Hulight Visions


Children - Fantasy/Sci-Fi
332 Pages
Reviewed on 05/05/2024
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    Book Review

Reviewed by K.C. Finn for Readers' Favorite

Hulight Visions: Threads is the third novel in the series by author Eleanor Matera. The work is intended for middle-grade readers who enjoy the science fiction, adventure, and action genres. In this new segment of the adventure, Group 6 embarks on a journey of self-discovery and resilience as they navigate the challenges of a rapidly changing world. As they strive for independence and recognition in the Homestar Echo 7 community, they unwittingly become entangled in a dangerous plot that threatens the future of humanity. With the help of an unexpected AI ally, they undergo secret training, stand up to oppressive adults, and race against time to thwart the plans of a powerful and vengeful consciousness. Through their unity and unwavering determination, Group 6 emerges as a force to be reckoned with, ready to confront the dangers lurking in the shadows and protect humanity from impending destruction.

Author Eleanor Matera has crafted a thrilling and thought-provoking story that is sure to capture young minds with all the allure of science fiction, told in a confident and compelling narrative filled with suspense, action, and complex characters. The evolution of Group 6 as they face increasingly perilous challenges showcases the strength of their teamwork and the combination of different interesting personalities. There’s a great sense of authenticity and heart in the dialogue, which feels age-appropriate for the cast but also emotionally mature enough to guide younger readers on the journey more clearly. Matera's exploration of themes such as artificial intelligence, human integration, and the consequences of unchecked technological advancement is also surprisingly deep and accessible for the target audience, inviting readers to ponder the ethics in a more complex and involved way. As Group 6 battles against formidable foes and confronts their own fears and limitations, they inspire readers with their courage and determination to protect humanity's future, offering a warm and satisfying conclusion to a well-paced plot. Overall, Hulight Visions: Threads is a gripping and immersive read that leaves a lasting impression, and I would highly recommend it to fans of the existing series and sci-fi enthusiasts everywhere.

Alma Boucher

In Eleanor Matera's YA fantasy and science fiction novel Hulight Visions: Threads, the return of Dextra Kalamer to Homestar Echo 7 was not encouraging. She lived as an AI inside someone else's body, but her mind and consciousness were still her own. Dextra was secretly training Group 6 in the Space Walk Arena, and what was usually a very boring training session was now exciting and interesting. Group 6 was learning the extraordinary aspects of Hulight by experiencing its feel, movement, and levels of experience, integrating and seeing their skills develop. When Group 6 encountered AI and human integration technology, they drew on their individuality and team qualities to devise a strategy to save humanity from the grasp of a potent and dangerous consciousness.

Hulight Visions: Threads by Eleanor Matera was a roller coaster ride filled with action, mystery, and intrigue. The plot was fast-paced, which kept things fascinating, and I was drawn into the web of suspense and danger by the twists and turns. I was hooked from the start and was anxiously waiting for every new revelation. It was a page-turner, and the suspense kept me on the edge of my seat. The characters were authentic and relatable. Each individual in Group 6 had a unique characteristic that contributed to the dynamic of the group. Everyone in the group did their part, and they worked well together. The story was masterfully crafted, and I enjoyed reading it. I could not put it down; I was too afraid I would miss something.

Essien Asian

Arianna, Connor, and the rest of Group Six think that since they have gotten better at using the Hulight decks and have helped stop other possible catastrophes on their home satellite, it is time for the adults to start taking them seriously. They concentrate all their energy on becoming independent. Simultaneously, the adults organize Group Six's intense training regimen until they both realize something unseen still influences events on the station against them. Adults and teenagers alike understand that cooperation is the only way to defeat this new foe, but are they prepared to do so? Only time will tell in Eleanor Matera’s Hulight Visions: Threads.

The third book in the Hulight Visions series continues where the last one left off, with Eleanor Matera highlighting Group Six's past accomplishments and their development into teenagers who want independence from adult supervision. As we have come to expect from the series, this is another mischievous adventure, so I love that the conversations between the kids still have that cheeky vibe with a hint of suspense. As it is their turn to unlearn and relearn trust, Matera focuses on the adult characters just as much in this installment as she does on the youngsters. She balances science and adventure fairly, describing how time travel and augmented reality decks work without subjecting the reader to excessive technical detail. The author also skillfully closes the romantic arcs. Hulight Visions: Threads is a masterful blend of romance, suspense, and sibling rivalry drama in a story that young readers will love as they navigate yet another extraordinary journey from the pen of this gifted author.

Keith Mbuya

It is a new year and Echoshine, the leading company in 3D Holographic universe platforms, is planning on starting training sessions on an advanced level in Hulight classes for Group 6. To their horror, they discover that somehow, a four-century-old one-time villain is on Homestar Echo 7. As Group 6 begins their training sessions, they find themselves forced to stand up to their seniors, who want to keep them on a tight leash, and leverage their unique strengths to create a plan to save humanity. Find out more in Eleanor Matera’s Hulight Visions: Threads.

Hulight Visions: Threads will appeal to lovers of young adult science fiction and adventure novels. Eleanor Matera once again weaves an enthralling plot, featuring the talented Group 6, and a host of other exciting characters. The vivid depictions breathed life into the scenes, leaving me feeling like I was in the middle of all the action right next to every character. The narration allowed me to experience the cast’s emotions and firmly anchored the story’s grip on reality. It made it easy to connect with the cast. This being the third installment in the series, I strongly recommend reading the previous installments to fully relish the suspense, adventure, thrills, and action.

Jennie More

Hulight Visions: Threads by Eleanor Matera is the story of eight twelve-year-olds who live in the future in space, and are trained to enter new dimensions in their minds. While they do not physically go to these new dimensions, their visits and activities in these places change how events transpire, and ultimately the course of history. Matera explores the vast possibilities of artificial intelligence (AI), its dangers, and opportunities for humanity. She poses ideas of how humanity could realize reincarnation using AI and how something as final as death can become obsolete through technology. Matera highlights the power of the mind and how the body is merely the vehicle through which our souls exist. She depicts this idea in a creative and entertaining story of youngsters who dare to push the limits.

Hulight Visions: Threads by Eleanor Matera is an absorbing, imaginative, insightful, and stimulating story. Having read the previous two books, I hugely appreciated how well the story developed, including the characters. The eight children come into their own in book 3. They are no longer demanding to be treated like adults while still acting like children, but now show the kind of maturity where they are given more autonomy. Despite facing adult obstacles and challenges, they truly embrace the fun and magic of being a child, reaching a vital balance. This is a powerful message for young readers. Threads is a sensational sci-fi story. Matera visualizes a future, lightyears from now, which is not only entertaining but might even be possible. The idea that this could be a reality one day makes this book so captivating.