This review is from: Noah Zarc: Mammoth Trouble (Kindle Edition)

Noah Zarc: Mammoth Trouble

Noah Zarc: Mammoth Trouble is a clever play on the biblical story of Noah’s Ark, with a futuristic story line. The earth has been rendered unliveable by a cataclysmic event thousands of years previously. The Zarc family are dedicated to collecting pairs of every species, which are kept on a gigantic “space ship” that the Zarcs have built to keep them safe until the earth will support life again. At that time they will be returned to it, to repopulate it with animals.

Beyond that basic principle the similarity ends. This is a futuristic story set in the year 3024. The main character is Noah, a twelve year old boy( who, incidentally is paraplegic). He lives with his family on this gigantic space ship. They zip through the universe in smaller, incrediblely high tech airships, time “jumping” back and forth through the ages in their search for animals from the past.

This book is targeted for the younger crowd, and I’m a grandma, so I’ll freely admit that really understanding a lot of the cool space stuff was a bit beyond the effort I wanted to put into figuring it out. I got the basic idea and went with the flow, enjoying the ride.

I got a kick out of this book. It was a fast paced roller coaster read with lots of twists and turns. The characters were very believable, with true to life give and take between Noah and his siblings. Being a paraplegic didn’t stand in his way and his family didn’t make exceptions for it either. He was very responsible in many ways, clever and fast thinking in his sci-fi environment. But he was still a spontaneous kid; adventurous,daring and not above disobeying his father and making choices that had consequences when he really wanted to do something.

There was a gentle suggestion of a burgeoning “romance” between him and a young girl he met on a time travel journey back into the time of earth’s Ice Age, but appropriately it remained a “blushing” friendship.

The family had strong ties and were willing to take risks and make dangerous decisions in order to protect each other. They pushed the outer limits in speed, “jumping” through time to save each other and protect their earth restoration project.

Noah learned some family secrets that hurt and confused him at first but he resolved that matter in his heart and mind in the end, a reflection of his family values and maturity.

I see a second book is coming out in 2012. If it is as engaging as this one, I can imagine a Noah Zarc series that could become as popular as some of the fire breathing dragon book series that my granddaughters can’t get enough of now!

you can find D. Robert Pease at http://www.drobertpease.com

Middle school readers to granny’s will enjoy this sic-fi adventure!  It`s a fast ride. Hold on, your milk is sure to splash!

Milk splashing out of glass (1)