A Great Story Filled With Adventure, Intrigue, and Family
March 8, 2015
In the very first chapter of Taken, Mr. Eastman skillfully introduces his readers to the Wikk siblings and launches them into their perilous and intriguing quest. In this first book of The Quest For Truth series, I quickly became fast friends with Oliver, Tiffany, Mason, Austin, and their allies. The book flies from adventure to adventure, but Mr. Eastman also nicely balances the action with unraveling the mystery of who captured the Wikk parents and why. Read this book carefully, for (hint, hint!) many of the details in this book will be important later on! Set far in the future, the world is now a federation of planets spanning many galaxies. Seventeen year old Oliver flies his familys spaceship, the Phoenix, to transport himself and his siblings to the next clues for their quest. The siblings are also frequently helped by imaginative technology, tools, and devices (this is where the glossary in the back of the book comes in handy for readers). Though action-packed, Taken is very clean. The Wikk kids have their squabbles as most siblings will, and they make mistakes, but they also begin to mature and learn to work as a team. Overall, Taken is an exciting beginning to four ordinary kids extraordinary Quest.
This (along with the other books in the series) is a very moral, yet action-packed book. This is a must-read for teens having an appetite for teen sci-fi. Taken (along with the other books) are framed on a Christian worldview, and I'm glad God used Brock Eastman to write this series, The Quest for Truth. Watch the stores for book 4, "Tangle", coming out here in March 2015.
The Wikk family lives in a futuristic time and world, where the past is the key to the future. As archaeologists, the Wikk parents are constantly on one adventure after another. With their eldest son in the Academy, and the three younger children at school, they prepare to go on a dig that will expose the truth of their origins. But just as the plan is falling into place, a man in black, Captain Vedrick, interferes with the family's departure. Taken hostage by a man involved with a sinister group that has more money and resources save the Republic they are a part of, the Wikk parents have no choice but to order their son to escape with the younger children.
At seventeen, Oliver firmly believe that he is a man. When his parents are kidnapped by a wicked man and his band of soldiers, Oliver has no choice but to take charge of the family. Completely confident that he can handle his twin brothers and a sister two years his junior, Oliver sits behind the controls of the newly refurbished ship - the Phoenix. Things go awry from the very beginning. Never having actually flown a ship before, but with a year's training at the Academy under his belt, he outmaneuvers the solders to escape. But time is running out, and the longer they take figuring out the clues, the less likely they are to find and rescue their parents. Will the children be able to climb every hurdle thrown at them? Or will they fall to the same fate as their parents; capture and then disappearance into thin air?
I was somewhat skeptical coming into this book. Despite all the good reviews, how attention catching can young adult fiction really be? Either I'm a kid at heart or Eastman is just that good. I loved every moment of this book; the story, the characters, the made up weapons and technology, just everything. The writing was imaginative, creative and absolutely believable. This story is not just for kids, it is for adults of any age.
This book was provided by P&R Publishers for free in exchange for an honest review.