Definitely a fun, entertaining, and quick read. Real-world sci-fi/fantasy/modern mythology (I don’t know if that term existed until just now; basically, I’m referring to anything in which it turns out the myths were real. The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel books are a great example, as well as being great books.) In this case, the central myths are Atlantis and Lemuria (less well-known than Atlantis, and actually more of an 18th-century attempt at science than a myth, it’s a sunken continent in the Pacific), with bits of the Greek myths and Xanadu thrown in. Our hero, Benjamin, is a teenage boy, who suddenly learns that the reason his family are all telepathic and telekinetic is that they’re Telegens, who are, as the name suggests, a race of people with extra smarts and psi abilities. Anyway, he and all the other 13 year old Telegens raised in the human world are sent to Lemuria for summer school. Naturally, being our hero, Benjamin quickly turns out to have a role prophesied, and he and his friends must do a quest while at school.
And it’s generally pretty fun stuff, although it had me stopping and scratching my head periodically at the mysteriously absent details. An example from early in the book: their first day in Lemuria, the kids go out into the city for lunch, instead of eating in the school’s dining hall. Cool. How did they pay for it? Do the restaurants take human money? Did the school have a place where they could exchange currencies? Or vouchers to use at places in the city? Do they use money at all? If not, why? In all its forms? A good 50 pages/one week later Benjamin’s mother sets up a DNA-linked charge account, which belatedly answers the question of how money is dealt with in Lemuria, but since we then know Benjamin had no access to money before that point, it makes the question of how they paid for their lunch even more perplexing.
I know, I know, it’s totally not important to the plot. But I like details and I like learning how alternate civilizations work, so having these holes bugs me. And I know I’m not the only one.
Still, it’s pretty absorbing, and was a lot of fun to read. It’s also the first in a planned trilogy, and it’s laid out enough to make me curious about what they’ll do with the next two. With luck, they’ll make sure they have all their details accounted for, and the end result will be even better.