Back of the Book:
Dragonriders of Pern author Anne McCaffrey and Nebula Award winner Elizabeth Ann Scarborough need no introduction. This novel, their ninth collaborative project, continues the saga of the ten-year-old Shongili twins, who use their telepathic and transformative powers in a planetary rescue mission. Maelstrom’s engaging characters, sprightly prose, and charming simplicity make it an ideal choice for relatively new sci-fi readers.
From Publishers Weekly:
In McCaffrey and Scarborough’s action-packed, kid-friendly sequel to 2005’s Changelings, Murel and Ronan Shongili, telepathic 10-year-old twins with the ability to change into river seals, rescue the inhabitants of the environmentally degraded planet Halau and bring them to their home world of Petaybee. The sentient planet’s adaptation to the refugees provides dangerous adventures for the twins, their friends and their parents, geneticist/selkie Dr. Sean Shongili and former Company officer Yana Maddock-Shongili, coadministrators of Petaybee, who discover an aquatic alien race. Meanwhile, off-planet, the Intergalactic Enterprises Company arrests their friend Marmion, who helped transport the refugees from Halau. A cliffhanger ending, ecological lessons, anthropomorphic animals and simplistic good vs. evil morality will speak to middle-school readers but not adults. (Dec.)
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The very worst thing about this book is that the storytelling is getting worse with each book.
The very best thing about this book is that, assuming you liked the previous books, it’s still readable enough to enjoy the new characters, even if they are a little unusual.
This book will be placed under the 42 Challenge 2011, the 2011 E-Book Reading Challenge, the 2011 Fantasy Reading Challenge, the 2011 Futuristic/Sci-Fi Reading Challenge, and the TwentyEleven Challenge.