Voyagers: Project Alpha (Book 1) by D.J. MacHale
(Excerpt from Goodreads) Earth is about to go dark. Without a new power source, life as we know it will be toast. A global competition is under way to determine who will join the secret mission that might just save us all. Project Alpha is a contest of physical challenges, mental puzzles, and political alliances. The battle is fierce, and only four kids will make the cut. The Voyagers will journey to the far reaches of space, collecting unique elements and facing unbelievable dangers. The future of our planet is in the hands of four kids. Sure, they’ll be the best in the world . . . but can they save the world?
Earth is about to run out of power resulting in an 8 hour mandatory nightly blackout. But there has is a possible solution in outer space. There is a mission being put together to have four kids get ingredients to create a power source to save the world. You will meet eight kids with different backgrounds that are going to compete with each other with numerous puzzles and mysteries. The top four will be selected for the mission which ends up having them travel to six different planets gathering things for the mission. But the four kids that don’t make it are not forgotten. There is a secret organization that wants to get the items for themselves. It is a race against time and each other as they try to save the world.
I really liked this book. There is a great story that keeps you engaged with a good story and puzzles for the kids to compete with. I really liked how although four kids were chosen the other four are still in the story. This book reminds me of the 39 Clue Series. The book is full of puzzles that the kids have to solve but you can also log onto the website or the app and solve your own puzzles. I think this is a great way to keep your kids interested in the series and keep them on there toes with the challenges. Mind you I liked the puzzles myself.
I really like how this is going to be a six book series, since the kids will have to visit six planets to get all the components. But the full series will be released in a year. I love when books like this are released sooner which keep them from slipping the mind once one book is finished. Each book will be written by a different author. I think this is a great way to introduce authors that may have been unknown previously.
Over all I loved the story and how the series is lined up for release. I cannot wait to get my hands on book two.
I received this book for free from Netgalley and the publisher in exchange for an honest review.