Noah Zarc: Omnibus by D. Robert Pease

An Evolved Publishing release.  This is for the middle-grade readers in your life, a fantastic science-fiction fantasy adventure book that has additional illustrations available ONLY in this Omnibus Edition of Noah Zarc’s story.

Book Review:

Three volumes of the Noah Zarc series with illustrations that are only available in the omnibus edition: here is a book that will encourage the reader in your middle-grade student.   Noah Zarc is a science-fiction adventure story, which starts with a 12 year old protagonist and his family as they travel space and time collecting animal pairs much like Noah of the Bible.

But this Noah is no older man with a fully functional body: this Noah is a paraplegic who occasionally rails against the confines of his limitations. His family isn’t into coddling him either: there isn’t a great divide in punishment, interaction or expectations for any of the children: expectations are set and most often met if not exceeded.  Another bonus to a story that uses such clever techniques to teach and model: we learn as much from our interactions with fictional characters as we do from those who are standing in front of us, and there are several options for learning. 

Starting with Mammoth Trouble, Noah is just 12, and the family is starting their adventure with their ARC (Animal Rescue Cruiser).  This is a post-apocalyptic world, where humans are relegated to living on colonized Mars and Venus.  Noah and his family are seeking to grab pairs of animals to repopulate the earth.  Interesting social and moral issues arise with this: should you be expending this time and energy to stop the extinction of the animal kingdom when humans are in need? What about the whole “changing” the path of a destiny?  Any fans of time travel will instantly see the gentle seeding of the argument for young readers to develop their own views.

Full of concepts and ideas, action-packed and several wonderful interactions between the characters that includes bickering, punishment and Noah’s struggle to save his father from the anti-animal faction had me whipping through the pages.  Illustrations and new technology along with the dedication the family has to saving the animals was just a fabulously transporting read, and made me wish I had a younger reader at home!

Next up is Cataclysm and Noah is a year older and wiser, with all of the experience gained from his family’s first year on the ARC, integrating a new member into the family, and the kids have been sent to live with their Grandfather to ‘experience a more normal life’.  But ‘normal’ isn’t all that one might expect, Noah is finding some odd connection with the villain Haon, and is beginning to wonder if perhaps there is more to the conflict and backstory than he knew.

Another thoughtful installment that added, to my delight, robots with personalities and identities, that don’t try too hard and come off as overwrought, but are just right!  More action-filled than the first, there are wild time-jumps, authorized and not, that serve to keep the story moving forward.  Fast paced and full of detail this story is one that keeps rushing by, even as you want to stop and savor.  Additionally, as in the first book, Noah’s disability is not ignored, but worked with and around: he’s managed to adapt his approach to accomplish what he wants, even as he does have those moments where his disability is fully in the front of his mind.

Lastly and the newest installment to the series is Declaration and we join Noah in the midst of a firefight helping the rebels stand strong against the Poligarchy’s  army that is bent on ruling the galaxy.  What we are learning throughout the story is that Noah and his family, with their time travel skills can go back and alter the past, and perhaps prevent the mess that is the world they know now.

Noah is now 14, and his perspective and voicing have aged with him: confidence from past encounters and his confidence in both his ‘team’ and his own abilities have contributed to this noticeable maturing of the character.  Yes, he is still young, but the core traits of his personality that were so endearing in the earlier volumes are still prevalent, with the solid family/tea relationships that are a mainstay of the story.  We are in boy-heaven in this story: action, gadgets, a clear enemy and a clear goal and hero to cheer for.  Continuing to confront head-on several social issues, and questions of what is really in the best interests of everyone, the story manages to work on several levels, keeping readers engaged throughout.

I’m not the target audience for this book, but I was completely captured by the characters, the action and the issues and questions: set in fantasy but integrating concepts and engaging readers with a fun tale that teaches as it entertains.

This was a lovely addition to the series: highlighted with illustrations found only in the omnibus edition that add a bit of whimsy to the page.

Noah Zarc: Omnibus by D. Robert Pease

Title: Noah Zarc: Omnibus
Author: D. Robert Pease
Genre: Children's Literature, Science Fiction
Published by: Evolved Publishing
Format:eBook
Source: Author
Pages: 630
Rated: five-stars
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Noah Zarc: Omnibus by D. Robert Pease
Evolved Publishing presents the Special Omnibus Edition of the Noah Zarc science fiction series for kids 8-13 years old. If you're looking for an out-of-this-world, action-packed adventure, and love such books as "Percy Jackson," "The Softwire," "Artemis Fowl," or "The Search for Wondla," then the "Noah Zarc" series needs to be your next thrill ride. [3 Books in 1, 22 Special Illustrations] [DRM-Free]

Middle-Grade Science Fiction
In a future where Earth has been wiped clean of all life, and humanity has moved on to other worlds, twelve-year-old Noah Zarc and his family have embarked on a quest, in a time-traveling spaceship called the ARC, to retrieve two of every animal and repopulate a dead world.

FEATURES ALL 3 BOOKS IN 1 SPECIAL EDITION:

Book 1 - Noah Zarc: Mammoth Trouble
Noah lives for piloting spaceships through time, dodging killer robots and saving Earth's animals from extinction. Life couldn't be better. However, the twelve-year-old time traveler soon learns it could be a whole lot worse, when he is attacked at every turn by a foe bent on destroying a newly habitable, post-apocalyptic Earth.

Book 2 - Noah Zarc: Cataclysm
While searching for answers to secrets that have remained hidden for over a thousand years, Noah becomes embroiled in a mission which could cause the greatest cataclysm in the history of the solar system; the total destruction of life on Earth.

Book 3 - Noah Zarc: Declaration
As battles rage across the reaches of space, Noah works to join together a rag-tag bunch of miners, farmers, and scientists who would rather just live in peace. With only a time-traveling ship full of animals and a general from the history books the Zarc family must stand against the most powerful man in the universe.

This special edition also includes 22 fun and fantastic black & white illustrations by author and artist, D. Robert Pease.

A copy of this title was provided via Author for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.

About D. Robert Pease

My whole life, I’ve had a passion for hearing and reading stories, and for creating worlds of my own. As a child, I spent countless hours drawing crazy contraptions on paper, or building vast fortresses in a sand pile behind my garage. There was hardly a time I wasn’t off on some adventure in my mind, to the dismay of parents and teachers alike. So it’s no big surprise I took all that daydreaming, all that longing to really see the wonder of creation around me, and started pouring it into discovering hidden universes in my own mind.
For quite a few years I tried my hand at writing, mostly working on one, massive fantasy novel, but it wasn’t until I had kids and they became voracious readers that I found my passion. There’s no greater audience than a child. I’d rather have a simple review from a kid that says, “Awesome book!” than a five-star review in the New York Times. Of course, if anyone at the Times wants to try to prove me wrong, I’d be willing to let you.
My first published books are in the Noah Zarc series. They are, quite simply, the kinds of books my kids love to read (and to be honest, I do too.) It’s my hope that the kids in your life enjoy reading these stories as much as I did creating them, and I won’t tell on you if you like reading them, too.