I received this book for free from Author in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.The Abduction of Joshua Bloom by Michael L. Thal
on May 29th 2014
Genres: Sci Fi, Young Adult
A high school track star is abducted by aliens, explores strange worlds, uncovers genocide on a planetary scale, and is thrust into extraterrestrial politics that decides the fate of an Earth on the brink of war or unification.
The Abduction of Joshua Bloom tells the story of a teen abduction by an alien race who justifies their act in an attempt to save their people. Joshua finds himself in a world dominated by women, and men are subjugated to their whims. He travels to a dinosaur world, visits a water planet, and the alien home world doomed by a star about to nova.
I really enjoyed reading this, although it is Sci Fi and definitely not my normal go to genre. I enjoyed reading about Joshua but thought the beginning was a bit mired. His thoughts go back and forth with what is currently happening with thoughts of the past. In just the first chapter he had multiple flash backs and I think these hindered me being able to fully fall into the story.
Other than the flashbacks the writing was right on par with what I thought the targeted age range is which also makes it a really easy read. Joshua reacted in ways that was totally with his age and character. Surprised most of the time, he even faints, but he is also easily able to accept. It is interesting to wonder what would happen had he been a bit older.
What I enjoyed the most was the way he explained in detail, what was going on around Joshua. The aliens are quite different from our own society but some parallels can be found, even so I was easily able to see what was going on. Which is one reason why I do not read Sci Fi, if the author isn’t able to fully explain but not drag the story down, it is hard to understand and see what is going on. I didn’t feel that this was the case at all with this one.
In short: I enjoyed this. This is definitely one that will make you think!