When his sensitive little sister, Lilly, tells him about strange lights in the basement, at first Marco thinks she's imagining them. But his deep curiosity leads him down the stairs, through a hole in the wall, and into a different world. The strange, sightless creatures he meets are convinced that Marco, with Lilly's help, can prevent their god from destroying the planet by retrieving a stolen relic: a mysterious, powerful box.
Marco soon realizes that "The Lord," the frenzied, chaotic mass hovering in the sky, is actually a singularity, a force so terrible it can swallow light, stop time, and snuff out the universe. And Marco doubts it listens to prayers.
In this dazzling prequel, readers share the otherworldly adventures that brought young Uncle Marco his sinister "boxes."
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William Sleator is the author of many popular novels based on weird but true science.From School Library Journal:
Gr 5-9-A good choice for readers who enjoy The X Files or creepier episodes of Star Trek. When Marco's younger sister Lilly discovers a hidden tunnel in the basement of their house, she is too frightened to enter it. But 12-year-old Marco likes to travel and see different things: to him "millions meant distances-and if you're thinking about distances, millions means going very, very far away." He follows the tunnel from Earth to a different world and is drawn into the alien inhabitants' struggle to propitiate their Lord, a powerful, sentient space/time phenomenon called a naked singularity. Time passes far more quickly on Earth than on the alien world, and Marco's visits are overshadowed by his urgent need to get home before too much time passes. While these concepts are not new in science fiction, the suspense of Marco's race against time, the well-paced unfolding of the mysteries of the alien world, and the general mood of foreboding make for a compelling read. Marco is a substantial protagonist; the other characters, while less well-rounded, are convincing enough to advance the story. The book is a successful prequel to Sleator's The Boxes (Dutton, 1998), but also stands on its own.
Beth Wright, Fletcher Free Library, Burlington, VT
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Book Description Puffin, 2002. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # DADAX0142302171
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