His mother is not his mother. His father is not his father. And if Jack he hadn't broken the high school rushing record that night, nothing would have changed. He'd just be going out for pizza, playing football, trying yet again to score with his girlfriend, P.J.
But he did break the record. He appeared on the news. And now they have found him.
Ripped from the only world he has ever known, Jack plunges into a space-time-bending game of survival with no way out. The rules are shrouded in secrets they say he can't handle. But some things he learns fast: Trust no one. Never forget that your friends could reveal themselves as your enemies at any second. Every turn leads to betrayal. And if you don't go along with it, you die.
After centuries of abuse, the earth is dying, and it's up to Jack to reverse the decline before the Turning Point, when nothing will ever be the same again. Beaten into shape by a ninja babe and a huge telepathic man's best friend, Jack hurtles across the ocean to save the future from the present and to solve the mystery of his purpose. Exactly who, or what, is Firestorm, and what does it have to do with Jack? And what comes next when everything you have ever known turns out to be wrong?
"Klass enters exciting and provocative new territory with this sci-fi thriller. The cliff-hanger ending will make readers hope that Klass's work on book two of the trilogy is well under way." --Starred, School Library Journal
"Gripping. A total thrill ride, one with a profound message." --Starred, Publishers Weekly
"Tremendous fun to read, and in its own Al Gore Meets Grand Theft Auto way, delivers a heartfelt and intelligent ecological warning." --The New York Times Book Review
"Downright chilling . . . packed with high-intensity thrills. Jack's surprising fate will leave readers waiting eagerly for the second installment in the Caretaker Trilogy." --Booklist
"Firestorm is a potent mixture of high-octane YA novel and sensitive, intelligent study of the current environmental crises facing the planet." --Kirkus Reviews Big Book Preview
"Readers will relish hurtling through the adventure alongside Jack." --The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books
"Firestorm is a gripping tale of the relentless and unnecessary harm we humans have done to our earth, and a reminder that there is still hope for our planet if each person stands up and acts in its defense before it is too late. This is a book every environmentally conscious school science program should make required reading." --Gerd Leipold, Executive Director, Greenpeace International
"Klass has scored a hat trick with Firestorm--incredibly original, vitally important, and one hell of a ride." --David Baldacci, author of The Camel Club
Series: Caretaker Trilogy (Paperback)
Audience: Teenager / Young Adult
For Ages: 14 - 18 years old
For Grades: 9 - 13
Number Of Pages: 299
Published: 1st April 2008
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 21.03 x 16.49 x 2.16
Weight (kg): 0.29