One of the major themes that you will see me repeat time and time again in this blog is that you should be reading to your children. Today’s book, Titan Base by Eric S. Nylund, is a great read for anyone who enjoys action and adventure, and yes, a little mystery too. Titan Base is book 3 in the 4-book series called The Resisters. The kids and I are both loving this storyline! Any time I break off to try to read something else, they beg to return to this series as soon as possible. I can’t blame them. This is a great read!
Nylund. Nylund! I knew that name sounded familiar! That’s because Eric Nylund wrote several of the stories for the Halo series, yes, Halo, the Xbox game. That puts his name right up there with other incredible science fiction writers like, Greg Bear, Karen Traviss, and Troy Denning. You might recognize a few of these names from the Star Wars books on your shelf. Nylund does a great job creating a story that is especially exciting for my middle-grade readers. All of the main characters are between the ages of 10 to 13. Of course, it’s these kids who must save the day… and the world.
Ethan Blackwood used to be just an ordinary kid. But all that changed when he learned that he was really living in an artificial community set up by Earth’s alien captors as a breeding ground for fresh, new minds. You see, as children reach puberty, the chemistry of the brain changes just enough that the aliens, the Ch’zar, are able to gain control of the mind, turning every human being into a part of their hive-mind. Unless, you are a Blackwood. Mysteriously, both Ethan and his sister Emma appear to be resistant to Ch’zar mind control. Not only that, they can hear the “mind song” of the Ch’zar.
The Seed Bank may not be a safe refuge for the Resisters for much longer, so Ethan and his troops are searching for a suitable new base. They are faced with many challenges along the way that no kid Ethan’s age (12) should have to face. With a tragic turn of events, the kids will have to work together as a team like they never have before, and Ethan’s leadership skills will now be truly put to the test.
The kids and I are now reading the conclusion to the series, Operation Inferno. That nasty flu bug that’s been going around found its way into our home over the past couple of weeks, so we haven’t been able to read quite as much as we normally do. But, the kids’ typical response now has been, “One more chapter!” each time we read together. I am really encouraged by this response, and I hate to have to say, “Nope! It’s time for bed!”, to which they reply, “Nooo! One. More. Chapter. Please!” I think it’s pretty awesome that they are really starting to engage with the story and that they are hungry for more.
So, now, I have a question for you, and I want you to leave your thoughts in the comments below, or if you prefer, you can email them to me.
When reading with your kids, do you instruct them to put away all toys and devices and any other potential distractions? Or have you found it helpful to allow them to fidget with something, so long as they can listen quietly?