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The Talisman of Elam by Jim Mastro
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Mar 30, 2011

really liked it

Jason Hunter has troubles. New school, new friends, weird neighbors, weird parents. The next thing he knows, he's escaping evil aliens, riding in a flying saucer, and zipping off to the other end of the galaxy in order to save the planet. Along the way, he meets several memorable characters and has adventures on numerous worlds, with barely a moment to catch his breath. It's been a long time since I've read any YA science fiction, and this was a very fun return to the genre. The setting, though clearly inspired by such SF giants as Stargate and Star Trek, is detailed, plausible, and fairly original - and best of all, not dumbed down. My favorite character, by far, was Takkadian Pheno. Scary, hilarious, and all-around awesome. I do hope he shows up again sometime. Now, I will admit to having a pretty good idea of how the other two books in the trilogy will play out (there's reason Jason brought two friends with him, after all), but I'd still like to read them, if only to revisit the universe of these stories. I can see this series becoming very popular among junior high school SF fans.

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