Sunday, September 30, 2012

Review of The Chosen of Gaia by M. Mariz

Fifteen year old Albert has just received an invitation that could transform his disappointing life completely – a chance to belong to an advanced and hidden society that only reveals itself to a select few. 

Immersed in a new world of mind-boggling technology and intriguing peers, Albert will overcome his fears enough to ignore a few suspicious details. But soon he'll find his family dragged to the center of a scandal that threatens to tear them apart and erase their very identities.

A conflicted Albert must find the strength to challenge authority by relying on his newfound allies and gift for Revelation.

Prepare for adventure, humor and suspense in this fast-paced tale of a "normal" family striving for their place in a "perfect" world.

4 stars

The Chosen of Gaia by M. Mariz is a great story for young adults.  It tells the story of Albert, a 15 year old boy, and the rest of his family on their adventure into an advanced society.  The Gaians keep an eye out for people that meet certain requirements to bring into their society to help enrich their way of life.  Despite the claims of an ideal society made by the Gaians Albert learns that there are hidden elements that don't agree with the policy of bringing in outsiders.  Albert's family must keep their wits about them in order to prove their worth if they want to stay in their new home and possibly survive.

I really enjoyed many aspects of this book with the information on Atlantis being a neat addition.  The pacing of this book was pretty good with twists coming at the appropriate times to spark another level of interest.  The technology exhibited by the Gaians was great and had some very intriguing applications, especially the variety of changes the houses were capable of affecting.

There is a little something for everyone in this book.  There is crime to solve, futuristic technology, young love, sports, action, intrigue, thrills, conspiracies, and more.  If you pick up a copy of the book for yourself or your child (I'd guess middle school and above but I'm pretty bad at guessing reading levels) you won't regret it.

Pick up your copy on Amazon.

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