I don’t really know what to say about this book. The plot is intriguing and the supporting characters are strong. I’m still struggling to like Mare. I feel like she is whiny and only thinks of herself and the sacrifices that she has had to make. She is a act then think person. At times she seems to be willing to do whatever it takes to stop Maven and his mother but other times she shrinks away and cowers. This is all pointed out by the secondary characters as well, so the author knows her character. I’m just waiting to see what will happen with her.
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Overall, I liked the idea of this book. No longer wanting to fight a war for somebody else’s cause the Reds decide to rebel against the “special” and all powerful Silvers. Meanwhile, Mare, a Red destined for consignment to fight in the war, discovers that she has her own surprises and gets caught up in a revolution. I did have one problem, Mare. She has the potential to be such a strong female character and yet she isn’t. I thought that the supporting characters had more substance to them. She argues that she is not a pawn in anybody’s game, yet that’s just what she allows herself to be. She expects everybody else to come to her rescue and is always sure that she’s met her end. I hope in the rest of the series that she comes into her own and becomes the character that she has the potential to be.
Zita and her friend Joseph witness a meteor crash and discover a portal that transports them to another planet. Joseph is kidnapped by an alien doomsdayers and it’s up to Zita to find him and return home before the planet is destroyed by an asteroid.
I have to admit that I love Ben Hatke. Even though I hadn’t read Zita before I would usually recommend it to kids who were looking for an adventure book. I’m glad that I finally had the opportunity to read it. I thought the story was fun and entertaining. With bright and colorful illustrations and characters and a story line that keeping you wanting more this book is sure to delight.