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Reviewed by Alice DiNizo for Readers' Favorite
The Sellites from the planet Valhai have arrived on the distant planet Coriolis to take their new batch of fourteen-year-old apprentices back to Valhai. Among these teenagers are Diva, a daughter of a ruling Coriolan elder, and Six, a nameless, homeless teen from nearby planet Kwaide. Diva and Six team up with Grace, a Sellite who has not been modified and with Vion, a young Sellite doctor who will not buy into how Sellites have been using, and then killing off, young Coriolian apprentices. They work with Arcan, the true ruler of Valhai, to combat the Sellites. But can four teenagers and an inhuman force win?
Valhai is adolescent science fiction at its very best. Major and minor characters are well-drawn and act believably throughout the story, which is Book One in the Ammonite Galaxy series. Even the "bad guys" in this engrossing tale are believable and serve to draw the reader into the tale and its exciting conclusion.
The plot proceeds smoothly until story's end and will engross even those readers who don't normally read science fiction. The story itself is well-edited without typographical errors and misspellings. Typos and poor grammar would be disastrous for a story such as this where the reader will be spellbound as the storyline marches on to its conclusion.
Valhai is an appealing, interesting work of science fiction. Teachers and librarians everywhere will welcome its presence on their bookshelves. They can put it in a student's hands, knowing it will be well-received by even the most reluctant of readers.