Saturday, January 31, 2015

Book Review: The Stolen Moon by Rachel Searles

The Stolen Moon 
Author: Rachel Searles
Series: The Lost Planet (Book 2)
Publication: Feiwel & Friends (January 27, 2015)

Description: Chase has been reunited with his younger sister, Lilli. He doesn’t remember his past, but Lilli does—she remembers their parents, and life before their planet was destroyed. Chase and Lilli are different. Chase can "phase"—pass through objects, and Lilli can "transport"—send a copy of herself to other locations, even other planets. There are only two people who may have the key to their abilities, and their purposes: Captain Lennard, who is harboring Chase and Lilli (and Chase’s friend, Parker) on his spaceship, and Asa Kaplan, who may be responsible for an interplanetary takeover meant to push Lennard out of power. Chase, Parker, Lilli, android Mina, and the solider Maurus are fighting for their lives, the lives of Lennard and his crew, and for the truth about what Asa has in store for the universe.

My Thoughts: In this sequel to THE LOST PLANET, Chase, Parker and his sister Lilli have taken refuge on a Fleet ship captained by family friend Captain Lennard. This isn't a very secure spot because the Fleet is after them. Both Lilli and Chase have unusual powers that Fleet would like to experiment on and exploit. Parker has found some friends and is deep in trying to hack the computer chip that will tell him the location of his mysterious guardian Asa Kaplan. Lilli is hiding and sending duplicates all over the ship. And Chase is wandering aimlessly. Between his amnesia and confusion about his ability to phase, he is one confused young man.

The kids find themselves in the middle of a war. The Storrians hired the Werikosi to terraform and moon and now the Werikosi don't want to leave. The Fleet has sent Lennard's ship their with a bunch of diplomats to try to settle the situation down. The kids find themselves on the moon that is in dispute and in danger from both the alien groups and from the Fleet which is trying to destroy Lennard's ship.

They reconnect with Asa Kaplan and learn some things about their parents that help explain why they are in their current situation. Kaplan wants them to leave with him to get away from the Fleet but Lilli demands that they stay with the Captain who is a family friend rather than go off with a stranger they barely know.

The story is filled with excitement and adventure. It is also filled with political intrigue and betrayals but those who should be trustworthy. I can hardly wait for the next book to find out what happens to Chase, Parker and Lilli.

Favorite Quote:
As they exited the building with their escort, Maurus turned to Chase. "What on Hesta's seven sun are you doing here?"

"It's a long story," Chase faltered.

"They took a page from the chief's son and stole a jump pod," said Vidal in a clipped tone.
I got this ARC from Macmillan. You can buy your copy here.

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