed something miraculous would happen to him. He'd get superpowers, maybe, or a letter from Hogwarts, or he'd spend summer break getting really buff and come in on the first day of school wearing only swimming trunks, and maybe he'd flex a couple of time in front of the class and borrow the teacher's hairbrush to comb his mustache. Something subtle like that.I got this ARC from Edelweiss. You can buy your copy here.