Friday, May 1, 2015

Aoléon The Martian Girl: A Science Fiction and Fantasy Saga - Part 5: The Great Pyramid of Cydonia, written and illustrated by Brent LeVasseur : A Review


Book TitleAoléon The Martian Girl: A Science Fiction and Fantasy Saga - Part 5: The Great Pyramid of Cydonia, written and illustrated by Brent LeVasseur
Category:  Middle-Grade, 130 pages
Genre: Science-fiction and Fantasy
Publisher: Aoléon Press
Release date: February 1, 2015

          Aoléon, Gilbert, Bizwat, Helios, and Zoot make it to their final destination - Cydonia where Aoléon’s parents are being held captive. They infiltrate a secret underground base and are confronted by a small army of sentrybots. 
          Bizwat lends Aoléon and Gilbert some of his advanced combat skills via a psionic brain dump. However, this may not be enough to save them from overwhelming hostile forces that will do anything to stop them. 
          They finally meet Pax - the Martian who originally set them out on the mission to discover the truth about the Luminon and his plans to invade Earth. However Pax is not who he seems to be, and through a turn of events, they uncover the true power behind all that has been happening on Mars. 
          Will they be able to rescue Aoléon’s parents and save Earth from invasion? Read part 5 to find out!

          This is the last part of the five part series in the Aoleon Martian Girl series. In the stories already, Aoleon, Gilbert, Bizwat, Zoot and Helios come together and land in their final destination in their war against the Luminon. Cydonia is where all the action is. Hundreds of prisoners are held captive and a secret underground base is raided.
          It is a combination of presence of mind, luck, and extreme sense of timing that makes the team succeed in almost all of their goals. The major suspense is halfway into the book, where the reality of the primary foe is revealed. This book seems more and more like a fair warning against the influx of artificial intelligence.
          The scenes back in ‘Terra’ with the president and his tactic team seem, unintentionally, humorous. There is no real conviction in most of the methods used. The book ends with ‘finally a bunch of kids saved the day’ theme, a feel good ending, but makes the reader do the smallest of double takes and raise an eyebrow sceptically.
          The language is, as usual, good. The glossary is really helpful to keep track, even by book 5, and the plot is understandable only to those who have been following the other books so far. The story is enjoyable and of course, you let out a sigh of contentment once it is over. The series had grown on me and this is a very fitting final book.

          As always, the graphics in this book are an added bonus. They help in visualising the scenes better and are vital in the flow of the story. So much so that I have started wishing other books had occasional images too.

          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 is an associate member of the Children's Book Council. 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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