Betrayal on Orbis 2
Age Range: 10 - 12
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In this disjointed sequel (The Softwire: Virus on Orbis 1, 2006), Johnny and his young shipmates have new indentured positions in the alien community of Orbis feeding a pair of Samirans, massive whale-like creatures who are necessary for the financial well-being of Orbis. The Samirans, like Johnny and his friends, labor unwillingly in Orbis’s corrupt economy. Only Johnny—who is more clever, sensitive, resourceful and empathetic than any of his companions—cares about the well-being of the Samirans, with whom only he can communicate. Meanwhile their employer, Odran, has been plotting intrigues with some less-than-honest Citizens of Orbis, and Johnny suspects that the Samirans will be the victims. Johnny will have to work this one alone: Nemesis Switzer would get the whole crew punished if he found out. Johnny’s friends and sister serve primarily as set dressing, the prose is clunky and the plot illogical; these flaws notwithstanding, this volume’s not a bad way to kill some time between stronger works. (Science fiction. 10-12)

Pub Date: March 1st, 2008
ISBN: 978-0-7636-2710-2
Page count: 304pp
Publisher: Candlewick
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: March 15th, 2008