Voyagers: Game of Flames (Book 2) (英語) ハードカバー – 2015/11/3
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The action is on the page, on your device, and out of this world! This multiplatform series is part sci-fi, all action-adventure. And you don't have long to wait -- 6 books are coming all in one year!
Earth is in danger! The only thing that can save our planet are six essential elements scattered throughout the galaxy. It is up to the Voyagers—a team of four kids (plus one stowaway) —to gather them all and return to Earth.
Failure is not an option. The Alpha team knows that the second element is hidden on Meta Prime, a planet filled with metal mazes, catapults of fire, and warring alien robots. But what they don’t know is that another spaceship is following hot on their trail. . . .
Do you have what it takes to be a Voyager? Find out at VoyagersHQ.com.
Robin Wasserman is the author of several acclaimed books for children and young adults, including The Waking Dark, The Book of Blood and Shadow, Hacking Harvard, the Cold Awakening trilogy, and the Chasing Yesterday trilogy. A former children's book editor, she lives and writes (and frequently procrastinates) in Brooklyn, New York. Visit her website at robinwasserman.com and on Twitter at @robinwasserman.
The premise is really interesting and, in terms of lessons, teaches kids about loyalty, perseverance, sacrifice, teamwork, and the greater good. It also teaches about forgiveness, taking the high road, and being innovative. Along with all of that, it's a fun read with a lot of action, adventure, and fantastical places and things.
In terms of diversity, there's a really good/thoughtful split. The kids are split evenly between boys and girls and the team is international, so there are plenty of cultures represented. One of the main characters is disabled and totally awesome, which is fantastic since there is such a tendency towards defaulting to the (white) able-bodied protagonist. We read all of them as quickly as they could come out and we're keeping our fingers crossed for some kind of sequel!
Another interesting thing about the series is that each entry was written by a different author. This could be disjointed but actually works nicely. The subtle variations in writing style makes it feel more like getting a look at the characters from a different angle rather than from a different universe entirely.
The target audience so far in my experience has been boys in 5th-7th grades; highly recommend for kids who like adventure series and far parents looking for books on the "cleaner" and "kid friendly" side.