Monday, December 19, 2011

Noah Zarc-Mammoth Trouble Review - D. Robert Pease

Noah Zarc-Mammoth Trouble
by D. Robert Pease
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Noah lives for piloting spaceships through time, dodging killer robots and saving Earth’s animals from extinction. Life couldn’t be better. However, the twelve-year-old time traveler soon learns it could be a whole lot worse. His mom is abducted and taken to thirty-first century Mars; his dad becomes stranded in the Ice Age; and Noah is attacked at every turn by a foe bent on destroying a newly habitable, post-apocalyptic Earth.

Traveling through time in the family’s immense spaceship, Noah, a paraplegic from birth, must somehow care for the thousands of animals on board, while finding a way to rescue his parents. Along the way, he discovers his mother and father aren’t who he thought they were, and there is strength inside him he didn’t know he had. (From GoodReads)



I loved this story!  It was fresh and fast paced and as the title tells you it's based loosely on Noah's Ark, but this Noah is part of the family Zarc and their spaceship is called the ARC.  It's huge, large enough to house ten blue whales in a natural enough habitat that they won't be crowded and elephants on a realistic African savanna.  Their mission is to travel through time saving a male and female of each species of every animal so they can repopulate the planet Earth.  Earth experienced a cataclysm and all life was destroyed, but that was eons ago and now it is deemed habitable.


Of course, there is an evil man that wants to stop them.  People don't need animals anymore as they eat synthetic meat and he doesn't want the Earth to be a zoo.  He wants people to live on Earth instead of Venus with it's inhospitable air.  So they are in danger whenever they collect their specimens.



But more than being an exciting story about racing through space and saving Earth and animals and trying to beat the bad guy, all of which I'm quite sure children will love, this story is also about family.  Noah is very aware of his family and discovers a huge secret about himself during the course of the book.  He has to come to terms with it and what it means.  A lot of the novel is taken up with him trying to rescue his parents.  His siblings take a back seat in the novel but there is no doubt that this family is close knit and love each other first and foremost.  It was good to see that tied in to the story so subtly yet feel it's importance to the outcome.


A second book is due out next year and I cannot wait for it!
Robert Pease's writing is easy to read and engaging. It wasn't bogged down with too much Sci-Fi language that I felt like I didn't know what was going on.  And every time there was something about moving through space and time, some of the characters understood it, but Noah fessed up that he never did understand it and frankly neither did I. But it never kept me from thoroughly enjoying this novel!



Noah Zarc: Mammoth Trouble


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D. Robert PeaseTHE AUTHOR

D. Robert Pease has been interested in creating worlds since childhood. From building in the sandbox behind his house, to drawing fantastical worlds with paper and pencil, there has hardly been a time he hasn't been off on some adventure in his mind, to the dismay of parents and teachers alike. Also, since the moment he could read, books have consumed vast swaths of his life. From The Mouse and the Motorcycle, to The Lord of the Rings, worlds just beyond reality have called to him like Homer's Sirens. It's not surprising then he chose to write stories of his own. Each filled with worlds just beyond reach, but close enough we can all catch a glimpse of ourselves in the characters.

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6 comments:

  1. What an interesting take on Noah's Ark! Love that his family plays a major role, it's always nice to read a story where the family is present, so many books for young readers has them absent or negligent. I like too that the Sci-fi element isn't too overwhelming. Really nice review Heather!

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  2. Heather, thanks so much for this nice review. I'm glad you "loved" it. Now back to writing book two before you forget all about Noah. Thanks again!

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  3. "Noah Zarc-Mammoth Trouble" sounds fabulous. I'm loving the idea of turning Noah's Ark on it's head.

    marypres(AT)gmail(DOT)com

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  4. I agree that this book was really good! Better than I thought!

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  5. Nice review! I like how you saw the focus on family- they really were as normal as one would expect in a sci-fi book. I loved the fact that even in the 31st century the brothers and sisters just can't get along :D

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