The Klaatu Terminus

TheKlaatuTerminusAfter watching Tucker and Lia jump back and forth through time and seeing the rise and fall of civilizations and religious zealots, in The Klaatu Terminus, the final book in the Klaatu Diskos trilogy by Pete Hautman, resolutions are finally, wonderfully revealed.

The last time we saw Tucker and Lia there were many questions. What happened to Tucker’s father and mother? Where is Uncle Kosh? Who built the diskos? What are the maggots? What will happen to Tucker and Lia? Will Tucker ever see his family again? And what will be the effect of all this time travel?

In Terminus, these questions and more are revealed and many secrets spill out with every answer.

This is a very hard book to write about, because if you haven’t read books one or two, you will think it sounds completely crazy. And don’t even attempt to read this book without having read the first two.

So because I don’t want to confuse those of you who haven’t a clue what I’d be talking about, let me just praise what I love about this whole series.

Most importantly, this is the most innovative, imaginative science fiction I’ve read in a long time. There are some traces of things you have read elsewhere, like dystopian societies, time travel changing the future and past, and new technologies, but the ways these things are dealt with are vastly different than anything that has come out of YA science fiction in years. I remain in awe of the world Pete Hautman has imagined. There are time-traveling diskos, maggots similar to diskos, ghost-like creatures, religious zealots who sacrifice children, wars between societies, futuristic weapons, a fear of numbers, a medical facility that can do amazing things, different streams in time, and so much more. I could continue to list all the fabulous things in this series, but besides the great science fiction, we also have great characters and relationships.

It’s no secret I have a major crush on Uncle Kosh. I was sad he was almost completely absent from book two, but I’m happy to say he’s back in full force in book three and we finally learn about the rift between him and Tucker’s father. My crush remains strong and in tact. But it’s more than Uncle Kosh. The relationships between Tucker and his family, Tucker and Lia, and Kosh and Emily are fantastic, complex, and took turns I didn’t always expect. I loved these people, the good and bad, and am sad to see their story end, but I feel utterly gratified with how their story ended, even if I did scream and cry at times.

Like the previous two books, there is a lot of back and forth in time, but here we get this both with people going back and forth and with the story going back and forth, like how we learn about Uncle Kosh in the present and when he was seventeen. I loved this back and forth and it was never confusing throughout the series. It’s clear where people are, what version of them we’re dealing with, and what has happened to them. It’s written so well, there’s never a question.

This is just a really great series with a satisfying ending. It’s different. It’s daring. It’s dazzling. I loved it.

I'm an avid reader and librarian in the Twin Cities who loves to read almost everything but mysteries. If someone gets killed in the first chapter and a detective has to figure out who did it, that's not for me. My recent favorite obsessions are post-apocalyptic and dystopian fiction. If you have any suggestions, shout them out.

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