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.Orphan Star by Alan Dean Foster
Series: Pip & Flinx #3
Published by Brilliance Audio on 2009
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One man in the Universe holds the key to the mystery of Flinx’s past–and that man is trying to kill him!It is a strange childhood for a kid, to be adopted by the restless Mother Mastiff and raised in the bustling marketplace of Drallar. Flinx never knew the mom and dad who abandoned him years ago. In fact, his birth has always been shrouded in mystery. But Flinx eventually discovers that his unknown parents have left him a curious legacy–extraordinary mental powers that are both a marvelous gift and a dreaded curse.
This double-edged legacy will lead Flinx, along with his loyal protector, the mini-dragon Pip, on a harrowing journey in search of the truth . . . about who he is and where he comes from. It is a daring adventure that brings him to another world–and into the clutches of one of the most evil and powerful men in the galaxy. . . .
Orphan Star is the newest addition to the Del Rey Imagine program, which offers the best in fantasy and science fiction for readers twelve and up.
From the Trade Paperback edition.
I’ve never read this series before, but got the audiobook for the third novel about a boy named Flinx and his killer flying mini-dragon Pip. He is first kidnapped by a rather evil businessman who wants to exploit Flinx’s mental powers. He then sets off on a quest to learn more about his parents and where he comes from.
I really enjoyed this novel and especially Flinx. Even though he is 17 years old, he comes off as extremely cunning, wise, and lucky. It reminds me a lot of the Artemis Fowl series. It is just good fun to follow a character who is always one step ahead of everyone else. I also found the alien race in the last half of the book to very fascinating and unique. Even though the book is almost 40 years old now, you could hardly ever tell it which is a testament to the author’s imagination. The only thing that might perhaps date it is the church’s use of microfilm for record keeping.
I don’t have too much negative to say except perhaps the plot could have had better pacing. It goes kind of slow in the beginning and then near the end its just going too fast for belief. Also since I came in without reading the prior books, it did take me more time to understand what was going on.
The narration was really very great. The only time the narration was a bit off was when the narrator was doing the voice of an annoying little girl. Otherwise, no issues.
I’m looking forward to reading future novels in this series!