|Focus (2001) [Novel]|
by Sallie Lowenstein
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"Focus, you have to focus," Andrew's father tells him from the time he is small until he turns fifteen, but it never happens. It should have. At sixteen, all his friends are happily declaring a choice of profession and marching off to have their focus genetically enhanced, but Andrew cannot decide what to focus on. He is interested in everything. If he hadn't been so indecisive, his dad, mom, two little sisters and he would have stayed on Earth. Instead, his father accepts a lucrative job to "mine" the aliens of faraway Miners World for tidbits of technological information worth millions to the company who hires him.
It looks like a safe posting, an easy way to a secure future for the whole family, but from the moment they arrive and are greeted by the enigmatic, once brilliant, now demented Miner, Tomas Chalder to the moment they discover that the aliens who hold the keys to untold knowledge are semi-comatos, nothing, absolutely nothing, fits the way it should. And just to add to their problems, the planet may not be as peaceful as the other human Miners pretend it is.
Andrew's unfocused mind quickly begins to see the bigger picture, and he finds himself and his family enmeshed in the mysteries and complications of Miners World. As he tries to solve them and help Tomas Chalder find himself, Andrew moves inexorably towards his own focus.
Original title: Focus
Genre: Fiction→ Children & Young Adult→ Science Fiction→ Futuristic Societies