Ty and Marcus Mitchell are average middle school brothers growing up north of Chicago until one night when they’re hurtled through an inter-dimensional gateway to a parallel world defined by its multiple moons and planet-wide apocalypse. As they struggle to figure out where they are and how to get home, the boys encounter refugees of “the last day” from the distant city of Atlantis and a mysterious girl called Bellana, the sole survivor and resident of the devastated city of Spartanica. Ty and Marcus soon learn they only have seven days to get home. But before they can leave, they must battle through long-extinct predators, track down the elusive Professor Otherblood, and rescue a new friend from certain death. Is all of this insanity just Ty’s overactive imagination or are the brothers truly on the brink of being stranded on the brutal wasteland known as Spartanica?
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Spartanica is a journey of 2 brothers, Marcus and Ty, as they venture through a mysterious place where the language is not one they understand and even when the boys are being insulted they have no clue. This book shows the bond of the two brothers grow and even under great and mysterious threats looming against them, they could overcome anything. Spartanica is a novel that could confuse you if you don’t pay attention to the details. That being said, it has awesome AH-HA moments. It has a very good blend of darkness, mystery and humor thrown in. I would recommend this book to anyone pre-teen and up mainly based on the dark parts. I give the book 4.5/5 stars based on it’s good pace, excellent combo of darkness and humor plus the cool language I loved figuring out. It’s a fantastic journey.
When I got to the cliffhanger last sentence I was left really needing to read the next book. I think you will too.
Powers Molinar grew up in the northern suburbs of Chicago and earned engineering and business degrees at the University of Iowa. While he works as a process engineer and project manager during the day, his passion is writing science fiction. His first novel, Spartanica, is the culmination of several year’s of part-time effort mostly late at night and on weekends when he wasn’t enjoying time with his wife and kids, all of whom were big helpers getting Spartanica written.
Powers believes every kid has the potential to become exceptional. In addition to being a blast to read, he truly hopes his books spark kids’ imaginations and inspire them to read more and maybe even become writers. Being a solid reader is a foundational piece of leading an exceptional life. Powers hopes his books can be part of that foundation for as many kids as possible.
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