When Neverland Blog Tours put out a call for book reviewers, I jumped at the chance to join the Blog Tour for Joshua N’Gon: Last Prince of Alkebulahn by Anthony Hewitt. With Marvel’s Black Panther film on my TBW list, I couldn’t wait to read the first book in this new YA science fiction trilogy in the meantime.
Joshua N’Gon: Last Prince of Alkebulahn
Blurb: On his tenth birthday after receiving gifts filled with amazing technology. Joshua N’Gon began to accept there was something odd about his family. His best mates, Brick and Meena, thought he was special and so did his foster parents. As a grade ‘C’ student, with a bizarre bracelet on his arm, a whizz with machines and a big brother who called him a freak, he didn’t feel special. But there were evil corporations plotting with creatures from civilisations light years away who wanted the secrets only the Last Prince could provide. Joshua and his friends embark on a journey of discovery and the closer they get to the extraordinary truth, the stranger and more dangerous it becomes for them and the planet.
About the author: Anthony Hewitt (aka Anton Marks) was born in the U.K but grew up in Jamaica. He has always loved big adventure stories whether in film or books. This contemporary sci-fi thriller book marks his first steps into young reader storytelling. For more information, visit www.thelastprince.co.uk, or www.anton-marks.com, or chat to him on Twitter @AntonMarks.
I’m a big fan of YA books, I think they often tackle issues in a far more accessible and immediate way than a lot of adult fiction. Another reason I wanted to read the Last Prince is because there are a very few YA books with young black lead characters. The story switches between past and present, and also between Joshua and Kanu, the villainous scientist who was exiled from Alkebulahn for his crimes. There’s plenty of attention to detail and focus on backstory, which really helps as the plots develop.
Joshua is a kind, thoughtful, loyal, and hugely talented young man and I loved the descriptions of his relationships with his foster family and friends. The themes of friendship, bullying, and self-discovery are explored as Joshua’s gifts become more and more evident. Some of the alien technology is amazing: arachnobots, mental data streams (“bees”), and a HUD. I know this is a science fiction book but how cool would it be to have some of this in real life?
Would I recommend it?
There were a few annoying grammar and changing tense issues, and a chunk of random text was repeated at the end of a couple of chapters. But that’s something for the book’s editors to address. The story itself was gripping and thrilling and the alien African technology aspect was fascinating.
I hope I’ve intrigued you enough to investigate the Last Prince for yourself, and don’t forget to check out what my fellow Blog Tour reviewers thought of the book too – see below:
Many thanks to Anthony Hewitt and Neverland Blog Tours for a copy of the book and a place on the tour, I really enjoyed the Last Prince and I’m looking forward to the next book in the trilogy now.
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