Sunday, January 24, 2016

Mothstorm - Philip Reeve

As you know, last year I read the book Larklight, by Philip Rothman.  I was absolutely entranced by it, so of course I couldn't resist reading Mothstorm.  Mothstorm is a trip and a half - and just as wonderful as Larklight.  This particular book finds Art trapped on Georgium Sidus - not Uranus, mind you.  He meets a wonderful cast of characters, including Charity Cruet, her dad, and some merpeople, and once again finds himself separated from his "dear" sister Myrtle.

If you love merpeople and action, space pirates, giants moths, people living in underground bubbles, and anything steampunk, this is the book for you.  You will get to see Charity and Art travel through some underground sponges on Georgium Sidus.  You will get to read more entries from Myrtles diary, in which she talks about her adventures with other Snilth's.  You'll get to see Ssil meet her fellow species-members.  All in all, when you read this book, you'll be in for a space trip that you won't forget. 

I loved this book as much as I loved Larklight.  Philip Reeve does a great job of drawing the reader in.  All the characters are well-rounded and distinct from one another.  Unlike other authors of middle grade books, Reeve actually writes well and has a solid story throughout Mothstorm. I was flipping pages to find out what happened next.  I especially liked Charity Cruet, and appreciated how different she was from Myrtle.  Reeve also does a good job of letting the reader figure things out.  He will give the reader just what they need to know to get from point a to point b (and doesn't give away more than he needs to until the time is right.)

This book gets a solid 5 star rating. It's definitely a book that kids AND adults will enjoy!

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