The Gaia Wars is a very interesting book which spins Native American folklore with science fiction, all set in modern day America.
The Story: 13 year old Warren Wilkes lives in a beautiful mountain community. He loves to hike in the wilderness and swim in the lake. But now, a greedy land developer has moved into town and wants to build a gated community. Desperate, Warren resorts to vandalism. But, he's seen, and has to make a run for his life. He heads to the only place he knows, the mountains. It is while hiding that he discovers an old corpse and a mysterious medallion.
Now, Warren begins to uncover mysteries from the far past and from his recent path. Specifically, the death of his parent's in a fire at a ranger station. The medallion leads him to a world where aliens exist and some of them want to destroy the planet.
My Thoughts- The story itself is strong. I really liked the beginning of Gaia Wars. Warren is a typical teenager, out to protect what he loves most, in this case his mountain. And just like a typical kid he doesn't think about the consequences to his actions. So, when he goes after the land developer and his son, Warren is only thinking about a mean practical joke. But, things blow up in his face.
Another thing I enjoyed about the beginning, is that you don't know who to trust. There are several people who seem to know about the medallion, but you never really know who the bad guy is until after a dramatic escape scene.
The blend of science fiction with Native American history is unique. I enjoy the way it is interwoven through out the story. Overall, both books are a good read for ages 10 +. There is a bit of violence and disturbing images. Mostly about shapeshifting soldiers that kill people and then take on that person's form. Older kids should be able to handle it.www.dorinewhite.blogspot.com