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Reviewed by Tania Staley for Readers' Favorite
Relic Worlds: The Cosmic Orb is the third “Pick Your Path” book by Jeff McArthur. McArthur’s book is a fun and exciting romp through the cosmos. You will travel to far-off planets, run from dangerous criminals, dig for lost treasure, solve ancient mysteries, and the best part, you, the reader, are in charge. In Relic World, you take control of Lancaster James, an interplanetary anthropologist searching the universe for signs of alien life. Lancaster has been given information about the Cosmic Orb, a Zeborno (an ancient alien race) artifact that was used to record data. If he finds the prized possession, it would be the key to finding long awaited information about the Zebornos and would be the archaeological scoop of his career. Where should he search? Will you travel to the planet Balfor or the planet Faram, both thought to have once been homes of the Zeborno? Or, will you seek council with Benjamin Emile, professor of the Arcanum Universalis who lives on Roma of Mercedes? The choices are up to you, but choose carefully. There are consequences. It is a dangerous world, and you are not the only one who seeks the Cosmic Orb.
As a longtime fan of choose-your-own-adventure books, I was excited to read Jeff McArthur’s “Pick Your Path” novel. It did not disappoint. Relic Worlds was a pleasing read and an enjoyable adventure. Choosing Lancaster’s path was like being able to control Indiana Jones in one of his adventures. The choices to be made were varied enough so that consequences were always a surprise, but logical enough that I still felt in control. I also really appreciated the point system McArthur has incorporated into the book. It was quite fun and let me know how good my choices were. I recommend Relic World: The Cosmic Orb by Jeff McArthur, and I hope to read more of his “Pick Your Path” books.