The Solar Sea review by MSwan
The Solar Sea
Age Range - 12 and up
Genre - Science Fiction
Five Star Award

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Age at time of review - 16
Reviewer's Location - Grand Island, NE, United States
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In the not so apparently distant future, NASA has been disbanded and the farthest the human race will ever get is Mars. Thomas Quinn has a dream that one day he will build a ship that is propelled by solar energy and that he will explore our solar system with it. At the Very Large Array in New Mexico, John O'Connell discovers a particle on Titan, one of the moons of Saturn, that could potentially allow time travel or be used as a fuel source. In another part of the world, marine biologist Myra Lee finds that the whales have all started singing a new song. Thomas Quinn builds his solar sailing ship to set out and find the particles on Saturn along with Myra Lee and John O'Connell. Their voyage will change the Human race forever.


I liked this book. I wouldn't say that it's the best book ever but it kept my attention. To be honest it was rather cliche as far as science fiction goes. The whole thing with the whales made me think of Star Trek IV The Voyage Home because that dealt an awful lot with aliens talking to whales. It actually was rather reminiscent of Stanly Kubrick's 2001: A Space Odyssey. In that they built the Jupiter VIII ship because Discovery told them to go on a trip to Jupiter. In this book they built a ship to go specifically to go to Saturn. Then there's the whole idea that making the ship spin will create gravity on the ship. That was probably the most cliche thing of all in the book. Other than that I thought that the book was very good. It had an easy to follow plot that even those who've never read science fiction could follow. I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a good read.



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