Author: D.J. MacHale
Publisher: Random House
Published: Sept. 1, 2015
Hardcover, 224 pages
Genre: Science Fiction, Middle Grade
Summary:Earth is about to go dark. Without a new power source, life as we know it will be toast. A global competition is under way to determine who will join the secret mission that might just save us all. Project Alpha is a contest of physical challenges, mental puzzles, and political alliances. The battle is fierce, and only four kids will make the cut. The Voyagers will journey to the far reaches of space, collecting unique elements and facing unbelievable dangers. The future of our planet is in the hands of four kids. Sure, they’ll be the best in the world . . . but can they save the world?
D.J. MacHale kicks off this new, exciting six-book series with Project Alpha. The story centers around a group of kids who are being tested to find the best of the best to lead a mission to save the world. This first books starts off with a bang and doesn't slow down.
From the very first page I was on the edge of my seat. This action-packed book is a great start to what promises to be a great series. The Earth is going dark. The power supply is running out. The only chance the human race has is to send four kids under eleven into space to retrieve an element on a distant planet that could restore power. (The age thing is explained in the book.)
So the kids are tested, and there are some crazy tests, to determine who will be on the final team. There are eight kids originally and only four can go. Each kid is there for a different reason. And some show no mercy to try to make the team. There's also a cool robot, STEAM, who aids them in their journey. But things are not always what they seem and there are some suspicious activities that cause a few of the participants alarm.
Project Alpha is a fast-paced novel. I really enjoyed reading it. Each book in the series will be written by a different author, and I look forward to seeing how they continue the series. Also, this book is kinda interactive. The publisher has a cool website (voyagershq.com) where you can take quizzes, customize your own commander, and much more. This is really cool. I played around a bit on the site, and I think kids will really like it. The next book, Game of Flames, should be out in November.
In case you missed it, you can check out my interview with D.J. MacHale here.