"An agreeably quick-paced time travel romp." —
Kirkus "Chock-full of action and suspense, this series will get readers thinking about important social and environmental issues." —S chool Library Journal "Fast-paced action and high octane suspense should definitely appeal to reluctant as well as not-so-reluctant teen readers, both boys and girls." — VOYA
This stand-alone sequel to
The Twinning Project (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2012) continues the adventures of thirteen-year-old half-alien twins: rebellious, genius hacker Tom, who lives on EarthOne in the year 2012, and nice-guy jock Eddie, who lives on EarthTwo in the year 1958. They got together to save both worlds in the previous book; they are at it again in this next installment. Both Earths were created by aliens as an experiment to find out what went wrong with their own planet. Since these Primary People have decided their experiment has failed, both worlds are set for demolition. It is up to Tom and Eddie and their friends to keep that from happening. To further complicate matters, a government agency on EarthOne has been set up to hunt aliens, and its agents are closing in on Tom and company. The brief chapters, the lively first-person narrative told from multiple points of viewthat of the twins and their friends, both male and femalewith references to modern as well as 1950s pop culture, in addition to the fast-paced action and high octane suspense should definitely appeal to reluctant as well as not-so-reluctant teen readers, both boys and girls. Lipsyte has switched from sports to a science fiction staple with this title, the Earth on trial before an alien court, but he has given it a fresh spin, supported by an entertaining delivery, compelling action scenes, and a satisfying interim resolution, leaving the reader to look forward to more zany adventures in the future. Reviewer: Bonnie Kunzel; Ages 11 to 15.
VOYA, December 2014 (Vol. 37, No. 5) - Bonnie Kunzel
Double the adventure continues in this stand-alone sequel to The Twinning Project (2012). Plenty of back story updates previous readers and catches up new readers to the dilemmas of the first novel. The father of identical (and half-alien) twin brothers Eddie and Tom still remains the prisoner of evil Dr. Traum. Both Earths (the original, where Tom lives, and a second planet, created by aliens and running about 50 years behind in the year 1958, where Eddie lives, in the same New Jersey town) are on a course for destruction, but whether it will be the result of human negligence, government interference or alien demolition remains a mystery. When an alien with a penchant for quoting Mark Twain visits the boys on their respective Earth homes, Eddie and Tom begin a zany escapade to save both planets. Told in a variety of voices, including those of the boys' loyal and diverse friends, who have issues of their own, the chapters capture modern and 1950s pop culture and history—which Eddie and Tom hope to exploit. Lipsyte doesn't always give much detail along the way, but in this case it works, keeping the story light and uncomplicated for reluctant readers. An agreeably quick-paced time-travel romp. (Science fiction. 10-14)
Twins Eddie and Tom could not be more different, yet together they can change the world, if not the universe. They are halfsies (half human, half alien) but live in different centuries. Eddie lives in 1958 on Earth Two. Tom lives in 2012 on Earth One. Both Earths exist concurrently, though only the aliens and half aliens are aware of the other planet’s existence. This episode begins at Tom’s school in Nearmont, New Jersey, in 2012 with the arrival of a new student, Hercules, who is a type of messenger sent to bring the twins together. Through a bit of political activism and tenacity on the twins’ part, they find themselves, with several of their friends, on a voyage to Homeplace, a space vessel outside of our understanding of time. It is there that the decision to destroy the Earth as punishment to the humans for their irresponsibility is made. In the end, the Earths are sparedfor nowas the Council postpones their decision. Short, fast-paced chapters in this stand-alone sequel in “The Twinning Project” series make for a quickly read science fiction novel. However, if not read in one or two sittings, the sequence of events seem to lose their flow, as each chapter is told from a different perspective by differing characters and in various settings. Tom and Eddie come into themselves, as the struggle for tranquility tests their strengths, weaknesses, and even their supernatural powers. The main characters are very well developed, allowing for an easy transition for the reader. Lesser characters seem to be there as an afterthought, or for politically correct viewpoints only. Overall, Lipsyte has crafted a unique novel with social and environmental overtones that lend easily to further discussions. After all, what good is a science fiction novel if it doesn’t leave one wondering? Reviewer: Elizabeth Young; Ages 10 to 14.
Children's Literature - Elizabeth Young
Gr 5–8—In this sequel to The Twinning Project (Houghton Harcourt, 2012), twin brothers Tom and Eddie are brought together again to save their planets from certain destruction. Unlike most twins, Tom and Eddie are half alien and they hail from two different times. Eddie lives on Earth Two, which is 50 years in the past. Tom lives on Earth One where the current year is 2014. In The Twin Powers, Tom and Eddie must learn to harness their alien abilities to save both Earths and everyone they care about. This sequel can be read alone or in addition to the previous book. Tom, Eddie, and their friends are relatable, and the pace and writing style will attract reluctant readers. Chock-full of action and suspense, this series will get readers thinking about important social and environmental issues.—Annalise Ammer, City of Rochester Public Libraries, NY