Paraworld Zero (Parallel Worlds #1)
But Simon also stumbles upon a secret: He can perform magic in this parallel world! While fighting mystical creatures, unraveling an ancient mystery, and even experiencing his first kiss, Simon discovers that he, an outsider from Earth, is the only person who can save the high-tech planet from an impending doom.
A friend referred Paraworld Zero to me, and I was at first skeptical, but after I got into it, I could see the gold in this debut novel. The author of the book and narrator of the audio book, Matthew Peterson, has a future ahead of him... if he can get a larger publisher to back him up. Heck, after reading/listening to this young adult novel, I would love to see a larger company do it justice with a better cover and even a movie adaptation. The actual writing is excellent, though, and the narration of the audio book is above average. I was startled to hear multiple narrators, but I got used to it and discovered that it helped in the overall production. It ends on a great cliffhanger that makes you want to read the next one. I also like how everything came together at the end. It had some mystery, a little romance, and a lot of strange creatures. Kids will like this one.
I devour everything Harry Potter, so when I heard the phrase "Harry Potter meets Star Wars" I had to pick this one up. Paraworld Zero is not your typical Harry Potter-like book. The story has a lot of science fiction and fantasy in it, so I guess you could call it "Harry Potter in space," though space is not really the word for it. The characters travel through a thing called the parastream, which is like a special form of outer space that allows you to move quickly from parallel world to parallel world. The idea is intriguing, and the author makes it simple to understand. Simon Kent is now my favorite 12-year-old magician. He gets into the most precarious situations. Oh, and the narration of the audiobook was top-notch. There are dozens of cool character voices that will appeal especially to younger audiences. Humor, action, romance--this book has it all.
Twelve-year-old Simons life could hardly be described as interesting. In fact about the only thing out of the ordinary that happens to him on a daily basis is when he gets beat up by the school bullies. But all of that changes when a girl named Tonya appears out of thin air.
It isnt only Tonyas appearance that seems out of the ordinary. Her clothes, her speech, and her colorful hair are all out of this world. Literally. It turns out Tonya is from Paraworld 4329, a parallel universe. Shes even part lizard, though she doesnt like to talk about that. Tonya has been stranded on Earth after a transport gone wrong, but Simon manages to help her out, bringing himself along in the process.
Simon has a lot to learn about traveling in the Paraverse, and about using magic like Tonya. But the pair ends up on a world named Pudd, theres no magic to use. Its a up Simon and his new friends to figure out a way off of the planet. Meanwhile, a mysterious dark force is building strength, and Simon may be the key to saving all of the parallel worlds. Simons still stuck on Pudd, and time is running out. Whats a poor Earth kid to do?
Peterson has definitely put a lot on imagination into this work. Despite a writing style that can seem a little awkward at times, readers will find themselves drawn into the rollicking adventures of Simon and his friends. Plus, a few unanswered questions are sure to have them begging for a sequel.
Recommended for ages 10 and up.
I found this book by accident and fell in love with the story and characters. My children have read it several times. I cant wait to see what happens in the next installment. The narration is smooth and the story is filled with impressive creativity, and the ending is simply divine. It might be too intense for smaller children, but if they are mature enough to read Harry Potter and Eragon, then they could also read Paraworld Zero. Don't miss this one!
I think this is the type of book you either love or dismiss, depending on your personality and age. I know the intended audience (ages 8 - 16) will love this. For me as an adult, I absolutely loved it as well. But that's because I enjoy a good story with interesting characters. This is not a serious book, though there are a couple of serious moments. The mystery in Paraworld Zero was just enough to keep me guessing. I wish there was a little more romance, but the characters are fairly young (12 through 14), so I understand why the romantic aspects were watered down. There better be more romance in the sequel! I was hoping to see Simon at the magical school, but as it turns out, that'll be in the next book. I'm looking forward to it.
Okay, I have to admit I found myself laughing out loud several times during this book. The characters are so fun to read about as they banter, joke, cry, etc. Paraworld Zero takes you through many emotions and leaves you feeling well entertained. There are some deeper parts dealing with slavery and self-esteem issues, but in general the book doesn't take itself too seriously. It's hard to put my finger on it, but Paraworld Zero had a Harry Potter / Star Wars / Artemis Fowl feel to it. The pacing was spot on. There's a whole storyline with adult characters interwoven within the plot, and this really did keep my interest. I'd like to see more of these older characters in future installments. Since there are multiple storylines going on, the book keeps you on your toes, especially the climax, which brought everything together superbly. I'm not usually one to be surprised at the end of a mystery, but this one threw me for a loop. I can't wait for the next book. The audiobook was also fantastic!
This is definately the Best Science Fiction book ever (Aside from the Uglies Series of course). It is really original and not like any other book I have read. It takes place on different planets the characters are aliens from different planets. The main character Simon Kent is your typical nerdy little boy who gets beat up. Then a mysterious girl with color changing bright green hair takes him to a distant planet where Simon discovers he is able to do magic. Now he has to put his insicurities aside to save a whole planet. But will it be at the expence of his new best friend??? I recommend this book to anyone who likes Science Fiction and Fantasy books.
Although I am much older than most of the readers of young adult fiction I found this book to be exciting and memorable. The author articulates the mystery and majesty of a young boy's adventure and made me feel like I was right in the story with Simon. I gave this book to my grandchildren and now they are reading it. Two thumbs up to Mr. Peterson and his well-written fantasy that allowed me to forget about my "reality" for a time and sit back and enjoy a fun-filled adventure.
I was very impressed! I read it in a couple of days. Let's just say my house was a wreck when my husband got home! I really liked it and found it an enjoyable read. My son then picked it up, LOVED it, and now is excited to do a book report on it. It's a great read for the whole family!
When I started reading Paraworld Zero I was skeptical that it was going to be as good as some of the books I have read recently, not to name that one series of books that have seven books and have made millions and millions of dollars of revenue from their movies, toys, etc. But what I found out in less than a page, was this was better. I couldn't put the book down. I read it in one day and then started to read it again the next. I can't wait for the next series of books. I hope the author gets writing soon. M-from California