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Hanging out at an old mall one day, three teens are surprised when something comes hurtling down from the sky. Even stranger, they are greeted by a glowing, fiery entity, and given some surprising news. The friendly being promptly regulates his appearance, and introduces himself as Alan, before advising the fascinated trio of a galactic battle. He explains that Earth has become the staging area for the next phase in the ongoing struggle. Cadence, JD and Orlando are told they have hidden superpowers that will be unlocked, and that they are being recruited – training to begin forthwith.

I am a mature reader, and while I found the read entertaining, I definitely feel it should appeal more to tweens and younger teens. The kids were likable, and I thought the author did a good job fleshing them out; giving them different motivations and personal quirks. A few places, some pivotal action scenes could have used a little better build-up than they received. Dual mysteries are introduced in this episode and, I am sure, will be continued in the next. Overall, the action and discovery portions of the story are paced well and move along swiftly, though I thought it bogged down just a little in the middle. This is an imaginative start to what will become an exciting science fiction adventure series for the younger set.

Book Blurb for Battlefield

Cadence, JD, and Orlando couldn't be more different from one another. Under normal circumstances, the three wouldn't so much as say hi to each other if they could get away with it. Then an alien crashes through the roof of their local mall, and everything changes. Not only do the three teens gain new abilities, but they're also chosen to help fight in an intergalactic war where the next chosen battlefield is Earth.

Reluctant at first, they change their minds when the fight hits close to home. Teenagers from school start to go missing, and some are dead. Together they must learn to work together and solve the mystery behind these disappearances before more lives are lost.

Night Owl Reviews May, 2012 3.50