[Review] Intrepids by Diana Huang

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Here I am to share my review of Intrepids given to me for the MCBD 2020 event. I hope you like it.

*Disclosure: Intrepids by Diana Huang is the book I was matched and gifted to review for the MCBD 2020 event. Thanks to the people behind MCBD and to Ms. Diana for the provided copy.

Intrepids by Huang

Middle Grade Fiction | Science Fiction | Fantasy
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SYNOPSIS: Katie Mah was your average Asian American kid living an average life, going to an average school, getting average grades in an average town in the dull suburbs of Southern California. Katie was subjected to all kinds of average unpleasant experiences of growing up. On a fateful 6th-grade science camp trip to the mountains, her average life was so unbearable, she ran away and landed herself into a lot of trouble, not on Earth, but on Alpha Centauri. There she befriends the centaurs who desperately need her help.

September 24, 2019 | 166 Pages | Self-Published | ebook ed. | Rated: ★★★☆☆

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Review01Intrepids is one of those books I wish I had read back when I’m still a kid. It is quite a good storytelling that talks about the main character as she improves and sees things on her own with the realization of how things work. Katie (the protagonist) has learned all of it outside her planet (well, she snapped out of her world just by eating that apple). She comes to adapt easily to a strange place that later becomes her happiness and at the same time responsibility and exposure to some sad truth of violence and war and conflict.

Occasionally, this book tells the culture Katie has. She is a born citizen in the U.S. but has the blood of Chinese. She is accustomed to her Chinese culture rather than where she is currently living. A problem she usually gets and bullied just because of her physical and cultural traits. As for the cause of her being an outcast. But then, she unexpectedly found the place that doesn’t talk about her looks and the things that make her uncomfortable. Later on, she has blended pretty well to this strange place and has her first friend, Zeba and a lot more.

A fascinatingly cute and easy-going story. I like how Katie’s journey concluded even that is somewhat predictable and right. I just hope and suggest that this could still be refined since I did see minor typo errors. But all along I enjoy this book and close to imagining just like the Spirited Away movie. Kind of they both has familiar scenes though honestly, I’m a big fan of the movie.

Author01Diana HuangDiana Huang

Born in Southern California to Chinese-American immigrant parents, author Diana Huang struggled academically and socially in her k-6 years. But ever since kindergarten, she had developed a strong passion for the visual arts. She has been working in various art and non-art industries while also creating her own stories from her own story worlds.

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