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4 Stars Out Of 5
December 13, 2008
Robert Elmer is a truly talented author, equally comfortable with tender adult fiction and creative youth science fiction. Trion Rising is the first book in The Shadowside Trilogy, his latest youth science fiction. With the same creative flair as The Pilgrim's Progress and Hind's Feet on High Places, Elmer's allegorical world will attract all ages.Oriannon Hightower lives a comfortable life on the bright side of Corista. She only questions the rules and standards when she and her friend Margus are talking. When her father forbids her to remain friends with the boy because he isn't in their Class, Oriannon begins to question a little more. Then Jesmet comes to the school to teach music. His music, songs, and ideas are strange, beautiful, and dangerous. They go against everything she has ever been taught. But somehow they make sense. When she dares to stand up against the leadership of Corista, she finds herself running for her life and lost on the dark side of the planet. There she meets the people she was always told were animals and discovers a love that dwells in the heart and guides and protects even when disaster threatens. Oriannon must choose between tradition and what she knows is true of the cliff-dwelling people to save an entire nation and maybe her mentor, Jesmet.Robert Elmer created a new world, new civilizations, new and old situations and brought the age-old battle between tradition and change into the story. Then, he added a special man who knew the heart of people to show them love and life. Sound familiar? This book is a great read. It will captivate youth who long for science fiction, fantasy worlds, and unique characters. And bring truth into the heart of the readers as they travel the journey with Oriannon, Margus, and Jesmet. I highly recommend it and am now eager to start book two in the trilogy, The Owling.
Trion Rising is the first book in Robert Elmers Shadowside trilogy. Oriannon Hightower of the Nyssa Clan is daughter to an elite member of Coristas ruling assembly. As such, shes always obeyed her father and the Codex, which is Elmers Bible for his fictional world. But when a new music teacher, Master Jesmet, arrives and teaches them a new way to look at things, the assembly panics, banishing the so-called Faithbreaker for his law-breaking ways. Oriannon follows Master Jesmet to Shadowside and meets the Owling people who live there. Shes always been taught nothing but animals live on the dark side of Corista, where the citys water supply comes from, but now that she knows the Owling people, she must do all she can to stop the assembly from destroying the Owlings.I enjoyed the unique analogies Elmer uses to tell this tale. Coristas modern conveniences make the story of Jesus easier to relate to for teens growing up in a world closer resembling one with reporters, lev-scooters, ear buds, and stun batons. Oriannon is a relatable character who makes a lot of good choices but is big enough to ask for forgiveness when she makes wrong ones. Recommended.
Trion Rising is the story of Oriannon, a girl who lives on Corista, a planet with three moons. She lives a normal life on the Brightside, until her new music teacher arrives with stories and music from the Shadowside. Oriannon is pressed to spy on her new music teacher, Jesmet. But Jesmet is not what he seems, and certainly not what the Elders think he is.Trion Rising was a good book filled with surprising twists. When I began reading this book I found myself looking through the eyes of a normal teenage girl with the ability of perfect memory. I could feel the emotions and see the area around the character throughout the story. Also, the world was designed well and I felt I knew where everything was placed. This is a good read and well worth the time spent. ~~Ian, age 15~~
Trion Rising has a cool premise: What if Jesus never came to earth, but instead visited another planet? Didnt Bill Myers do something similar in a novel called Eli? Still, this book is written for a teen fantasy audience.I love how the author, Robert Elmer, opens the novel with an argument on board a rocketing space pod. We connect with the characters immediately and find ourselves aboard the spacecraft in the midst of the action. Oriannon is a strong, level-headed heroine, and a good role model for our female fantasy fans. Margus captured my loyalty right away as the roguish, comical hero a la Han Solo.I highly recommend this engaging work of science fiction to both teens and adults.
Trion Rising was a well written book that moved at a very steady pace. The characters were interesting and easy to relate to. The story follows Oriannon, a smart, "obedient" daughter and student as she meets Jesmet, a new teacher at school. Jesmet stirs things up at the school and eventually Oriannon must decide if she believes in what he is teaching and if she is going to take a stand for what is right. There is non-stop adventure along with a very interesting and exciting story line - you won't want to put the book down until you've read the last page! The story seems to urge readers to think for themselves. Don't do something or believe in something just because you are told to or "that's the way it's always been". Seek the truth, seek answers and understanding that are real to you. Though the book never uses the words "Jesus" or "God" the symbolism is apparent. Many events from the Bible are rewritten/modernized in the book (there is a David vs. Goliath like story, the Prodigal Son, and a few more). I like how it is done here because I think it helps teens relate those Biblical stories to events that happen in their everyday life. The Codex is the "bible" on this planet and the issue of people adding man's own thoughts or ideas to what is written in the Bible is a prevalent one. Many of the adults resemble pharisees while the kids and people from another village are the true followers/believers.I thoroughly enjoyed this book and look forward to reading the rest of the series. My 13 year old son read it as well and really liked it. I found the setting to be interesting and the author described it well enough so I could form a mental picture but not in so much detail I got bored reading it. The characters were easy to relate to and the story had me hooked from the beginning. I highly suggest Trion Rising - it is a fun read that I think boys and girls ages 9 - 15 will love!www.teenlitreview.blogspot.com