By Emma Clayton, Science Fiction, 333 pages
Main Characters - Protagonists: Mika and Ellie Antagonist: Mal Gorman
Mal Gorman is the one-hundred and ten year old leader of the Ne Northern Government. He keeps himself alive by taking everlife pills, a drug that extends the life of an individual who takes it. He invents the game pod fighter and the Fit for Life program and Fit Mix which all the children in the story take. This mix makes them stronger and bigger. He wants to use these children for his army.
Minor Characters - Ruben, Kobi, Ellen, and Audrey
Kobi was Mika's first friends after the disappearance of Ellie. He moved to Barford North from the Shadows.
Ellen was Mika's therapist after his sister's disappearance. She tried to warn him about Mal Gorman's plan, but his father threw her note, on accident, down the waste chute.
Audrey was Mika's second new friend who came to Barford North and became Mika's partner in Pod Fighter.
Mika was alone after his sister was kidnapped by Mal Gorman. Everyone that Mika knew believed that she was dead, but he believed and felt in his heart that she was still alive. His parents even doubted that she was still alive. He even insisted that her sheets should not be washed because he could smell her on them. Even through all the doubt he believed that his sister was still alive.
Man v. Man
After escaping the Golden Turrets, Mika and Audrey try to fly to find Mal Gorman. Gorman however, thinks that they are trying to escape and sends an array of fighters after them. Mika has to evade their bullets and manuver through the buildings. Audrey does not want to fight them and refuses to shoot at Gorman's men. Most of them die by running into buildings or each other. They escape unscathed and head out into the real world.
I really enjoyed this book because of the author’s style and how she made everything suspenseful and interesting. I really liked how the author started the book off with action and suspense to hook you and get you interested. Also I really liked how the author kept some things from you and revealed others, which created suspense and made me never want to put the book down. The chapters are told alternating between Mika’s point of view and Ellie’s point of view so you get to know what each of them is experiencing. What is also interesting is that the author tells the story alternating between Mika’s point of view and Ellie’s point of view sometimes when something important is going to happen the chapter ends and it changes point of view so you have to keep reading. This book was a somewhat surprising read for me because when I first looked at it did not seem very good but I read it anyway and I ended up really liking it. Anyone who enjoys reading science fiction or fantasy should definitely read this book