Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Aoleon The Martian Girl: Part 1 by Brent Vasseur





Book Description:

Crop circles magically appear in Farmer Johnson’s field. A mysterious light sweeps over the night sky and awakens Farmer Johnson and Gilbert, the boy next door.

Curious, Gilbert ventures out to discover the source of the light and stumbles into a beautiful Martian girl sitting in a crop circle. Farmer Johnson also investigates the strange light, and thinking that Gilbert and Aoléon are vandals, he chases them. But they sprint to Aoléon’s saucer and escape only to be pursued by the U.S. Air Force.

Gilbert has never been attacked by swarms of giant killer robots. Never met strange aliens from other worlds. Never skyboarded across a megalopolis hidden deep inside an extinct volcano. Never trekked across a vast Martian desert. And never been eaten alive by a gigantic slor (well, almost never, unless you count Billy the fat bully at school).

And luckily, he has never ever confronted an evil ruler of Mars bent on conquering the Earth to steal its cows.

Never...until now!

This may be the adventure Gilbert always wished for.

If only he can survive.


My Thoughts:

This is the 1st part of what appears will be a 5 part series. It ends pretty abruptly, so it was nice to be able to go straight into part 2(which will post next week). Since each book is only 1/5th of the story, it does make for a quick read.

In Part 1, we meet Gilbert and Aoleon. Gilbert lives in Nebraska, and he likes the world of astronomy. He also looks the part of a cowboy. Aoleon is a Martian, and she's blue. (The color blue is always worth mentioning!) ;) She has a bit of fun making crop circles in Farmer Johnson's field, but when Farmer Johnson discovers something is going on, he and his 3 legged dog, Tripod, go to investigate. This is when Gilbert and Aoleon meet, starting an adventure of a lifetime.

This book has a definite science fiction, even comic book(ish) feeling, though it's not a comic book. There are lots of bright graphics, which I imagine the target age group will love. I enjoyed them myself, and they were actually my favorite part of the book! The graphics are full page, and it was somewhat like watching a movie just through the pictures. It also has an odd, sometimes corniness to it that I've grown to expect with this type of book, which is a compliment, in this case. There were times I found myself snickering.

There are parts of the story that felt aimed more at adults than to the target age. For example, at one point a mom ignores her child, and instead chooses to read a mothering magazine. I can relate, unfortunately. There's also mention of Gilbert listening to his parents fight...again, and worries about divorce. I'm not against divorce being discussed in children's book, but it seemed out of place within this story. There's also lots of "science fiction" talk and words that went right over my head. I'm guessing some children will struggle through certain parts.

Still, this is a fun little science fiction-y journey, and I'm curious to see how everything ties up in the end.


((There was at least one religious expletive.))

*I was provided an e-copy, in exchange for my honest opinion.


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Purchase Link:

Aoleon The Martian Girl: Science Fiction Saga - Part 1 First Contact





Purchase The Martian Girl Song(Another World), featuring Elan Noelle:

iTunes



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About the Author:

Mr. LeVasseur enjoys crafting good stories based on lovable characters designed to translate well to multiple media formats such as books, games, movies, and toys. He lives in New York when he is not commuting between Southern California and Olympus Mons, Mars. His hobbies include writing, 3D animation, musical composition, and intergalactic space travel. He also enjoys various sports such as skiing, running, and exospheric skydiving.



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