Thursday, August 10, 2017

Recruits by Thomas Locke

Recruits by Thomas Locke

For more than a decade, twins Sean and Dillon Kirrel have felt pulled toward another world--a place they have sketched out in detail and posted on the walls of their bedroom. They are certain it is out there. Soon after their seventeenth birthday, they are approached by a clandestine scout. To him, Earth is just a distant and unmonitored outpost of human civilization. But he explains that Sean and Dillon share a unique gift--the ability to transfer instantly from place to place. Transitors who are also twins are especially rare, and so they are offered an opportunity to prove themselves as recruits to the human assembly. If they don't succeed within thirty days, their minds will be wiped. Either they make the grade as inter-planetary travelers--or this never happened.

My Thoughts: 

A Sci-Fi adventure of an inter-galactic proportion. Thomas Locke thrusts readers into a quick-paced story about twins, Sean and Dillon Kirrel, who discover they've been dreaming of a world beyond the realm of imagination only to discover it's much closer than could every dream possible. But with that discovery comes a responsibility like none they've known forcing them into the daunting task of fighting an enemy threatening to destroy it all.

Whew. Okay, so I believe this is Thomas Locke's first Sci-Fi endeavor and it's geared for YA with the introduction of two young male heroes. I don't think there are enough quality novels out there for middle-grade male readers so I'm super excited Thomas Locke has begun this endeavor.

This novel starts out super fast. Not just in action but in overall story-telling. For young readers this is probably a good thing but for me I didn't feel like I had a lot of time to really get into the story-world and for a Sci-Fi I think that is super important. This is NOT to say that Mr. Locke didn't do a fantastic job developing a unique story-world both on Earth and within the galaxy but all of the action (and there is a lot of it) sort of stole away from my desire to live in the moment a few minutes longer. Again, this could totally be me (older generation-but not old 😏 ) trying to fit the story into the mold I'm used to but younger readers might have no problem with this at all.

The boys do enter into romantic relationships (one Earthly, the other not) and I found it to be really fast as well (though there is nothing beyond kissing, hugging, and hand-holding in this story) mostly in regards to these seventeen-year-olds promising commitment to each other after having mostly just met their partners.

The plot is filled with action that will make boys cheer and dream of themselves in the roles of these young recruits as they mess around with their new skills in authentically natural behaviors. I found them fun to read. Mr. Locke does a great job aligning these heroes with a cast of characters that bring out the best and worst in each other bringing depth to the story as a whole.

Overall, this is a fun story that I think is perfect for the library at any middle or high school and would recommend this to any of my friends with sons who love to read.

***I received this book from the publisher in exchange for my honest review. You can purchase your copy of Recruits HERE

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