Author: D. Robert Pease
Type of Book: YA Fiction
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This is the first book in the Noah Zarc series. Twelve-year old Noah and his family are traveling through time collecting animals to repopulate the Earth, which in the future was destroyed and unable to support life. Despite their noble cause, not everyone agrees with what the Zarc family is doing, and soon Noah’s family and their mission is in danger and it’s up to Noah to save them.
There are a lot of great things to love about this book, and so I’m going to do something a little bit different with this review to highlight what I consider are its best elements.
N is for Noah Zarc himself. He’s young but has a maturity well beyond his years. He was born without the use of his legs, but there doesn’t seem to be a thing that he can’t do. He’s a whiz kid at flying, and that comes in handy in multiple situations he encounters throughout the book.
O is for origins. It is revealed that Noah’s parents have been hiding a secret from him about where he came from. We also learn the backstory about why the Earth was destroyed, and the main crisis that Noah faces here is making sure it doesn’t happen all over again. There’s definitely a theme here: learn from past mistakes, but at the same time, what happens in the past doesn’t define us.
A is for the Animals! Of course the whole premise of the book is based on bringing animal life back to the future Earth. I thought that the author skillfully weaved in Noah’s love of the animals and it was fun to read about how the Zarcs were caring for them aboard the ARC (Animal Rescue Cruiser).
H is for Haon, the bad guy. Haon kills animals for sport, kidnaps Noah’s mother, and attempts to destroy the future Earth so it can never support animal life again. But the author offers up glimmers of the guy Haon used to be and that was something that as a reader I enjoyed. Sympathetic villains make a story more believable.
Z is for the Zarc family. Two brilliant parents and three equally unique and talented children. Yes, they have the typical family problems with sibling squabbles and tween parental rebellion, but it’s clear that they all have each other’s backs and would do anything for each other.
A is for Adventure. This plot moves along at breakneck speed. No sooner is one piece of the overall puzzle solved but another mystery is right behind it. I think this is great for the younger reader because it’s guaranteed to keep their attention.
R is for randomness. That’s part of the fun of time travel right? The Zarcs are from 1000 years in the future from now, and this story jumps from present day to the Ice Age to medieval Scotland back to the future. They don’t always know where they’ll end up next, and so it keeps the reader guessing as well.
C is for choice. Noah is faced with a lot of difficult situations, and he makes some choices that I think were rash and unwise. But you also have to remember that he’s 12. And the only way that you learn is by making mistakes. Luckily for Noah, his choices seem to generally always work out, and if I had but one critique of the plot, that would be it (because things shouldn’t always work out).
Cege’s Rating: 4.5/5
*Reviewer Disclaimer: I was provided a complimentary copy of Noah Zarc: Mammoth Trouble for review.*
Blog Tour Notes
Noah lives for piloting spaceships through time, dodging killer robots and saving Earth’s animals from extinction.
Life couldn’t be better.
But the twelve-year-old time traveler learns it could be a whole lot worse. His mom is kidnapped and taken to Mars; his dad is stranded in the Ice Age; and Noah is attacked at every turn by a foe bent on destroying Earth… for the second time.
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D. Robert Pease has been interested in creating worlds since childhood. From building in the sandbox behind his house, to drawing fantastical worlds with paper and pencil, there has hardly been a time he hasn’t been off on some adventure in his mind, to the dismay of parents and teachers alike. Also, since the moment he could read, books have consumed vast swaths of his life. From The Mouse and the Motorcycle, to The Lord of the Rings, worlds just beyond reality have called to him like Homer’s Sirens. It’s not surprising then he chose to write stories of his own. Each filled with worlds just beyond reach, but close enough we can all catch a glimpse of ourselves in the characters.
Discover ways to connect with the author by visiting his site at www.drobertpease.com
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