‘Voyagers: Project Alpha’: First in a scifi middle grade series

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Rating: 4 stars

“Voyagers: Project Alpha” is the first book in a series that will be written by several carefully chosen children’s authors. The author of the first book, D. J. MacHale, wrote the “Sylo” series aimed at young adults. He hits a home run again, writing a thrilling scifi book that kids will love to read. “Voyagers: Project Alpha” is the first book in the “Voyagers” series aimed at middle grade readers.

The story begins with eight 12-year-old kids competing to be chosen to be one of the four who will be trained to travel into deep space on a mission to save the planet Earth. Earth is running out of fossil fuel and the situation is dire. The solution to Earth’s survival exists on a planet far away — something that could save the planet and those living on it.

The competition is tough, and not all the contestants are willing to help the others. Dash, the protagonist, isn’t necessarily the smartest or the fastest of the eight. He’s not the best flyer, either. But he is really good at thinking of plans and getting people to work together. The first half of the book is about what happens during the competitions and who wins a spot on the team. It’s not only a big honor and exciting, each family will receive ten million dollars.

The second half of the story is about the four young astronauts and their first adventure. Safe to say that because the series will include six books, there is more than just one adventure. The intrepid astronauts will visit many planets in their quest to save Earth. Robin Wasserman writes the second in the series, “Game of Flames,” and the third book in the series, “Omega Rising” is written by Patrick Carman. Great writers all — the series is sure to find a place of honor on children’s bookshelves everywhere.

Perfect for good fourth grade readers through middle school. Even adults will enjoy taking a break from reality and settling down with a quick and easy fun adventure.

Please note: This review is based on the final hardcover book provided by Random House Books for Young Readers for review purposes.