The Chosen of Gaia by M. Mariz.
Publication Date: August 2012
List Price: $11.99
Review: Have you ever wanted to live on a perfect planet? Well, so did Albert, Ruth, their parents, and their dog Soap from The Chosen of Gaia, written by M. Mariz. The family gets extremely close to reaching that perfect planet. But is it really that perfect after all?
Albert and Ruth are twins and live with their mom, dad, and dog, Soap. They are a close family and eventually have to come to a decision once they face two options. Albert has a dream that comes true and a man named Julius visits them to say that they have been chosen - chosen to go to a new "perfect" planet away from Earth. They decide to go and they are told that they have 30 days to decide whether or not they want to return to Earth or stay on planet Gaia. Though they go through rough patches, the family begins to love the planet and decides to stay there. All is well until Victor, the father, and his friend, George are framed for breaking into the president's home and stealing important documents. When the president is found dead from a heart attack, suspicion surrounds George's family. While trying to redeem their family name and innocence, find the real culprit and a little love along the way, the family just might make it throughÉ or will they?
The Chosen of Gaia is a decent book. I wouldn't have been impressed if I had to buy the book but would have happily gotten it from the library. It's a great science-fiction book with little romance and lots of mystery and suspense. Although the end is engaging, it takes awhile for the book to interest the reader. I found not interested in continuing the book, but once I reached the last 50 pages, I sped through them. The Chosen of Gaia's audience would be 10 to 14 year olds since all of the content is appropriate for that age group, but it does have difficult concept to comprehend and wouldn't be a great book to share with immature minds. Overall, I give The Chosen of Gaia three stars because the ending almost makes up for the dull start and middle. I just wish Mariz made sure to have an interesting beginning and middle to match the end.
Review written by Abby (6th grade student).
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