Genre: MG-YA / Action & Adventure / Men’s & Boys’ Publisher: Book Liftoff Publication Date: February 11, 2020
Number of Pages: 282 pages SCROLL DOWN FOR THE GIVEAWAY!
Twelve-year-old Edison Jones is a prodigy with a passion for technology and inventions. Paralyzed from the waist down since the age of five, he hasn’t let his disability slow him down. Then his world changes overnight when his grandfather, a billionaire tech company owner, decides to enroll him in a public school. Algorithms, quantum physics, and digital engineering are easy. Finding his way in the bewildering world of boys and girls his own age is quite another thing . . . the biggest challenge of his life.
Edison Jones is a 12-year-old boy and technological mastermind. Following the death of his parents in a car accident when he was five that also left him paralyzed, Edison has been raised by his wealthy and equally tech savvy grandfather, Stanton. Their relationship is dynamic and profound to witness, especially as Stanton makes the difficult decision to begin sending Edison to public school. Though incredibly gifted and intensely curious, Stanton clearly understands that Edison needs to be surrounded by children his own age and engaged in their youthful activities, which may dramatically assist Edison with his social awkwardness. Ultimately, this is exactly what Edison needed; however, the friends he makes needed Edison in their own lives just as much if not more so.
The story is very fast-paced and packed with thrilling moments, making it a great option for any reluctant or struggling readers in your life. Each chapter is fairly short and concludes on a tense or cliffhanger situation that naturally allows a segue to draw you towards continuing with the story. The interactions between the children and the adults provide for timely and relevant discussions on a tough topic such as bullying as well as solutions that offer both positive and negative real world application. Language choice (use of the word “pussy” for name-calling) for some of the children as well as their actions (smoking) were an issue for me at times, making it difficult to believe that these characters were in fact 12 or 13. Fourteen to 16 year olds would have resonated better with me and created a more authentic voice, but personal preference aside, perhaps those moments may very well resonate for the intended audience. Either way, uncomfortable and/or questionable moments can definitely provide perfect fodder for further discussion.
The science and technology aspects of the story are immensely entertaining and create action sequences that readers of any age will thoroughly enjoy. There are some very fascinating and extensive scientific advancements happening throughout the course of the story that Edison is able to adequately explain in layman’s terms because of his friends’ reminders to “speak like a kid!” Rather than being dumb-downed, the narrative becomes even more compelling and enthusiastic. If you’ve had the chance to read The Martian, then you’ll know exactly what I mean. A sense of adventure and quest for knowledge were always in the forefront and never in doubt!
This unique story will definitely capture your imagination and remind us all to always dream big.
Many thanks to Lone Star Book Blog Tours and the author for providing me with a free copy of the book for review. This is my honest and thoughtful opinion.
Multi award-winning author Michael Scott Clifton, a public educator for over 38 years as a teacher, coach, and administrator, currently lives in Mount Pleasant, Texas, with his wife, Melanie, and family cat. An avid gardener, reader, and movie junkie, he enjoys all kinds of book and movie genres. His books contain aspects of all the genres he enjoys: action, adventure, magic, fantasy, and romance. His fantasy novels, The Janus Witch and The Open Portal, received 5-Star reviews from the prestigious Readers’ Favorite Book Reviews, and he has been a finalist in a number of short story contests, with Edges of Gray winning First Place in the Texas Authors Contest. Professional credits include articles published in the Texas Study of Secondary Education Magazine. Clifton’s latest book, The Open Portal, won a Feathered Quill Book Finalist Award, and launched the fantasy book series, Conquest of the Veil.
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