The Cydonian Pyramid - YA Review by Rayna Grace C

Reader: Rayna Grace C
Age: 14
Title: The Cydonian Pyramid
Author: Pete Hautman
Publisher: Candlewick Press
Pub Date:  05/14/13
Galley: Yes
Top 25: No
Convince us to read the book: This book had a very good plot, but once the rising action really began for the female main character, the whole book felt very condensed and left the reader confused and with a slight headache. Since the book was about how the two main characters moved throughout time along with nearly everyone else about a half millennium in the future, things were bound to get confusing because of the lack of chronological order. However, I do think the author could have made it a little easier on the reader by taking things slower or possibly creating a personal timeline for the main characters at the back of the book. Although the book did redeem itself somewhat with the minor twist ending, I feel that there could be some work done on plot timing and spacing to prevent more frustration and headaches.
Memorable or Forgettable: I thought this book was memorable because instead of following the usual "when you mess with the past, your future will change" theme for books or shows that describe time travel, the author thought of a whole new problem for the world to face and try to fix as best they could that I had never even thought of, which made the book very interesting to me. Although I could not connect very well to the girl in the story, I felt as if I was best friends with the guy, which also helped the book stand out from the crowd.
Cover: The cover is very good and I do think it matches the story well. Although the pyramid that is almost hidden at the bottom of the cover is not as big as I would like (it is by far the biggest emotional landmark in the story), I think the title makes up for it.
Age Range: 12 through 15
Quality: 3Q Readable
Popularity: 4P Broad general teen appeal
Additional Comments:  I will admit, I did read this book without reading the first in the trilogy, so this might be a different review than what you would get from someone who did.

tags:  science fiction / suspense / time travel / Klaatu Diskos Series / ya lit

1 comment:

Pete Hautman said...

Rayna, I am impressed that you were able to make any sense at all of this book without having read the first book in the trilogy (The Obsidian Blade). It must have been very confusing indeed!