The Martian Girl Part 3
by Brent LeVasseur
Aoléon and Gilbert investigate the Luminon to try and uncover the plot to invade Earth to steal it’s milk cows. In the process, they discover a disturbing revelation about the Martian leader. After overhearing the Luminon discuss his plans to use sabotage to disrupt Mars’s galact supply, the duo races to try and to warn Aoléon’s father Deimos, who is a manager at the galactworks plant before the saboteur can act.
Meanwhile, Aoleon has to take her pilots exam, which would enable her to eventually join the Martian intergalactic explorational fleet. However, during the test-run, something goes horribly wrong. The two are put in a life threatening situation that only Bizwat, a Procyon commando, and Aoléon’s friend can save them from.
Gilbert finally gets his chance to learn to skyboard. However, things go horribly wrong and they are chased by the Royal Paladin guard.
Will they survive?
Join Aoleon and Gilbert in this exciting middle-grade scifi adventure story to Mars and beyond!
After getting to know Gilbert and Aoleon in the first two books and a little bit about life on Mars, it was fun to jet off with this book into a faster paced adventure. Finally, Gilbert and Aoleon are figuring out what they're up against, and they've got their hands full.
This is my favorite book in the series so far (the first two gave more an introduction to Gilbert and Aoleon as well as daily life on Mars). But where those books lacked on plot, this one reels it all back in and doesn't disappoint. Not only does the plot gain on pace, but there's a nice mixture of mystery and suspense thrown in. This adds a whole new dimension to the story, one that is sure to draw kids in and keep them hooked for the next book in the series. It feels like the story has finally shifted into hyerdrive and the real ride has begun.
The illustrations, like in the books before, are colorful and add a lot to the story. My kids enjoy glancing over all of them several times and telling their own version of the story before hitting the real, written version. It's not hard to get caught up in Gilbert and Aoleon's adventures and shoot off through space with them. Even the descriptions draw in, making certain details unforgettable as new aliens and schemes are introduced.
Although intended for the middle grade audience, the writing easily gears for older readers. The vocabulary can, at times, go to higher levels as well as the scientific concepts behind several things. Although not all middle grade readers will necessarily understand everything, I doubt they'll mind. There's such a delightful mixture of adventure, humor and a little douse of warming family and friendship which really makes this story worth reading.
My only complaint is the cliff-hanger ending. I'm not a huge fan of those simply because I hate having to wait to see what will happen next. And this time, I can't wait to dive into book 4.
The Martian Girl Song!
Another World - Single
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And here he is. . .
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.
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