A New Hope: The Princess, the Scoundrel, and the Farm Boy by Alexandra Bracken

By Alexandra Bracken

The galaxy is at war.

Although the insurgent Alliance has gained a number of battles opposed to the Empire, desire is fading. The Empire is ready to unveil the best weapon the galaxy has ever seen--the demise big name. The Rebels' in simple terms likelihood to defeat it now lies within the not likely arms of a princess, a scoundrel, and a farm boy....

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This scarcely dramatized scene imparts an ideal as well as information-the older scientist of genius questions his three junior charges on the essentials of method . They learn while working in this most perfect of educational situations . But the doing remains primary here ; such scenes are never more than interludes in the action . They may be handy as fillers sometimes-for example, what better thing to do during free­ fall than conduct class? Such digressions, however, are always controlled in this novel by the exigencies of intrigue .

The machines failed , Schneider stated, because their operators were "tired. " Waldo translates this into scientific terms : if energy i s " shorted " somewhere , and if this "Other Space " is where it goes, then could not the point of contact be physically in the mind? H men indeed suffer from generalized , radiation­ induced myasthenia (as Doc Grimes thinks) , perhaps the mind is leaking into another dimension . Using smaller and smaller mechanical extensions , Waldo is able to reach physically , surgically, through the brain to the portals of this "Other Space , " and thus verify his hypothesis-the synapses are the point of contact.

All have basically the same thematic configuration: the pressures of an external situation causes an inner circle of youthful heroes to form. In Red Planet, however, intrigue remains a real shaping force . Greed and tyranny must be overthrown, and the boy ' s efforts contribute to this . There is , of course, fortunate paradox as well : the Martians must threaten to destroy all men be­ fore the bad ones can be eliminated . But the boys ' actions are in part respon­ sible for this " philosophical " ending , where judgment by a higher power suspends the contending forces .

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