3 out of 4 stars
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Thomas is a high school student just trying to improve life for himself and his sister Madi. After their mother disappeared years ago, their father all but abandoned them, leaving Thomas to take care of Madi. One day Thomas stumbles on another world. While it's fraught with peril, secrets are around every corner, and it could change his life for the better. Will Thomas figure out this world or jeopardize his own?
The Thought Broker by Heidi J. Callan is a young adult science fiction novel; the author suggests an age range of 10 to 18. There is profanity throughout as well as intense action sequences, so parents of the younger end of that age range might want to screen this before allowing their children to read it.
The book is told in the third-person perspective and is in the present tense. Unusual though it may be, it works for the story; however, not everyone enjoys this style. "Light forces its way in where it can, illuminating greenery and berry bushes with an alien glow so unsettling Thomas reminds himself to breathe."
I enjoyed following along with Thomas's adventures. As he discovered this new world, I discovered it with him. There is a wall of water - or should I say a tunnel of water - where one can see all manner of creatures swimming by. Only one of the many interesting parts of this world, I was fascinated and eager to read more about it. The author does a great job building this strange and deadly world.
It's important to note that while much of the plot arc from this book is wrapped up, the reader is left with many unanswered questions at the end, which indicates a sequel. I was glad to see some conclusion, but there was still much I wanted to know. This isn't a book where you could just stop with the first story, and I'm already eagerly awaiting the next book in the sequence.
The biggest drawback of this story is the editing. There were numerous mistakes including misplaced punctuation and missing words. Also, and the biggest problem for me, the main protagonist's thoughts weren't delineated in any way. In a single paragraph, the writing would switch from the third person to first and back again. It was hard to know if they were actually his thoughts or simply a mistake on the author's part. It was distracting and brought me out of the story.
In all, I enjoyed the book immensely. The errors force me to rate The Thought Broker 3 out of 4 stars, but the plot was interesting enough to overlook the mistakes and not rate this any lower. I recommend this to teenagers and adults that enjoy a fun science fiction adventure. Be aware, though, that you won't be able to stop at one book; you'll want to read the series.
The Thought Broker
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