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The Planet Thieves review ê 103 Ú The Planet Thieves is the first thrilling installment of a new middle grade series by Dan KrokosTwo 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 reuired spacetimEir reuired spacetime for summer uarterBut 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 yearsWith the captain and crew dead injured or taken prisoner Mason and the cadets are all that's left to warn the ESC A. Reading in my household is a way of life Books are everywhere Stacked on shelves stuffed in random boxes perched precariously on the tops of lamps Walking into my house is like walking into hermit’s habitat with slightly light Though it irritates my husband from time to time I’ve deduced this from his annual threats of “Don’t make me sell your books” I have found that my children don’t seem to mind So I asked my son once “Why doesn’t mommy’s books bug you They are all over the place” His answer “It’s like a library in here It’s kinda cool” Apparently after a little conversation and a lot of prodding I discovered that BOTH of my kids view the books as an extension of ME They see me read them Laugh with them Cry with them Even from time to time chunk one with great force across the living room in a fit of anger Mommy loves the books so THEY love the booksBut it got me thinking As much as I adore their thought process I don’t want my children to love books because I do Abstractly or otherwise I want my children to love books because THEY connect with them I want them to get lost inside new worlds Battle dragons and save planets I want my children to READ the books I have stacked around the house not just stare at them in wonderSo I devised a plan I registered for library cards And I went to work The mission find that 1 book that lights a fire in my child’s mind The 1 book that turns reverie into reality Months later I’m still trying to find my daughters She’s only four so I’ll cut her some slack But my son Jackpot The book “The Invention of Hugo Cabret” by Brian Selznick A 533 page jaunt through clocks and evil station guards that my 8 year old boy threw back in just 4 days Poof A reader was bornSince then he has read 5 books The latest and greatest being an ARC that was sent to ME not him “The Planeet Thieves” by Dan Krokos And while it would give me great joy to hand over the reigns for an hour and let you hear HIS thoughts on the book I think 4 paragraph of “Omg Mom It was awesome” might be a little much So I think I’ll take it from hereTwo weeks ago thirteen year old Mason Stark and seventeen of his fellow cadets from the Academy for Earth Space Command boarded theSS Egypt The trip was supposed to be a short routine voyage to log their reuired spacetime for summer uarterBut 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 yearsWith 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 foreverNow 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 fightMuch like my kiddo I loved this bookAs should be with middle grade literature “The Planet Thieves” was action packed from beginning were Mason pranks his older sister by removing the screws from her chair to the end wherewait I can’t tell you that And much like adult literature specifically Science Fiction this book was absolutely FILLED with crazyentertainingunexpected twists which made it “read” much mature than it actually was That’s not a dig thats a compliment A weird one but heyThe truth is I love authors like Krokos – who I had the pleasure of chatting with at ATBF12 last year just FYI who don’t feel the need to “dumb down” their writing You can’t educate or elevate a child by writing on THEIR level you have to take it up a notch and challenge them Teach themThis was the very first thing I noticed about this novel I didn’t feel like I was reading something penned for a toddler I as an adult was as eually engaged in the story as my son Which is a credit to Krokos’ writing abilityHerelet me give you a few examples“No one spoke for a few seconds Mason’s mind spun and his heart hammered having the enemy inside the ship was so different than fighting them on a planet’s surface Here there was metal surrounding them like a cage No place to run And if one of the energy weapons somehow melted through the hull “We’re able hands” Jeremy said “That’s us” “We’re trained” Mason added immediatly hoping the idea would catch Stellan stepped back “Lockwood’s orders supersede any thoughts of heroism you might have You saw his face – he was dead serious”“Commander Lockwood balk head shiny with sweat lay on his back in a bed burns covering his neck and the side of his face His ESC uniform was singed in places but burned away completely under his right ribs There the skin black and red He was going to die if they didn’t get him to a real hospital soon that much was clear Mason felt hollow because he knew Lockwood who was the unofficial cadet herder sometimes He also felt heavy because when Lockwood died they would truly be alone Just Elizabeth to keep them company on a ship controlled by the enemy”Supersede Heart hammered Felt hollow All of these reuire vivid thought for a young mind What does supersede mean How does one FEEL hollowBut solid writing isn’t the MOST important thing is it Even horrible ok maybe that should say sub par writing can be over shadowed by an uniuely imaginative story And the story that lived inside the pages of “The Planet Thieves” was a character driven roller coaster ride of WOW Aliens were invading Teenagers were in charge and jet packs were hanging about like sparkly little droplets of awesomePersonally I wish the plot had slowed in a few places so I could relish what was happening But that in no way effects the uality of the book Let’s just call those “desires of an old coot”Overalla truly enjoyable for both me and my son ride through hostile spaceI highly recommend this for young readers trying desperately to forge a path to literary love It has everything a child and a mother could ask forHappy Reading my fellow Kindle ites and remember 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Nd soon they find out exactly why the Tremist chose this ship to attack the Egypt is carrying a weapon that could change the war foreverNow 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 fig. THE PLANET THIEVES is something I don't think I've encountered in middle grade before military sci fi The closest I can think of are the later Alien Adventures books by Bruce Coville I loved those books and I enjoyed THE PLANET THIEVES uite a bit The genre isn't the only unexpected thingTHE PLANET THIEVES was darker than I expected I was expecting a bit of a madcap adventure based on the cover and tagline Two civilizations One planet And a race to see who steals it first But those two civilizations are at war and neither side has behaved their best Dan Krokos does a good job of describing war and the actions that are acceptable and unacceptable during wartime in a way that's suitable for children but not didactic There's also a subtle environmental moral since both races want a new planet after using their own upMason Stark is a thirteen year old cadet on a diplomatic mission He and seventeen other cadets are just supposed to be along for the ride but when their ship is attacked by the Tremist the crew is killed or taken hostage The cadets have to take charge and Mason become acting captain almost by accident His two greatest allies are Tom a former rival who likes to play by the rules and Merrin his best friend who he has a bit of a crush onTHE PLANET THIEVES weakest aspect is that it's rather boy heavy Tom's mother and Mason's older sister are both competent in charge women who get sidelined early in the novel Willa is the only named female cadet aside from Merrin and she only plays a part for a split second fake crying to act as bait Several of the male cadets get to take turns as leader Merrin meanwhile has to be rescued at least twice Tom and Mason at least trade off rescuing each other When Merrin does get a chance to save Mason it's Tom who saves him instead In the end Merrin only gets to keep her agency by the skin of her teeth She's not weak But she is relegated to the damsel in distress and love interest roles despite the fact we're told she's a fierce fighter and good with a computerThe strongest aspect is the plot THE PLANET THIEVES is fast and furious keeping Mason constantly on the move They're doing anything they can think of to save the day but what the day needs saving from keeps changing I also liked that Mason rarely comes out ahead He and his allies are clever but they're thirteen and still training They lose in physical contests against adults They're out thought by high ranking officers But they keep trying because they want to do what's right and Mason has the courage and charisma to keep them coordinated and motivatedTHE PLANET THIEVES is a terrific choice for sci fi fans looking for culture clashes and unexpected revelations I'm definitely giving the nod to Doctor Who fans It ends with uite the hook for the seuel and I know I'll be back for

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The Planet ThievesThe Planet Thieves is the first thrilling installment of a new middle grade series by Dan KrokosTwo 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 th. 35 stars A fun read overall with tons of cliffhanger chapter endings to ensure you'll be turning the pages to find out what happens next I'd recommend this one specifically for readers in the book's target age range of upper middle grade or younger YA who will likely find the uick pacing and action packed story an easy and entertaining readThe full text of this review may be found inThe Midnight Garden