Book Review: Wheels by Lorijo Metz

by - Friday, November 08, 2013

Sci-Fi Month

Title: Wheels
Author: Lorijo Metz
Science Fiction, YA, Adventure
Form: Kindle Edition

Book Description: Wheels

Book Review: Wheels by Lorijo Metz
WHEELS is a YA, science fiction, adventure filled with mystery and romance—a coming-of-age tale that proves it takes more than super powers to save a planet.

McKenzie Wu doesn’t know her great-great grandmother married an alien or that her great-great-great uncle is alive and systematically eliminating a race of beings on a tiny planet light years away—she has enough to worry about. Molecules keep rearranging themselves to suit her slightest wish, but only at the most inconvenient times. If that weren't enough, she’s been dreaming about an accident; one she’s had no memory of until now and, if true, means McKenzie is responsible for her mother’s death. 

When McKenzie stumbles upon a portal, transporting her and her friend Hayes to the tiny planet of Circanthos, she learns the inhabitants believe she is the “One” destined to save them from H.G. Wells, a name that sounds strangely familiar, and his Tsendi warriors. But while her newfound ability might give her superhero status back on Earth, halfway across the galaxy, it’s commonplace—all Circanthians can particle-weave—and if they can’t stop H.G. Wells, what can she hope to do?

With the portal closed and no idea how to get home, McKenzie must learn to use a power she does not want and accept her mysterious past, or risk losing everything—her father’s love, her new alien friends and the boy.

Wheels Book Review

"Christmas came early for me this year - Wheels is an incredible sci-fi adventure novel! And I enjoyed reading it. A lot! It’s just so amazing! Well done, Lorijo. :)" Ara of My Book and My Coffee

I am so glad that I was given the opportunity to read this book. It’s a really great read. I didn’t know that it was possible but the author was able to make every detail and scenario very interesting.  I just love it! 

The story is about McKenzie Wu, a young teenager who loves to play basketball and a star player at that (mind you, she’s in a wheelchair!). And apparently, she has a superpower; she can manipulate matter (or particle-weave). As you know, superpowers can be a bit tricky especially if the one who has it doesn’t know how to use it properly. One may end up with an unfavourable result – or probably something weirder than what was expected. With McKenzie, she was experiencing things that weren’t natural. Since she doesn’t know how to control her superpower yet (and at first, she didn’t really realize that she’s the one rearranging those molecules), she’s a bit, let’s just say, overwhelmed with the whole thing. Who wouldn’t be, right? She even thought that she’s going bananas but something happened that made her realize that she wasn’t going crazy at all. Everything is real and she has a lot to learn along the way especially since later on, she will find out that she’s supposed to save another planet, Circanthos. How will she do it? Is she really the “One”? Or is the “One” already in the said planet? Will she be able to control her power? Can she really save Circanthos? Super exciting!

Let me talk about the characters in this book. McKenzie is the main character here and I love how she handled everything. One thing that I liked most about her is that she’s very real – believable. You will realize that she is, indeed, a teenager with lots of emotions and as usual, she can’t always control them. 

I love Rudy Hayes! For me, he’s amazing. He’s McKenzie’s friend here and he's included in this whole adventure. He’s one curious boy, as expected, and he’s smart. He has his own story to tell and I just love how he was able to remain her friend till the end. Hopefully, when their characters "grow up", they can finally admit what they really feel for each other.  

I think H. G. Wells is so full of himself. Of course, I am referring to the character in this book and not the famous H. G. Wells who wrote The Time Machine. Although in this book, he’s also a famous writer. Tee hee hee! :) In this book, this character is just plain annoying. You know, he’s one of those people who uses knowledge to manipulate every person around him. That everything he does is justified. Argh! So irritating! 

The rest of the characters are so great as well. The author has created a fantastic bunch! One more character that I want to mention though – the FBI agent. Although he’s just doing his job, it’s just so funny coz it’s hopeless. You will know what I am talking about when you read the book. 

I love how the author ended the story. It’s perfect and I want to say more but I’m afraid I’ve given out some spoilers already. :)

Again, Wheels is a fantastic novel and I would recommend you to check it out for yourself. :) Also, if you want to know more about this book and the author, I will be posting an author interview on November 13 and we will be talking about the book, if there's a book 2 and more. Stay tuned! 

One more thing: If you want to win a Kindle copy of this book, please visit my Sci-Fi Month giveaway. If you can receive a Kindle book directly from Amazon as a gift, please go ahead and enter that giveaway.

Gosh, I love sci-fi month! :)

About the Author: 

Lorijo Metz
Lorijo Metz lives with her husband and little brown dog in the great state of Indiana. Though she has a degree in acting and directing, she much prefers the anonymity of the keyboard, allowing her characters to revel in the spotlight while she sits quietly sipping tea or coffee, nibbling on cookies, and dreaming up ways to complicate their lives.

WHEELS, Lorijo's YA, Science Fiction, Adventure, which reviewers say is, "Brilliant," "Whacky, loads of fun," and " I know I'll reread," was awarded a stipend from ACX, Amazon's audible division. Look for it on, and iTunes in time for the 2014 holiday season.

In 2013, Lorijo made her début as a lyricist. She wrote the lyrics for the title track on PUPPY DOG JIG, performed by children's singer and songwriter Owen Duggan on his newest CD.
Connect with Lorijo: Website | Twitter | Facebook | Goodreads 

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