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For over ten years, teen twins Sean and Dillon Kirrel have been sketching detailed images of a train station from another world. How is it possible that they both can envision the same exact world? When Colonel Carver shows up, he teaches them that they have a unique gift with the ability to travel between worlds. Now they must prove themselves as recruits to the planetary assembly with in thirty days or their minds will be cleared.
Number of Pages: 320
Publication Date: 2017
|Dimensions: 8.50 X 5.50 (inches)|
From the infinite imagination of Thomas Locke comes this otherworldly new series that will challenge young readers' understanding of time, space, and human limitations.
Rachel H.4 Stars Out Of 5Another solid story from Locke (BunnAugust 4, 2017Rachel H.Quality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5My latest read, Recruits by Thomas Locke, was one I could not put down. A unique world discovered by twin boys, the twin connection they share assisting them in their travels, and varied characters and cities all come together to create a grand adventure story.
You are continuously pulled along in the trip, by the urgency of the situations, the timbre of conversations, and character interactions. I thoroughly enjoyed Lockes descriptive details, but found the start of a romance for one of the young characters to lack backbone. Overall, its a solid book.
My only other quibble would be the characters astonishing abilities. It seems to be a bit of a recurring theme in Lockes books to have characters far exceed their peers without much of an explanation. It niggles at the mind a little, but does expand possibilities for the characters.
This book earned a solid 4.5 out of 5 stars. Ill admit, I love Lockes (Bunns) books. This one was no exception. He has a distinctive writing style, and a way of creating possibilities that tickle the imagination.
I was sent a copy of this book for an honest review.
TellNJasmineMontanaAge: 25-34Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5A sci-fi adventure for all ages...July 31, 2017TellNJasmineMontanaAge: 25-34Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 4Meets Expectations: 5I don't read a lot of science fiction, never have, in fact, it is probably one the two genres that I've read the least. So why did I pick up Recruits, which is so obviously sci-fi from the cover on down? It's simple, because of the author. I've been hooked on Thomas Locke's science fiction and fantasy books since I first read The Spectrum Chronicles over ten years ago. Now, all I need to do is see the name on the cover and I know it's a book I have to read.
Recruits has everything a YA sci-fi book could need, from travel between planets, heart pumping battles, some romance, and an epic quest that only these two brothers with their very different talents can fulfill by working as a true team. Adults, also, are sure to enjoy this thrilling galactic adventure from Thomas Locke, a man truly solid in his craft whether writing under this name or Davis Bunn.
As I said, sci-fi isn't my genre of choice but as anticipated I had a hard time putting down Recruits, just too much excitement and adventure awaiting me on the next page. Now I have to waaaiiit until the next book comes out.....
(I received a copy of this book from the publisher. All opinions are entirely my own.)
Chris5 Stars Out Of 5If you love Science Fiction with a message this is for you!April 17, 2017ChrisQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5What an amazing book. Thomas Locke has done it again. I am not usually a big science fiction reader but I was captivated from the first page. If I could have I would have read Recruits in one day (it took me five). It is a very fast read. The story about the struggles that teenage twins Dillon and Sean face of good vs. evil are very relatable even in todays world. The creativity of Mr. Locke to create the abilities to travel to different worlds, develop powers, fight evil, create and develop relationships is so well written. Loved this book! I can't wait for the next book in series to be released.
KavRCanadaGender: female5 Stars Out Of 5A Compelling tale of good versus evil and all the nuances in betweenMarch 27, 2017KavRCanadaGender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5I'm cautious when it comes to reading speculative fiction because I either love it or hate it. Never anything in between. I'm not sure that I can articulate what connects me with this type of story but I could rattle off a list of what I hate. Luckily I don't have to do that in this review because I loved Recruits. Enough to devour it one sitting! And it kind of reminds me of my all time favourite YA author, Madeleine L'Engle (think A Wrinkle in Time).
A complex plot with plenty of action makes this a real page-turner. Sean and Dillon are typical teens going through the motions of attending classes two weeks before graduation. What they don't realize is that they are on the cusp of something so grand and fantastical that even their collective imaginations can't prepare them for what's to come. Love the dynamics between these two. Their twin connection is strong, but they both have unique strengths and talents that set them apart as well. And they really stretch and grow through the course of the novel.
There's a great cast of secondary characters that really flesh out the story and help the twins shine, including a couple of love interests which came as a surprise. And while a lot of the story takes place on Earth there's some intriguing planet hopping for an extra reader thrill. Locke's imagination knows no bounds and he successfully delivers a compelling tale of good versus evil and all the nuances in between.
Book provided by Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications Inc.
TraciePacific NorthwestAge: 45-54Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Dreams become realityMarch 20, 2017TraciePacific NorthwestAge: 45-54Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Identical twins Dillon and Sean have had the same dream almost all of their growing up years--of a glass train station that defines logic and gravity--literally. They discover their dream is reality when they are designated as "recruits" to another world. As a mother of grown identical twin boys--who still wish they could "transit" and who would love to be able to learn in their sleep--I would say the character development of Sean and Dillon is very well done. Each twin has strengths and weaknesses; they have different personalities yet together they form two parts of a whole. These characteristics make them that much more valuable to the Assembly. Tightly woven with the remarkable characters in Recruits is Thomas Locke's trademark no-words-minced action. This fast-paced read has plenty of suspense, danger, and adventure, but it's the characters I look forward to reading more about.