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. Volume XIII Number 6 . . . . November 10, 2006
Sixteen-year-old Jodi finds herself back in Aten (future Earth) where Enriel, a leader from another dimension, enlists Jodi's help again to rejuvenate Aten using the archive, a huge treasure trove of information from Jodi's time that could drag Aten out of lawlessness and magic, into prosperity and peace. But first Jodi must get to the archive, eluding the power-hungry Major, the scheming Arax and the jealous Catta, while she desperately wonders which of her friends she can really trust. Distracted by searching for Caden, the prince she thinks she loves, and Radula, a man whose electric touch draws her magnetically, Jodi also encounters Neil, a boy from her own time who is determined to save Aten. As Jodi reels from one adventure or attack to another, she discovers her own powers of healing and destruction and finally focuses well enough to recognize her true love. Using the archive awaits a third volume in the trilogy.
A typical struggling teenager, Jodi acts impulsively and heroically and ethically. Her brief trips back to her own time to an alcoholic mother only serve to fine-tune her desire to live in and to improve Aten. As she lives through one disaster after another, Jodi learns to think before she acts and to discern the nuances of the choices she must make. Although she initially finds it frustrating that the right path and whom to trust is not always clear, she ends up able to live with that ambiguity.
Aten is a fully realized fantasy world, complete with its own altered creatures and people living in a medieval way in a geography close to that of our present day Earth. The magic that infuses Aten swirls about the children of the Nera and profoundly affects Jodi's view of herself. Even Jodi's cat, Chowder, who travels with her to Aten, seems to be steeped in a prescient reality that Jodi ignores at her peril. The subtext of the destruction of the earth and its societies as we know it today is subtle but will attract teens who are concerned with the environment.
Middle school fantasy readers who ate up the first volume in this series, Key to Aten, will eagerly follow Jodi in to her second adventure.
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