Review of The Klaatu Terminus by Pete Hautman

March 2, 2015 Reviews 0 ★★★½

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Review of The Klaatu Terminus by Pete HautmanThe Klaatu Terminus by Pete Hautman
Series: The Klaatu Diskos #3
Published by Candlewick Press on 4-8-2014
Genres: Science Fiction, Time Travel, Young Adult
Pages: 368
Format: Hardcover
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three-half-stars

National Book Award winner Pete Hautman weaves several diverging time streams into one satisfying masterwork in this stunning and revelatory series finale.

In a far distant future, Tucker Feye and the inscrutable Lia find themselves atop a crumbling pyramid in an abandoned city. In present-day Hopewell, Tucker’s uncle Kosh faces armed resistance and painful memories as he attempts to help a terrorized woman named Emma, who is being held captive by a violent man. And on a train platform in 1997, a seventeen-year-old Kosh is given an instruction that will change his life, and the lives of others, forever. Tucker, Lia, and Kosh must evade the pursuit of maggot-like Timesweeps, battle Master Gheen’s cult of Lambs, all while they puzzle out the enigmatic Boggsians as they search for one another and the secrets of the diskos. Who built them? Who is destroying them? Where — and when — will it all end?

In this third and final novel of the series, Tucker and Lia continue their time-travelling adventure while being pursed by timesweeps, the Lambs, and Klaatu.

There was much I liked about this novel…it was full of action, had a lot of character development (especially for Kosh and Lia), and it answered a lot of questions about the Klaatu, diskos, etc.

On the other hand, it is a somewhat confusing mess with characters constantly jumping across time. It is very hard to keep track of what is what, and often times things just didn’t make much sense. Also, many of the characters turned out to be rather flat (Master Gheen, Father September, etc.).

But for someone who has invested in the first two books, the third one here is more of the same and a rather fitting end to the series. The ending is quite satisfying with closure for almost all the characters.

Overall, an enjoyable read, but perhaps with a bit too much time-jumping going on.

three-half-stars
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