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Zachary Night comes from a family of fighters sworn to protect the universe from the forces of evil. When Zachary finishes eighth grade, he moves on to the top secret training center, Indigo 8, where he will gain the expertise to become a future Starbounder. While in training, he meets an alien named Ryric and a gutsy girl, Kaylee.
Just when Zachary masters the basics of training, the mission goes awry and he and his friends are lost in space. Not only must they face alien outlaws, but they must survive being stranded on a distant planet as well. Will Zachary thwart the destruction of Indigo 8 and get back in time to save the planet earth?
Starbounders will appeal to the young reader who loves Star Wars and Star Trek. However, the action doesn't appear until well into the book. It will take a patient reader to wade through space before it starts. Though the characters are likable enough, the absence of a strong "voice" made it hard to completely connect. Nevertheless, die hard Sci-fi fans should have no trouble navigating through the pages.
Rating: Good to Recommended ***1/2
Publisher: Harper Collins (June 2013)
Ages: 8-13, grade 3-7
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**FTC Disclosure: I received a review copy at no charge from the publisher to facilitate my review. As always, I am free to give an unbiased review based upon my experiences.