Jason Wander finds himself alone in the world after a large projectile,
launched from outer space, hits Indianapolis, killing his mother.
The earth is under attack from a mysterious alien race intent on
destroying humanity. Millions are already dead, and the world is
gripped in a stranglehold of fear and anger.
own rage lands him in front of a concerned judge who gives him a
choice between jail and the Army. Jason chooses the Army, hoping
to exact some kind of revenge against the alien Slugs who made him
an orphan. But boot camp turns out to be more challenging than he
expects, and he makes a fatal mistake that results in the death
of a friend. Facing court martial, Jason realizes that the Army
is the only thing he has left --and the only thing he really wants.
Once again, the judge who originally guided him into the military
steps in, providing him with a final chance to make something out
of his life. This time, Jason decides that he is willing to do whatever
it takes to become the kind of soldier--and man--he knows he has
the potential to become. Eventually, he ends up on the moon, taking
on the Slugs in a fight for the future of all mankind.
is written in first person, allowing the reader a peek into Jason
Wander's soul. Author Robert Buettner's style is so rich with authentic
emotion that we are easily able to identify and empathize with his
protagonist, as well as with his other well-defined characters.
Jason is unique and imperfect and his reactions are understandable.
This is not a one-dimensional hero; this is a human being the reader
can relate to. We personally experience his metamorphosis from an
angry juvenile delinquent into a courageous young man who eventually
turns his tragedies into triumphs.
was relieved to discover that Buettner does not allow himself to
fall into the trap created through many science fiction novels.
Characterization and plot can sometimes be lost in the fascination
with invented worlds, scientific terms, and bizarre alien creatures.
I confess that I often find my mind wandering when having to wade
through layers of imaginary and intricate window dressing, trying
to rediscover the lost plot of a science fiction or fantasy novel.
Not so with Buettner's Orphanage. The author knows how to
skillfully use his tools, and he does a masterful job.
is fast-paced, memorable, and quite outstanding. Buettner is working
on the sequel. I can hardly wait. Highest recommendation!
Some Explicit Language