SHADOW ON THE SUN by David Macinnis Gill

SHADOW ON THE SUN

Age Range: 12 - 18
Email this review

KIRKUS REVIEW

In this fast-paced sequel (Invisible Sun, 2012, etc.), ex-Regulators Durango and Vienne are at it again in a race against time on a dangerous Martian landscape.

Shocked to have learned that his father heads up the enemy forces who captured him at the end of the previous book, wisecracking teen soldier Durango fights to escape the clutches of his evil dad and to reunite with his ex-assassin sidekick and love interest, Vienne. Meanwhile, Vienne seeks seclusion in a hidden monastery until she’s offered a gig transporting fugitives through enemy territory with a team of thuggish hoodlums. Gill’s work flips back and forth between the two adventures, punctuated by odd breaks of gibberish that at first read like unintelligible computer coding. Readers will eventually deduce that the code is actually connected to Durango’s artificial intelligence, Mimi, whose presence is so strong in this book she’s almost a secondary character. The rest of the narrative flows easily, and the action races along with plenty of last-minute saves, narrow escapes, fiery explosions and smart-alecky one-liners. This sequel doesn’t stand alone, and Gill inserts just enough left turns and red herrings to keep seasoned series readers guessing. Still, it’s inevitable that someone as daring and brazen as Durango will always come out on top in the end—the fun’s in the watching.

A refreshingly nondystopic sci-fi adventure. (Science fiction. 12 & up)

Pub Date: March 26th, 2013
ISBN: 978-0-06-207335-8
Page count: 432pp
Publisher: Greenwillow
Review Posted Online:
Kirkus Reviews Issue: March 15th, 2013




MORE BY DAVID MACINNIS GILL

ChildrenUNCANNY by David Macinnis Gill
by David Macinnis Gill
ChildrenINVISIBLE SUN by David Macinnis Gill
by David Macinnis Gill
ChildrenBLACK HOLE SUN by David Macinnis Gill
by David Macinnis Gill

SIMILAR BOOKS SUGGESTED BY OUR CRITICS:

ChildrenNEPTUNE'S TEARS by Susan Waggoner
by Susan Waggoner
ChildrenSTORM THIEF by Chris Wooding
by Chris Wooding
ChildrenBLACK HOLE SUN by David Macinnis Gill
by David Macinnis Gill