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{October 9, 2011}   {Review} Send in the Kids: A Mission Begins by Max Darnell

From Goodreads: In a time when the world’s future is more uncertain than ever, two companies look to space to be mankind’s saving grace. One of these companies, led by charismatic engineer Jan Empre, champions pure technology, while the other believes in the necessity of human explorers. The catch is that these human explorers are twelve-year olds. Follow Forrest Winston and the rest of the Horizon crew as they embark on a harrowing journey to Mars, risking not only their normal childhoods, but their lives.

Even though I’m an adult, much older than the twelve-year-old protagonist, Forrest, and his mates, I really enjoyed this novel.   It is extremely well written and captivating, spurring the reader on, forcing him or her to turn the pages faster and faster.  I was captivated by the storyline and found it a unique, fresh idea.  Darnell creates a race between technology and human wit, in this case, that of five twelve-year-olds, and it’s a very interesting novel.  This is the type of book that I would: read aloud with my children, give to a struggling MG reader to help them along, recommend for YA looking for something fresh and new, and personally read on a leisurely Saturday afternoon.  Honestly, this novel has something for everyone.  Although simplistic is style, making it an easy read for kids, both young and old alike will enjoy this cute read.

There are many great themes within this novel and much that the reader can take away from it as well.  Although it is a fictional story, many of the situations within it are ones that readers can personally relate to, and I am thankful for this good natured, suspense novel that is upbeat, especially as much YA literature out there right now is a bit dark and twisted.  While Darnell does leave the reader on pins and needles at the conclusion of his novel, I am highly anticipating the next installment of this wonderful story and recommend it to all readers.  Four stars!

I received a copy of this novel from the author in exchange for an honest review.


Even though I’m an adult I think I’d like this too! : )

It is very well written and kept my attention throughout! I say to give it a go! :D

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