A Book Review by Katie Kaminski
Virus on Orbis1 is the first in a scifi young adult series written by, PJ Haarsma. The other books in this series are, Betrayal on Orbis2, Wormhole Pirates on Orbis3, and Awakening on Orbis4. PJ Haarsma is also the founder of Kids Need To Read program. He works with Nathan Fillion to encourage children to read. They accept donations of books to give to underfunded schools, Libraries, and other organizations. If you want to learn more about this program here is a link to their website. http://www.kidsneedtoread.org/
Good young adult books are hard to find, let alone science fiction, it was exciting for me to find this great novel. So many young adult books tend to feature trivial problems such as having a new baby in the family, and the ones that have a more complex story line, I tend not to care much for the characters because they don’t have depth.
Orbis is a series of rings that surround a wormhole. Varieties of alien species come to Orbis hoping for a better life. A ship called Renaissance carries groups of human children whose parents died mysteriously. One of these children carries a special ability, the first Softwire recorded in the human species, Johnny Turnbull. He is able to enter any computer. This ability gets him into loads of trouble on his new home, and I wouldn’t miss a second of it!
My favorite character is Max. Max is Johnny’s best friend. She is smart and creative. She enjoys taking technology apart and putting it back together.
The only criticism I have about this book is that there wasn’t enough description of the setting. I want to know what Orbus1 looks like. What is new and different about the place that the Renaissance kids have never seen before (besides the aliens that live there)?
This book is brilliantly written with a great plot. It’s a great adventure for everyone of all ages. This Science Fiction book is definitely going in my list of favorites. I had fun following Johnny as he explored orbis1 and his powers. I got so involved, when Johnny was falsely accused of something I started to yell at the book! I’m looking forward to reading the rest of the series. I recommend this book to all ages. I had fun following Johnny as he explored orbis1 and his powers. I got so involved, when Johnny was falsely accused of something I started to yell at the book! I’m looking forward to reading the rest of the series. I recommend this book to all!