Monday, September 15, 2014

Martin King and the Space Angels

Martin King and the Space Angels is a YA contemporary sci-fi novel, and the first book in the Martin King trilogy, by James McGovern.

Martin is an ordinary teen in the United Kingdom.

His best friend since forever is Darcy – and he struggles with desperately wanting to tell her that he loves more than a friend.

He has problems at home.

Nothing out of the ordinary here.

Until he gets a superpower.

Of course, that’s after being visited by an alien that says Martin and his friends are the only ones who can save the world.


Not so ordinary anymore!

Martin King and the Space Angels is fast-paced but a bit hard to pin down. The characters are likable enough but they never ended up feeling real to me.

To be honest, I felt a little thrown into Martin King and the Space Angels, which is presented as a sort of “epic” story. Since we get very little time getting to know the characters and few details to absorb on the plot itself, I felt little to no investment in the characters or plot.

Sadly, that caused me to start to fall into disinterest.

Please know that Martin King and the Space Angels is not in any way a bad book. It has tons of fans already and almost all the reviews I’ve seen on places like Goodreads is very, very positive. So, as always, read the novel for yourself!

For me, I felt the novel was actually TOO fast. If it had slowed down and given me a chance to really understand and believe what was happening, I think that would have kept me from eventually skimming it. Sadly, my life is full of too many books (no such thing!) and too little time, so I made that difficult decision.

I think some comic book loving sci-fan fans may love Martin King and the Space Angels. It just does not appear to be a book for me.