The Obsidian Blade (Klaatu Diskos Series #1)

The Obsidian Blade (Klaatu Diskos Series #1)

by Pete Hautman

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"This might be Hautman’s most daring book yet. . . . Well-developed and complex characters, a fascinating time-travel framework, and a heart-stopping conclusion." — Publishers Weekly (starred review)

Tucker Feye’s family has disappeared. He suspects that the disks of shimmering air he keeps seeing — one right on top of the roof — hold the answer to finding them. But when he dares to step into one, he’s launched on a time-twisting journey — from a small Midwestern town to a futuristic hospital run by digitally augmented healers, from the death of an ancient prophet to a forest at the end of time. Inevitably, Tucker’s actions alter the past and future, changing his world forever. The first in a riveting sci-fi trilogy by National Book Award winner Pete Hautman.

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ISBN-13: 9780763664442
Publisher: Candlewick Press
Publication date: 04/09/2013
Series: Klaatu Diskos Series , #1
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 529,780
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.10(h) x 1.00(d)
Lexile: 740L (what's this?)
Age Range: 12 - 17 Years

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This might be Hautman’s most daring book yet. Throughout, Hautman raises significant issues concerning family, faith, and destiny. Well-developed and complex characters, a fascinating time travel framework (including dispatches from the far future), and a heart-stopping conclusion will leave readers looking forward to the next book.
—Publishers Weekly

Vivid imagination and deft storytelling make for refreshing speculative fiction in this time-travel tale... Part science fiction, part adventure, part mystery, but every bit engrossing; be sure to start the hold list for the sequel.
—Kirkus Reviews

This fast-paced opener to the Klaatu Diskos trilogy will satiate adventure seekers, and the refined brain candy will be delicious to more thoughtful readers... Tantalizing.
—Booklist

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The Obsidian Blade 3.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 15 reviews.
ReadingCorner More than 1 year ago
For the sci-fi and time-travel aficionado. The Obsidian Blade dives right into its seemingly normal world where we meet the Feye family--Tucker, Emily, and the Reverend. They seem like a normal enough family, but things change drastically after Reverend Feye disappears one day and returns just an hour later with a strange girl and a changed attitude. The story takes off from there, catapulting the reader into a fast-paced story that is filled with action and adventure. The Obsidian Blade is a great time-travel novel that will appeal to those die-hard science fiction readers but fell a bit flat for me in the end. The first half of the story introduces us to the world and the characters and I was really enjoying reading it. Then, suddenly, in the last hundred pages or so, the story started to feel choppy to me and I lost the connection that I was starting to develop with the characters. Action and violence take over the plot and left me wondering how the characters I was starting to love suddenly seemed so flat. Our main character, Tucker, I really did enjoy getting to know for most of the story and in the end he proves himself brave and loyal to his friends. The whole noel is almost a sort-of coming-of-age story but not in the traditional sense. Tucker has to deal with a lot of strange things and I think that it forces him to grow up and start facing reality (or "reality" such as things are). I especially enjoyed his friendship with Lahlia because they weren't best friends or even really close friends but you could constantly feel the connection between them developing. In the end, this book was good and one that I wouldn't hesitate to recommend to (a) teenage boys (always looking for more of those!) and (b) science fiction/time travel lovers. However, beyond those two demographics, I'm not sure that the action, violence, and constant jumping between times/worlds in the latter half of the book will hold the attention of many readers.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was looking around in English, and saw a boy reading this book. Since we like similar books, I picked it up. I could not put it down. I mean, at the first chapter, I was hooked. I highly reccomend this book for 10-17 year olds.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A big twist but amazing cant wait for the second one
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A very good book Tucker goes on an adventure with action adventure and suspense if u read this book u WILL like it
mamzel on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Wow! Time travel disc, weird priests, vanishing father, medicants, mysterious blond girl, Klaatus, Boggsians, and Amish Jews. Oh, my!There is no comparison to this book in which Tucker, an ordinary boy in an ordinary mid-western town, sees his father vanish in thin air only to reappear later with a blond girl in tow. His mother sinks into some strange mental illness where she becomes totally obsessed with soduko puzzles. Mom and Dad vanish and uncle Kosh shows up on his Harley to take care of Tucker. But Tucker thinks that he can find his parents by entering through one of the shimmering discs that keep appearing. This begins his adventure jumping back and forth through time trying to catch up with his father. To go farther into the story would ruin the surprise that awaits the reader on every page - and this is a real page turner.
TheLostEntwife on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
For a book that took forever to get actually moving, I was actually surprised at how disappointed I was in The Obsidian Blade. Here's what my journey through this story looked like.Confusion: First - a completely strange, utterly alien world was introduced. Fine, that I can deal with. But then it was shoved into a closet and I was thrown into a reality that, honestly, sent me back to the internet to find out what was going on with this books genre classification. It seemed like a typical, young adult, non-science-fiction book. But nope.. after what seemed like forever, I was thrown back into the science fiction realm.Disbelief: Not only were historical events not sacred (World Trade Center) but religious stories were pulled into the mix and treated with a heavy hand. It's one thing to express disbelief in the stories that are the foundation of a religion, but using them as a catalyst to make the story seem more interesting? Not cool - especially since it completely felt as if the stories were being used for mere shock value.I was disappointed in this series, and definitely will not be investigating the rest of the trilogy. The science fiction elements seemed to be implemented merely as an excuse to use past events in a novel, and, as a result, were not very fleshed out in and of themselves. There was virtually no world building, no explanation other than a few vague paragraphs about the diskos, and no resolution of any sort. I understand it's the first book of a trilogy, but you have to throw your reader a bone, you know? Make the book worth reading now, rather than having to wait.
ReginaR on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Some topics are harder to tackle in science fiction than others - -I consider writing about the future, different life forms than human beings and time travel to be topics that take a lot of imagination and writing skill to effectively convey the story and get a reader to buy into it. Obsidian Blade begins in modern America, rural Minnesota. The main character, Tucker, has a fundamental evangelical preacher for a father and is enmeshed in the local religious community. Some authors write about rural America and it is obvious they have never lived outside of a big city but author Pete Hautman seems to know rural USA. So rural America, religious bible belt context, time travel and different life forms ¿ that is Obsidian Blade summed up but not really in context. Relationships between friends, ¿foreigners¿, and estranged family members are explored and religious beliefs are questioned. Even though this is an adventure story done in a science fiction format, some high level concepts are introduced in an accessible way. If you had a choice to travel in time, where would you go? I think I would choose to see my spouse or my parents as kids, maybe my grandparents as kids too. Boring I guess, but major historical events are so well documented, my family¿s past isn¿t as well written about. Well, Tucker doesn¿t have a choice but he is sent to some fascinating time periods - -the future of course, but he is also sent to two world changing events, one ancient and one very recent. I realized that many readers to this book may not have a first hand memory of the recent historical event in this book, given that they may have been toddlers when it happened so I think that perspective is interesting in itself. Sorry, I can¿t spoil the where and when but the trip there is definitely done from a perspective I haven¿t seen done yet. By traveling to these two events, Tucker questions some core beliefs of his own ¿ religious and moral ¿ and they are done in a flashy fight/chase scene manner so the travels are fun to read about. Obsidian Blade ends open and there will definitely be a sequel. This is a young adult story written for young adults, there is no sexual content but there is some violence. The violence is mainly gun or knife fights, but not a lot, and the witnessing of historic events that every modern person in the Western world knows about ¿ likely everyone in the world does. I struggled slightly with the story because I was not the target audience, my 12 year old daughter is definitely in the target audience and once I adjusted my expectations I was able to enjoy it. I think younger teens looking for adventure stories would really like this book.
DarkFaerieTales on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Review Courtesy of Dark Faerie Tales Quick & Dirty: Good science fiction from a male narrator, but at points the time travel and technology were confusing. This short book is a good beginning to an action-packed series. Opening Sentence: During the latter years of the Postdigital Age, discorporeal Klaatu artist Iyl Rayn attempted to enhance her status within the Cluster by conceiving an unconventional entertainment. The Review: The Obsidian Blade is going to be hard to summarize, if only because Tucker isn¿t sure what¿s going on while it¿s happening and I don¿t want to spoil it for y¿all! In the beginning Tucker is trying to make a catapult that will launch his father¿s hideous troll carving. Our would-be engineer is successful, but ends up knocking a shingle off the roof in the attempt. When his father goes up to fix it, he disappears. One moment he¿s there. The next, mid-yell, he¿s disappeared. Tucker¿s mom doesn¿t believe he saw a fuzzy disk hanging over the house and soon the Reverend comes back, accompanied by a girl who doesn¿t speak. Lahlia lives with them as they wait for someone from the Reverend¿s congregation to adopt her. Tucker gets used to her and her kitten Bounce following him around. But she¿s quickly adopted to a farm on the other side of town and that seems to be the end of that. With his return the Reverend has changed. He doesn¿t believe in God, a belief that to this point had defined his life. So Tucker¿s mother, Emma, studies the Bible alone, his father sits in his study alone, and Tucker is left alone. As the summer progresses, Emma becomes obsessed with puzzles. She fixates on things and sometimes never changes out of her pajamas. Her ability to communicate deteriorates. None of the doctors can help her. Then one evening Tucker goes out with his friends and returns to find his parents gone. They¿ve gone to a hospital¿one he can¿t go to¿and Uncle Curtis will come and take care of him. Until this point, the disks have been an anomaly. Popping up when Tucker is on an adventure, but no one else can seem too see them. It isn¿t until Curtis, or rather Kosh, takes Tucker home with him that we start to get a grip on the bigger picture. The disks were built by the Klaatu. Basically ghosts that thrive on drama, these disks are their way providing entertainment. They pop up at significant events in time, though not necessarily at the moment that significant event will be occurring. While Tucker tries to unravel the mysteries of the disks, he¿s also trying to find his parents. He knows the Reverend took his mom into a disk and he¿s determined to find her. But the web of these portals is stretched across time and while Tucker searches for his parents and a way home, there are people out there looking for Tucker. Hautman has written a really engaging male narrator, which is not an easy thing to do when you¿re showing a character changing over a span of time. Tucker ages in this book and goes through a number of trials that test his strengths. He¿s smart enough to piece together pieces of what¿s going on, but he doesn¿t know everything. When the reader makes a connection before Tucker manages too, we have some great pages filled with tension. My biggest critique with this book is that it didn¿t have an ending. It¿s the first in the series, so it¿s understandable, but I don¿t think it¿s acceptable. It wasn¿t a cliff hanger or anything like that. The end of the book simply read like the end of a chapter, making it unsatisfying. Besides that it was an engaging, fast book to read with an awesome and haunting cover! Notable Scene: ¿I¿ll be damned,¿ the man said. Tucker did not doubt it. ¿You Tucker?¿ the man asked. Tucker nodded. The man scowled. ¿You recognize me?¿ Tucker shook his head. The man looked like a younger, beefier, outlaw version of Tucker¿s father, but he was sure he¿d never seen him before. ¿Are you Curtis?¿ ¿Nobody¿s called me that in years. Call me Kosh.¿ Kosh? Tucker¿s mom had called him Kosh that on
lilibrarian on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A future civilization has left behind disks allowing time travel. People and animals enter them, sometimes by accident; sometimes on purpose. Tucker's father disappeared into one, and reappeared changed. After his father and mother both disappear, Tucker enters a disk to look for them, and finds himself transported to different places and times.
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The overall storyline for the book was quite good, but other than that there isn't much more to say. The story developed very very quickly and without much background information. This made the story hard to follow and very unenjoyable. Also, I was hoping the book was going to be good sci-fi,  but it turned into a tangled web of  crazy religious people trying to get to the main character. A very poor read overall
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It had a pretty distance story idea. But the overall story line was hard to follow and the author really had terrible creative names.  everything from Klaatu Diskos, Lahlia, Boggsian, and Medicant. Things were all randomly named and poorly thought. maybe I'm being overly critical but it gets hard to read a book when such a great idea is delivered poorly. And with was seems like mediocre attempts to creatively name things. But it unique and good idea