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In the first chapter of Part One, we meet a young boy, Gilbert Sullivan, who often has disturbing dreams before crop circles appear on his neighbor's farm in Nebraska. Gilbert's interest in space and astronomy was sparked by mysterious crop circles that appeared in Old Farmer Neville Johnson's farm. One night, wide awake after his recurring nightmare, Gilbert hears his parents arguing downstairs, and wishes for an end to the trouble, and for an angel who would take him far away. When he notices a bright light outside, he decides to investigate.
Gilbert ventures outside toward the distant, glowing light, through the wheat fields of the farm next door. Farmer Johnson, at the urging of his wife, also goes outside, with his three-legged dog, Tripod, and walks toward the brilliant light. Gilbert trips over someone in the field, and meets Aoléon, the Martian Girl.
Strange-looking yet beautiful, with huge blue eyes and turquoise skin, this girl is from Mars (though Aoleon's website is accessible to Terrans like us). She has special powers which are remarkable to Gilbert. She seems to be able to read his mind, and her touch heals (she helps Tripod after he falls in a gopher hole). To escape from Farmer Johnson, who believes that vandals are making the crop circles, the Martian Girl brings Gilbert onto her spacecraft.
Gilbert and Aoléon fly above the earth, travel through various countries, and experience many adventures together. As they soar toward the North Pole in Aoléon's spacecraft, Gilbert realizes that he's "been abducted by a nutty alien who's a speed freak". Gilbert's wish to leave home has come true, and his boring, ordinary life is a thing of the past.
Aoléon: The Martian Girl features numerous large, brightly-colored pictures. Three-dimensional images are an integral part of the story, and I asked how the author created them. This is his reply:
"I used The Foundry Modo to make all the character models, buildings, props such as weapons and ships, and to render them, using Modo's amazing built in renderer. The landscapes and the Planet Mars with the exclusion of Gilbert's farm field, were rendered using Planetside's Terragen 2/3. The final renders were color corrected and any effects such as lens flares and or depth-of-field blurs were done in both Adobe After Effects and Photoshop."
I enjoyed the ideas in the book about dreams (or nightmares), telepathy and mind-reading, and the ability to heal through touch and thought (yes, I'm a bit "new age"). It's imaginative and clever, and suitable for folks like me (who don't read a great deal of science fiction), as well as for young adults drawn to sci-fi and adventure stories. At the end of the book there's a helpful glossary which defines some of the terms used in the book. There's also a related song, Another World ~ Aoléon: The Martian Girl Song, featuring Élan Noelle, on iTunes! I listened to it, and it's a pretty song (that would be great in the movie). Aoléon: The Martian Girl (Part One) will be available at the end of January 2015, but you can pre-order the book now, on Amazon. As for me, I look forward to reading Part Two!
Many thanks to Laura from iRead Book Tours for sending me an advanced readers copy of this ebook. For more reviews, please stop by iRead's book blog tour for Aoléon: The Martian Girl (Part One). Since this book is for young adults, I'll soon add a link to this review to Kid Konnection, hosted by Booking Mama.
Thanks very much for reading! Your comments are welcomed.