A lost ancient civilization and the tomb of a legendary king lie buried beneath centuries of ash on the volcanic Planet Thror, but that’s not the only reason sixteen-year-old Carter has tricked her Archaeology of Outer Space class into coming here. Her best friend Conrad has just disappeared on a trip to Thror, leaving behind little more than a broken vintage camera. The strange and disturbing photographs she manages to extract make her suspect Conrad’s disappearance is somehow connected to the hidden tomb of the last king of Thror.
Unfortunately, the ludicrously over-friendly ‘Furry Giants’ who have taken over the planet’s barren surface would rather offer her cheap souvenirs than answers, and the local officials insist they have no record of Conrad’s existence. Inspired by fear for Conrad’s life and the chance to make the greatest archaeological discovery of the century, Carter and her friends follow Conrad’s footsteps deep into the mountains of Thror’s forbidden Black Zone and launch an illicit excavation.
Coded messages, stunning ancient ruins, and clues left by Conrad himself begin to surface as the young archaeologists fall victim to an alarming series of accidents staged by the increasingly hostile Furry Giants. Piecing together a history of dictatorship, terrorism and disguise, Carter glimpses the horrors beyond Thror’s flamboyant façade and startling revelations about the friend she thought she knew. The masks of Thror hide devastating secrets, and the golden tomb buried deep in the frozen core may claim the lives of everyone she loves.
About the Author
Katherine is an independent stop motion animator, filmmaker, and writer. She produces independent films in her animation studio in Scotland and has worked for many years as photographer, videographer, digital artist, and assistant director at an archaeological site in Luxor, Egypt. Katherine is currently working on a PhD in Film Studies at the University of Edinburgh, UK.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This book was YA teen girls dream come true. It is perfect for middle school age girls maybe some high school girls, looking for romance in the vast reaches of outer space. I did not love this book, but I thought it had some quirky moments and some bumps in the road that needed to be worked out which is why I gave it a three-star rating. What happens when a world has been completely and utterly demolished due to national disasters? What happens when a friend goes to the planet and gets lost? In this book, we find that our heroine Carter is looking for her friend who is in such a predicament. Carter’s friend, Conrad, has gone missing and left clues that he might be on the planet Thror. So, Carter does what any every day, average middle school adventurer would do. Carter commandeers her field trip shuttle and her fellow classmates on board with her sights set on Thror. When the class is unexpectedly sent to the long-lost planet of Thror, mischief abounds, and everyone decides to search for Conrad! Because they are there so when in Rome? Personally, I thought this could be a little even too far-fetched for an outer space inner planetary storyline. I don’t believe that the professor would allow class judicial room around on the planet that is unknown and dangerous when you’re supposed to be on a field trip. But hey it’s a kid story technically so I guess we will allow it. This book did not overwhelm me because it had tropes that I do not normally find appealing. Like the token whiny teenage girl who is popular and into fashion more than she’s into the storyline but eventually caves to play a part in the adventure. Or the storyline being all over the place before it finally makes sense. I also could not find a connection with the characters that was lasting and would make me want to read the next part of the series if it were to be a series. I would recommend this book to teenagers who are into adventure and archaeology. I believe they will appreciate that in the year 2222 that young archaeologists are still fascinated with the discovery of King Tutankhamen’s tomb and that there still adventures to be had. Thank you for allowing me the opportunity to read and review this book. ~ I was provided this book in exchange for an honest review by NetGalley and Blaze Publishing. The thoughts that lie within our my own and I was not influenced by any outside parties~
Oh My Goodness. This book. This story follows Carter and her archaeology group to a different planet for an apprenticeship program. That alone drew me in. Archaeology in space? YES PLEASE. Not only does that sound amazing, but it is refreshingly different from so many other YA novels. This book included family, friendship, sci-fi, and mystery all into one. The plot was seriously never lacking in action. I really enjoyed the writing style of it. It included real historical facts about archaeology, and added in fictional discoveries that mirrored some that actually took place in the early 1900s, and I thought that was fantastic. Blakeney's writing made it so easy to just fly through this book. She had mysterious moments, then made them funny with side characters, then right back to fun science fiction. I loved that we got so many answers in the end, and a lot of it, I was not expecting at all. I went in not knowing too much about the plot itself, and I really enjoyed that way. I HIGHLY recommend this book. It was so unique and fun, and really a great read. Please do yourself a favor and pick it up!