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By Andrea Beach, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Sci-fi/fantasy a fine blend of action and intrigue.

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STRANGER nicely blends fantasy with science fiction and action with intrigue. Action fans will enjoy being immediately dropped into an exciting, topsy-turvy world of a young man on the run. The middle slows as the story focuses on character development and intrigue, but the end provides a big battle and the action picks back up, although some passages are hard to follow. The main characters are well established and very relatable to older teens, but the large cast and narration that jumps from one character to another sometimes make it hard to keep track of who's who.

It's an imaginative look at what might become of society without electronic technology and an entertaining story of a compelling bunch of characters. Without any in-depth exploration of classic sci-fi questions about humankind and society, it belongs solidly in the category of light reading.

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