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Half Worlder

4.05  ·  Rating details ·  21 ratings  ·  14 reviews
Half-worlder. Sub-human. Alien. Those are some of the more polite names people use to describe you when your mother is from another planet.

Kristin Magnuson has spent her life growing up with these labels. Now she's been chosen to take part in the Youth Ambassador program and train to become Earth's ambassador to the Centauri system.

Kristin hopes to find accept
Paperback, 268 pages
Published December 5th 2013 by Light & Lore LLC
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Aug 29, 2015 rated it liked it
I was given a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

I'll just get right into it and fast forward to when she arrives at her destination, Vespa Prime. Kristin's going to be on her way for training as a Youth Ambassador. She then meets her three other companions in her cohort, Gabriana (a Lyconian), Torvox (a Sirian), Porter (a Roxian)... and her senior trainee, Norina (a Trellian). Her three friends, including herself, are what Norina would call a group of misfits. They have their o
Jul 27, 2015 rated it liked it
Prejudices never really seem to change. In a time when the difference is not which country are you from but which plant are you from, Kristin has spent her whole life feeling an outsider. She is half human and half Centauri. On Earth, she is made to feel like she does not truly belong.

So it becomes Kristin's plan to become a Youth Ambassador so she will not feel like an outsider. How could she when she will be surrounded by others thatcome from different planets and many do not even
Anna Tan
Jul 13, 2015 rated it liked it
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Half Worlder is another coming of age story written in first person in a glutted market. That fact alone takes away a couple of stars. I'm not a huge fan of first person narratives, but Lee Falin pretty much makes it work okay. At least the asides were useful and interesting in a snarky kind of way.

Kristin Magnuson, the first Earthling selected to serve as a Youth Ambassador ("YA") in over fifty years, is actually only half human - her mother is a Centauri, a race of green-skinned al
Lisa Star
Oct 14, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I recently had the chance to read an advanced copy of Half Worlder by Lee J. Falin. Here is my review.

Half Worlder tells the story of a girl named Kristine, who is half alien and half human. She is a trainee in the Youth Ambassador Program and as part of the program, she gets to go to another planet to complete her training. While Kristin is at the training centre, she encounter some roadblocks, but makes some friends along the way.

I enjoyed this book. Kristin’s was a cha
Fay Roberts
Aug 12, 2015 rated it really liked it
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In the midst of a nostalgia fueled summer reading fest I was overjoyed when Half Worlder came my way. From the retro feel cover to the well written story, that reminded me at times of Paula Danziger's This Place Has No Atmosphere, and Saturday mornings watching Galaxy High, this was a wonderful "middle-grade" novel.

The conversational and easy flowing narrative style appealed to me and I particularly liked the asides in parenthesis. I found Kristin to be a smart, funny and vulnerable
Jul 09, 2015 rated it really liked it
3.5 / 5 stars

I am back with another review of a book given to me in exchange for… well, a review. Half Worlder was a pleasant surprise. To be honest, I had never heard of this book before, but I am now glad that I had.

The story follows a 15 year old half worlder (half human – half centauri) who is chosen as the next Youth Ambassador to represent Earth. Just like any other person, she has problems that she has to solve (telepathy and such) and truths that she must face. ...more
Jul 03, 2015 rated it liked it
I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Over all, I did like this book. I enjoyed getting to know the main character, and I was able to sympathize with her, and the way folks treated her because she was a "half worlder". I found the taxi driver's behavior very believable, and rather humorous.

I found the information in the brackets where the narrator directly addressed the audience, somewhat like random diary entries, to be very distracting, th
Aug 27, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Kristin is half human and half Centaurian. As a result of being a half worlder, Kristin has always felt out of place on Earth. When she is selected to become a YA ambassador, she leaves Earth to attend a YA training school. There, Kristin and her three cohorts become fast friends. When they are sent to attend a Diplomatic conference, they are kidnapped by space pirates. Kristin and her friends work together to try to escape. Kristin and her abilities end up saving them from certain death. What's ...more
Sep 03, 2015 rated it really liked it
I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review

I decided to try participating in this free book for an honest review and I have to say I was pleasantly surprised. This book was fun, easy and delightful.

What I liked about this book were the characters. More notably, the team that the main character Kristin was on and became good friends with. They were the outcasts of the class, but they became the victors. It's such a wonderful, heart-warming sub plot.

The too o
Sep 01, 2015 rated it really liked it
I am often looking for new books for my kids to read, and I like to review content as often as possible because my kids are early readers who devour books at an amazing rate, yet are not always ready for the level they can read at. I found this book very imaginative, intelligent, and snarky...which is what I would expect from a book targeted toward tweens. I thought the characters were good, and the story line was intriguing. Although as a parent, I would never condone my child being shipped off ...more
L.J. Bus
Nov 15, 2015 rated it really liked it
I've been given a copy in exchange for a review.
I liked the story of this book and the way it is written gives an unique layer of depht to the caracters. The main caracter, Kristin Magnuson writes this story with the intention of this being a new instruction-manual or guide for new trainnees of the Youth Ambasadors Program. With some extra opinions from Kristin about some things she is experiencing during her own training course. These extra's really ad to the story and provide humor.
Jul 11, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. Kristin seems like a typical teen full of insecurity even though she is 1/2 alien- she really just wants to belong somewhere . My favorite comment was by her father - “Nah,” he said. “We only vaporize the really annoying ones. We only stun everyone else.” When discussing his job in the space corp and the guy who drove the airport and made Kristin feel like a freak show . Kristin makes friends with Porter, Torvoc and Gabariana and fi ...more
Sep 15, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This is a brilliant work of science-fiction! I love the story. Kristin is a cool character!
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Lee first fell in love with science while watching old Star Trek episodes with his mother. After eventually completing a PhD in genetics, bioinformatics, and computational biology, he discovered that real science wasn’t at all like Star Trek. One day he realized that he enjoyed the fiction part of science fiction quite a bit more than the science part.

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