The Golden Aquarians
Simon and Schuster. $15.00
When 13-year-old Walt arrives on flooded Aqua, he
finds his father already at work terraforming the planet, draining
away the water to make it livable for humans. But when Walt meets an
Aquarian, an intelligent frog-like alien, he learns that what is good
for humans is not necessarily good for Aqua.
The Golden Aquarians is a mediocre science fiction novel
for young adults. The adventure is blandly told and the interaction
of flat, cardboard characters is frustrating. Despite the effort
involved in defying his father, Walt's circumstances demonstrate no
real choice or consequence. What choice is involved if you are told
"Stand up to your father or everyone dies"? Furthermore, the author
has Walt avoid the consequences of his actions by having the father
lose his memory.
In a market where so much of the science fiction for young adults
seems to be based on "Star Trek" or "Star Wars," it's sad to see an
original miss its mark so badly.
This review copyright 1996 by Wendy Morris
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