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Reviewed by Michelle Mollohan for Readers' Favorite
Amethyst Eyes by Debbie Brown is a sci-fi tale geared towards young adults. Tommy is a typical teenager (except for the fact that he has amethyst eyes) who just wants to hang out with his friends and have a good time. One fateful day he is traveling to town with his mother, when they are hit head-on. Tragically, his mother does not survive the ordeal. Tommy's world is turned upside down as he lies in the hospital, recovering from his injuries while grieving the loss of his mother. His father arrives and, to his shock and awe, Tommy realizes that he is an alien. Tommy is taken aboard his father's ship where a whole new world awaits him, not all of it pleasant. Jayden, the ship doctor's sullen teenage daughter, is tasked with orienting Tommy to their way of life, and she is anything but pleased with the assignment. Tommy faces bullying from other children on the ship and real danger from the Binari race who seek to destroy those with amethyst eyes like his.
Amethyst Eyes is an engaging tale about coming of age and teen angst, made more interesting with the additional components of aliens and outer space. Reluctant readers will easily become engrossed in the tale of Tommy and his adventures. Tommy is a down to earth, likeable character and the reader easily identifies with his plight. Jayden's character is interesting to read as she matures from a cranky and rambunctious teen to being a real friend to Tommy. Debbie Brown has crafted a memorable tale that leaves the reader anxious to read the next installment.