Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Review: Aoleon the Martian Girl Part 2 by Brent LeVasseur

Aoleon the Martian Girl - Part 2
by Brent LeVasseur 

Category: Middle Grade
Genre: Science Fiction
Publisher: Aoleon Press
Release Date: Feb 23, 2015
Page Count:114

Goodreads Synopsis:
Aoléon and Gilbert receive a special mission from PAX, a wanted criminal and leader of the Martian resistance movement to investigate the Luminon of Mars, who he suspects is planning an invasion of Earth to steal its milk cows. Gilbert has an encounter with the Luminess (the mate of the Luminon) and discovers something strange about her during a procession, and the duo are chased by the Royal Paladin Guard.

At Aoléon’s home, Gilbert meets Aoléon’s family, her sister Una, mother Phobos and father Deimos as well as her overzealous pet Zoot. He is also introduced to Bizwat, a covert operator and Procyon Commando, who uses his Saturn Pizza delivery job as a cover.

Gilbert then gets to visit the Martian Space Academy (Aoléon’s school) where he encounters Aoléon’s nemesis, Charm Lepton and her friend Quarkina, as well as receiving a history lesson on the Martian people by Plutarch Xenocrates. After class, Gilbert and Aoléon get to train in zero-G and Gilbert is treated to a Psi-ball match between Martian Space Academy and Martian Science Academy.

(This book is NOT part of Merit Press, but I am excited to bring you reviews of all five parts of this book this week as an addition to my July posts!)

Review:  I am so excited that I was given all five parts of this book to review at one time so that I did not have to wait for the next part. I can be very impatient when it comes to stories that I am really enjoying, and I could not wait to pick up and read part two of this after finishing up part one. I don't think I mentioned yesterday, but each part of this story is a fantastic length for middle grade. I find that my middle school students struggle to read long books, and so shorter books with pictures are really ideal for that age level. Due to this, I do think that my middle school students would love to read this story just as much as I am enjoying it.

In part two, we continue to see our two main characters, Gilbert and Aoleon, becoming even better friends as they deal with more adventures. Their characters are still amazing and relate able, and their dialogue really is wonderful. They're witty and fun, and that makes the story that much more enjoyable to read. We get to meet so many different and new characters in this part too, however. Aoleon takes Gilbert to her home where he gets to meet her family (and her fun pet!), as well as go to the Martian Space Academy where Aoleon attends school to meet her friends (and maybe even a couple of enemies).

The conflict within this story is one that is very unique, and also a very fun addition to the plot. When it comes to alien stories, we're usually dealing with something scary or their attempt to completely take over the world. Instead, the aliens here want Earth's cows. You read that right. The cows. Dairy is running short, and they love ice cream and pizza on their planet just as much as Gilbert (and all of us) love it down here on Earth. Aoleon and Gilbert are given a special mission to help with this situation, but we have to wonder who they can actually trust...there are a couple of characters I'm pretty unsure of!

Again, the illustrations in this part of the book were just captivating. I love how graphic they do look, as if they do live in a world of higher or different technology - this is something I certainly think of when it comes to alien and outer space stories. The pictures are just as detailed as the writing, which makes for a wonderful combination throughout the story.   

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