Friday, February 27, 2015

AOLÉON: THE MARTIAN GIRL (Part Two: The Luminess of Mars), by Brent LeVasseur

"Whoohooo!" Gilbert cheered as he ran and jumped high into the air using the newly found power of his suit combined with the slightly lessened gravity of Mars relative to the Earth. He had almost superhuman strength and speed.

“Please, you must not draw attention to yourself,” Aoléon cautioned.

“Oh, sorry. I’m having so much fun, I can’t help it,” Gilbert said smiling guiltily at her. “It’s just that I can’t do that on Earth. I feel like Superman in this thing. It’s fantastic!”

Immediately after finishing the first book, Aoléon the Martian Girl (Part One: First Contact), I jumped straight into Gilbert and Aoléon's next adventure: The Luminess of Mars. Just like the first story, part two is also a short book illustrated by its author, Brent LeVasseur.

Here's a quick recap of the characters in part one. Gilbert Sullivan lives in a farm in Nebraska and got into a bit trouble with his neighbor Old Farmer Neville Johnson when tracking down a strange phenomenon, which turns out to be Aoléon. Aoléon the Martian Girl is a strange-looking yet beautiful girl with huge blue eyes and turquoise skin.  When both were discovered by old Farmer Johnson, they were mistaken as vandals, and Aoléon escaped with Gilbert in her spacecraft.

In part two, their adventure continues in Mars. Aoléon is telepathic. "Blue tights and a red cape" is how Aoleon describes Superman when she reads Gilbert's mind. This image is stuck in my mind. Like the flying cows incident in part one, this one on Superman got me chuckling as well.

"Your individuality in spirit, in thought, and in your wide range of emotions is what makes Terrans unique among all other races of sentient beings. In a sense, I think many other races either envy or fear you — for what you are and what you might become."

I loved the way Aoléon articulated humans (or Terrans, as what the Luminons call us) in the above passage. Human behaviors and emotions are interesting to her, and sarcasm is one of them. According to her, few Martians have one.

A snapshot of illustration in the book

In this story, Gilbert meets Aoleon's family after escaping from the leader and matriarch, Luminess. Her parents are a little concerned about her bringing home a human (or, Terran) but soon accept him as a guest. Aoléon also introduces Gilbert to her friends, including bringing him to her school, the Martian Space Academy. I particularly like the weird-looking house pets! Too bad there were no illustrations of them.

I was somewhat lost when Aoleon explains to Gilbert about traveling faster than the speed of light. I also lost a bit of interest in Plutarch Xenogrates' class at the Martian Space Academy (lots of lengthy explanation), but quickly regained interest at the zero-G maneuvering class. To me, the psi-ball game has a bit of a Harry Potter feel to it.

Part two is a heavier-duty read and there are lots of details. I didn't like it as much as part one, but that doesn't mean it's not a good story. I just appreciated it less due to my own lack of aptitude in science. The book features many beautiful pictures.

Something is cooking in Luminon and the duo have been prompted to investigate. I'm looking forward to reading part three and see how the story continues to unfold!

Aoléon and Gilbert in Mars

Book Synopses: Aoléon and Gilbert receive a special mission from PAX, a wanted criminal and leader of the Martian resistance movement to investigate the Luminon of Mars, who he suspects is planning an invasion of Earth to steal its milk cows. Gilbert has an encounter with the Luminess (the mate of the Luminon) and discovers something strange about her during a procession, and the duo are chased by the Royal Paladin Guard.

At Aoléon’s home, Gilbert meets Aoléon’s family, her sister Una, mother Phobos and father Deimos as well as her overzealous pet Zoot. He is also introduced to Bizwat, a covert operator and Procyon Commando, who uses his Saturn Pizza delivery job as a cover.

Gilbert then gets to visit the Martian Space Academy (Aoléon’s school) where he encounters Aoléon’s nemesis, Charm Lepton and her friend Quarkina, as well as receiving a history lesson on the Martian people by Plutarch Xenocrates. After class, Gilbert and Aoléon get to train in zero-G and Gilbert is treated to a Psi-ball match between Martian Space Academy and Martian Science Academy.


Mr. LeVasseur enjoys crafting good stories based on lovable characters designed to translate well to multiple media formats such as books, games, movies, and toys. He lives in New York when he is not commuting between Southern California and Olympus Mons, Mars. His hobbies include writing, 3D animation, musical composition, and intergalactic space travel. He also enjoys various sports such as skiing, running, and exospheric skydiving.

Connect with Brent: Website  ~  Twitter  ~  Facebook  ~  Aoléon: The Martian Girl

Where to buy the book: Amazon

Many thanks to Laura Fabiani from iRead Book Tours for sending me a complimentary copy of this book. I'm proud to be a part of this book tour!