I received this book for free from in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.The Obsidian Blade by Pete Hautman
Series: The Klaatu Diskos #1
Published by Candlewick on 4-10-2012
Genres: Adventure, Fantasy, Science Fiction, Time Travel, Young Adult
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Kicking off a riveting sci-fi trilogy, National Book Award winner Pete Hautman plunges us into a world where time is a tool — and the question is, who will control it?
The first time his father disappeared, Tucker Feye had just turned thirteen. The Reverend Feye simply climbed on the roof to fix a shingle, let out a scream, and vanished — only to walk up the driveway an hour later, looking older and worn, with a strange girl named Lahlia in tow. In the months that followed, Tucker watched his father grow distant and his once loving mother slide into madness. But then both of his parents disappear. Now in the care of his wild Uncle Kosh, Tucker begins to suspect that the disks of shimmering air he keeps seeing — one right on top of the roof — hold the answer to restoring his family. And when he dares to step into one, he’s launched on a time-twisting journey
— from a small Midwestern town to a futuristic hospital run by digitally augmented healers, from the death of an ancient prophet to a forest at the end of time. Inevitably, Tucker’s actions alter the past and future, changing his world forever.
The Obsidian Blade is about a young boy named Tucker who is surprised when his father disappears off of their roof. Tucker soon learns about Diskos, portals from the future which are a kind of sightseeing technology for future people to view important events in the past.
For most of the novel, things are slowly revealed and Tucker discovers more about the Diskos. Tucker’s parents are basically cardboard cutouts and the only truly interesting characters in the book are Tucker, a girl named Lah Lia, Tucker’s uncle, and a strange woman in a forest.
With the portal and time traveling potential, it is rather wasted with Tucker only visiting maybe eight places in the entire novel, and none of them for very long.
Near the end of the novel, it takes an unexpected anti-Christian and anti-technology theme, and turns Tucker’s father into a villain. And it’s not just a character’s belief…the novel outright flatly states that Christianity is a lie. So not something I really care to rate highly.