Wednesday, February 18, 2015

The Luminess of Mars by Brent LeVasseur

Title:  The Luminess of Mars
Series:  Aoleon the Martian Girl #2
Author:  Brent LeVasseur
Published:  February 23/15 by Aoleon Press
Length:  114pgs
Format: ecopy
Genre:  Children's Science Fiction
Shelf:  review
Rating: ★★★★★

Back Cover Blurb:

Aoléon and Gilbert receive a special mission from PAX, a wanted criminal and leader of the Martian resistance movement to investigate the Luminon of Mars, who he suspects is planning an invasion of Earth to steal its milk cows. Gilbert has an encounter with the Luminess (the mate of the Luminon) and discovers something strange about her during a procession, and the duo are chased by the Royal Paladin Guard.

At Aoléon’s home, Gilbert meets Aoléon’s family, her sister Una, mother Phobos and father Deimos as well as her overzealous pet Zoot. He is also introduced to Bizwat, a covert operator and Procyon Commando, who uses his Saturn Pizza delivery job as a cover.

Gilbert then gets to visit the Martian Space Academy (Aoléon’s school) where he encounters Aoléon’s nemesis, Charm Lepton and her friend Quarkina, as well as receiving a history lesson on the Martian people by Plutarch Xenocrates. After class, Gilbert and Aoléon get to train in zero-G and Gilbert is treated to a Psi-ball match between Martian Space Academy and Martian Science Academy.

About the author:

Mr. LeVasseur enjoys crafting good stories based on lovable characters designed to translate well to multiple media formats such as books, games, movies, and toys. He lives in New York when he is not commuting between Southern California and Olympus Mons, Mars. His hobbies include writing, 3D animation, musical composition, and intergalactic space travel. He also enjoys various sports such as skiing, running, and exospheric skydiving.

My Review:

This story is well written with a style that will capture your attention. LeVasseur’s story is so wildly original that I’m completely hooked. I am dying to visit Aoleon on Mars.

The dialogue in the story is priceless. LeVasseur’s characters are so realistic and approachable. The character names had me charmed. I also appreciate the fact that they’re age appropriate. The hints and tidbits about the history and culture of the people of Mars was fascinating. This extra layer really had me immersed in the world that LeVasseur has created for our enjoyment.

The graphics in this story are fantastic. They’re vivid & really help the story come to life, combining seamlessly with LeVasseur’s descriptions. It definitely benefits from being read in colour, so if your ereader is black and white, I’d suggest reading it on your computer.

What a fantastic addition to Aoleon’s series. LeVasseur has created a work that won’t easily be forgotten. It’s perfectly suited to grade school age children but will be loved by all who enjoy science fiction. I will note, however, that this series definitely benefits from being read in order.

1 comment:

  1. I also mentioned in my review of book one about reading it on my computer so I could get the full affect of the illustrations!
    This series is wonderful and I'm happy you enjoyed this second book too.