Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Planet Thieves: By Dan Krokos



Two weeks ago, thirteen-year-old Mason Stark and seventeen of his fellow cadets from the Academy for Earth Space Command boarded the SS Egypt. The trip was supposed to be a short routine voyage to log their required spacetime for summer quarter.

But routine goes out the airlock when they’re attacked by the Tremist, an alien race who have been at war with humanity for the last sixty years.

With the captain and crew dead, injured, or taken prisoner, Mason and the cadets are all that’s left to warn the ESC. And soon they find out exactly why the Tremist chose this ship to attack: the Egypt is carrying a weapon that could change the war forever.

Now Mason will have to lead the cadets in a daring assault to take back the ship, rescue the survivors, and recover the weapon. Before there isn’t a war left to fight.


Librarians or parents looking for a book for young boys should look no further than Dan Krokos’ The Planet Thieves. This doesn’t mean that girls wont enjoy the book as well, but because of its action, adventure, lasers, weapons of mass destruction, and warring aliens, it is sure to keep even the most hesitant middle grade reader captivated.

The plot itself will suck in reluctant readers; a space cadet must gather and arm his fellow cadets as they attempt to save the rest of their crew from the alien race that has captured their ship while looking for the human’s new weapon of mass destruction. This coupled with intrigue, lasers, and shocking reveals is sure to entertain.

But, while the plot pulls readers in, it’s the nonstop action that will keep them from putting the book down. Much like Eric Nylund’s The Resisters series, this new series never stops moving. Between laser battles, attacking “The King”, the head of the alien race which has captured the ship, and avoiding death by the closest margins, middle school readers won’t be able to put it down.

All in all The Planet Thieves is a fantastic middle grade book. It has action, adventure, likable characters, and a take charge protagonist that keeps the story moving and is sure to excite and enthrall young readers. Krokos has begun a new series that will have readers eagerly awaiting each new installment with baited breath.


Published: Mary 21, 2013

Publisher: Starscape 

Price: $15.99

Link to Buy: http://www.amazon.com/The-Planet-Thieves-Dan-Krokos/dp/0765334283/ref=dp_return_2?ie=UTF8&n=283155&s=books

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