The Last Stop
by Michael H Burnam
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Pub Date 29 Jan 2016 | Archive Date 24 Nov 2017
John Hunt Publishing Ltd, Lodestone Books
The Next Step - book 2 in The Last Stop series - is about to be released - check it out on NetGalley here! http://netgal.ly/DGNHXK
The Last Stop asks the question: What happens when Evolution ends? It’s Ender’s Game meets Close Encounter of the Third Kind - a character-driven action packed drama first set in a high school suffused with emerging sexuality and a strict pecking order, followed by wild flying saucer rides to the dark side of the moon, and then to a city under the ice on Europa where seemingly anything is possible. Mature Sci-Fi devotees will appreciate The Last Stop's hardcore science and philosophy. Young adult readers will enjoy its fast-paced action, stunning visual imagery, three-dimensional characters, teenage protagonists and just the right dash of humor. Who says a feelgood story can’t be classic Sci Fi?
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Character and plot, big ideas and fast-paced action. Sequel ready in draft. Happy ending to counter recent dystopic teen fiction.
What if you fell into a hole but it was not really there? What if you fell into this hole, found a suit of some type that fit you perfectly and then you had to find a way to get out? What if your best friend ran for help but by the time he arrived with your father and someone else, you were able to jump out of the hole quite a number of feet and land on solid ground? What if you tried to explain what happened but no one believes you? But, one man, an ex-army sergeant Ernie does. Shadowing their movements the next day and following the same path the boys took, he uncovers something that no one would believe. Where did Mickey wind up and what happens when he and David decide to explore the area more?
Characters that interface and intertwine in many different ways with a plot line that will get readers of all ages thinking about the messages the author relates within this YA novel that everyone adults and YA’s can learn from. When the two teens remain on Europa how do they live? What obstacles will they face? Will they ever return to Earth and will we ever learn the true meaning of the value of life, living, understanding, family loyalties and love?
The saucer moves at a high speed. The landing might give you a jolt. The ending will take you on a journey you will never forget and the lessons learned are many as two teens learn the meaning of understanding and dealing with Aliens of those of another race in an environment that is new, fresh and in a form that enhances them.
The source of clean energy. The power to cure all diseases and given a special disc that holds it all. Imagine living in a world like that! But, what about the way the government, DIA and FBI react? Just who owns the technology and who will prevail? If you were Pam, David, Vicky and Mickey what would you do? One passed the test and another did not! Which two are the Chosen? Read this outstanding novel to find out.
This is a novel that is thought provoking and I hope that author Michael H. Burnam has a sequel planned.
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Average rating from 26 members
The Last Stop is a sci-fi adventure novel geared toward young adults. The two main protagonists of the story are off on a camping trip when one stumbles upon a mysterious suit that seemingly grants him superpowers. As he becomes more accustomed to it, more functions and possibilities are revealed. Soon, the friends find themselves inside a flying saucer and whisked through space, not once but twice. The aliens behind the technology have a story to tell and a request to make of our young heroes and their companions. But in the end, are the beings asking for more than they are willing to give...? I would first like to state that I received this through NetGalley for an honest review. I found this coming of age tale to be enjoyable and full of adventure, all seen through the eyes of youth. The pace was steady, the plot poignant and engaging - though a bit fantastical, and the characters likeable. Through the tale we get to see them grow and mature through their experiences. This was a fun read, and I would definitely recommend.
Whilst not initially realising that this was aimed at a younger audience (my fault entirely - was looking for science fiction titles) this quickly became apparent. Nevertheless a good read for those of us past those 'target years'. Major point in its favour was the overall message of hope.
This is an amazing scifi young adult read and i loved it being taken on a fantastic journey of make believe and magic loved it well done
*I received a copy of this book from Netgalley, in exchange for an honest review* A Science Fiction with UFOs, super power suits and flying further than Mars in a few hours. This book was fast paced with action, adventure and visits to the moon. This book was one that I will definitely be reading again! My favourite character has to be Pam, who, although can’t walk very well, has spirit, which names her my favourite character. I didn’t see the need for the military side of this book and the military chapters bored me. The fact that Mickey had found a superpower suit and had travelled space with David would have been a story enough. Nevertheless, I enjoyed reading this book and Recommend it to UFO lovers!