4 out of 4 stars
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Belas Rift by Stephan Von Clinkerhoffen follows the adventures of Stig and Meg, aliens known as
, in their quest to save their motherland from the evil human, Anet. Anet seeks to extinct their race in a bid to get all the gold from their gold rich world. Stig and Meg are forced to follow her to earth to stop her from realising her plans. Upon their arrival, they discover that there is more to their quest than they initially thought. Their journey becomes increasingly intriguing as they solve one puzzle after the other in a bid stop Anet. Except for their gold, everything from their world is invisible on earth. They however discover that anyone with a pure heart can get a glimpse of them.Manna
The message in the book is one of love, family and appreciation of nature. The three main characters, Stig, Meg and Anet, realistically represents good and evil and the conflicts associated with these familiar attributes. Human wickedness is shown in sharp contrast to the goodness and honesty of Stig and Meg. I was particularly touched by the innocence of the children in the story. Nature is given utmost respect and appreciation with the help of Meg. I loved the way Meg in particular, showed respect for the lives of animals and plants and actually fought to preserve it. The author skillfully brings out these complex themes with a touch of humor.
The balance between pictures and narrative in this book is interesting for a novel. There were a couple of full page pictures that helped illustrate some of the out of this world narrative. The illustrations enriched the story of the aliens. The images are bright and eye-catching. There is an overwhelming amount of detail in each picture, but it is just enough to hold one's interest while digesting the events that take place in the story.
Belas Rift was well written. The book was kind of slow paced in the beginning and a bit difficult to understand. The story however picked up pace later in the middle.
Overall, Belas Rift is an interesting and fascinating story. Aside from the slow beginning which may have only been from my perspective, I totally enjoyed the book. Therefore, I am giving Belas Rift a perfect rating of 4 out of 4 stars. I would recommend this book to anyone who loves a funny story that involves solving mysteries. I would also recommend the book to anyone who loves stories about aliens.
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