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Reviewed by Katelyn Hensel for Readers' Favorite
Ty and Marcus are just your average kids. Like most brothers, they fight, they play, they like sports. Life in Chicago seems downright plain and easy, until the boys are sucked through a portal to another dimension. Now, what the brothers thought was impossible is very quickly becoming real, and they have exactly seven days to return to their home, or risk never getting back at all. With the help of a strange girl from this new world, Bellana, they must battle all kinds of obstacles that they have never once dreamed of having to face. In a pretty interesting twist...is the entire adventure just a figment of Ty's very vivid imagination, or will the brothers be forced to live out their lives in this ancient, mysterious, and deadly new world?
This was a very different kind of read. If you are looking for a book for your middle-schooler where they can learn about different genres and branch out from the 'same old-same old' of reading class assigned material, Spartanica might just be a great choice. Powers Molinar makes Science Fiction even stranger than normal by bringing together all the major tropes of the genre: parallel universes, dimensional portals, alien (meaning foreign...and may or may not mean extraterrestrial) cities, and long extinct predators hunting the heroes. He even has a chance to insert a bizarre story similar to Superman, where the lone survivor of her world has a mystery to hide. A very good read for the Middle Grade genre, with well crafted characters and a unique and fascinating world.