Starbounders by Adam Jay Epstein and Andrew Jacobson
Zachary Night can’t wait to start his top-secret Starbounders training at Indigo 8. But he’s barely started learning the skills he’ll need to protect the galaxy when a space mission goes wrong. Zachary and his friends are accidentally sent to the front lines of an intergalactic skirmish, and they quickly discover a plot to destroy Indigo 8. Piloting a space ship under attack, they must get back to earth before the training center—and the planet—is annihilated.
Zachary comes from a family of Starbounders. It’s his dream to become a hero. But he and his friends are mischievous. And when they’re sent away as punishment, their ship is suddenly under attack. And Zachary and his friends are the only ones left to save the day.
First in a new series, Starbounders is a fun, science fiction adventure for middle grade readers. The characters are engaging, and the plot is unpredictable. There is plenty of mystery, intrigue, and humor in this fast-paced and action-packed story that all ages will enjoy. I was able to read this exciting read in one sitting and look forward to Zachary’s future adventures.