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The Gaia Wars by Kenneth G. Bennett
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Dec 06, 2011

really liked it

This Young Adult novel is set at Torch Lake in Clement Valley, America. Thirteen year old Warren Wilkes, an orphan who lives with his Uncle Dave, performs a mischievous act of sabotage, against his property developer neighbors, in revenge for the Finleys’ plans to spoil the natural environment.

Warren flees along the forest trails with Finley Snr. and Finley Jnr. in hot pursuit. Desperately trying to cover his tracks, Warren stumbles across something which takes him on an epic adventure into the realms of science, space and fantasy.

Caught up in a frightening world of robot-like clones, the young eco-warrior must fight to save both his own life and those of his fellow refugees.

Suspense-driven, in the style of Indiana Jones, this story kept my interest – with two exceptions: Big chunks of factual narrative, especially in the earlier part of the novel, slow the action. And Warren’s point of view doesn’t seem authentic sometimes. For example: I can’t envisage a 13 year old describing a room as "well appointed", or him thinking of a 35 year old woman as "young".

Overall, The Gaia Wars provides satisfying, pulse-racing entertainment. It finishes on a knife-edge of uncertainty… with a teaser – the first few pages of the sequel: Battle for Cascadia.
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