Book #1 in Joshua’s Tree Trilogy
by N.W. Harris
YA Science Fiction
When a skateboarding accident hurls 17-year-old Joshua Tyler into a dismal future overrun by flesh-eating mutants, he taps into the strength and courage hidden within him and manages to stay alive, only to discover his horrifying relationship to the scientific genius who brought all life on Earth to the brink of annihilation.
Aided by Nadia, a beautiful warrior student who believes he may be the prophesized savior sent to rescue her people, Josh learns to fight for survival. Terrified by the constant threat of a violent death, Josh wants nothing more than to get back to his own life. But the longer he survives in this strange place, the more he learns about its creation. Charged with the job of assassinating the enemy’s leader, Josh begins to uncover his connection to the army of cannibalistic monsters—a nightmarish truth that could prevent him from ever finding his way home.
Yay for a nice science fiction! This takes a bit of a dystopian turn (Josh finds himself transported into Earth’s future, where ‘naturally’ born creatures are almost extinct), adds a little bit of ancient cultural beliefs (Ra) and mixes it up well with a great adventure.
The story immediately starts by throwing the reader into the future world with a brutal raid on a small village. Josh is found unconcious by a warrior girl, who has the unexplanable drive to protect him, although she’s never seen anything like him before. Unlike the blurb, it takes a bit to figure out how Josh got to where he was (actually, the specifics are never explained) and we learn to get to know him through his own eyes and the eyes of Nadia, his protector.
This is a journey story, going from one exciting predicament to the other. Although I found the inner-thoughts a little much at times (but I’m known to have a short attention span in that area), the suspense was terrific and the fight scenes simply a lot of fun. There is a great line-up of creatures, which left me on the edge of my seat. I loved the fantastical ideas and the wide range of scenes and situations. Definitely something to keep one turning the pages.
The ending was a bit sudden, but considering this is the first book in a trilogy, it does leave with the sense to read more. (Although I personally like stories with nice, firm ends.) I can’t wait to read the next one and will be recommending this to my 16 year old son.
I give this a nice. . .
Two Thumbs Up!!!
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