Thursday, February 22, 2018

Book Review: 'Hyperearth' by Marco Marek

Talented new author Marco Marek was born in Turin, Italy and is fascinated with fantasy stories, medieval magicians, ancient history, and unexplained mysteries. Hence the birth of HYPEREARTH – a response to a visit to a castle in Eastern Europe. Marco has a strong future in writing, especially young adult novels such as this one, but he is also a painter and photographer. The three avenues of art marry in this successful volume.

Authors who are successful in penning books for the rather broad age group of 3 – 18 years (as Marco has indicated here) must have the ability to capture the attention of the reader from the first few pages. Marco offers an portal to his adventure that not only introduces his two main characters immediately, but he also enters the mystery that is to develop as the book unwinds. For example, in the first chapter he offers, ‘In the hills of Lubena – the town where the girls lived – there was a castle nearby. The verdant town was surrounded by the lofty Tatra mountains. The castle belonged to Count Lasky, and some said that he practiced magic, but many thought this was a mere legend— one of the many that circulated throughout the village.’ Two curious girls, a castle and a mysterious count - the recipe for success!

In a brief synopsis Marco manages to distill the story well: ‘In the castle of city of Lubena, Mary and Martina found a portal to another dimension called Hyperearth. This will be the beginning of various adventures of this two teenager girls, fighting the evil Sathon but also make new friendship and curious discovers.’

Step one in a series of stories that already has magnetized interest. Accompany this with Marco’s own art work (maps, the beautifully rendered cover of the book – one hopes that the future episodes with increase the art added to the story) and here is a fine Young Adult Fantasy that is bound to please adult readers, too! Grady Harp, October 15

Editor's note: This review has been published with the permission of Grady Harp. Like what you read? Subscribe to the SFRB's free daily email notice so you can be up-to-date on our latest articles. Scroll up this page to the sign-up field on your right.