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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (429 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Adrian McKinty Narrator: Gerard Doyle Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Lighthouse Trilogy Release Date: January 2010 ISBN: 9781470800208
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Introducing the first young adult novel from crime fiction writer Adrian McKinty—whose adult books have been called “unputdownable” (Washington Post), “exceptional” (San Francisco Chronicle), and “profoundly satisfying” (Booklist)—this is the start of an epic sci-fi trilogy with an unforgettable hero.

When Jamie’s mother inherits a small island and moves her little family from Harlem to Ireland, her troubled son sees a chance to start over, far away from the bullies and the pitying stares. Cancer has left Jamie without an arm or the will to speak. But Muck Island is no sanctuary, and it offers more than solitude and sea views. Jamie learns that he is heir to an ancient title—Laird of Muck, Guardian of the Passage—and certain otherworldly responsibilities. With the help of a mysterious object he discovers in the island’s old lighthouse, Jamie sets out on a dangerous interstellar mission that could change the course of his life—and the universe—forever.

Tautly paced and brilliantly imagined, this novel will thrill sci-fi fans eager for new heroes and new worlds to explore.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Doyle displays his ability with Irish accents and slang.”

    AudioFile

  • “The boys’ friendship and banter is delightful…There’s also plenty of action, as well as the potential of Irish legends playing into the sequels.”

    Booklist

  • “In this fantasy-like space-travel trilogy opener, a grieving boy finds his strength in a distant land…An entertaining adventure.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • “This thought-provoking sci-fi adventure offers universal appeal, excitement, and a one-of-a-kind hero whose courage and compassion will inspire any reader.”

    Children’s Literature

  • “Few readers will be able to resist…Teens will enjoy this first book in a planned trilogy.”

    VOYA

  • Shortlisted for the 2008Young Hoosier Book Award
  • Shortlisted for the 2008Beehive Award

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 grrr | 2/11/2014

    " so far it is awesome to read "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Arwen | 2/5/2014

    " Very entertaining. Science fiction premise but very much fantasy in tone. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Brinlie Clark | 1/31/2014

    " It was about a boy who never spoke because he felt he had no reason because he lost an arm to cancer. It was sad because he had to leave his love. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Yara | 1/30/2014

    " This was nominated for the 2008 Beehive Award. I enjoyed it, but felt it wasn't "believable," and I'm an easy sell in that category, usually. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dace | 1/20/2014

    " This is the first book of a wonderful trilogy. It kept my attention the whole way through the series. The story follows a 15 year boy who has lost his arm due to cancer. As a result he cuts himself off from everyone by not speaking. He lives in New York City and soon finds himself in Ireland with his Mom because he inherits a house on an island that has an old light house on it. The Light house holds a wonderful secret that sends him light years away to a different world. Loved this book and it was very appropriate for teens as there is not any swearing or inappropriate material. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Leif | 1/20/2014

    " Omg this is the best book ever!!!!!! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Seana | 1/20/2014

    " I really enjoyed this middle grade book, the first of a trilogy. McKinty's knowledge of Harlem, Northern Ireland and science fiction stand him in good stead and the young characters in their heroic endeavor to save a planet is warm and convincing. I particularly appreciate the strength of the female character in the mix. I'd definitely recommend this to fans of Rick Riordan's Percy Jackson, and Anthony Horowitz's Alex Rider series. And frankly, when I get around to reading fiction for the younger reader, this is the kind of thing I like myself. In fact, I'm already on to the second! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jessica | 1/16/2014

    " I enjoyed this book. I am really glad I took the opportunity to read my way through the teenager section of my library. this is the first in a series and i am already into the 2nd one "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lesliebasney | 1/3/2014

    " Don't think I like it enough to continue with the series. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kaylynn | 12/10/2013

    " A good book, kind of sci-fi. My favorite line from the book was "forget him, he's just another red-shirted extra making a cameo appearance in our lives." "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Stacey | 10/22/2013

    " I really like this book! I like the banter between Jamie and Ramsay, everyone needs a friend like Ramsay. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Melissa | 10/13/2013

    " This was so-so. Liked Pendragon better as an "adventure into other worlds" series. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Teresa | 9/5/2013

    " Good for boys 11 to 14 who like fantasy & sci-fi with a little bit of history thrown in. This is suppose to be a trilogy but yet to see other books in the series. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Toni | 8/9/2013

    " Solid fantasy. Two boys discover a device that lets them travel between two worlds. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Haley | 5/1/2013

    " It was ok, not very original but fair "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dominique | 9/22/2012

    " I enjoyed this greatly in fifth grade and it remains a favorite. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Christine | 6/17/2012

    " Really liked this book; Aaron tried to steal it from me. Had to hide the sequel so I could read it before him. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Allison | 6/2/2012

    " Not my favorite, but I was in a bored place when I started. Might give it a second chance. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dotty | 4/9/2012

    " Jamie has a choice. Be a resident of Muck Island off the coast of Ireland with a body minus an arm and voice. Or be a resident of Aldan in the region of Altair with two arms and a voice. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sheila | 12/24/2011

    " This is my first Virginia Woolf book. I enjoyed reading it. I like her style of writing. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Temoca | 11/24/2011

    " I picked this book up to try and add another book to our school's library shelf. It is just okay. I liked the Irish background and setting and maybe this book is just setting up the rest of the trilogy, but I never felt like I had to turn the page. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Celeste | 8/31/2011

    " It was a kind of fun book. A good junior book. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Aleeza Batara | 8/15/2011

    " the book was ok and it had its moments "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Roshni | 6/23/2011

    " I like the concept of the book but for me it wasn't a page turner after halfway I just didn't have the motivation to keep reading. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michelle | 2/16/2011

    " This book was OK. About 200 pages in I realized only 3 major events had happened, but it kept me engaged and I wanted to know what happened. I'd give it 3.8 "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Hanna | 10/28/2010

    " Very cool- I can't wait to read the second book!! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Aleeza | 9/28/2010

    " the book was ok and it had its moments "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Celeste | 11/19/2009

    " It was a kind of fun book. A good junior book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Brinley | 7/8/2009

    " It was about a boy who never spoke because he felt he had no reason because he lost an arm to cancer. It was sad because he had to leave his love. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jessica | 4/13/2009

    " I enjoyed this book. I am really glad I took the opportunity to read my way through the teenager section of my library. this is the first in a series and i am already into the 2nd one "

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About the Author

Adrian McKinty is the author of more than a dozen highly acclaimed novels for adults and young adults, including a Publishers Weekly Book of the Year and a winner of the 2014 Ned Kelly Award for Best Novel.

About the Narrator

Gerard Doyle was born of Irish parents and raised in Hertfordshire, England. In Great Britain he has enjoyed an extensive career in both television and repertory theater and toured nationally and internationally with the English Shakespeare Company. He has appeared in London’s West End in the gritty musical The Hired Man. In America he has appeared on Broadway in The Weir and on television in New York Undercover and Law & Order. A seasoned narrator of audiobooks, he has been awarded eleven AudioFile Earphones Awards and in 2006 won the prestigious Audie Award for his reading of Blackstone’s recording of The Dead Yard by Adrian McKinty. He lives with his wife and two children in Sag Harbor, New York.