David Englund's 2nd book, "Unseasonal War", is a great young adult sci-fi adventure that takes you to other worlds where you join Clark on his adventures with new people, new places an wonderful battles. I enjoyed how realistic David wrote the characters and the scenes. I felt transported to each area and could really feel the emotions and intensity that Clark and others were experiencing. Really enjoyed this book which speaks volumes to Endlund’s writing style and all the twists and turns his book took, since I am not a sci-fi reader normally. The story line is well written and the characters are real and easy to relate to and understand. Overall I greatly enjoyed this book and need to go read his first one!
Clark Jackson has discovered a portal to other worlds in his backyard in the first book of this series and has spent some time getting to know some of the worlds he's encountered while, at the same time, living his daily routine dull life as an accountant in Iowa.
This book is the second in the series and the reader is dropped right into the action. Although the author says it can be read as a standalone, I believe a reader would be much more comfortable with the work if she had more of the background and got to know them a little first.
The story is told in first person from Clark's point of view, and so we get to see and know what he does. There's no backstory to ease you into who these people are and there are times he's switching from place to place without any transition--which got a little confusing.
I did manage to figure out what was going on, although I never felt as connected to the characters as I could have--again, I think, due to the fact that I have not read the first book.
Even with that, though, I became interested enough in the action that I wanted to continue to read the book. I enjoyed learning about the two different races Clark encountered and the lessons he learned in that. The space battle scenes were full of action--and I could actually see this as a movie, filmed from the hero's POV.
There are some surprising developments that I did not see coming, and there's another book coming. I'm interested enough in the series, even with the difficulties caused by not having read the first book, to want to know what happens next. And, I will make sure I've read the first one before that time comes. 3 stars
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