The Lighthouse Land

The Lighthouse Land The first in a new epic sci fi series perfect for fans of Orson Scott Card s Ender books or Philip Pullman s His Dark Materials Introducing the first young adult novel from crime fiction writer Adria

  • Title: The Lighthouse Land
  • Author: Adrian McKinty
  • ISBN: 9780810993617
  • Page: 409
  • Format: Paperback
  • The first in a new epic sci fi series, perfect for fans of Orson Scott Card s Ender books or Philip Pullman s His Dark Materials Introducing the first young adult novel from crime fiction writer Adrian McKinty, whose adult books have been called unputdownable Washington Post , exceptional San Francisco Chronicle , and profoundly satisfying Booklist WheThe first in a new epic sci fi series, perfect for fans of Orson Scott Card s Ender books or Philip Pullman s His Dark Materials Introducing the first young adult novel from crime fiction writer Adrian McKinty, whose adult books have been called unputdownable Washington Post , exceptional San Francisco Chronicle , and profoundly satisfying Booklist When Jamie s mother inherits a small island, and moves her little family from Harlem to Ireland, her troubled son sees a chance to start over, far away from the bullies and the pitying stares Cancer has left Jamie without an arm or the will to speak But Muck Island offers than solitude and sea views Jamie learns that he is heir to an ancient title, Laird of Muck, Guardian of the Passage, and certain otherworldly responsibilities With the help of a mysterious object he discovers in the island s old lighthouse, Jamie sets out on a dangerous mission that will change the course of his life, and possibly the universe, forever Tautly paced and brilliantly imagined, this novel will thrill sci fi fans eager for new heroes and new worlds to explore.

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    1. This will be brief as I have a lot of homework and study to do.The Lighthouse Land is an interesting book, but probably not quite in my "most epic page turners of all time" list, but very few make it anyway.However I am still going to read the rest of the series for lack of reading material.#I decided to read this becauseI had nothing else to do and I randomly picked it off the public library shelf.#What I likedlatively good action and some interesting concepts and it painted an interesting pict [...]

    2. Fun young adult novel written for teens 12-14 years of age (This is my favorite target age for books because books are dark enough to be interesting but chaste enough not to focus so much on Edward's smoldering eyes every page like in Twilight. Also I hate cussing in YA books, it sounds so forced like the Author thinks "Ya, this is how young people talk, I will add some swears to get street cred with the youngsters.) Great story about traveling between worlds, had the feel of a fantasy story lik [...]

    3. McKinty is a wonderful storyteller and he has written something very special in this Lighthouse series. I was more familiar with his gritty, gory crime novels but Lighthouse series is completely different. I loved the vivid imagination and that the main characters are teens who have to work together, use history lessons, physics, trigonometry and other sciences to problem solve. McKinty also throws in large helpings of humor that truly made me laugh out loud. Gerald Doyle is a wonderful narrator [...]

    4. 2 1/2 starsThe beginning of this book was great --- other than the pop culture references. Unless a book is all about pop culture, like Ready Player One, it seems like the author is trying too hard to prove that they're cool. (think: Dr Evil's "I'm with it, I'm hip.") And yes, I realize I just became a hypocrite, but it was worth it. In the beginning of this story I found myself thinking about it, when not reading it, and wondering what would happen next. It had promise! But once the two boys [...]

    5. I really enjoyed this middle grade book, the first of a trilogy. McKinty's knowledge of Harlem, Northern Ireland and science fiction stand him in good stead and the young characters in their heroic endeavor to save a planet is warm and convincing. I particularly appreciate the strength of the female character in the mix. I'd definitely recommend this to fans of Rick Riordan's Percy Jackson, and Anthony Horowitz's Alex Rider series. And frankly, when I get around to reading fiction for the younge [...]

    6. A young boy Jamie and he finds that an island is more than meets the eyes. This book was a great read and it was only the first of the three part series. Adrian McKinty’s The Lighthouse Land was exceptional in the way that it made me feel as though I was inside the book. McKinty’s style of how he writes just puts me in a good mood. I can really connect with the book to where it is almost realistic to me. He is good at not revealing too much so it keeps you wanting to find out the ending. Als [...]

    7. This isn't the strongest young adult fiction I've ever read. However, the Charming characters kept me really engaged. They all seem like such real kids. The story is completely impossible, but for me this was part of the charm. Not every story needs to be scientifically valid to be enjoyable. I immediately went on to listen to the second installment and just began physically reading the last of the trilogy.

    8. I have a lot going on right now it might have just been that my brain was preoccupiedbut this one didn't pull me in.

    9. Nice to read a YA (or younger book) that is a bit different and has at least a nod to the hard questions of life, love and war.

    10. (Audible; Gerard Doyle, narrator) The target age for this fantasy trilogy is junior high children (13-14 years old), often misnamed 'young adults', in the old days called 'adolescents'. I love Gerard Doyle when he reads McKinty's Sean Duffy crime fiction with his native Northern Irish accent. When he switches to American or received English pronunciation, he sounds either ridiculous (American) or toffee nosed (English received pronunciation).

    11. I did not finish this book. Im not going to lie, I had to put it down. The dialogue was too choppy for me.

    12. Kind of a slow story, but interesting. I did need to finish it to see what happened, and it was a slightly surprising ending. Love the Irish accent of the narrator!

    13. July Book #13: I like the concept of this book. A boy, Jamie, and his mother discover they are the sole heirs to a "island" off the coast of Ireland (who wouldn't want that). As they are barely scraping by in New York, this comes as a god-send. They have not been in Ireland long before Jamie and his new friend, Ramsay, discover a mysterious device in a hidden room in the top of the lighthouse on Jamie's new property. The device tranports them to another world, Altair, far out in space where Jami [...]

    14. When Jamie learns that his mother has inherited some property on an island off of Ireland and that they will be moving there shortly, he is happy to leave his home in Harlem for a new start. He recently lost his arm to cancer and has not spoken since the surgery, leaving him vulnerable to bullies and making it difficult for him to find or keep friends. The only person he will miss is Thaddeus his older, chess-playing war veteran friend at the library. When he arrives in the UK he explores his ne [...]

    15. ***SPOILER ALERT***Adrian McKinty has a style that flows so well, he can write both gruesome adult fiction and wild, alien youth books. I don't usually like alien stories, but getting to know Jamie and Ramsay made the book enjoyable enough to read to the part about the aliens. Once I was hooked on the lighthouse part of the story, I then got caught up in the plight of the Aldans, and read theory to the end. The cleverness of the boys was interesting in fighting the evil Alkhavans, with Fireworks [...]

    16. I was quickly wrapped up in the world inside this book, and I think that's what kept the pages turning. I liked the writing style, and McKinty seems to have taken everything into account concerning the plot. There were some things I didn't like though.Jamie seems convinced that missing an arm and being unable to speak has left him unable to do anything. Part of why he desires to stay with Wishaway is that in this alien world he is whole and he can make a difference. I didn't appreciate the messa [...]

    17. I picked up this book because I've read the other McKinty novels and really liked them. Also because I couldn't quite figure out how he'd 'tone' down what seems to be his natural writing style to fit with the 'young adult' crowd. I'd say, for the most part, this book was written for anyone older than, say, fifth grade. In fact, there were more than a few times that I felt the dialogue and story telling was very elementary and almost forcedly so.The story has some interesting sci-fi/fantasy parts [...]

    18. 1 star was tempting, mainly because it's very disappointing to see an author as strong as McKinty flounder in a genre that obviously hinders him. The most engaging parts of the book were similar to the beautifully-paced horror of his previous novels, especially the gripping Dead trilogy.First off, the revelation that the main character lost half of his left arm to bone cancer and is so depressed and disconnected with life that he refuses to speak. This is not the sort of character development yo [...]

    19. I listened to this one, but I think the next 2 books in the series will be print books for me. I found one accent that Mr. Doyle isn't convincing - Georgian. I love everything else I've heard him do, except that one.I didn't love this but I liked it. Seems my 9 year old is a little young for it, so I was on my own with this. This book feels very much like an introduction to a good story and given that it is a trilogy, I am okay with that.The way it is written, is different than what I am used to [...]

    20. Jamie Smith has had a tough time. He got cancer in the bone of his left arm. The doctor's amputated it. In the year since the surgery, Jamie has declined to talk at all.His mom inherits an Island in Northern Ireland. He and his mom move to Ireland. He meets Ramsey and gains his first friend since before the surgery.There is an old tower on the island that once was a lighthouse. Jamie and Ramsey find a device that sends them to another world. Jamie has both arms and hands on this world, so he fin [...]

    21. I was expecting a different kind of turn from this book.Not that I was fully disappointed, that is, but it lacked, in my view, that little 'wow spark'.The plot is very interesting, and the characters are developed so well it's like they are actual living-breathing characters beside you. The only thing though is that otherthan Wishaway I had trouble visualizing all the oter characters. Jamie acted really mature for a 13 year old. That's a surprising thing to see and made me rather happy, and all [...]

    22. I did not like the first chapter, the cadence seemed very stilted and did not grab me into wanting to read the series. Also, I do not like the pop culture references because it dates a book making it obsolete in just a few short years. For example if I say, "Her clothes looked like Cindy Lauper's costumes", no one younger than about 35 would even know who the reference is about. Perhaps some feel pop culture in a book makes it accessible for young adults, but I think it cheapens the experience o [...]

    23. Very entertaining story of a an American boy traumatized by the loss of a limb to cancer. His mom inherits a lighthouse in Ireland and they decide to move right awaye will need to fill me in to how you move to another country and find a job that quickly, but that's another story.The boy, Jamie, makes a good friend of Ramsey, an all-around good Irish boy. He's handsome, he's good at all kinds of sports, and does well in school. Actually I'd say he's above average intelligence. I was sometimes con [...]

    24. Going into this book knowing that it is a story written from the viewpoint of a teenager, I found that it was an entertaining story. If you expect an adult approach, you might not like it as much. It was interesting to experience a location new to me - that being Port Muck, Ireland, located in the Inner Hebrides off the western coast of Scotland. I liked the "travel through a wormhole to another world" aspect of the story, too, especially since this was more fantasy than science fiction. My favo [...]

    25. the story of a strange new land on a distant planet strangely and immediately convenient and familiar to the strangers. it felt shallow and i'm known to slum, gleefully, in the genre. i really like the main character's unusual traumatised condition, as well as the elderly man he befriends early on. just the story itself didn't click or offer anything. it wasn't dark enough to hold up to the potential of the characters, and the characters weren't deep enough to connect to. there was a moment wher [...]

    26. I listened to the Lighthouse Trilogy as an audio book. I had to get used to Gerard Doyle's reading, beacause initially I found his voice too "old" for a story which is about a 13 year old boy, but you forget that more and more. In fact, I afterwards quite liked the way he gave an individual tone to all the persons.The story is really beautiful: combining old Irish Fairy tales with wormhole-theory and the story of a teenager, who has to recover from cancer and his parents divorce - altough this i [...]

    27. This book reminded me so much of Angie Sage’s Septimus Heap series. Jamie, recovering from cancer, winds up inheriting an island in Ireland. Who would have imagined that the island holds a portal to another world - one that is in trouble and needs help. Jamie and his new friend Ramsey travel to Altair and attempt to reverse an attack from an enemy force.Parts of this book seemed silly - two boys - seemingly with common sense - decide to go to a world and save it without so much as a second tho [...]

    28. Awesome Trilogy by one of my fave writers of Vachss like hardboiled novels, this is completely different. Harry Potter made it ok for adults to read YA fiction; McKinty's tale in this and the next 2 books include the coming of age/hero archetype with a great dose of magic/technology (if sufficently advanced there's no difference, neh?) Addresses "deep issues" like biowarfare but still has some pretty violent fight sequences. The characters try to prevent bloodshed, but are valiant when necessary [...]

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