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The Obsidian Blade

(The Klaatu Diskos #1)

3.37  ·  Rating details ·  2,225 ratings  ·  468 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
Kaethe Douglas
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
Apr 01, 2012 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
Erin Forson
Apr 10, 2012 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
Annmarie Ager
Nov 25, 2011 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
Lydia Presley
Apr 09, 2012 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
Dec 02, 2012 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
Sep 22, 2013 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
Aug 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2017, books-i-own, sci-fi
I really have no freaking clue why this book only has a 3.3 on here, it was absolutely fantastic!

I'll admit, I'm a sucker for anything to do with time travel and stuff so it was such an interesting read for me, I got sucked in right away. And I may or may not have read 200/300 pages in my last sitting, but what can you do?

Goodness... I definitely need to continue this story, I'll be getting the next book as soon as I possibly can and reading it because ughhh.

This one spent so much time buildin
Erin (Bookish in a Box)
Jan 17, 2012 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
May 18, 2012 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: "
Jenni Arndt
Apr 12, 2012 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
Nov 26, 2011 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.
Maureen E
Jun 21, 2012 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.
May 17, 2012 rated it really liked it
First Impressions:

Thea: Throwback. That is the one word I think of when trying to write this review for The Obsidian Blade. Pete Hautman kicks off a new science fiction series by eschewing traditional linear storylines and expectation, by provoking questions of religion, history and causality, and does it in a way that is a most excellent throwback to old-school b-movie sci-fi. While the actual story is light on actual plot, I love this introductory novel to a strange version of our world where
Jan 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
The book " The Obsidian Blade " By Pete Hautman is filled with mystery and secrets. The book takes place at the main character Tucker Feye's house in Small town Minnesota. The book gets interesting when his father, a preacher, disappears through a mysterious disk near the roof of their house. He reappears an hour later, without his religious faith, but with Lahlia, an awkward young woman who he claims is from Bulgaria. When, a year later, Tucker’s parents both vanish, he sets out to find them, a ...more
The Rusty Key
Apr 16, 2012 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
Jul 04, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2018, fiction
YA Science Fiction

Tucker's father falls into the disk one day - but refuses to talk about it. Shortly after, his mother falls sick, and his father decides to bring her into the disk. parents disappear into the disk. Tucker then sets out on a journey after them.

This is an action-packed novel - Tucker moves from adventure to adventure. There's a lot of time-jumping involved, but the good thing is that we mostly follow Tucker as he finds his way around. He doesn't really ask how the technology work
LeAnn Suchy
Apr 12, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: young-adult, sci-fi
Originally reviewed at Minnesota Reads.

The Obsidian Blade is the first Pete Hautman book I have ever read. I feel really ashamed saying that.

I know, I know, it seems like I should’ve been reading Pete Hautman forever. Winner of the National Book Award for Young People’s Literature? Check. Friends praise him? Check. A lot of books full of mystery, sci-fi, and fantasy? Triple check. He really should’ve been on my Goodreads “read” shelf a long time ago, especially if all of his books are as awesome
Dylan Morrison
Apr 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Jan 17, 2019 rated it it was ok
I really think that the book was okay it haded its moments but I would not really recommend it to someone.
Lillian Hong
Mar 17, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: first-reads
Do you believe in god? Do you hate anyone who questions god? Are you mad that I'm not capitalizing the "g" right now? If so, I advise you NOT to read this book. This last thing this amazing book needs is a poor rating because your fragile feelings were injured. Get over yourself.

Now what I like about the book is that it confuses me, and not in a bad way. It's actually making me think. Most books don't even do that anymore, they just entertain you with their pretty stories, but this book is makin
Feb 21, 2012 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 through
Owen Serviss
Mar 08, 2012 rated it did not like it
This book gives you the feeling that your watching a Japanese cartoon in english, but you still have not idea what is going on.
Note! Do not read unless you want the book spoiled, which it's really not so great anyways.

This book is... I don't want to say bad, but it really wasn't all that good. At all. It starts out with a 14 year old boy who launches a toy on the roof knocking a shingle loose, his father sees the loose shingle and goes up to fix it, finds the toy, and suddenly disappears. You la
Nov 07, 2012 rated it it was amazing
To describe a world of time travel mixed in with a fictional aspect is what Pete Hautman was able to accomplish.

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