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Children's LiteratureAGERANGE: Ages 9 to 12.
Fourteen-year-old Jet and her Simulated Canine Otis explore worlds beneath worlds in this futuristic narrative. The novel blends fantasy into science fiction and uses both journal style and screenplay descriptions. It also switches perspectives between Jet and Otis (and occasionally an unknown continuity writer who describes scene changes and settings). Somehow, Otis emerges as the most developed character and functions as the main parental figure for Jet. There is a rather large list of players--several who have doubles in an alternate existence. None of them are particularly likeable and, although Jet's poor opinion of her older sisters and parents may resonate with some readers, it mostly reinforces negative assumptions about teenage girls. The book is dedicated to "pilot movies that never became a series" and it reads a bit like a conceptual draft. The cover and subject should ensure marketing success among readers with an interest in filmmaking or speculative fiction. Reviewer: Tina Dybvik