Soleri

Soleri

by G. R. Holton

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BN ID: 2940014725354
Publisher: World Castle Publishing
Publication date: 05/31/2012
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 180
File size: 390 KB

About the Author

On a warm summer morning in 1962, G. R. Holton was born in a little town in Massachusetts. He is now happily married and living in eastern Tennessee with his wife Charlotte, his mom, and the family dog Pugston. He has two daughters, one son, a step-daughter, and a step-son. He is also blessed with four beautiful granddaughters.

Becoming fully disabled due to Bipolar Disorder and after reading some screenplays for a friend, he knew what had to be done. He sat down at his computer and over the course of three months, he had written his first book, �Journey to the Edge.� He knew he couldn�t stop there, so he continued writing and before the year was up he completed, �Guardians Alliance.� After a split with his first publisher, He reworked �Journey to the Edge� and has now released �Soleri.� He is now an award winning author, actor, and screenwriter entitled �Teleported� based on his novella, �Soleri.�

You can follow his works at and via twitter @GRHolton and on Facebook Author Bob GR Holton.

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Soleri 3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Larya More than 1 year ago
I would not last five minutes on an alien planet. IT WOULD NOT HAPPEN. Wesley, Macy and Ashley are already light years ahead of me-- they have to navigate THROUGH the catacombs of an alien planet ( Soleri ) just to have a chance of returning home. All this because Wesley decides to mess around with his father’s new transducer. However, he soon discovers that consequences await their every action. As the teens are thrown onto a planet they have no desire to visit, they discover that each of them is uniquely important and that through working together they just might be able to get back home... When I read Soleri’s plotline, I am instantly intrigued; the story’s concept is very well thought out! I also really like the morals and life-lessons Holton ingrains into Soleri. For example, Macy checks through the peephole before she opens the door when her parents aren’t home. This is something all kids should do; one just doesn’t open the door when the bell rings without checking it first! I also like how Holton establishes that the teens have not been raised to hurt others. They are very hesitant to use weapons, even in self-defense. I really admire Holton’s ability to create a brand new world with different rules and guidelines. It takes a lot of skill to be able to come up with that kind of detail. However, I do have a few problems with Soleri. The first real issue I have is that this book is clearly NOT a YA book (which is how it was presented to me.) I don’t classify anything about this book as YA/ teen, and if that’s the audience it is geared towards (ages 15-19), Soleri does not hit the mark. This book has a very simple story line and, though I am intrigued at certain points, I find most of the plot to be fairly predictable. Another issue is that, though Soleri is only 178 pages long, it has an in-depth forward/summary that reveals huge plot details. This drastically takes away from the story. Knowing so many details up front (in such a short story) makes it hard to be surprised or feel suspense while reading the book. Macy, Ashley, and Wesley are the three main characters, yet I still don’t know what color hair they have, how tall they are, if they are athletic or obese. Nothing. This lack of detail extends beyond their mere physical appearances, leaving characters that aren’t really fleshed out and feel pretty stereotypical; the homemaker mom, the working dad, the flirty teen girl, and the pesky younger brother. I know little about them, and they in turn change little (if at all) throughout the book. Of these characters, I feel I know the dad the best. He is hard working and passionate about his job. Another thing that sidetracks me while reading is that the teens just don’t talk like normal kids – their dialog feels unnatural. I don’t see an 11 or 16 year old speaking with such refined English. No way, especially not in the situations they’re in! That makes it very hard for me to accurately picture them, or relate to them, when they are talking (which is a large portion of the book.) I will say that Soleri has huge amounts of detail pertaining to the transducer: how it works, what it takes to fix, etc. That part is very well written and thought out-- I just wish the rest of the book had been that detailed. In all fairness, this book would be a GREAT read for middle schoolers or juvenile fiction, as those age-appropriate stories tend to be more streamlined and less complex. I would definitely recommend Soleri to a younger crowd! The Cover: I really like this cover. When I look at the planets on the front, I feel like I am in outer space. The cover has a distinct sci-fi feel that I really like! It is very colorful and fun to look at. I definitely think this cover is a good choice for the book! *Assigning a rating to this book is difficult. For a YA book I would give Soleri a 2 star rating, but for a middle grade book I would give it a 4 star rating. So, my final rating here will be 3 stars because I think this story is simply being targeted at the wrong audience. I give Soleri 3 out of 5 stars: Worth Reading