Saturday, February 11, 2017

Review - The Yesterday Tree by Kenneth Teicher

Reviewed by -- Maegan Schaefer        
Note - by a former blog reviewer - the team has been retired, but still have reviews of theirs to share.

Book Review of --
The Yesterday Tree by Kenneth Teicher 

Overall star rating --- 4 1/2        


About the book:
Computer specialist Joe Rebman joins a team to investigate what might be man’s first contact with extraterrestrials. The alien nature of the craft, discovered at a remote location in the Arizona desert, raises concern for national security. This prompts the Pentagon to add Colonel Warren Anderson to the team. A group of college students on a field trip is discovered near the landing site. But they are not really students. They are time travelers from five-hundred years in the future with a mission to instigate the development of a worldwide genealogical database. 26th century doctors will use the data to track down and cure people with genetic mutations, saving millions from certain death.

Is this an advance party of an alien invasion or time travelers on a lifesaving mission? Joe and the Colonel battle about which scenario is true. Joe believes he must help the 'students' save future humankind from genealogical doom. Colonel Anderson doesn't buy the story and wants to focus on the present. Who is right?

Book creation ratings
Overall total, out of 30 -- 28        
-- Story & characters -- 8        
-- Cover & title -- 10        
-- Editing & formatting --10        
* based on a 1-10 scale with:  1-4, poor; 5-7, good; 8-10, very good.*

The review --
I loved this book and how it incorporates genealogy. The author gives a reason why it has suddenly become so popular. The story jumps back and forth from the two groups of people. One from the future and one from the past. I really become involved with wanting to know what happens to each group and normally would jump ahead to their chapters and read them, but I read this on a kindle, so no such luck there. My only problem with this book is that it ends before answering all the questions. Not sure if there is a sequel.        

Reader Recommendations
Genre -- Science fiction        
Age recommendations -- 12 and up, both boys and girls I think would enjoy this        
Sex content rating -- None        
Violence rating -- Mild         

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