Friday, July 10, 2015

Review: Aoleon the Martian Girl Part 5 by Brent LeVasseur

Aoleon the Martian Girl - Part 5
By Brent LeVesseur

Category: Middle Grade
Genre: Science Fiction
Publisher: Aoleon Press
Release Date: Feb 1, 2015

Goodreads Synopsis: Aoléon, Gilbert, Bizwat, Helios, and Zoot make it to their final destination - Cydonia where Aoléon’s parents are being held captive. They infiltrate a secret underground base and are confronted by a small army of sentrybots.

Bizwat lends Aoléon and Gilbert some of his advanced combat skills via a psionic brain dump. However, this may not be enough to save them from overwhelming hostile forces that will do anything to stop them.

They finally meet Pax - the Martian who originally set them out on the mission to discover the truth about the Luminon and his plans to invade Earth. However Pax is not who he seems to be, and through a turn of events, they uncover the true power behind all that has been happening on Mars.

Will they be able to rescue Aoléon’s parents and save Earth from invasion?
Join Aoleon and Gilbert in the conclusion to this exciting middle-grade science fiction and fantasy adventure!


(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:  Part 5, the last part of the book, had me just as excited as the first four parts had me. The anticipation for the ending was amazing based on how well LeVasseur had already built up the story at this point. Picking up where we last saw Aoleon and Gilbert, the story continues right on as if there was no break at all. LeVasseur takes his character through the ending of their exciting journey as they learn more about Mars, Pax, and what it is going to take to save Aoleon's parents, as well as the dairy cows back on Earth. He continues to develop the history and politics surrounding Mars and Aoleon's home, as well as the continued friendship between the two main characters...and the other characters they have met throughout their journey.

I do still think that it was a wonderful and fascinating quality to have a female alien as one of the main characters. Typically, we find males in this role when it comes to literature, and having Aoleon was a much welcome change. It was exciting and fun to hear her talk about the technical language that comes with her kind and environment. I think that she was a wonderful sidekick to our main character, Gilbert, who remained completely relate able throughout the entirety of the book, and majored over the five parts of the book.

As usual, incredible illustrations contributed to the overall effect and success of this part of the story. They went along so perfectly with the text that I felt completely emerged in the world; like I was there myself instead of just seeing the pictures. It is incredible to see the things that LeVasseur describes in such vivid color and detail, and I do believe that it is something that will encourage middle grade children to continue reading the story, as if he plot itself was not enough. 

While I believe that LeVasseur finished the story in a fantastic way, it is still incredibly disappointing for it to be over. I had so much fun emerging myself into this world and going along with the characters as they dealt with all sorts of difficult and exciting adventures. I can only hope that we might see the characters again in future books.

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