Otherspace (Truesight Trilogy Series #3)

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Jacob can see—and his vision brings him great power. But he still hasn't found what he's been looking for. . . .

Danger is closing in. The stars are calling. And young Jacob Manford is restless. He's tried settling into life as a Seer, but he hasn't forgotten the ghostly boy who told him about a new colony—a colony for those who were once blind but can now see. A place for people like Jacob.

Soon Jacob buys passage on a cargo ship hurtling ...

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Overview

Jacob can see—and his vision brings him great power. But he still hasn't found what he's been looking for. . . .

Danger is closing in. The stars are calling. And young Jacob Manford is restless. He's tried settling into life as a Seer, but he hasn't forgotten the ghostly boy who told him about a new colony—a colony for those who were once blind but can now see. A place for people like Jacob.

Soon Jacob buys passage on a cargo ship hurtling toward distant planets. But strange events along the way worry him. Is he moving toward a new life and a new sense of peace, or is he simply bringing trouble with him?

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Children's Literature - Catherine Callegari
After living through regaining his sight, being turned out of his hometown, Harmony, and rescuing his friend Delany from very dangerous situations twice, Jacob Manford is happy to be living a quiet life with Delany and their friend/guardian Xander, but when an old enemy returns looking for him and threatening his friends, Jacob flees. Delany and Xander help Jacob get "off world" where he is intent on following clues from his visions to the planet Teiresias. There he hopes to find the people that have been calling him through his visions, people who can help explain his premonitions. A wild trip through outer space ensues, as Jacob navigates both generosity and betrayal while his new powers slowly are unveiled. Arriving on Teiresias, he finds all he has desired, but danger continues to follow him and his new community. An explosive climax neatly wraps up all the plot threads and brings about a satisfying conclusion. This fast paced and exciting conclusion to the "True Sight Trilogy" works well as a stand alone title, but be prepared for an increased interest in the previous books. Reviewer: Catherine Callegari
VOYA
AGERANGE: Ages 11 to 15.

The final book in the dystopian Truesight Trilogy, which follows the adventures of Jacob Manford who gained his eyesight at age thirteen in the first book Truesight (Eos/HarperCollins, 2004/VOYA April 2004) and finds his friend Delaney who had escaped from their community in The Seer (2007), steps even farther beyond the safe boundaries of the sightless community of Harmony. The young teen realizes that he plays a central role in saving the other Seers who have escaped before their sight was removed. Jacob's gift extends beyond being a Seer; he has strange dreams of people he has never met and other universes he has never visited, via portals that no one else can see. With the help of a not-so-unscrupulous space pirate, Jacob hurtles toward a future in which he may hold in his young, inexperienced hands the lives of the hidden Seers who are calling to him. Stahler writes a thought provoking coming-of age story about a sequestered world that does not welcome those who are different, which is certainly a feeling to which Earth-bound teens can relate. Although somewhat slow moving, lacking the swashbuckling space-pirate type antics that some readers may expect, Stahler creates characters about whom readers care, holding them captive in the story weave until the end, when Jacob has done what the fates demand. Reviewer: Ruth Cox Clark
April 2008 (Vol. 31, No. 1)

KLIATT - Paula Rohrlick
In this concluding volume, following Truesight and The Seer, Jacob, a teenager exiled from a community of blind people when he suddenly gained sight, is still searching for a place to belong. He lives with his soldier friend Xander and with Delaney, a girl who came from the same community as Jacob. She had run off to become a singing sensation in the city, and was rescued by Jacob from a greedy Foundation that was exploiting her. But visions call to Jacob from a world called Teiresias, where he hopes to find other Seers. It's hard to leave his friends, but Jacob sets out on the spaceship Odessa through otherspace to reach the place of his dreams, a place to bring other Blinders—a safe place at last, despite the evil Foundation's plans to foil him. There are lots of metaphors here about truth and vision of various kinds, of course, given the "truesight" theme; those who have read the other books in the series will want to follow Jacob's adventures in space and see where he finally lands. Reviewer: Paula Rohrlick
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Visions and his fear of Mixel Corporation drive the formerly blind Jacob from his new home, in this conclusion to the Truesight Trilogy. He takes ship with the comforting Captain Bennet, seeking the planet Teiresias, to which he's been summoned by glimpses of a Seer like himself. Jacob's space journey is fraught with danger: A shady fellow passenger is following him, pirates attack their ship and a crash landing proves fatal to most of the crewmen. When Jacob finds others like him, there's no peace to be had, for he is their long-awaited savior who will bring the Seers to safety. Jacob's unexplained near-magical powers don't detract from the pleasantly unexpected conclusion of his character arc. While Jacob's earlier adventures suffered from a heavy-handed connection between metaphorical and physical blindness, this final volume deftly avoids that weakness. The climax of Jacob's adventures will more than satisfy the readers who've reached this point in the trilogy. The success of this offering, however, does not merit the purchase of the previous two books. (Science fiction. 11-13)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780060522919
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 4/29/2008
  • Series: Truesight Trilogy Series , #3
  • Pages: 342
  • Age range: 13 - 12 Years
  • Lexile: 780L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.70 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

David Stahler Jr. received his bachelor's degree in English from Middlebury College in 1994 and later earned a graduate degree from the Master of Arts in Liberal Studies program at Dartmouth College. His other provocative works for young adults include Truesight, The Seer, and Otherspace. He teaches in Vermont, where he lives with his wife and two children.

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Otherspace

Chapter One

Though the sun had only just passed its zenith, the ringed planet Duna—a vast gaseous orb that kept Nova Campi both temperate and tethered in space—was already breaking on the horizon as they approached the knoll.

"Go ahead. You take the lead," Xander murmured, shifting the rifle to his left arm and gesturing toward the rise.

"Me?" Jacob replied, his eyes widening.

"Why not? It's not like you don't know how to stalk gruskers after all this time," the soldier replied, his pale irises flashing against the darkness of tan skin and black hair. "Besides, maybe you'll have better luck than I seem to be having."

Jacob had been on nearly a dozen hunts with Xander, but none had proven this tough. They'd been having trouble locating the elusive herds all day and, when they did manage to spot several, were unable to move in close enough for a shot.

The pair had been on the plain since morning, taking the cruiser on a leisurely pace over the hills. From time to time, they would stop and get out. Sometimes they would take a brief walk, and Xander would scan the landscape for any sign of the large green-and-gold-striped herbivores that roamed in herds across the planet, grazing with their massive, horned heads.

Jacob, meanwhile, would pause, look back, and—as he did now—follow the cruiser's tire tracks to where they disappeared in the distance, twin trails that would be gone by morning. It amazed him to think that nearly two years had passed since he'd first watched Xander's cruiser cut through the grass, barreling toward him over one of these very same ridges. He'dcome so far since then. With a shiver, he imagined how different things might be now if Xander hadn't found him.

He'd been at his lowest: stricken with hunger and thirst, ready to flee back to Harmony, the only home he'd ever known, either to resubmit himself to the community of Blinders—a people engineered to be born without sight—and plunge back into the darkness, back into the world of Truesight, the set of principles and rules that guided them in their blindness, or remain unseen among them, hiding in their midst like some lonely ghost. He'd lived both ways already, first as a Blinder, born as one of them, then as a Seer when, at the age of thirteen, his sight had mysteriously appeared, showing him both beauty and pain, revealing the corruption in his midst before finally forcing him to escape when the terrible secret of his change was revealed.

He'd hated the thought of returning, but he hated more the idea of dying alone in the middle of nowhere, of ending up like the body of the lost Blinder he'd discovered on the plain, its bleached bones and tattered smock tangled in the grass with only its sounder—a metallic badge all Blinders wore, a device that both identified them and helped them navigate the blind world—providing any clue to its identity.

But he hadn't returned, and it was that cruiser—and more importantly Xander, the man driving it—that had marked his first contact with the outside world, the world of the Seers. It hadn't been the warm welcome Jacob had hoped for; the grumpy loner had dismissed him with a scant offering of food and little encouragement. Never would Jacob have guessed that day how important Xander would become in the weeks that followed, when first he gave him a place to stay, then helped him find his friend Delaney.

Delaney had fled Harmony too, depressed and disillusioned and blind, though when they'd finally found her in the port city of Melville, Jacob was stunned to discover her unseeing eyes replaced by a gold-rimmed pair of synthetic, jeweled orbs, a gift from Mixel, the corporation that had taken her in. The excitement she'd felt—both for seeing and for life with Mixel—quickly faded. Soon, even the vision itself faded as the synthetic eyes failed, returning her to darkness.

Mixel wouldn't let her go, refused to relinquish its claim on her in spite of her misery. It was with Xander's help that Jacob managed to rescue her from the corporation's grasp. The weeks afterward had proved difficult as they fended off Mixel only to have Delaney suddenly seek a return to Harmony in the hope that her father, the colony's high councilor, would take her back. The return was brutal and short: Afraid to have his own corruption revealed, Delaney's father had tried to kill her, would have killed her if Jacob hadn't stayed behind to save her.

They'd left Harmony together, this time for good, and settled into Xander's home far from Harmony, far from Melville and Mixel, settled into a life together, three battered souls finding solace in one another's company. Comfortable, familiar, safe.

"Hey!" Xander called.

Jacob blinked and looked away from the nearby cruiser. "Sorry," he said, turning back toward the hilltop. "You okay?" Xander asked, stooping as they neared the crest.

"Sure," Jacob said. "I was just thinking."

"About what?"

"Things," Jacob replied, shrugging.

They'd reached the top of the hill now. While Jacob stayed low and hidden, Xander rose, lifting the hanging goggles up to his eyes to probe the valley below with its magnified lenses.

"You weren't having another vision, were you?" Xander asked.

"No. I pretty much stopped having those, anyway."

"Yeah, until this week," Xander murmured.

It was true. Though the visions—strange moments of prescience where the future, or its possibilities at least, seemed to open before his eyes—had begun to fade over the last few months, Jacob suddenly found himself troubled by disturbing dreams these last few nights—images of eyes, dozens of them, watching him. Glowing eyes that moved in ever closer, burning in the dark. The vision had even come upon him last night as he stood on the deck listening to Delaney play the piano, a beautiful antique Xander had bought for her. The image had come from nowhere—so fast and intense that he'd cried out. Xander rushed out onto the deck, scanned the darkness, but the only eyes he'd uncovered were those of a stray cat lounging in a nearby tree. Still, Jacob couldn't shake the feeling that he was being watched, a feeling that had all of them on edge.

Otherspace. Copyright © by David Stahler Jr.. Reprinted by permission of HarperCollins Publishers, Inc. All rights reserved. Available now wherever books are sold.
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    OTHERSPACE is the third and final title in the trilogy. You don't have to read the two books before it to understand this one, but it may help reduce any confusion if you check out TRUESIGHT and THE SEER first. <BR/><BR/>In this story, Jacob travels across the galaxy to find the boy in his dreams. Throughout this book he learns more about his talents and who he is as a person. <BR/><BR/>With unending twists and turns, OTHERSPACE is a highly enjoyable book. <BR/><BR/>I would recommend it to anyone who likes science fiction, fantasy, or futuristic stories.

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