ABOUT THE BOOK:
Title: StarPassage: Book Two, Heroes and Martyrs
Author: Clark Rich Burbidge
Genre: Middle Grade, Fiction
Publishing: July 27, 2017 (Deep River Books, LLC)
Format: PDF, 304 pages
Source: PR by the Book
“…the best adventures start with taking the first step and then seeing what happens next.”
The award-winning StarPassage saga continues with the relic guiding the Carsons to a new and desperate family. Two brothers, Bobby and Mike, are struggling after a tragic accident turns their world upside down.
Join our heroes on a series of dangerous adventures to solve the relic’s riddles, save lives, escape the ever-increasing Tracker threat, and experience some of the most dreadful and exciting moments in history.
Will they learn from the past–should they change it if they can? Is there any hope for survival?
*NOTE: I was provided both books 1 and 2 of the StarPassage saga, but this review is specifically regarding book 2. I was advised prior to reading that the books of this series could be read as standalones, as well. Due to my wedding (yup, guys, I just got married!!!), I opted to only read and review the second book for the time-being.
Although I am clearly not in the target audience for Middle Grade literature, I do enjoy it! I was excited when approached with the opportunity to read the StarPassage saga.
Clark Burbidge studied and practiced business, but he has enjoyed a sense of adventure in his life near the Rockies, which might have influenced his writing. StarPassage: Book Two, Heroes and Martyrs is a great tale of overcoming trials, epic ventures, and lessons in life and faith.
Burbidge’s writing didn’t wow me. I actually found myself wishing it was more colloquial.
There were several occasions throughout StarPassage 2 where lessons were evidently being delivered, which was wonderful — I’m all about lessons in literature, but the manner in which they were executed was not stellar. Kids are smart and can sense that something is unrealistic just as easily as I can. This was my biggest issue with this book. Writing and execution can make or break a book for me just as easily as plot, world building and character development for me.
StarPassage 2 follows Mike and Bobby, two brothers who experience something traumatic, and Tim and Martie, siblings who have the capability to time travel with the help of the Star, a relic that makes it all possible. Tim and Martie will help Mike and Bobby in the healing process while trekking across time on important but dangerous journeys, learning how to lean on each other and cope.
The premise of this story is really entertaining! There is a good combination of time travel, history, and faith, which made for a fun but meaningful tale. As I mentioned before, there are tough times that need to be overcome and lessons in life to be learned, and I, personally, really like to see things like that in books. I have taken a lot of my own life lessons from literature!
I really liked the characters of StarPassage 2, generally speaking, but jumping back to what I previously said about some things being unrealistic, I found some of the characters’ speech and actions to be too mature, parental in a way, for their portrayed ages. Tim was my favorite, though. He was such a good friend! He also made me wish I had a big brother like him.
Overall, this was an enjoyable read. I highly doubt a tween is going to read this as critically as I did, so I think the target audience will like StarPassage: Book Two, Heroes and Martyrs. I actually think a lot of YA fans will also like it, especially if they like Christian literature.
So, until next time… xo
*Thanks to PR by the Book for providing me with a copy of this book. Please note that it, in no way, had an effect on my opinion or review.