The Regnum Event

Young Adult - Sci-Fi
283 Pages
Reviewed on 07/01/2017
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Reviewed by Arya Fomonyuy for Readers' Favorite

A perfect read for young adult fans of sci-fi, The Regnum Event by Roger Scouton features a cast of compelling characters, a gripping plot, and a rollicking ride that provides great amusement and excitement for readers. Meet twin bikers Germaine and Sarah Thompson, poised for the biking competition level BMX. The twins are in their final year in high school and could become the pride of their family. But an unplanned meeting with a starship changes everything. The alien, Novo, is wont to watch events around the universe and, from his distant and safe place, positively influence these events. He has been watching the twin bikers and he believes they could have an answer to a problem he’s been thinking about for a while. Perhaps they could be the answer to the impending war in a far off planet where a dying king is about to leave his people in the hands of a son with very little experience in leadership.

Sarah and Germaine are whisked off their biking trail by Novo, who wants them to witness a similar competition in another planet, to observe the prince and determine if he has what it takes to win an interplanetary war. This has to happen within the time frame the kids are supposed to be out biking, so they should be home before their mother suspects anything. But then a lot happens and they are facing more than what they bargained for. The adventure has just begun and it’s a thrill! Roger Scouton’s The Regnum Event is wonderfully crafted and readers will easily connect with the characters. Sarah and her brother, Germaine, are characters that young readers will adore. I loved their courage, the connection they share with each other, and how they evolved through the story. Great prose, a compelling and masterfully developed plot, and exciting action! It was an awesome and satisfying read!

Patricia Bell

The Regnum Event by Roger Scouton is an imaginative story about BMX riding teenage twins, who are enlisted by a super being known as a Watcher to make a journey to the planet of Regnum. There, Sarah and Germaine are to befriend Prince Ronan, whose father is dying, and report back to the Watcher on whether he will be able to effectively lead his people in a battle against an impending alien invasion once his father has passed away. The twins will have to undergo DNA alterations just to enter the planet’s atmosphere. The twins not only evaluate the prince to be a heroic yet humble future leader, they decide to stay and help the peaceful planet against the alien attack. As time elapses, the twins end up staying on Regnum and, generations later, the favor is returned to earth in the form of a grandson.

Sarah and Germaine are super cool, totally rad, and extreme to the max! Their sense of humor, although somewhat confusing to the inhabitants of Regnum, is witty nonetheless. The DNA transformation which makes them appear, to the average human, like vampires, is highly creative. I appreciated that, although their look seems quite creepy, the Regnum inhabitants are peaceful beings. There is much about The Regnum Event that I enjoyed, that I just can’t say, because it may give too much away for the reader. Just know, as in all good stories, there is a lesson to be learned in not repeating the past. Praise to Roger Scouton for bringing the characters to life, and adding just the right amount of adventure, suspense, humor, and even a touch of romance. Killer story, dude!