Most Helpful Customer Reviews
The Atomic Kid based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
The Atomic Kid-Adventures in the Antiworld by George Parker Thirteen is a difficult age for most young boys. It is an age where they are discovering the world around them and the world inside of them as well. The body is changing, emotions are developing and girls are starting to seem less icky and gross. John Smith has to deal with all of this, just like any normal kid. But John Smith is not normal; he is a super hero. In the wrong place at the wrong time, John gets zapped by an atomic ray by an evil scientist, Dr. Angstrom, who is bent on finding the Stone of Knowledge that was capable of turning matter into gold and healing physical deformity. In a wheelchair, Angstrom wants nothing more than to walk again. Hiring his brother to manufacture the stone, they instead invent an atomic ray that is capable of the same qualities as the stone. On the first experiment, something goes wrong. John is zapped and goes headlong into the Antiworld, a strange place inside John that is neither here nor there, real and not real, hence the term Antiworld. There, John meets The Master of the Perfect World, a guide for John to help him through his changes who sends John on a quest. John must stop Angstrom before he destroys the real world and the Antiworld. By changing atomic matter, Angstrom is destroying both worlds and it is up to John to stop him. What is a thirteen year old boy to do against an evil scientist? When John discovers that he can change his shape into anything he wishes, he knows he¿s in trouble. Friends come to his aid: two jocks Cal and Tex, and Kate - a girl that John has a crush on. Together, they must help John understand his changing body and try to save two worlds before they all end up as toast. What Parker has done is essentially written a comic book with words. He has created a world, an evil arch enemy, a superhero with special powers, a love interest. All the elements of a comic book are here, but written with words instead. It is quite the feat to attempt, but Parker pulls it off with finesse. He has written the legend of a superhero and had done an amazing job. The characters are great, there is real humor here. I laughed out loud a few times and always felt as if I was reading about a thirteen year old boy. He has a great ability to keep his characters fresh and lively and real, so you can relate to them. They live and breathe and I found myself cheering for their success. Parker has also written a soundtrack to accompany ¿The Atomic Kid¿. Says Parker: ¿They're stand alone songs, true songs about wishes, hopes, desires, characters and experiences both imagined and real. It's a true soundtrack because the songs vary slightly in mood and style, again just like in life.¿ The CD is a perfect companion to ¿The Atomic Kid¿ and brings to life John and his trials and tribulations. Written and arranged by Parker, the songs are a reflection of his characters. I can¿t say enough good things about this CD. Martin Klingman¿s vocals are incredible and the entire disc is amazing. Of the seven songs on the CD, Superhero is probably the best and it brings John¿s voice to life. Parker has given us a real treat with his music. Let¿s hope he makes another CD for all the other characters in ¿The Atomic Kid¿. This is most likely the best book I have read in a long time. It was fresh, wonderful and exciting. I can hardly wait to read John¿s next adventure. In the meantime, I¿ll just have to read ¿The Atomic Kid¿ all over again. It¿s that good folks. If you want a good, fun read, this is your pick. Now what are you waiting for? Go out and get your copy. Up, up and away!
I had the opportunity to review a new writer, George Parker. He is better known as an award-winning designer and director of animation and motion graphics. He has work exhibited in the Museum of Modern Art in New York City. I do hope to read more works by this up and comer. The Atomic Kid was both imaginative and scientific. He magnificently uses these elements to put a spin on the hormonal `tug of war¿ that takes place inside adolescents. There were a few editorial errors, but they easily fall to the way side compared to the story as a whole. This book is especially written with adolescents in mind. He was able to portray the four main characters, adolescents around the age of thirteen, in their true prospective light. John Smith is the main character; he is transformed into the antimatter world by accident in Doctor Leitz¿s laboratory. He finds himself on a quest to right the wrong made that threaten John¿s world as much as the antimatter¿s world. A voice, called Master of the Perfect Word, becomes his mentor and guides him through this process. He gets hooked up with three other adolescents, Kate, Tex and Cal, to find loyalty and friendships were there were none. They find themselves in a car chase as they pass through to another world were they play a game of bowling for life. In the end, John finds that like other adolescents, he must accept and love himself in order to be loved. The greatest quest that we all face in life.