Liss, David, Rebels. Pgs. 391. Simon and Schuster, 2016. $17.99. Language: G, Mature Content: PG, Violence: PG
After he and his friends were labeled criminals for stealing Phandic Cruisers to expose the Phands’ true plans for the universe, Zeke Reynolds finds himself back on Earth. But, he’s not alone. Inside his head is an Alien Intelligence organism suit he calls Smelly, who will remind readers of Tony Stark’s suit. When an alien from the Confederation Council enlists his and his friends’ help to save the universe again, Zeke and his friends find themselves not only up against stopping the evil Phand alien race, but also dealing with a power-hungry politician. Will the group save the people who shunned them as well as Earth? Will they ever be accepted by the alien confederation?
This science fiction adventure is action-packed, fast-paced, and full of humor. The characters are even more well-developed, Smelly is snarky and adds a lot of depth to the book, and the dynamics between them is masterfully crafted. The plot is well developed, complex, and intriguing. Fans who enjoy space adventures like Star Wars, Clete Barrett Smith’s Aliens on Vacation, and Thacher Hurde’s Bongo Fishing will be easily drawn into Zeke’s world. You will, however, need to read the first one, Randoms, first.
EL. MS. ADVISABLE. Reviewer: Kira M, Youth Services Librarian, WHI Public Library.