Local Author Pete HautmanThe Cydonian Pyramid Publication Party Red Balloon Bookshop 891 Grand Ave St Paul, MN 55105 Friday, May 17th, 7:00 p.m.
Pete Hautman will be at the Red Balloon Bookshop tonight for the publication of The Cydonian Pyramid, the sequel to The Obsidian Blade. I read The Obsidian Blade earlier this week and I am excited to read the next volume. However, I am not prepared to fully recommend it for your young adult. Here are my reservations with The Obsidian Blade series:
- I believe it may be confusing for someone who is not an avid science fiction reader. My eight year-old was listening to the book in the car with me for the first couple chapters. I was able to summarize what was happening for a few more chapters, but once the time-travel, alternate realities and various societies exploded into the book, I could not have summarized it for an adult science fiction reader and certainly not someone who had never read any.
- Some parts of The Obsidian Blade dragged. It was essentially the set up to the sequels, so a lot of explanation needed to be shoved into the story line. If your child is an avid reader, they won’t mind this. If they lose interest easily, they may not be able to get through the first book.
- This series deals with matters of faith, loss of faith and some core beliefs of Christians. I’m not certain which direction its going to go. While, I don’t believe in censoring my children’s reading material, I do believe in knowing what they are reading and being prepared with answers. I’d personally like to have finished the series before introducing it to my kids. I have this luxury since my oldest is eight.
This book is suggested for ages 12 and up. If your child is on the lower end of this scale and you haven’t lost the habit of reading out loud together, I would recommend that route. Otherwise, it’s a good book to listen to in audio format.