Publisher: Fiewel & Friends
Release Date: January 27, 2015
In the sequel to The Lost Planet, Chase is still in hiding, protected by a family friend on a space ship. To everyone else, he is just an orphan recruit, but Chase and his sister are so much more than that. Following a series of clues, the children, along with their friends Parker and Marcus, set out to find the truth even if it means disobeying a direct command. How could they know they were walking into the middle of a war? How could they know that they enemy will do anything, even commit genocide, in order to get at their extraordinary escapees?
The reason I even read The Lost Planet was because this book sounded so interesting. It did not disappoint. One of my major issues with the last book was an extreme lack of answers, a problem that is solved in this volume. There is a lot of action/adventure type thing going on with kids who are willfully out of their element, which makes the story both interesting and infuriating in the same breath. Searles does a great job of keeping the pace moving along at a brisk pace without being overwhelming. Of course, as with all things, there are still unanswered questions that will be revealed in another book, but enough mysteries were revealed that I wasn't frustrated.
A solid fantasy for middle grade readers with just enough mystery to keep you wanting more.