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Reviewed by Liz Konkel for Readers' Favorite
Fight for the Blue Planet by Derek Corney is the exciting adventure of three siblings trying to save the planet. A mysterious alien lands on Earth, forever changing the lives of Timmy and his siblings Adam and Salma. The being called Shak-Shak gifts them with otherworldly abilities and warns them of a threat from the Targ, who intend on taking Earth's resources. Suddenly the three are whisked away to face the Targ head on and battle it out to save their planet.
Derek Corney captures realistic kids' dynamics through the personalities of the three siblings and uses this to help set a lighter tone. The names of the aliens have a fun quality to them that's also child-like and repetitive like Shak-Shak, Lee-Lee, and Sim-Sim. Though the battle they face has high stakes, such as the destruction of their planet, the tone never gets too dark or grim, remaining fairly uplifting with a bright chance to win. Each of the siblings has their own personal journey woven throughout which shows their bravery and helps guide them to work together to fight against the Targ. The obstacles increase until they face the battle which allows for Corney to weave in some suspense and a build-up of how dangerous the Targ can be to them and the world.
The relationship between the siblings is pretty standard as they're still youngsters who have bickering moments but they also have a strong loyalty and protectiveness between them, refusing to leave each other behind. Their dynamic is sweet and as they band together they learn to harness their new abilities and make discoveries about their powers. These abilities add to science fiction fun as their gifts are different forms of molecular rearrangement and take on otherworldly properties. The duty placed upon them gives them the opportunity to learn and explore space. Fight for the Blue Planet is a great read for those who enjoy adventures in space, aliens, and kids who save the world.