Rating: 4 stars
Christopher Nichols and his family live on a new planet called Perses as representatives from Melming Mining’s Great Mission to save the earth. As we descend into the normalcy of their everyday life, a communications blackout turns into a nightmare scenario when the Landers arrive, looking to destroy everyone and everything to steal what’s on Perses. Christopher now must do what it takes to survive.
I read Minrs last year when it came out, and I was pretty excited to not only find it on the Red Maple Book list this year, but also to get my hands on Minrs 2.
Firstly, I adore Kevin Sylvester, as a person, and an author, I will continue to follow him and his work because as far as middle grade Canadian authors go, he’s pretty fantastic.
One of the things that I LOVE about this series, is that even though the reading level is lower, the non-descript ages of the main characters really make it applicable to such a wide age group. I have high end grade 8 readers flocking to it (and loving it), and grade 6 readers who get sucked right into the well written action. Few books can span reading/age groups with such ease as this one.
The story itself is unique, and I love the diverse cast of characters. The stakes feel real and terrifying, but nothing so frightening that is concerning. Christopher is a great character to follow through all his development and desires.
Recommendation: If you’ve read Minrs 1, then I don’t need to sell you on Minrs 2. It certainly wasn’t a disappointment, and I couldn’t put it down. If you haven’t read Minrs 1, it’s arguably my favourite book on the Red Maple list this year, and if you’re a fan of action, good luck putting it down.