Mother Daughter Book Reviews is pleased to shine the spotlight on the newly released middle grade science fiction thriller, “Shatterworld” by Lelia Rose Foreman
About the Book
Title: Shatterworld | Author: Lelia Rose Foreman | Publication Date: June 10, 2015 | Publisher: Written World Communications | Pages: 172 | Recommended Age: 8 to 13
Fleeing persecution and low on fuel, religious refugees from Old Earth find themselves stranded on a planet with a dark history. The promise of a future is shadowed by a dreadful past. Twelve-year-old Rejoice Holly is expected to someday become a farmer’s wife, and set aside her dreams of astronomy. But the discovery that their Promised Land is already inhabited isn’t helping her struggle between duty and dreams. Peace seems precarious, and the voice of reason is being silenced by one of fear.
As a new danger looms, the friendship or enmity forged could save or doom them all. Will the colonists and natives be able to set aside their differences for the sake of survival?
The Buzz About the Book
School Library Journal:
“A thousand light-years from Earth, a small Christian colony’s struggle to survive on a relatively hospitable but devastated planet is complicated by the discovery of intelligent, crablike sea creatures. Rejoice Holly, 12, is the first to meet them; as she watches humans and “hexacrabs” grope past potentially dangerous misunderstandings toward friendship, her burning ambition to study astronomy puts her in conflict with her parents and community leaders, who are trying to create an agrarian, nontechnological society. Foreman integrates both science and religion into the story in consistent, believable ways. Before the colony’s arrival, the planet’s surface and atmosphere had been radically changed by a giant meteor strike, and when another meteor is discovered on a collision course, Rejoice’s avocation is validated; with thought and prayer she comes up with a feasible way to avert the catastrophe. Despite some simplification, the cast is believable; whether two-or six-legged. Most individuals have a past, personality, conscience, and priorities. Spiritual issues and concerns are central to, but rest lightly on, this predictable, yet well-knit story.” ~ John Peters, New York Public Library
“Twelve-year-old Rejoice Holly wants to become an astronomer, but the life her parents have chosen at a neo-Puritan farming colony on a planet called New Earth doesn’t appear to offer that option. When Rejoice discovers intelligent natives (ocean-dwelling hexacrabs) and a dangerous asteroid threatens the colony, her options expand. The hexacrabs are not always made interesting and individual characters. More appealing are Rejoice and her older brother, who struggle to find their identities in a world determined by their parents’ religious choices. Foreman allows the children a full range of angry responses and portrays adult characters as distinctive in personality though similar in religious belief. She’s created a world in which a unifying faith coexists with complexity.” ~ Mary Harris Veeder
“I really enjoyed this book. It reminded me a lot of reading Madeline L’Engle but more scientific than philosophical. I really appreciated the gentle handling of some very deep and complicated ideas, both spiritual and scientific (laws of physics are even explained in a way young children can understand and relate to.).”
“Excellent book, well written, and even though it targets a slightly younger audience than my mid-twenties, I absolutely love the story and it will always be on my “Top Favorites” shelf.“
“This is a wonderful first novel. I am amazed and shocked that this is not considered a classic. This light should not be hidden under a basket.“