The Obsidian Blade (The Klaatu Diskos #1)
The first time his father disappeared, Tucker Feye had just turned thirteen. The Reverend Feye simply climbed on the roof to fix a shingle, let out a scream, and vanished — only to walk up the driveway an hou...more
In the hours since I finished reading The Obsidian Blade, I’ve contemplated several times what a possible inroads to a review might be. Most novels declare their theses clearly and easily: this is a story about adventure, or about defining oneself in a new world, or about coming of age. What’s most unusual about the opening book in the new “Klaatu Diskos trilogy” (and it’s a very unusual novel) is that it defies easy definition. And so I’m forced to resor...more
There is a delicate balance between a story that is too simplistic and a story that leads to information overload. Too simplistic and the reader falls asleep; too complex and the reader is left in the dust wondering what just happened. Unfortunately, The Obsidian Blade falls into the latter category.
I should have known from the first chapter that I was heading into a bad mix of Star Trek vs The Twilight Zone. Don't get me wrong, I enjoy both. I'm just not sure they work...more
I'm extremely fascinated with the diskos and its time-traveling abilities, and it was cool to read (or in my case hear) about Tucker's travels to other time periods, even during the time of Christ. But even though the storyline had potential, to be quite honest, I kind of struggled to pay attention to what was going on. I couldn't really connect with Tucker and kind of felt indifferent toward him.
And when it was all said and done...more
What else can I say...more
I loved the concept behind this book. Time travel and al...more
That's how I would sum up my whole review for this book.
There are diskos scattered around different geographical areas and time periods, and recently, Tucker and his family have been running into a lot of them in their small town of Hopewell.
I enjoyed reading this book...more
The Obsidian Blade
By Pete Hautman
Tucker is thirteen when he sees his father, the devout Reverend Feye, disappear through a hazy disk-shaped area just above the roof of his house. When his father, the Good Reverend, returns a few hours later, he is much changed. Suddenly, everything Tucker knows and thinks he believes begins to change, and his family stability begins to shatter.
At first glance:
It is difficult to evaluate this novel on sheer surface entertainment value. Th...more
As you may know by now, I'm not a huge fan of male narrators, but I actually didn't mind Tucker (and coming fr...more
Goods: this story is tightly written. There is A LOT going on all at the same time, yet it is brought together pretty seamlessly. The small details that take a good book to great were present, the small things in conversation and seen in passing that later become important parts of the story. Lik...more
The book Obsidian Blade is a fictional adventure involving this boy named Tucker Feye who was just an ordinary 13 year old boy that is until his father mysteriously vanishes and returns a couple hours later with a strange girl and acting strange. Not only does his attitude change but his fathers belief in god had changed, he had seen something but Adrian the father wouldnt tell Tucker...more
Wow, where to start. This is one of those time-travel stories that ties your mind into knots---but in a good way!--- as you try to figure out just what is happening and how the time streams affect one another. I thought it was fascinating, but how to describe it. Hmmmmm... well, perhaps you can combine bits of Margaret J...more
The camel, the walled city, the way people were dressed all added up to his being somewhere in Africa or the Middle East. He wished he'd paid closer attention in...more
I didn't feel that the story was put together too well. At times, I was hungry for information. At other times, I was on information overload. I didn't get an in-between.
The story was also way to "out there" for me. The time travel wasn't explained well (nothing really was, in my opinion.)
The cover is good...but the title? Really? You don't even know what it's referring...more
Booklist starred (February 15, 2012 (Vol. 108, No. 12))
Grades 8-12. Hautman, one of YA literature’s most versatile authors, opens a new sci-fi trilogy in this story of Tucker Feye, son of a small-town Minnesota preacher. After a quick prologue that explains how a future race of sorta humans constructed a series of “diskos” to travel in time and witness important moments in “an ancient and largely discredited discipline once known as History,” we return to the present...more
This leads Tucker on an adventure through time, which I cannot even come close to describing....more
Recommended for: Both boys and girls, ages 13 and Up for some moderate violence and general complexity of plot. Teen boys are a natural fit for this story with its male protagonist and action-driven narrative, but the story is so well executed that there is no reason why girls shouldn’t connect with it as well.
One Word Summary: Mind-Bending.
What an architect we have in Pete Hautman. The Obsidian Blade is an expertly constructed time travel odyssey...more
Like his other works, The Obsidian Blade drew me in with the m...more
* Publisher: Candlewick (April 10, 2012)
* ISBN-10: 0763654035
* Author: Pete Hautman
* Cover art: I like it.
* Overall rating: **** out of 5 stars.
* Obtained: Sent to me from the publisher for review.
The Obsidian Blade by Pete Hautman
Reviewed by Moirae the fates book reviews.
Kicking off a riveting sci-fi trilogy, National Book Award winner Pete Hautman plunges us into a world where time is a tool - and the question is, who will control it?
The first time his father disap...more
Tucker is living a fairly uneventful life in Hopewell. His father is the pastor of a local church and his mother is...well a bit different, but he loves her anyway.
Then Tucker sees the disk. It appears to be hovering above the roof as his father ascends a ladder to investigate some damaged shingles. Suddenly, Tucker's father disappears...more
A good foundation, but an absolutely shitty middle plot and ending. The whole time I felt like the book was leading up to something, it kept building these really cool societies and factions and time eras and dis-corporeal beings and...it just fell apart. The ending is just a total "WTF HAPPENED?!" Lack of a crux, really, I think, is what messed it up the most. Kind of disappointing, actually. May or may not read the sequel.
I love it when I read a book that I feel like is a true original. The ideas in this were new, though the concept of time travel is not. THIS time travel book is unique. I love love love Pete Hautman's ability to show and not tell. I never felt preached to or talked down to (whic...more