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Spartanica by Powers Molinar

Ty and Marcus Mitchell are average middle school brothers growing up north of Chicago until one night when they're hurtled through an inter-dimensional gateway to a parallel world defined by its multiple moons and planet-wide apocalypse. As they struggle to figure out where they are and how to get home, the boys encounter refugees of "the last day" from the distant city of Atlantis and a mysterious girl called Bellana, the sole survivor and resident of the devastated metropolis of Spartanica.

Ty and Marcus soon learn they only have seven days to get home. But before they can leave, they must battle through long-extinct deadly predators, find the elusive Professor Otherblood (if he's still alive), and rescue a new friend from certain death.

Is all of this insanity just Ty's overactive imagination or are the brothers truly on the brink of being stranded in the brutal wasteland known as Spartanica?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781493714629
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
Publication date: 11/13/2013
Pages: 388
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Powers Molinar manages multimillion dollar computer projects during the day and reads and writes sci-fi adventure novels at night. When not writing, he enjoys playing board games like Settlers of Catan, Agricola, and Pandemic as well as classic and new video games with his family.

While he finds writing to be immensely satisfying, Powers writes books because he wants kids to read. His hope is to inspire an interest in reading by creating books that are interesting and exciting to kids. Powers believes every kid has the potential to lead an exceptional life, and being an exceptional reader is among the first steps toward that goal.

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Spartanica 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 27 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Normally I'm not a fan of science fiction, but this was an awesome book! The characters are very believable in the way they speak and interact. The author also did a nice job infusing bits of humor into the suspenseful storyline. I couldn't put it down! I can't wait to read book 2!
ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Katelyn Hensel for Readers' Favorite Ty and Marcus are just your average kids. Like most brothers, they fight, they play, they like sports. Life in Chicago seems downright plain and easy, until the boys are sucked through a portal to another dimension. Now, what the brothers thought was impossible is very quickly becoming real, and they have exactly seven days to return to their home, or risk never getting back at all. With the help of a strange girl from this new world, Bellana, they must battle all kinds of obstacles that they have never once dreamed of having to face. In a pretty interesting the entire adventure just a figment of Ty's very vivid imagination, or will the brothers be forced to live out their lives in this ancient, mysterious, and deadly new world? This was a very different kind of read. If you are looking for a book for your middle-schooler where they can learn about different genres and branch out from the 'same old-same old' of reading class assigned material, Spartanica might just be a great choice. Powers Molinar makes Science Fiction even stranger than normal by bringing together all the major tropes of the genre: parallel universes, dimensional portals, alien (meaning foreign...and may or may not mean extraterrestrial) cities, and long extinct predators hunting the heroes. He even has a chance to insert a bizarre story similar to Superman, where the lone survivor of her world has a mystery to hide. A very good read for the Middle Grade genre, with well crafted characters and a unique and fascinating world.
KMH3030 More than 1 year ago
Spartanica is a well written, imaginative sci fi adventure book. Ty and Marcus are typical young brothers, who through mysterious circumstances suddenly find themselves on another planet. Here they have to band together with survivors of the troubled world in order to save themselves and to find a way home. Along the way they discover they have more ties to this odd world than they first suspect. I really liked how each chapter is from a few different characters perspective. The main two boys are both likable and interesting, and having the change in perspective made me much more attached to the lead characters. Powers has really created a whole new world, with unique setting and odd characters. It definitely feels like a lived in, real world, which I think is really important for a book like this. I received a free copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.
ebomb143 More than 1 year ago
"Spartanica" is an action packed young adult science fiction novel. I was confused during the first couple of chapters because of all the bouncing around between the different point of views, but once I got deeper into the novel the bouncing around didn't seem to bother me. Powers Molinar does a great job of throwing the reader right into the action when Ty and Marcus discover the crystal orb in their basement. Once the orb is discovered a completely different realm is introduced with new obstacles for Ty and Marcus to overcome. "Spartanica" is action packed, fully of twists and turns, leaving you wanting more. I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
avidreader85 More than 1 year ago
This book is nonstop action-packed adrenaline. The author, Powers Molinar, did a fantastic job at keeping the reader on the edge of their seat. As soon as you think you have things figured out, there is a twist that keeps the reader guessing. I really loved the characters in this book. There are two brothers, Marcus and Ty, who are magically transported to a new world where they meet other young adults as they all try to survive the chaos and destruction that is all around them. I love the fact that this is a great book for young adults, especially for young men. Having a son that loved to read when he was younger, it wasn't always easy finding books that he'd enjoy. This is definitely a book that he would have loved! I commend the author for telling this amazing and wonderful story! There are also strong young women in this book that makes it very appealing for young female readers. The heroes are the young adults. I like it when there are stories that empower young adults and allow them to think that anything is possible. I would highly recommend this book to any middle-school or high-school student. Thank you Mr. Molinar for writing a wonderful book to inspire our young adults to read more than a few sentences on their instagram. I received a free book in exchange for writing an honest review.
MargieS1 More than 1 year ago
Given To Me For An Honest Review Powers Molinar's book Spartanica (The Survivors of Sapertys Book1), is a book that is unbelievable.  I am not really into science  fiction/fantasy but his book is making me a fan.  The way he writes this book is amazing.  Each chapter is not just numbered but named.   It is about two brothers, Marcus and Ty.  Ty has a dream and that's the start of a fantastic story.  This book is full of suspense, action,  twists and turns and is fast paced.  Be sure you are comfortable because once you begin it will keep you on the edge of your seat and you will keep turning the pages to see what happens next.  I could tell you but this is ..a book you have to read ... no it's one you NEED to  read.  It's so good.  It would be a great book to add to a child's bookshelf.  A real good read for a middle school child: YA.  I gave it 5 stars  but it really deserves more that 10+. I highly recommend this book to everyone.  I look forward to reading more by Powers Molinar.
EDL85 More than 1 year ago
“Spartanica” is YA science fiction that’s big on adventure, with strong and plucky young heroes and heroines who give the book its heart. Told from alternating points of view, it begins with the voice of Ty, a genius young boy who is pulled out of bed by a maddening hum and goes to the basement to investigate. When his older brother, Marcus, follows him down to see what’s going on, they’re both pulled into a parallel universe where the cities have been devastated and danger constantly reigns.   Stunned and confused, they’re quickly rescued by the resourceful Bellana, who has been living alone for years hoping her parents will return; soon after, another group of youths stumbles into the ruins. They all join forces, both to survive and to find out more about what has happened to their world.   Despite being an adult, I read a lot of YA, and “Spartanica” is one of the most enjoyable in the genre that I’ve read in a while. Each character has his or her own distinct personality, voice, and strength; Bellana is an especially good female role model for younger female readers. The post-apocalyptic setting keeps things tense, and several plot twists along the way flip who you think is on the side of good. (The setting was actually my favorite part of the book—the author does an excellent job of bringing the destroyed city to life and brings alive what it would be like to live alone for years in that rubble). Very little is what it seems, as Marcus and Ty come to find out—they’re focused on getting home, but unsure if they ever will. The ending is also suspenseful, leaving you hopeful for another in the series. I would recommend “Spartanica” to fans of YA science fiction who enjoy action, mystery, and memorable characters in their books (though I think the cover would be more effective if it portrayed the broken city, rather than the mysteriouse basement door). (’d also say this book is appropriate for tweens and up; though parts of it can get a little scary and tense, nothing is inappropriate. 
MWilliamsMW More than 1 year ago
It took me a few chapters to get into the rhythm of this book. But once I allowed myself to get really lost in the story of Ty, Marcus, Smiley, Bellana, et al, I was in for the long haul. The author is most definitely creative and in touch with younger adults- talking how they talk, thinking how they think. No easy feat. I admire how original the story was, how Powers Molinar took what is perhaps a familiar theme or element but completely made it his own. Props to the near flawless editing (I really notice these things) and the drawings of the symbols and pictures were a nice touch. I’d read more from this author, and I’m curious to see where this series goes
AprilDawn More than 1 year ago
Fantastic! I absolutely LOVED this book! I felt like I was practically a kid again and was so caught up in this world that Mr. Powers created at times I felt like I was there! The descriptions were believable (even for unbelievable circumstances) and the writing was very strong. I liked that the chapter beginnings had the characters names on it so we know who is telling the story, but at times it did get a tad confusing for me. There are a lot of characters in this book and at times I felt like I had a hard time keeping them all straight (a common problem for me with fantasy). But I connected to the MC’s just fine and I liked that they were flawed and human…well almost all human ;) Can’t wait to see what happens in the next book… the ending is a cliffhanger. Until next time, fellow Sapertyns…
Ebienic More than 1 year ago
A young adult novel full of fantasy, Spartanica is the first in a series that follows brothers Ty and Marcus as they find themselves transported from their average suburban Chicago home to another dimension. While there they discover a decimated world that may offer clues to some parts of their past and help rescue a group of children attempting to escape captors, with the help of some of the local creatures. Spartanica is a great read, even for adults, and I think it provides an intriguing series to hook readers during middle school. There is a lot of fantasy, including super powers, an arrival to an apocalyptic landscape to navigate, anthropomorphic creatures, a hostile takeover and fantastic technology. Tweens will easily be able to put themselves in the position of Ty or Marcus, and I think that they will clamor for more in the series. Author Powers Molinar provides clear, concise writing that is quite engaging without falling into the trap of dumbing down his audience. I look forward to reading more in the series!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really liked this book Spartanica by Powers Molinar. It was truly unlike anything I’d ever read before. However, and this might be just me, I always have a tough time following along alternating POV’s when done in the first person. So if I put the book down for a bit and start up again, sometimes it took me awhile to figure out whose head I was in, or I had to scan around. So people who dislike alternating POVS may not like this, as the chapters are pretty short so you are doing a lot of head-hopping. Personally I think this would have worked better as a 3rd person omniscient, but again this might be personal tastes. Younger readers may not mind as much. Overall had a fast pace, high stakes, a youthful narrative voice, and plenty of action to keep even the most jaded reader entertained.
SamRyan More than 1 year ago
I have mixed feelings on this book. On one hand, for me the opening was kind of rough – I felt it dragged on with too much talking (felt like in circles) and uses perhaps the most overused of all clichés in story beginnings which is the “dream” motif. So I had some red flags raised. However, once I let the story unfold and we see how all the elements begin to fall into place, I was able to forgive the dream (as it is important) and get used to the narrative banter. However, if I were an editor I would have cut many places that seemed to slow down the pacing with excessive wordiness and dialogue that went nowhere. But on the other hand, when we WERE there, it was fantastic and truly captivated me. This is written toward younger readers so there is no real violence or anything and is a clean read. I’d have no problem with my children reading this and would venture to say that they would probably enjoy it more than me and the things that bugged me wouldn’t bug them. Give it a shot – it is highly entertaining and memorable.
MichaelBeas More than 1 year ago
Time Travel at its finest!  Quick read that any YA would love and enjoy. In Spartanica the reader can expect a story that told in POV style that embarks on a journey with three main characters, Ty, Marcus and Bellana. Each charter is interconnected in a grand well-written tale that helps the pages flow effortlessly off the page.  Personally I enjoyed the fact that there is no bad language in the book and that the dialogue is written from the standpoint of a Young Adult, with some humor and some slang words that would relate well. I do have two children, but they are too little to truly appreciate the quality of the read quite yet. I would say that this story will go well with readers from all ages, as say fans from Harry Potter or the Hobbit which I am a huge fan of. But it is definitely written from AR (Active Readers) Young Adults from say 10 – 15 years of age. The illustrations were also well drawn out and I like that they are at the start of the chapters.  The Overall plot was well thought out and faced paced which is needed in order to set the stage for a great storyline which Spartanica complete has. If I had to critique something it would be that it took me a few chapters to really dive into the story, especially with some of the choice of words / language used.  In short the story was original, fun and adventurous that any reader will enjoy.  4 Stars Review!
KayleeeKS More than 1 year ago
When I first started reading Spartanica I wasn’t sure if it would be my cup of tea. I have a very wide range of books I read and enjoy, so the fact that this was billed as a ya/mg scifi action adventure didn’t scare me any (huge Percy fan here). But at first the narration seemed to be trying too hard for my tastes, and I didn’t like the frequent use of “you” where the author addressed us the reader. This is just not a literary technique I’m a fan of as it breaks the veil of disbelief for me, but I’m sure it’s just a personal thing. But I thought the world building was fabulous, and this is really do-or-die when it comes to Science Fiction and fantasy. Many times this is where the authors lose me, but this was a fully realized universe that demanded believability. I enjoyed being there and will definitely return to this author in the future. I hope the next book will be ready soon! That ending makes me want more.
JesseThomas More than 1 year ago
Writing a book such as this for a middle grade audience is a tough task – it’s difficult to really sound like a younger kid and have the narration ring authentic, versus having it sound like ‘an adult trying to sound like a kid’. However, in SPARTANICA- The Survivors of Sapertys, the author Powers Molinar succeeded in doing just that – convincing us of the authenticity of our young heroes and even giving different feels to each as the shifting Point of Views allowed. From the beginning I enjoyed the fun and engaging ‘voice’ of the author and can definitely see middle graders on up enjoying this creative and thrilling adventure. A good, clean, action-filled and imaginative read. Recommend.
BellaReadz More than 1 year ago
I am not one for recapping plots in my reviews (that’s what the book description is for), and honestly if I tried it would take a whole page! Ha! I loved that this wasn’t just a simple, dumbing down MG story that is cliché and overdone (really, how many more ‘chosen one hero’ can we take in this genre?) but instead, these are ordinary boys in extraordinary circumstances that grow and change and become extraordinary themselves (if that makes sense). I appreciate that the author thought outside of the box and it felt like he took us into uncharted territory which is always a good thing. The writing was impressive and I can’t wait to read more of these in the future. I must confess the cover really didn’t do anything for me at all, and I know we’re not supposed to judge, but…
ClaireBear74 More than 1 year ago
4.5 stars... Wow…okay, this is practically an impossible book to sum up – SO much happens! To start off, the brothers are sucked into a parallel world (or is it a dream?) and they are racing the clock to save their fate. Twists and turns and unexpected events along the way challenge them and keep the reader invested in the outcome. Normally it would take me about a week to read a book this length, but I read this one in two and a half nights. I just didn’t want to put it down! There were some parts that seemed kind of confusing, and at times I thought the supporting characters lacked any real depth that gave me a deeper sense of who they were (other than serving a plotting function), but others were done so well and memorably it is easily forgiven. Younger readers will have fun with the creative language and names/words and older readers will appreciate the complexity and fluidity of a near tsunami of events
SDecker More than 1 year ago
Sometimes you start a book thinking you know what to expect but then up being totally thrown for a loop. That’s how this book was for my. I’ll be honest—I expected it to be an “ok read’ and I didn’t have very high expectations. I was surprised how totally enraptured I was right from the beginning! The writing just sucks you in, but the unique and interesting characters (love SMILEy) and the tense circumstances that befall the crew just keep you hooked right until the end! Be warned, this is not some quick short children’s book – it has teeth and is definitely on the longer side. But that’s what makes it really engaging, in my opinion. At times I felt it could be pared down some, but it didn’t reduce my enjoyment any. I’ll definitely recommend this to my sister’s teenage boys – I’m sure they’ll love it.
KMatthews More than 1 year ago
Spartanica by Powers Molinar was such an unexpected delight! At first I wasn’t really sure what to expect, being a woman in my late thirties and reading a book geared towards younger children. However, like Percy Jackson and Harry Potter, these boys (and girl- robot-etc) their charm knows no age limit. I thoroughly enjoyed the witty banter and cute dialogue and the challenges that kept springing up and keeping me glued to the pages. There is never a boring moment, although at times it did seem to maybe stretch out a bit longer than necessary at some parts. While I was still really interested, I could see maybe younger ones with shorter attention spans being challenged to stay focused. But then it would pick right back up again and away we went! A highly entertaining sci-fi adventure appropriate for ages 10 and up.
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I really like this book. While the main characters were really good (Ty is suuuuuch a whiner!) I really liked the other ones, too. I won't tell you why but Nekitys was one of the most interesting characters of all. I loved Professor Otherblood and Kinnard totally made my day. My fave though was Proditor ("Big P"). I loved how the characters changed throughout the story. It made it unpreditable and exciting. Just waiting for book two now.
7th_grader More than 1 year ago
I love this book for many reasons, one being that the author does a good job at making all of the characters very believable. Some of my favorites include Proditor, Nekitys, Yra, and Kinnard. Overall I would rate this book outstanding because of the thrilling adventures, unexpected events, and just enough comedy. Can't wait for book 2!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was amazing! It ahd the perfect mix of comedy, adventure, and science fiction! This story would be great for your sons and daughters from ages 8 to adult! If you are looking for a great book to read "Spartanica" is totally a page turner!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Spartanica (The Survivors of Sapertys), Vol. 1, is the strong opening to what I anticipate will be an engaging series of Young Adult books. Late one night, Chicago middle-schoolers Marcus and Ty wander into the basement of the house where they live with their Aunt Andi, and the world as they know it changes forever. Drawn through a portal to another planet, in another dimension, the brothers find themselves in the ruins of the city of Spartanica, mysteriously destroyed by events that affected the rest of the planet, as well. Their search for a way home leads to a name and a deadline: they must try to find the only man who can help them, Professor Otherblood, and do so before seven days is up, or else they won’t have another chance for two more years. Together with a girl named Bellana – who appears to be the sole survivor of Spartanica, in spite of a mysterious lack of human remains – and a small group of young refugees from an enemy detention field, Marcus and Ty embark on a series of adventures as they race against time to avoid being stranded on the post-apocalyptic planet of Sapertys. Battling dangerous creatures, mounting rescue missions to save new friends, surviving the harsh terrain; Marcus and Ty have much to learn before they can go home again – if they can make it at all. Filled with interesting twists and turns, Spartanica keeps you coming back for answers, hoping to find out what happens next. The tripartite narration allows for not only three distinct perspectives, but gives the author some freedom of movement and the ability to set up some surprises, both for us, as well as the characters. In one of his bios, author Molinar expresses his desire to “inspire an interest in reading by creating books that are interesting and exciting to kids.” In this attempt, I believe he has succeeded. Clearly a father, Molinar has created characters who, if not perfect, at the very least acquit themselves admirably in incredible circumstances. More impressive is the world he has built for them to inhabit, complete with language, time, numbers system, flora, fauna, physics, etc. I would have personally liked a simpler explanation of the language used for time – such as the way numbers were presented – but any such confusion on my part aside, it is just this level of fantasy world-building that addicted me to reading as a child. Spartanica was not a book I was expecting to be drawn into, but it was a book that left me wanting more. It is also a book I’ve recommended to others. Spartanica is an enjoyable adventure, one you know the author enjoyed writing and that, very often, makes a difference. I look forward to seeing what more he has to offer. - Kimberlee Hicks, Hollywood Book Review
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really enjoy reading science fiction books and Spartanica was a perfect match. My son loved it and I did it too. I liked the characters, I liked the plot, I liked the settings and I liked how everything is tied together. The best testimony I can give is that when you start the book, you cannot put it down before the end. It doesn’t happen to many books but Spartanica is one of them. The pace of the story, the suspense, the action scenes, the surprises, the technical terms, the imagination, the science fiction, you have it all. I really cannot wait for book #2 to come out.