Monday, June 1, 2015

Aoleon: the Martian Girl Part 2: The Luminess of Mars

Author: Brent LeVasseur
Pages: 136 PDF
Source: Provided by iRead Book Tours for an honest review
Rating: good continuation in the series with more great graphics

Summary from Goodreads:

Aoléon and Gilbert receive a special mission from PAX, a wanted criminal and leader of the Martian resistance movement to investigate the Luminon of Mars, who he suspects is planning an invasion of Earth to steal its milk cows. Gilbert has an encounter with the Luminess (the mate of the Luminon) and discovers something strange about her during a procession, and the duo are chased by the Royal Paladin Guard. 

At Aoléon’s home, Gilbert meets Aoléon’s family, her sister Una, mother Phobos and father Deimos as well as her overzealous pet Zoot. He is also introduced to Bizwat, a covert operator and Procyon Commando, who uses his Saturn Pizza delivery job as a cover. 

Gilbert then gets to visit the Martian Space Academy (Aoléon’s school) where he encounters Aoléon’s nemesis, Charm Lepton and her friend Quarkina, as well as receiving a history lesson on the Martian people by Plutarch Xenocrates. After class, Gilbert and Aoléon get to train in zero-G and Gilbert is treated to a Psi-ball match between Martian Space Academy and Martian Science Academy.


This one picks up where the last one left off. Gilbert and Aoleon flee to Mars where he meets her family, attends a day at her school and watches her during a psi-ball match. Although the premise is to investigate the Luminon, the book mostly focuses on the day to day life of Aoleon, her friends and family.

Luminess seemed more grown up to me. There is at least one adult joke in it that surprised me. The humor was still there but didn't seem as strong as in the first book. The dialogue didn't seem quite as believable either for some reason.

The illustrations that made the first book so much more fantastic are back and are just as well done. There didn't seem to be as many as in the first but they are wonderful. Since the book is based on the planet of Mars, it is nice to see a visualization of the sights described.

I enjoyed Luminess and look forward to continuing on with the series. Getting to see how Aoleon lives her life on Mars was interesting. It's quite a unique story.

Mr. LeVasseur enjoys crafting good stories based on lovable characters designed to translate well to multiple media formats such as books, games, movies, and toys. He lives in New York when he is not commuting between Southern California and Olympus Mons, Mars. His hobbies include writing, 3D animation, musical composition, and intergalactic space travel. He also enjoys various sports such as skiing, running, and exospheric skydiving.

Connect with Brent:   Website  ~  Twitter  ~  Facebook  ~  Aoléon: The Martian Girl 

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