The Lighthouse Land (The Lighthouse Trilogy Series #1)by Adrian McKinty
In the first book of this series from acclaimed crime fiction writer Adrian McKinty, Jamie O'Neill and his mother set out for a new home on an island off the coast of Ireland, a windswept place inherited from a long-lost relative. It's a chance to start again after the cancer that took/b>/i>
The start of an epic sci-fi trilogy with an unforgettable hero
In the first book of this series from acclaimed crime fiction writer Adrian McKinty, Jamie O'Neill and his mother set out for a new home on an island off the coast of Ireland, a windswept place inherited from a long-lost relative. It's a chance to start again after the cancer that took one of Jamie's arms. But Muck Island is no sanctuary. Many strange surprises await the O'Neills there, the strangest being the one locked in the top of its ancient lighthouse. Discovering it will send Jamie on an interstellar mission that could change the course of his life, and the universe, forever.
Praise for The Lighthouse Land
"McKinty, previously known for adult crime novels, brings an attuned ear for dialogue and a taut pacing to his first YA outing, the launch title in the Lighthouse Trilogy." Publishers Weekly
"This thought-provoking sci-fi adventure offers universal appeal, excitement, and a one-of-a-kind hero whose courage and compassion will inspire any reader." Children's Literature
"Few readers will be able to resist . . . teens will enjoy this first book in a planned trilogy." VOYA
Thirteen-year-old Jamie O'Neill and his mother leave New York City's Harlem for an island off the coast of Ireland, where Jamie discovers that he's a lord, a descendant of the Irish Kings. Despite his muteness after losing his left arm to bone cancer, he befriends talkative, clever Ramsay. While exploring a 1000-year-old lighthouse, the boys find an ancient gold object that lets them travel to an alien planet light-years away. On Altair, a pointed-eared, eight-fingered girl named Wishaway is awaiting the return of Lord Ui Neill, whom she believes will save her world from invaders from the Alkhavans, who travel in iceships and enslave the people they conquer. Jamie finds that on Altair he still has his arm and can speak. The planet is technologically stuck in 1607 due to a scarcity of natural resources, so Jamie and Ramsay use their knowledge of chemistry to show the citizens how to make "Greek Fire" (sulfur, quicklime, and petroleum) to burn their enemies' iceships. Before they can begin to fight, everyone on the planet starts getting ill. Will they find a cure and can they defeat the Alkhavans? This science-fiction adventure story has an interesting setting. However, the plot lacks a sense of real conflict, the ending is resolved too neatly, and all but the main characters lack depth.
Sharon RawlinsCopyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Meet the Author
Adrian McKinty, now a US citizen, was born and grew up in Carrickfergus, Northern Ireland. Educated at Oxford University, he then immigrated to New York City, where he lived in Harlem for five years, working in bars and on construction crews, and enjoying a stint as a bookseller. He is the author of several highly acclaimed novels for adults, including a Publisher's Weekly Book of the Year. He currently lives in Denver, where he teaches high school.
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Adrian McKinty has created a wonderful and thrilling fantacy that will keep readers at the edge of their seat. (If they're not standing)
omg.the lighthouse land was one of the best books i ever read. i loved it so much.i read the first page and i was hooked. i'm only on page 81 and i can't stop reading. i would so so so recommend this book to everyone ages 10-15 or older or younger.anyway it was the best book ever.thank you so much adrian mckinty (the author)you wrote one of the best books in the world.thanks so much.
I really love this book, and now i'm waiting to get the secound and then the third. I'm really excited to see what happends between Jamie and Wishaway!!!
This sci-fi adventure about a crippled boy named Jamie and his friend Ramsay is a wonderful tale of world-wide proportions. It is 'unputdownable.'
A WONDERFUL BOOK ABOUT A BOY NAMED JAMIE WHO LOSSED HIS LEFT ARM TO CANCER.JAMIE LIVES IN NEW YORK AND ONE DAY HIS MOTHER GOT A LETTER THAT SAID THAT HIS MOTHER INHERITS A SMALL ISLAND IN IRELAND.WHEN JAMIE MOVES THERE HE MAKES A FRIEND NAMED RAMSAY AND THEY DISCOVER A SECERT ROOM IN THE LIGHTHOUSE AND ACIENT ITEM THAT CAN TRANSPORT THEM TO A OTHER WORLD.THIS BOOK IS GREAT, I RECOMEND THIS BOOK TO ALL READERS.IT HAS ACTION, A BIT OF HUMOR, AND ROMANCE SO I THINK EVERYONE SHOULD READ IT.