Orphaned after her parents’ tragic death, Jessica Wyrd feels uneasy living with her gassy grandparents. With few friends and constant teasing by her hardcore schoolmates, this Georgia girl feels like an outcast living in a small town in upstate New York.
Anxious about being forgotten on her 13th birthday, Jessica is lured into the forest by a strange spiral light. She encounters three Lighmasters, who convince her that she has unique gifts. Intrigued, she’s transported to another dimension where she is tested for her courage and strength.
Things change drastically when Jessica returns to earth. During school, her reality shifts and people start turning into reptilian monsters. The leader of the Lightmasters tells her she’s needed by the alliance to defeat an invisible alien beast, who feeds off fear.
How can Jessica conquer her own fears and help rid the world of a wicked enemy who hates humans?
Lightmasters – Number 13 is the debut novel by award-winning artist and playwright, MG Wells, and tells the story of Jessica Wyrd (pronounced ‘word’ not ‘weird’!) an orphaned 13-year old, now living with her slightly crazy grandparents.
The book is best aimed at young readers, who will greatly appreciate the humor far more than most adults, simply because it is the sort of juvenile funny that the younger age group enjoy.
Written from the perspective of a brand new teenager, the author captures the dialogue and tween attitude perfectly, and as any adult who has every listened to young teens talk amongst themselves knows, this tween talk can be highly irritating to the more mature person. However, this book is aimed at the young teen who will easily appreciate and relate to the protagonist, Jessica, aka JT, aka Number 13.
If I were to have any complaint about the book, it would probably be both the high number of characters (again, tween life) and the subsequent lack of character development. The author has an incredible talent for description, making places and situations so vivid that the reader can easily imagine them, and I would have liked to have seen this same descriptive talent used to make the characters more dimensional, in much the same way as we really get to know and understand Jessica. However, again this is a more mature perspective, and I’m sure the younger reader would not consider this an issue at all.
Overall, I think readers aged about nine and up are going to love the fantasy, the imagination, and the humor, and I love that the author throws in just the right amount of slightly more advanced words, meaning parents can also be happy knowing this fun book will help widen their child’s vocabulary.
Lightmasters – Number 13 is available on Amazon.