Thursday, February 26, 2015

The Black Stars by Dan Krokos

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In his first adventure (ThePlanet Thieves, 2013) Mason Stark and his cadet crew of the spaceship, Egypt, saved earth from a terrible war with the Tremists. Now the Earth Space Command wants Mason to attend the Tremist Rhadgast school as a gesture of peace, but also to act as a spy to check out rumors that someone at the school is developing a weapon to use against Earth. At the school Mason and fellow human cadet, Tom, must overcome prejudice and earn the Tremist's trust.  A threat from the human's and Tremist's common enemy, the Fangborn, unite the teens just in time for them to face their greatest challenge yet. I liked this sequel as much as the original.  Krokos keeps up a fast pace throughout.  Mason is a likable hero, if a little too good to be true. The other characters are well developed and the interpersonal relationships are interesting and complicated. The little hint of romance between Mason and princess Marin is a nice touch.  I am certainly looking forward to book 3. (304 p.)

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