The Voyagers series is full of action and likable characters. Not overly challenging, this would be a good series to recommend to students who want a a quick and enjoyable read.
Chapter book, science fiction
Interest level: grades 4 through 6
4 out of 5 stars
The Voyagers series consists of six books, each written by a different author. There are story threads that carry on throughout all of the books, and each book features adventures on a different planet. The story could be categorized as dystopian fiction for upper elementary readers. The eight main characters of the story, all under the age of 15, must travel to distant planets to obtain six elements needed to create an energy source that will save the inhabitants of earth, which is running out of fossil fuels.
I started reading this series because book one, Project Alpha was a 2017-2018 Young Hoosier Book Award nominee. D.J. McHale wrote the first book, and while he is popular with many readers, I felt the characters were rather two-dimensional and didn’t feel fully developed. I am happy to report that in subsequent books the characters were developed more and I was able to engage with them and wanted to follow their adventures to the end.
It was interesting to read a series that was written by a variety of authors. There were some authors whose writing I personally enjoyed more than others, and I feel that they all worked well together to tell further the plot.
I recommend this book for upper elementary readers who enjoy science fiction, or who are looking for adventure and excitement in a quicker read.