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Reviewed by K.C. Finn for Readers' Favorite
The Earth Family Smith is a work of fiction in the science fiction and political satire sub-genres and was penned by author Chun-Tien Leung. Written for young adult audiences, the work is the opening novel to The Tumuerian Dream series, which takes us through the many adventures of a human group that crash land onto an alien planet. Our central figure is Cameron Smith, a teenage girl who escapes with her family and siblings from a climate-ruined planet Earth, only to find a whole host of new problems when she is separated from the adults and left to fend for herself and protect her siblings in a strange new world.
Author Chun-Tien Leung has crafted a truly excellent young adult science fiction adventure, and one which beautifully mirrors many of the persistent issues of modern-day living within its fantastical plot journey. The orange-skinned figure, for example, who accepts no illegal aliens in his lands, is a delightful touch which is realistically rendered into this sci-fi world, but will also have adult readers giggling and rolling their eyes at his militant ways. For teen readers, the central character of Cameron is a figure whom readers can empathize with for her struggles, and the plot shapes her well as she develops her bravery and talent for survival against the odds. The dialogue too was an impressive feature for me, keeping teen readers engaged with snappy lines and realistic speech. Overall, I would recommend The Earth Family Smith to all YA readers looking for a fun and action-packed sci-fi epic.