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Reviewed by Kim Anisi for Readers' Favorite
Thirteen is the female protagonist of Fixer 13 by G. Michael Smith, the first book in The Forevers series. Thirteen has just turned 13, and 13 seems to be her lucky number. She seems to be very lucky in general, and very bright, too. She has to leave the nursery in which all children live until they turn 13 and officially become adults. Thirteen is one of the youngest people to ever pass the test that enables her to train for a tech job in and around the biomes - the starship-asteroids that are meant to save the future of humankind. A meteor swarm is due to hit Earth in the future, and everyone knows that will be the end for life on Earth. A few chosen people are living on the biomes, where the living conditions of Earth-like planets are copied to prepare humanity for survival on those new planets. But not all is well on the biomes. And Thirteen becomes involved in it all - because she isn't just very lucky; she is very special.
Fixer 13 by G. Michael Smith is one of those rare books that you can't separate yourself from. I lead a very busy life, but finished the novel in just two days. I was immediately drawn into the life of Thirteen, who might just be 13 years old, but definitely feels more mature than some adults. I really like her and we probably would be good friends in real life. I also liked the way the biomes were described, and how they have such diverse environments. I am sure it would be very interesting to read about the other biomes and visit them with Thirteen in one of the sequels of the series. The plot was exciting and you will be worried about what will happen next - let me tell you one thing: there aren't happy endings for everyone, which I love because "happily ever after" is just for cheesy fairy tales. I prefer the bitter-sweet moments that show more of a realistic side. This novel offered great escape from real life for a few hours, and I definitely would recommend it to fans of the genre.