Author: Sally Ann Melia
Genre: Young Adult Science Fiction
Expected Publication Date: May 17, 2015
About the Book
I don’t want to go… Do I have to go?
13-year-old Prince Teodor of Freyne knows his duty to the memory of his father and his kingdom. Always, he must help those less fortunate than himself. Yet a frightening nightmare fills him with foreboding, but still he must do – into the Dome.
13-year-old Guy Erma lives in the shadow of the Dome, he has no father and no mother and his future is uncertain, he must start earning a living when he turns 14. He knows not where he will live or even how he will eat, and his only dream is to enter the military academy – at the heart of the Dome.
Two boys as different as any two boys might be. One act of cruelty will throw their lives together, but who dare they trust?
Kidnap is the first book in the Guy Erma & The Son of Empire series which is young adult science fiction. It took me a while to get into this book but toward the end it was difficult to put down.
Sally Ann Melia’s writing flows well although there are a lot of “alien” words that slowed me down a little, especially at the beginning. I do like that there’s a glossary at the end of the book to help with those words.
There’s no question whether most of the characters are either good or bad. Guy Erma, though, is only 13 years old and the only thing he wants is to be part of the Dome Elite (the elite military). He seems to be good at heart but it’s hard to tell how far he’ll go to make that happen.
I think any young adult who likes science fiction will like this book although I’d wait until I had the second book on hand to start reading right away because it has a cliffhanger ending.
About the Author
Sally Ann Melia was born in Wallasey, England, in 1964, and moved to the South of France when she was eleven. She spent her teenage years living in the cosmopolitan city state of Monaco and became immersed in its many languages and cultures. An English girl in a French school, for three hours each week she would sit at the back of the class as her colleagues learnt English. To pass the time, she wrote stories. This led to a lifetime of writing novels, scripts, stories and articles.
In her working life, Sally writes marketing communications and manages large international websites.
In 2010, Sally joined the Hogs Back Writers, a club located on the outskirts of Guildford, and she set about turning an old manuscript into this novel: Guy Erma and the Son of Empire. Sally currently lives in Farnham, and she is married with two children.