I absolutely love historical fiction and read a lot of it; I love to learn history this way. I also enjoy reading science fiction, fantasy, horror, thriller and non-fiction science.
Part Two of Aoleon the Martian Girl picks off right after Part One. Gilbert and Aoleon are exploring Mars and Aoleon is teaching Gilbert all about her home planet. Gilbert sees the Luminess, one of the leaders and notices something different about her, which results in a chase by the Elite Guards and a promise to go rooting around in the Luminons Palace. Gilbert also learns that the main food source on Mars is Galact, a milk like substance. Aoleon also takes Gilbert to Space Academy where he learns about the colonization of Mars, their history and the exciting game of psi-ball!
In this installment there was more explanation and information vs. action; although there is a lot of set up for action in the coming installments with the mystery of the Luminess and the Galact shortage. The mystery of the Luminess is intriguing and the psi-ball game was really exciting. I really did enjoy learning about Mars’ history and technology; however there is a step up in vocabulary in this book that might make it a little more difficult for some middle-grade readers. Scientific and technical terms are used throughout, such as names of stars that some people are familiar with such as Rigel and Betelgeuse, and AU’s which are astronomical units. For kids with inquiring minds, this will get their curiosity flowing. It was also interesting to see that school is the same no matter where you go, even mean girls exist on Mars! There was one curious thing though for me: a name of one type of Alien is a Viagraa’n, this looks a lot like a type of blue medicine we all know, doesn’t it? And then there was this sentence: “He is a Viagraa’n…they get easily excited.” Believe me, there were a few snickers from the pre-teen boys when they read this… Anyway, with that weird exception, I still want to see where Gilbert and Aoleon’s adventures take them in the third book.
This book was received for free in return for an honest review.