eARC Book Review: Tesla by Mark Lingane

Goodreads Synopsis

What if a whole race wanted you dead, where would you go? And what if you didn’t know why? What if everything you thought you knew about yourself was wrong?

One thousand years have passed since nuclear war wiped out civilization in the northern hemisphere. The planet slowly heats and water becomes a rare resource. Out of the ruins of a devastated civilization rises a new breed of people – those with the power to control magnetism. Teslas

Sebastian, a young orphan boy from a quiet rural town, is being hunted by strange part-machine, part-human people. His only hope is Melanie, an angry, dying teenage girl who is dragged into the adventure and sets out to deliver him to the Steam Academy, even if it’s just to stop him talking. Seb must confront an unknown past and fight against everything he believed in. And occasionally wash his hair.

No one said it would be easy.


I received this book from the publisher on NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Tesla is about a boy named Sebastian who seems to attract trouble from the beginning of the book. It takes place in a world that seems to be behind on what we know now. There are these cyborgs and automatons and people don’t know what motorcycles are.

This book is mainly about science. People who like those range of subjects would enjoy it. There are a few characters partially named after famous scientists; Nikola, Albert, Isaac. Teslas are people who can sense magnetic fields? Or that’s what I understood from this. I didn’t get most of the references. I never enjoyed science in school.

This book started out at an okay pace, then it got a bit excited, but it slowed down so much I took quite a while to finish it.

I found the story repetitive and most times I didn’t understand a character’s motives. Sebastian was okay but I felt like his mind was a bit immature for his age.

I’m confused on what to rate this story, 2.5 or 3. It’s not the subject. I’ve read books that focused on science before and I that never bothered me. The actions scenes seemed rush and came out of the blue. It got a bit annoying near the end. I feel that this book is more Middle Grade than Young Adult. I can’t see myself continuing this series.

Read: 19 October 2015
Rating: ✮✮

Publication Date: 30 December 2013
Link to Author’s Goodreads Page: Mark Lingane

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