Saturday, December 31, 2016

Randoms by David Liss-ADVISABLE

Liss, David, Randoms. Pgs. 485. Simon and Schuster, 2016. $8.99. Language: G, Mature Content: PG, Violence: PG

When an alien delegation comes to Earth offering Earth a chance to join the galactic alliance, 4 teens are picked to represent Earth in space. To earn Earth’s entrance, however, they will have to gain experience through games and other training sessions to level up. To earth entrance, they will have to reach level 80 between them. Meet Zeke Reynolds, major science fiction geek who knows everything there is to know about it. Picked as a Random, a person picked by chance instead of skill, he doesn’t know if he has what it takes. As he uncovers more about the aliens, however, he realizes the alliance has some nasty skeletons in the closet. Can Zeke save the day? Will Earth make it into the alliance?

Action-packed and filled with everything a geek’s paradise needs, this book easily pulls readers into Zeke’s world. The plot is well-written, the characters are well-developed, and the mystery is intriguing. Fans of science fiction, Bongo Fishing by Thacher Hurd, Aliens on Vacation by Clete Barrett Smith, Star Wars, and other alien novels will enjoy reading this book. EL. MS. ADVISABLE. Reviewer: Kira M, Youth Services Librarian, WHI Public Library.

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