Firestorm: The Caretaker Trilogy: Book 1

Common Sense Media says

Violent ecological time-travel thriller for teens.

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What parents need to know

Educational value

Even reluctant teen readers will be quickly sucked in. Could be used to talk about a wide range of topics, including dystopian novels, fantasy violence, ecological issues, etc.

Positive messages

A story centered on environmentalism is one that is spreading a much-needed message, but don't expect this interesting take on eco-politics to bore you because it won't! 

Positive role models

Jack is a
likable enough protagonist, and his gradually emerging abilities are
satisfying. Readers will find it easy to root for the good guys who are trying to save the environment.

Violence

This is fantasy, but there is still lots of violence, some of it pretty grim, especially when the main character, a teen, is held down while his pinky is cut off with a knife. Fights, by hand and with weapons. Injuries and deaths. A man shoots his own foot off, teeth are knocked out, a teen kills a man by throwing him into a volcano.

Sex

Kissing, ogling. References to: erections, breasts, sexual fantasies, "blue balls," petting, nudity, "getting laid."

Language
Not applicable
Consumerism

Chain restaurant names.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking

Drinking and drunkenness. Pot mentioned.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this is a futuristic fantasy novel, but there is some gritty violence here (the  teen main character is held down to have his pinky finger cut off with a knife for example, and there's lots of fighting, both with and without weapons, and injuries and deaths). Also expect some sexual references, though nothing explicit beyond kissing. Some teens may also be disturbed by the graphic description of deep water reef trawling. But even reluctant teen readers will be quickly sucked in to all the action here -- and this book could be used to
talk about a wide range of topics, including dystopian novels, fantasy
violence, ecological issues, etc.

Parents say

Kids say

What's the story?

Jack's life comes crashing down after he wins his high school football game and is featured on the local news. Suddenly he is being hunted by strange creatures, who kill his parents just after he finds out they aren't really his parents, for reasons he doesn't understand. After nearly being killed again in New York, he takes up with a large, telepathic dog and flees down the Eastern Seaboard, pursued all the way and never knowing whom to trust. Gradually he discovers that he is from 1000 years in the future, when the earth is an ecological wasteland; that the Turning Point, beyond which the disaster can't be stopped, is coming up; and that he has been sent back according to a prophecy to find something called Firestorm, which can stop the coming catastrophe. If only he knew what it was, or where.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

The story rockets along with pulse-pounding action and gritty violence,
and even reluctant teen readers will be quickly sucked in. And then in
the second half, after they can't possibly put the book down, they get
a good-sized dose of ecological information and messages. Jack is a
likable enough protagonist, and his gradually emerging abilities are
satisfying, and the story features time travel (a sort of Terminator
for the teen set), a ninja babe who teaches Jack to fight (after
beating him up repeatedly), paranormal abilities, and a climax worthy
of a Bond movie. What's not to like? Well, there is internal inconsistency, and some might be bothered by Klass's irritating writing style. Mostly though, readers will be clamoring to find out what happens next.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about books set in the future. How does this one compare to other future fantasy stories you've read or watched? Can these kinds of stories impact how we live today?

  • There is a lot of violence here, but it takes place in a sci-fi fantasy. Does that make it different than reading about it in a realistic context?

Book details

Author:David Klass
Genre:Science Fiction
Book type:Fiction
Publisher:Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Publication date:September 1, 2006
Number of pages:289
Read aloud:13
Read alone:13

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Teen, 14 years old Written byangelaangieang April 9, 2008
AGENot rated for age
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I really enjoyed this book. I don't care what people say about the short, choppy sentences, I liked how it set the pace. There was violence, but nothing too bad. I wouldn't recommend this book to younger kids, but I would recommend it to anyone 11 or 12 and up.
Teen, 17 years old Written byJnoaha1994 May 16, 2011
AGE
14
QUALITY
 

Smart, Suspensful and Sexy- Firestorm is a #1 selling for Teens!

I ABSOLUTLY LOVE THIS BOOK! It is a great action book that will keep the pages turning for your teen male. Although there is violence, it is covered up with facts about the ocean and creates a great message. Although has some sexual mentions in it, half the time in the story you are just trying to keep up with this senior who doesnt even have a clue whats going on! ITS THE PERFECT SUSPENCE NOVEL SERIES! It even has small chapters so it makes you think you are going through the book, fast... which you are! Firestorm and the other Caretaker trilogy books are a total #1 for any teen who likes blood, violence, sexual inuendos, futuristic findings, talking dogs, transforming mega foxy awesome hot women, ninja girls, sailing, telepathy, harry potter, some educational value, the environment, a dark lord, the oceans, a guy named Jack, and did I mention a TALKING DOG (or at least its supposed to be)! Buy this book now, because i can guarentee you that your teen will love it! ***NOT FOR YOUNGER CHILDREN (14+)
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much sex
Educational value
Great messages
Adult Written bynewt April 9, 2009
AGE
16
QUALITY
 

amzing

this was a really good book really descriptive and a lot of detail and acton.

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