by L. M. Preston
Publication date: August 1, 2010
Rating: 3 ♥ / 5 ♥
Shamira is considered an outcast by most, but little does anyone know that she is on a mission. Kids on Mars are disappearing, but Shamira decides to use the criminals’ most unlikely weapons against them – the very kids they have captured.
In order to succeed, she is forced to trust another person, something she is afraid to do. However, Valens, her connection to the underworld of her enemy, proves to be a useful ally. Time is slipping, and so is her control on the power that resides within her. Yet in order to save her brother’s life, she is willing to risk everything.
The Pack is a fast-paced, kick-butt adventure story, but is definitely on the younger side of the Young Adult spectrum. Shamira’s our main character, a teen who lives on Mars with her Security Force Elite parents (like police, but better) and her brother. While being quite an interesting character, who gets some great development, I didn’t really connect with Shamira. She’s a tough, independent girl but very closed off and insular in the beginning. By the end, she’s much more open with others and even finds love. I wasn’t sure sometimes about Shamira’s abilities and how they were explained and I think that’s what kept me from fully connecting with her. The potential was there, it just didn’t happen. As for the secondary characters, I would have liked a bit more depth to them. Out of all of them, Valens and Hedi are the closest to main characters and we do get a closer look at their personalities.
The plot was great, I liked the idea that these kids were all that stood against a criminal group called Monev basically taking over Mars and kidnapping children, because the adults were getting overwhelmed or killed themselves trying to stop the group. Some of the writing was a bit repetitive and there were some parts I felt were a little rushed, or over the top, and that things moved a too quickly/conveniently sometimes, but overall it worked. This is definitely an action/adventure book, with some romance between Shamira and Valens thrown in. This quick romance adds to Shamira’s character development, and takes a back-burner to the main plot. The ideas and concepts in the book are truely imaginative, and while there’s maybe not always the best writing, the story keeps your attention.
The Pack is an entertaining action story that will keep any young teen reading.
Thank you to the author and publisher for providing me a copy of this book to review.