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Orion Lost5/5

Orion Lost

Alastair Chisholm

Review

A fast paced, engaging science fiction adventure. When Beth and a small group of other children suddenly find themselves in charge of Orion, a giant space ship, after a mysterious incident, floating in space is the least of their worries.

There are strange alien ships to worry about, not to mention The Scrapers, space pirates who travel the galaxy taking whatever they want, whenever they want it. If Beth and her rag tag crew are going to survive, they are going to have to outwit adversaries that they only know about from their school lessons.

Orion Lost is a brilliant space romp with amazing characters. It has loads of action, great storytelling and plenty of twists and turns to keep you going. If you're a fan of Star Wars, Firefly or Star Trek, you're going to absolutely love this adventure!

368 pages / Ages 9+ / Reviewed by Lucas Maxwell, school librarian

Reviewed by: Lucas Maxwell


Orion Lost5/5

Orion Lost

Alastair Chisholm

Review

I absolutely loved spending time in outer space reading Orion Lost; not a given for me as I tend to avoid books set in the future. In the story, a number of families are heading into space to a far galaxy and a new life and the plotline seems to suggest that the excitement is all to come, with the reality of life on a planet so different from Earth bound to present challenges. To reach their new home requires their ship to 'jump' time zones and each time the ship jumps all families follow the protocol of going into artificial sleep. Beth, one of the children on board, wakes up from one such jump to find that apart from 4 other children, all the grown ups are still asleep and that she, on the basis of having achieved 0.5 marks more in her leadership class than the son of the ship's captain, is in charge of getting the ship to its destination.

The book can be read on several levels; it is a fantastic, gripping story, with totally unexpected plot twists, but it is also a fascinating study in leadership and what qualities make for the best leaders - the book seems to suggest that healthy self-doubt is a far more useful tool to those who lead than simply being a leader by birthright. I really enjoyed it!

Reviewed by Charlotte Weatherley / 368 Pages / 12+

Reviewed by: Charlotte Weatherley


Orion Lost5/5

Orion Lost

Alastair Chisholm

Review

Set entirely on a deep space spaceship destined for the colonization of a distant world, something has gone wrong. All the adults have been put into stasis and cannot be woken up. The only available crew members are 13-year-old Beth Mckay and her four classmates. Newly deputized as the acting Captain, Beth must contend not only with space pirates, the alien Videshi, the spacecraft's AI, 'Ship', but her own crew!

Where do I start? This was an amazing read! For a first novel it can't be overstated how well crafted this book is. It manages to hit just the right mark to attract young and older readers. With tight, concise chapters - most ending on a cliffhanger of some sort - it begs to be read.

Most interesting is the focus Chisholm has put on the importance of command structure. While there are plenty of colourful story-points, the focus on the skill of being a leader, making the right choices, owning your mistakes and trusting in your team is refreshing and sets it apart from similar themed space adventures.

The sci-fi technology and logic fits together well, with few (if any) plot holes - possibly down to Chisholm's background in puzzle books? While the twists in the story may be predictable upon reflection, the story carries you along so effortlessly that you will have little time to dwell on where this space epic will end. I'm looking forward to what he writes next!

368 pages / Ages 10+ / Reviewed by Adam Rodgers, school librarian

Reviewed by: Adam Rodgers