Format: Advanced readers copy, 320 pages
Genre: Science Fiction
Rating: 1- 5 (5 is excellent or a Starred review) 4
What did you like about the book? Rick Riordan’s publishing imprint brings the story of a Korean girl named Min as she travels into outer space to search for her missing older brother. 13-year old Min is not an ordinary girl as she and her family are actually gumiho, mythological shape-shifting fox creatures. Min and her family have been hiding among humans and keeping their abilities to shapeshift, influence minds and trick people a deep secret. When Min’s older brother Jun is accused of leaving the Space Force to steal the powerful Dragon Pearl, she is determined to find him and prove his innocence. Min takes on the shape of Jang, a cadet killed in battle to infiltrate the Space Force. She is assisted by two other supernatural members of the cadets, a female dragon named Hanuel and Sujin, a non-binary goblin. The characters are well-developed and teens will enjoy the way the author’s inclusion of race, culture and gender. This is a thrilling, fast-paced out of this world adventure that is also a fun introduction to Korean mythology. Readers who enjoy science fiction and learning about the mythology of other cultures will find much to like in this standalone novel.
Anything you didn’t like about it? No
To whom would you recommend this book? Readers who love Rick Riordan’s series based on mythology with love this twist that combines Korean mythology with science fiction adventure. This is a fun novel to hand to readers not looking for another series, but a fully contained one volume adventure.
Who should buy this book? Public libraries and elementary and middle school libraries
Where would you shelve it? Fiction
Should we (librarians/readers) put this at the top of our “to read” piles? No
Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City: Catherine Coyne, Mansfield Public Library, Mansfield, MA
Date of review: 11/12/18