Started – 24/3/12
Finished – 2/3/12
Format – Kindle e-book
Synopsis – Agathea Fulstropp is a lonely 11-year-old girl, a bit on the moody side, and more than a little spoilt.
She is looking forward to a luxury break in the Caribbean with her parents, but is livid when they announce that the trip has to be cancelled due to work commitments! So instead of spending six weeks sunning herself on a tropical beach, Thea – as she insists on being called – finds herself unceremoniously packed up, and sent off to stay with a grandfather she barely knows for the entire summer!
But it turns out to be the best summer of her life when her grandfather has a strange reunion with a mysterious childhood friend, and she is given the opportunity of a lifetime.
To visit a world beyond the stars, and become Earth’s first student to be enrolled in an experimental Inter-Planetary Education Programme at the Firestone Academy, where lessons in telepathy, mind-reading and astral projection are the norm.
Things, however, are not as straightforward as they seem. One of her fellow students makes no secret of the fact that he despises her, and will stop at nothing to make her leave…she is having increasingly disturbingly vivid dreams…and just who is that hideously deformed cave creature, and more to the point, what does it want with her?
My Thoughts – I downloaded this book as it was a freebie for a day over at amazon. I am so glad that i did. This book tells the story of Agathea, or Thea, a spoilt only child who is sent away to stay with her grandfather for the summer holidays. It is here that she meets an alien who takes her away to summer school on a far away planet. There is lots going on at the school, friendships, lessons, all new things, but also something a lot more sinister.
I really enjoyed the plot of this book, i do enjoy books that are set within the school environment (blame Enid Blyton and the St Claires and Mallory Towers series’) and this was another enjoyable read for me. I felt like it was easy to understand and follow as sometimes there are books set in outer space that are difficult to get into. But with this book, it was easy to follow.
I ended up really liking Thea by the end of the book, as towards the start i found her very spoilt and not all that likeable. There was the usual young adult plot line, parents away so sent to live with relative that is not liked. I felt in this case that this was well done.
I really couldnt guess who was the ‘spy’ in the book, i kept changing my mind over about four of the characters, and in the end i was horribly wrong! Who would have seen this twist coming? It was fantastic and a brilliant end to the book.
Although this is a young adult book, i really enjoyed it. This is not just a book for children, its also good for adults too, i would recommend this one to anybody. The book has gone back up to cost, but it is still under £2 on amazon. I would have quite happily have paid for this book, its very good and well worth a couple of quid!
Rating – 5/5