Monday, August 29, 2016

Review: Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy: Castaways

Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy: Castaways by David McDonald
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
*I received this book free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review*

Guardians of the Galaxy: Castaways is the thrilling new adventure featuring Marvel's swashbuckling heroes Rocket Raccoon, Groot, Drax the Destroyer, Gamora, and the ever-charming Star-Lord himself, Peter Quill. After a series of missions-some successful, others less so, and most nearly getting everyone killed-the Guardians of the Galaxy are at a breaking point when they crash-land on a strange planet. With no way to repair their ship, the frustrated Guardians go their separate ways, quickly discovering that the planet's inhabitants have never progressed past a medieval stage of development. Quill finds himself a favored member of a powerful duke's court (as well as a favorite of the duke's daughter), and life seems just fine under the circumstances . . . until the duchy comes under attack. When Quill reckons that their foe may be what's keeping the planet's civilization from advancing, he realizes that defeating it-with the Guardians' help-may be their only hope for getting off of that world. . . .
. . . If he can find his friends in time. 

Cover: Cool
Rating: 4 stars
Overall: An exciting adventure
Characters: A perfect team
Plot: Interesting
Page Turner: Yes
Series Cont.? Probably
Recommend Yes.

 I don't always like space travel books, but I do enjoy Marvel, and comic book style characters, so I gave this one a shot. I loved the team's chemistry, and that their differences are what makes them strong as a team. The plot was interesting, and I enjoyed seeing each of the group making a name for themselves in a strange land, that allowed them to still stay true to themselves.

Even though the story focused on Quill's struggles, and followed him, I feel it gave each of the other teammates enough time that it turned out balanced. He had to work through things with each one, and it also tells about their journey as they make this strange planet their home for a time. I also loved that because of this, and Quills knack for getting into trouble, there was plenty of room for each of the characters to crack jokes, or to poke fun at him, adding humor even in the tense spots.

The overall story and plot could easily be middle grade, but because of some of of the language, and violence, it might be more YA. Either was it was a fun, quick read!

About the Author:
David McDonald is a mild mannered editor by day, and a wild eyed writer by night. Based in Melbourne, Australia, he works for an international welfare organisation, and divides his spare time between playing cricket and writing.

In 2013 he won the Ditmar Award for Best New Talent, and in 2014 won the William J. Atheling Jr. Award for Criticism or Review and was shortlisted for the WSFA Small Press Award. His short fiction has appeared in anthologies from publishers such as Moonstone Books, Satalyte Publishing, Crazy 8 Press and Fablecroft Publishing. In 2015, his first movie novelisation, Backcountry, was released by Harper Collins.

David is a member of the Horror Writers Association, The International Association of Media Tie-In Writers, and of the Melbourne based writers group, SuperNOVA.