Author: Brent LeVasseur
Publisher: Aoléon Press
Type of book: middle-grade, science fiction and fantasy, aliens, travel, government, Mars, earth, Wisconsin
Year it was published: 2014
Crop circles magically appear in Farmer Johnson’s field. A mysterious light sweeps over the night sky and awakens Farmer Johnson and Gilbert, the boy next door.
Curious, Gilbert ventures out to discover the source of the light and stumbles into a beautiful Martian girl sitting in a crop circle. Farmer Johnson also investigates the strange light, and thinking that Gilbert and Aoléon are vandals, he chases them. But they sprint to Aoléon’s saucer and escape only to be pursued by the U.S. Air Force.
Gilbert has never been attacked by swarms of giant killer robots. Never met strange aliens from other worlds. Never skyboarded across a megalopolis hidden deep inside an extinct volcano. Never trekked across a vast Martian desert. And never been eaten alive by a gigantic slor (well, almost never, unless you count Billy the fat bully at school).
And luckily, he has never ever confronted an evil ruler of Mars bent on conquering the Earth to steal its cows.
This may be the adventure Gilbert always wished for.
If only he can survive.
Join Gilbert and Aoleon in this exciting middle-grade science fiction and fantasy adventure!
Its a bit hard to describe the characters, especially since this is a 73 page book, but its a bit different than what would one expect; for some odd reason I kept thinking of some Japanese anime that I watched such as Inuyasha and Escaflowne,, how its always the girl that gets sucked into a guy's world, instead of a guy being sucked into the girl's world. Yet the reader finds it in this story and I grew to like Aoleon, especially as she is different and unexpected; she is brave, reckless, a bit crazy and very curious. Gilbert is also curious and brave in going off with Aoleon, but he also seems to be the reasonable and curious one.
I'm not sure what the theme should have been, except to expect the unexpected
The story is told in third person narrative mostly from Gilbert's point of view, although Aoleon and some other characters also get a voice in the story. There is comedy, chases and thrills as well as an interesting cliffhanger of what will happen next to these characters.
Meet the Author:
Mr. LeVasseur enjoys crafting good stories based on lovable characters designed to translate well to multiple media formats such as books, games, movies, and toys. He lives in New York when he is not commuting between Southern California and Olympus Mons, Mars. His hobbies include writing, 3D animation, musical composition, and intergalactic space travel. He also enjoys various sports such as skiing, running, and exospheric skydiving.
Connect with Brent: Website ~ Twitter ~ Facebook ~ Aoléon: The Martian Girl
I'm not really used to reading books for middle graders, but I liked what I read, although the adult in me would have wanted to see more development between Aoleon and Gilbert and would have wanted to learn and see more about Mars. I find it interesting how high tech they are, yet they are not free thinking. Also, why is there fear of strangers on the planet Mars?
I have to say that I loved the pictures in the book. The pictures of Aoleon's spaceship really blended in with the space pictures and it seems as if it will always belong there instead of standing out. I also loved how the pictures capture Aoleon's and Gilbert's emotions.
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4 out of 5
(0: Stay away unless a masochist 1: Good for insomnia 2: Horrible but readable; 3: Readable and quickly forgettable, 4: Good, enjoyable 5: Buy it, keep it and never let it go.)