|Publisher:||Outskirts Press, Inc.|
|Product dimensions:||5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.49(d)|
About the Author
Konrad Koenigsmann wrote his debut novel, Mind vs. Matter, while he was in eighth grade, followed by the sequel, Children of the Gods, three years later. Mind vs. Matter was recognized by the 2016 Moonbeam Children's Book Awards with a silver medal in the category for authors under 18 and is a 2016 Foreword INDIES Book of the Year Awards Winner.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Super Heroes on Physics! One of Konrad's most impressive feats is to go so far in to the inner mind of several characters. Another feature of his book is the very strong theme of post-humanism. This is an emergent theme of great interest to literary scholars in our age of nano and genetic engineering. I think the portrayal of the super advanced mind at work and Konrad's ability to engage very deeply with complex physics and technology concepts in such a character driven way is pretty eye-popping. I also appreciate how much psychological development goes into the characters. Their conflicts and their inner natures are quite real, and their psychological compulsion was very believable, especially the quirky emotionally affective voices that the characters used.
A surprisingly good first-time novel! A fantastic first attempt considering the author is 14 years old. The novel deals with complex issues such as homelessness and abuse as well as the overcoming of these obstacles. The adults in the story are grounded by their human faults while the protagonists and antagonists battle for world domination by using their minds as the ultimate weapon. A nice surprise ending. Good for all ages. Bravo Master Koenigsmann.
I'm a big fan of science fiction, so it was nice to see you select this as your genre. Your knowledge of science/math/technology showed through. I would note, however, that you may have used a bit too much detail to hold the interest of some of your readers who aren't scientifically inclined. As the plot evolved to the point of showing that some of the characters had strong ability for mental control, I was reminded of one of my all-time favorite books - "The Demolished Man." There also were some loose connections to elements of my favorite sci-fi author, Robert Heinlein. Your choice of ending was particularly creative... I definitely didn't see it coming. However, I do have one last critique. The best sci-fi books have an important message/moral, and I couldn't discern one here. It may be that the sequel "Children of the Gods" will get into that.
Although the author is only 14 years old, this novel can capture both teenage and adult readers. The plot is engaging and methodically developed. It contains a mixture of futuristic technology, espionage, and human emotions with many unexpected twists and turns. The characters are well developed. I am already looking forward to the sequel.