This is probably one of the few books that can imagine France as being the world’s only superpower, and yet it somehow makes it work.
Trapped in a world war, thirteen-year-old Parker dreads the day where he has to go fight, an inevitability for him and his friends (unless they land a high-paying job). With his dad MIA and his mom dead, his future is looking pretty bleak.
In fact, it seems like the only joy in his life is the GoBoy video game at the arcade, a game based off of the movies with teen celebrity Colby Max. As much as Parker dislikes Max, he loves the GoBoy pilot suits and playing the game.
On a scale of one to ten, I’d give this book a 6.5. The plot is pretty good and I love the dialogue. None of the main characters are whiny and unlikable, and the cliffhanger ending is enough for me to want to read more. But in the middle the plot seems to drag a little bit and there were several times that my attention drifted away. Did we really have to know every detail of the commercials they watched? Did we really have to read every detail Parker noticed from his way home from the mall? The details were important, but I wished Schneider wrote them in differently and not in large chunks.
But all in all, it’s a great book, and one that I’d definitely recommend.