The war has been won, the Jovians are free of the tyranny of Phobos, but the planet now lies in ruins. The Sinu and the Fiegan Firelords are threatening a civil war and the people of Jupiter are going hungry. First Petros has failed as their protector and General Ardor wants him replaced.
To make matters worse, the Castillos face a new challenge.
Ian is sick and no doctor on Earth can help him.
When Ian and Callie return to Jupiter to find a cure, they discover that the secret may be found in the Book of Ganymede. But now, the book is missing.
Left with no answers they are forced to face a painful truth.
Ian is dying.
The Ice Orphan of Ganymede by Leonardo Ramirez
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
I received a complimentary copy of this book from the author in return for an honest review.
This is the second book in the Jupiter Chronicles, a steampunk series for children. I loved it!
Ian and Callie Castillo are fun characters. Ian is twelve and Callie is nine. Ian is an extremely serious young man. He is quite brave and determined. I absolutely LOVE Callie! She is more relaxed and has a funny sense of humour. However, she is just as brave as her brother.
This is a fun steampunk novel for children. The story is an amazing adventure that see's Ian and Callie travelling back to Jupiter, when Ian mysteriously becomes ill. The author's imagination in mixing reality and fantasy has created an exciting adventure that had me turning the pages! Steampunk is a relatively new genre for me, but I am finding out that I am enjoying it thoroughly! I love Callie's little journal entries, which still had me giggling. I could imagine both her face as she wrote them (full of mischief), and Ian's as he reacted (sometimes angry or disgusted depending on what she was writing). There is an exciting race scene, which reminded me of the Pod Race in Star Wars: The Phantom Menace. However, the vehicles were powered by steam.
There are some new characters introduced, but it was nice to meet Francisus Flatulus Ferdinand again. His bodily dis-function is still in full swing, which will appeal to children. He made me laugh too!
The end of the story finishes on a slight twist that actually shocked me, and I am now looking forward to reading the next book in the series.
Leonardo Ramirez has written a fantastic steampunk novel that was fast paced and exciting enough to keep even the most fidgety youngster enthralled. This is an author I will be keeping an eye on in the future.
I highly recommend this book to younger readers aged 5 to 7 as a bedtime story, 7 to 10 year old's as a read along (or read alone depending on reading ability), and 10 to 12 year old's. I also recommend this book to adults who love younger YA or steampunk genres. - Lynn Worton
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