Hi everyone, can you believe that January is almost over?! I turned a year older this month along with my brother. Coincidentally, for those who were wondering, he and I share a birth date as well as month!! Moving on to books, the trilogy of reads I am featuring today is a set I found quite recently and pounced on. Adventure, romance, secret societies, evil geniuses and even a hint of space exploration await you in these reads if you dare to read on…
Omega City series
Titles: Omega City, The Forbidden Fortress, Infinity Base
Author: Diana Peterfreund
Genre: Fiction – Contemporary/SciFi
Publication details: Balzer + Bray; NY, 2015, 2017, 2018
What these books are about: Gillian Seagret doesn’t listen to people who say her father’s a crackpot. His conspiracy theories about the lost technology of Cold War-era rocket scientist Dr. Aloysius Underberg may have cost him his job and forced them to move to a cottage in the sticks, but Gillian knows he’s right and plans to prove it. When she discovers a missing page from Dr. Underberg’s diary among her father’s papers, she thinks she’s found a big piece of the puzzle – a space-themed riddle promising to lead to Dr. Underberg’s greatest invention. Enlisting the help of her younger brother, Eric, her best friend Savannah, and Howard, their NASA-obsessed schoolmate, Gillian sets off into the ruins of a vast doomsday bunker, Omega City, deep within the earth to find the answers to the riddle. In the first book, Omega City, Gillian and her friends race to unearth its secrets and outrun the other sinister people following them who will stop at nothing to make sure Omega City’s secrets stay buried forever. Following their adventures in the underground Omega City, Gillian and her friends find themselves facing another adventure in The Forbidden Fortress. This time a group of scientists at Guidant Technology have invited the children to speak of their adventures in Omega City. Their campus is filled with wonders such as self-driving cars to robot waiters. Soon the kids uncover secrets here too. They uncover evidence of the same secret organization that had been chasing them before at Guidant. In the last book, Infinity Base, Gillian realizes that uncovering the truth about the Shepherds was the easy part. After her father gets kidnapped, it’s up to Gillian and her friends along with a rogue Shepherd to save him. New clues to Underberg’s past lead them back into an utterly transformed Omega City and farther than they ever imagined, into outer space. There the kids discover the Shepherds’ most precious secret, and they realize there’s more at stake than simply their families’ survival and Underberg’s legacy – they also have to save the world.
My review: Wow!! What an exhilarating race these reads were!! Along with Howard came his older brother Nate, into the adventure, trying to be the voice of reason and calm but they all ended up going through everything together!! The things I like the most are the distinct characters of the four teens, the humor that permeated everywhere and the non-stop adventure!! A really good mash-up of sci-fi along with adventure-action, a touch of growing up and a whole load of middle grade drama!! Towards the end of these books Diana Peterfreund has included some notes detailing her insight into the future marvels to come for us on our own Earth and our responsibility towards our input into making our own future. This made me really think of the new technologies that are created, or being created as we read this, everyday and their true worth and impact on our planet! Despite the serious undertones described in these reads, they were nothing short of amazing!! Some superb writing here with heart-stopping action, detailed descriptions and hilarious dialogue that keeps the story line flowing in each book!! A cool series to get stuck into for ardent scifi fans!!
My review: 5 ⭐