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The Obsidian Blade (The Klaatu Diskos #1)

3.37  ·  Rating Details ·  1,948 Ratings  ·  428 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 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
Hardcover, 320 pages
Published April 10th 2012 by Candlewick (first published April 1st 2012)
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Good time-travel YA fiction is hard to find. Really hard. The Obsidian Blade is a whopping #2 on my list of good time-travel YA sci-fi (#1, in case you are interested, is Singing the Dogstar Blues). Even though I am giving this novel only 3 stars, I assure you, it is good. The main draw here is the time-traveling system, that includes a series of disks that were engineered by people of the future and that transport you to various significant points in human history. Th
Considering I am a complete and utter sci-fi-phobe, I was pleasantly surprised by this book.
The idea behind it was extremely fascinating, clever and absolutely what-the-heck-just-happened mental.

However, I can't help but think that this book was wasted on me.

In the hands of a science fiction fan this book will probably be awarded 4/5 stars but in my "I-like-books-where-girls-and-boys-have-angst-and-then-kiss-and-maybe-go-on-a-roadtrip-or-fight-to-the-death-in-some-dystopic-world-and-then-eat-b
As seen on Zombie Mommies.

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
Some topics are harder to tackle in science fiction than others - - I consider writing about the future, different life forms than human beings, time travel,and major historical events that shape how each of us sees the world are all topics that take a lot of imagination and writing skill to effectively convey the story and get a reader to buy into it. Obsidian Blade begins in modern America, rural Minnesota. The main character, Tucker, has a fundamental evangelical preacher for a father and is ...more
This is the first volume of a trilogy that involves pretty much everything. Tucker, a twelve-year-old boy in the midwest inadvertently discovers a time-travel portal over the roof of his house; adventure ensues. Although the cast grows significantly, the story most closely follows Tucker and Lia, a neighbor girl of about the same age. There will be fighting, and many different sorts of culture, technology, cooking, religion, faith, moral quandaries, and a kitten named Bounce who never grows or a ...more
Aug 17, 2012 Evie rated it it was amazing
Books that engage both your mind and your heart, make you question the real world, and inspire you to ponder the meaning of life, freedom, destiny and faith are many. Not many of them, however, are done right, and even fewer have the power to literally blow your mind to pieces. The Obsidian Blade is one of the best, most intriguing reality bending books I had the pleasure of reading, and not just in YA genre, but in literature in general.

I loved the concept behind this book. Time travel and al
Dec 02, 2012 Katy rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I really wanted to like this book, but I don't think it was for me.

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
Annmarie Ager
Jan 16, 2012 Annmarie Ager rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc-reviewed
The Obsidian Blade (Klaatu Diskos #1) by Pete Hautman
Tucker is a normal everyday day lad till his father disappeared off the roof of their family home. Hours later his dad turns up with a strange girl in toe but something weird has happened. Tuckers dad is now older and no longer has any faith in god. Over the next few weeks Tuckers dad grows distanced while his mother seems to be slowly losing her mind and can no longer tell the difference from fact and fiction. Life for tucker becomes lonely a
Erin Forson
Jul 24, 2012 Erin Forson rated it it was ok

The Obsidian Blade
By Pete Hautman
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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
Oct 01, 2013 Megan rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Everyone
Shelves: not-manga
This book was absolutely wonderful! The name and the cover made me want to read it, as well as the intro. With the time-traveling, portal like disks, it was awesome. This book contains emotions like betrayal, curiosity, sadness, glee and a bunch of others. Each character is different. Everybody changes n their own way from the beginning to the end. Normally, minor characters don't play a big part, but towards the end, the minor characters will become important in the next book... It was wonderfu ...more
Erin (Bookish in a Box)
Jan 17, 2012 Erin (Bookish in a Box) rated it really liked it
When I finished this book, I paused for a moment and then flipped back through to make sure I hadn't missed a few pages at the end. "What? That's it? No! I need more!" flashed through my mind, mostly because The Obsidian Blade is so gripping but partially--and I have to be honest--because the conclusion felt like the end of a chapter, not the end of a book. Talk about leaving me hanging!

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
Kelli Lee
Two haunting words: Digital Plague. Mentions how the Bible foreshadowed this catastrophic ruination of humanity. And the same message is woven obscurely throughout this tome. Technology seems to be sucking the life out of people, zombifying them. Turning society into veritable mouse potatoes. And this book touches upon this very subject in a very obscure way. Aside from what I drew from this novel, it centers around the yummy topic of time travel and actually does it justice.

What else can I say
Lydia Presley
May 11, 2012 Lydia Presley rated it it was ok
For a book that took forever to get actually moving, I was actually surprised at how disappointed I was in The Obsidian Blade. Here's what my journey through this story looked like.

Confusion: First - a completely strange, utterly alien world was introduced. Fine, that I can deal with. But then it was shoved into a closet and I was thrown into a reality that, honestly, sent me back to the internet to find out what was going on with this books genre classification. It seemed like a typical, young
Jenni Arndt
Apr 13, 2012 Jenni Arndt rated it liked it
Shelves: arc-ebook
You can read all of my reviews at Alluring Reads.

A copy was provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

The Obsidian Blade by Pete Hautman was my first time travel book, I read the synopsis and thought "Well, I LOVED Donnie Darko!" so I gave it a go. What I read was a good, albeit confusing, piece of literature. I found myself really enjoying the story and caring about Tucker and the rest of the Feye's. I don't think this book would be so confusing to me if I was a big fan of sci-
Amber (Books of Amber)
I can't believe The Obsidian Blade is rated under 4 stars on Goodreads! It's one of the best books I've read so far this year. I absolutely adored this book!

The Obsidian Blade has such a complicated and well thought out plot, it kept me hooked from the very beginning because I need to know more about what was happening. I was drawn in from the very beginning, when Tucker's father disappears for the first time. After that, I couldn't put the book down.

The world building was my favourite part of T
Aug 30, 2012 Leanna rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: e-books
E-books have one major disadvantage compared to physical books: as you're reading, you don't have a clear idea how close you are to the end. Even if, as I did, you keep periodically checking your progress, (mine was in percentages), being 94.5% finished isn't physically as clear to me as knowing that I am flipping over the last actual page in a book.

So, this happened:

Me, reading: "... oh wow! Oh, this is getting good! Wow, really?? TOM?! Oh no- what--"
Me, flipping to the next page and reading: "
Jan 09, 2013 Matt rated it liked it
EDIT: This book was basically a huge timescrew.

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 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.
May 30, 2015 J rated it liked it
The Obsidian Blade may be Pete Hautman at his weirdest. The book involves wonky time travel, some seriously out there religious fanatics, worms that bring a new meaning to the idea of 'wormholes' and a family mystery that only manages to get more crazy the longer the book goes on. It's a wild ride, and not always a very easy one to figure out. Hautman, as always, gets his dialogue spot on to create a fairly quick moving narrative. The setting is a bit different, more small town/farm town Minneso ...more
Connor Seaman
Nov 04, 2015 Connor Seaman rated it it was amazing
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Maureen E
Jun 21, 2012 Maureen E rated it it was ok
Shelves: scifi, young-adult
I was not wild about this one at all. The science fiction part didn’t work for me and I felt bludgeoned by the religious aspect.
M. Kay
Jun 24, 2016 M. Kay rated it did not like it
As most of us on Goodreads, I'm an avid reader, but I'm not a mind reader. I can't see in Pete Hautman's brain, so I have no way of knowing what the flying flip he was thinking as he was imaging this story. Of all the ideas that he may have dreamed up in his sleep or that suddenly popped into his head as he was shopping at his local grocery store, I was there for none of it. I'm sure that he mentally crafted this incredible time travel story with amazing descriptive text and unique world buildin ...more
Mar 15, 2012 Amanda rated it really liked it
Shelves: cover-love
Wow. What a crazy, mind bending ride that was. After about midway through, my head never stopped spinning, and I'm still trying to put all the pieces together.

The thing I love about time travel books is how complex and intertwined the plots and scenes can get. Something that happens in the beginning of the book may not make sense until you see the scene again from a different time. The Obsidian Blade took time traveling to a little different place though. The time travel in this book is throug
(This review contains minor Fear spoilers.)

I have two separate issues with this book. The first is with the book itself. I didn't like the writing, and I couldn't connect with Tucker, the main character. At times he acted his age, but at times he acted a lot younger. During the first half of the book, I was very bored and felt like nothing was happening. The second half happened way too fast, and I found it to be bizarre and disjointed.

My other huge issue is the religious statements in this book
Sep 07, 2012 Sarah rated it it was amazing
A wonderfully age appropriate science fiction young adult novel. Some parents might have an issue with the plot as it puts an interesting spin on the resurrection of Jesus Christ. However, the basic premise - non-corporeal beings creating disks allowing time travel to view historic events, including 9/11, is a fast paced read that keeps the reader entranced for beginning to end. I read it in one setting on the train from Cardiff to London. My biggest disappointment was pushing next page on my ki ...more
Mar 12, 2015 Sara rated it really liked it
Wow, there's a lot to say about this one. This was a big book (by big I mean...complex and large in scale and thought), and I'm glad I knew from the beginning that it was going to be a trilogy or I might have been angry.

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
The Rusty Key
Apr 16, 2012 The Rusty Key rated it it was amazing
Reviewed by Rusty Key Writer: Jordan B. Nielsen

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
I stumbled upon this book while browsing the "New YA" shelves and I'm so glad it did. 14-year old Tucker is living a normal life with his mother and preacher father until one day his father disappears off their roof. His father returns a later that day, looking tired and aged with a strange girl in tow. But the strangeness has just begun: the mental state of Tucker's mom is rapidly decreasing and he begins to notice a strange disk appearing and disappearing from atop his home. Soon, his entire f ...more
Apr 30, 2012 Tasha rated it it was amazing
Shelves: teen
This is the dazzling first book in a new trilogy by veteran author, Hautman. It is the story of Tucker, a teen boy from Hopewell, Minnesota who sees his minister father suddenly disappear into a disk that hangs in mid-air. His father returns an hour later, changed. He looks older, his clothes are worn, and his feet are covered in odd blue boots. But the most significant change is that he no longer believes in God. After his father returns, Tucker’s mother begins a slow descent into madness. She ...more
May 08, 2012 Kayla rated it it was amazing
One word: Fantastic.

I usually don't read science fiction (I don't think I've actually read one before, now that I think of it ) but this captured me somehow. I give it 5 stars because I simply cannot find anything that I didn't like.

The story was well written, the plot twist were quite good (imho), I liked the characters (I don't care if people say Tucker was a bit irritating- he was only 14 years old, his parents went POOF and his life wasn't normal after that) and the settings, ugh. Everythin
Oct 05, 2012 JeanBookNerd rated it it was amazing
Shelves: reviews
Pete Hautman’s The Obsidian Blade (Klaatu Diskos) is a finely crafted story that retraces points in history and their significance to the future. When Tucker helplessly watch his father, Reverend Adrian Feye, disappear into nothing while fixing the roof, he stood there in shock. His disbelief continues as his father reappears an hour later along with a young girl. For that short period of time seemed to have altered Adrian’s faith. Adrian becomes more distant with his family that ultimately drov ...more
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Pete Hautman is the author of Godless, which won the National Book Award, and many other critically acclaimed books for teens and adults, including Blank Confession, All-In, Rash, No Limit, and Invisible. Mr. Was was nominated for an Edgar Award by the Mystery Writers of America. Pete lives in Minnesota and Wisconsin. Visit him at
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Other Books in the Series

The Klaatu Diskos (3 books)
  • The Cydonian Pyramid (The Klaatu Diskos, #2)
  • The Klaatu Terminus  (The Klaatu Diskos, #3)

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