Author: J.F Jenkins
Publisher: Astraea Press
Publishing Date: March 15th 2012
Genre: YA Sci-Fi
Series: Battlefield #1
Cadence, JD, and Orlando couldn’t be more different from one another. Under normal circumstances, the three wouldn’t so much as say hi to each other if they could get away with it. Then an alien crashes through the roof of their local mall, and everything changes. Not only do the three teens gain new abilities, but they’re also chosen to help fight in an intergalactic war where the next chosen battlefield is Earth.
Reluctant at first, they change their minds when the fight hits close to home. Teenagers from school start to go missing, and some are dead. Together they must learn to work together and solve the mystery behind these disappearances before more lives are lost.
I really love the cover for this book. I was drawn to this book by the cover first, and then I read the synopsis and thought… Hmm sounds like my kind of book. Aliens, war, superpowers, and mystery… what a combination! I was not disappointed. I enjoyed this book very much.
The story revolves around 3 teens and one mysterious alien. The three teens go the same school, 2 are friends, and the other a loner. In the wrong place at the right time or right place wrong time, they see an alien land in the mall and he says he needs their help. They reluctantly agree. They quickly gain special abilities start training and find out they are in for way more than they bargained for. Now they have to try and save their friends, their town, and possible the world.
The characters were fun. I feel they were lacking a bit in development. I did get a feel for their lives and their personalities but
I did feel an attachment to them. Towards the end of the book, I felt myself getting a little more acquainted with them and hope that in the next installment I really get to know them. The alien, Alan, stood out the most too me. He was very straight forward and lacking in the human interactions and slang, when he tried to fit in I found myself chuckling. Orlando was also a hoot, he is very sarcastic and tries not to care, but his heart seems to get the best of him. I did find him a little clueless at times and that drove me nuts. I wanted to slap him back to reality. JD was cool; he really wanted to be the superhero and invested himself into the cause a bit more than Orlando. Cadence grew on me. I didn’t like her in the beginning. She was a bit down on herself and seemed kind of hopeless but she shaped up pretty good.
There was a lot going on in the book and left me with quite a few questions, which I am sure, will be answered further down the road. The writing was a bit confusing to me at times, especially when dialog was happening, but after I got into the rhythm of things it seemed to come together. It really didn’t take me long to get into the book and found myself wanting more in the end.I will definitely be picking up the next book when it comes out.
J.F. Jenkins lives in Minneapolis where she spends most of her time creating and plotting world domination – something that has been in the works for roughly 13 years.
In her free time she works as the local coffee wench and dominates the minions of the pixilated world on her PS3.
She’s also got a little man (J Walk) and a little man trapped in a big man’s body (J Dawg) to take care of along with her two fur babies Ushi and Tibu.
She is currently unrepresented by an agency. Email firstname.lastname@example.org with questions and comments.