Title: The Obsidian Blade
Series: The Klaatu Diskos #1
Author: Pete Hautman
Publisher: Candlewick Press
From the Publisher: The first time his father disappeared, Tucker Feye had just turned thirteen. The Reverend Feye simply climbed on the roof to fix a shingle, let out a scream, and vanished - only to walk up the driveway an hour later, looking older and worn, with a strange girl named Lahlia in tow. In the months that followed, Tucker watched his father grow distant and his once loving mother slide into madness. But then both of his parents disappear. Now in the care of his wild Uncle Kosh, Tucker begins to suspect that the disks of shimmering air he keeps seeing - one right on top of the roof - hold the answer to restoring his family. And when he dares to step into one, he's launched on a time-twisting journey - from a small Midwestern town to a futuristic hospital run by digitally augmented healers, from the death of an ancient prophet to a forest at the end of time. Inevitably, Tucker's actions alter the past and future, changing his world forever.
I’m not entirely sure what to say about this book. On one hand, I really want to read the next one to find out what happens. But on the other, so many parts of this one were confusing that it was difficult to get through. I suppose, however, that the confusion the reader feels mirrors Tucker’s confusion about what’s happening each time he goes through a diskos. I just really dislike being out of the know.
I can’t quite put my finger on what else bothers me about this book, but there’s something. Maybe it’s because Tucker never actually does anything – he just runs around jumping through these portals. The world changes around him, and he wants to fix it, but he doesn’t do anything. Or maybe it’s because a good chunk of the book made me wonder if the author was trying to turn the story into a religious tale. I’m not sure what it is, but I feel very unsettled.
I do however want to know what happens next, so I will be reading the next installment of the series.