Fire Season - YA Review by Eli

Reader: Eli S-M
Age: 13
Title: Fire Season
Author: David Weber and Jane Lindskold
Publisher: Baen Books
Pub Date: 10/2/12
Galley: No
Top 25: No
Convince us to read the book: I thought the main character of this book, Stephanie Harrington, was fairly realistic and likable, though it bugged me how it was constantly mentioned that she had genetic modifications and yet that never really came up in or contributed to the story. The dialogue was also done pretty well, and most of the characters talked like real people. The thing that bugged me the most about this book is that the main plot is them fighting a fire 1,000 years in the future. I would think that after you had discovered space travel, fighting a fire would be fairly easy, but they appear to have an even tougher time than we do now. The only way it's easier than it is now is that their axes vibrate, which apparently makes it easier to cut down trees to form fire lines.
Memorable or Forgettable: It was somewhat forgettable because it seemed to be a fairly normal science fiction book, with no significant new technologies or other innovations by the author. The fact that the main plot was fighting a fire, however, despite how problematic  it is for the time period, is far from the norm, and in that way it was memorable.
Cover: The cover is very good. It represents the contents of the book and tempted me to pick it up.
Age Range: Under 12 through 15
Quality: 3Q Readable
Popularity: 3P Some teen appeal

tags: science fiction / adventure / Star Kingdom series / ya lit

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