- Hardcover: 320 pages
- Publisher: Candlewick (April 10, 2012)
- ISBN-10: 0763654035
- Author: Pete Hautman
- Cover art: I like it.
- Overall rating: **** out of 5 stars.
- Obtained: Sent to me from the publisher for review.
The Obsidian Blade by Pete Hautman
Reviewed by Moirae the fates book reviews.
Kicking off a riveting sci-fi trilogy, National Book Award winner Pete Hautman plunges us into a world where time is a tool - and the question is, who will control it?
The first time his father disappeared, Tucker Feye had just turned thirteen. The Reverend Feye simply climbed on the roof to fix a shingle, let out a scream, and vanished - only to walk up the driveway an hour later, looking older and worn, with a strange girl named Lahlia in tow. In the months that followed, Tucker watched his father grow distant and his once loving mother slide into madness. But then both of his parents disappear. Now in the care of his wild Uncle Kosh, Tucker begins to suspect that the disks of shimmering air he keeps seeing - one right on top of the roof - hold the answer to restoring his family. And when he dares to step into one, he's launched on a time-twisting journey
- from a small Midwestern town to a futuristic hospital run by digitally augmented healers, from the death of an ancient prophet to a forest at the end of time. Inevitably, Tucker's actions alter the past and future, changing his world forever. (Synopsis provided by goodreads)
This is a new to me author. I enjoyed the book. It's different from the other sci-fi novels I've read, but it was a good different. I liked the writing style and the fact that this book was fast-paced. The characters felt real to me and the situations they found themselves in never seemed overly far -fetched. Which is always a good thing. I've seen some people call this book dystopian, and I'm not sure what part they are referring to, it felt like standard sci-fi to me, I never found any element of dystopia in this one.
The book also felt fairly straight forward to me, I was never confused by it which can happen at times with sci-fi. The ending was fantastic, a cliff hanger of course it wouldn't be a YA book without a cliff-hanger ending.
After reading this book, I would be willing to pick up more books by this author. I liked it a lot and would recommend it to others.