Two Brothers: Origin (The Ramtalan Trilogy Book 1) by Sofia Diana Gabel
Publisher: Escargot Books and Music
Length: Full (385 Pages)
Age Recommendation: 12+
Rating: 4.5 Stars
Review by: Cyclamen
What teenage boy doesn’t want to fit in and have friends? That’s what Argus Dachel, 17, wants more than anything, but because he’s half alien, a New Breed, that’s not as easy as it seems. And it sure doesn’t help that he and his brother, Tai, are being pursued by a secret government agency. To top it off, now in their senior year at public high school, both boys risk exposure when Argus uses his extraordinary strength to defend himself against the school bully, falls for 16 year-old Lola and then learns that New Breeds are set for extermination by another group of hostile aliens. As government agent Max Jackson gets close to discovering the brothers’ identity and the hostile alien forces close in, what chance do Argus and Tai have of survival?
Argus and Tai Dachel are seventeen-year-old fraternal twins who have been homeschooled most of their lives by their Aunt Celeste. Their parents died in a horrible boating accident when they were small. But now, Aunt Celeste has decided that they should attend the local high school for their senior year, as a way of getting to know others. However, very quickly strange things begin happening and the boys learn that they are half alien, with special powers. Before they can even absorb the fact that there are Ramtalans living on earth, and that there are other New Breeds like them, they are pursued by an agent from a secret government agency, and tormented by a school bully.
The characters of Argus and Tai are well defined and very believable. They are typical teenage boys with a healthy dose of rebellion and impulsive actions. Even though they are twins, they also have very different personalities, with Argus being more protective and Tai quicker to act violently.
The action is fast-paced and there are a number of points of view given, keeping things moving quickly. I really liked the basic premise that aliens arrived on earth fifty thousand years ago and have lived peacefully, integrating with humans ever since. But now there is a group of Ramtalans who think that all New Breeds should be exterminated so that they can take over the planet.
The details surrounding the Ramtalans on Earth and the existence of the New Breeds seems very well thought out and I had no trouble at all believing in their existence. Aunt Celeste is an interesting character, and it is clear from the beginning that while she may not actually be Argus and Tai’s aunt, she cares deeply for them and truly has their best interests, as well as the wishes of their mother, in mind. She will do whatever it takes to ensure that they have a good life.
This is the first book in an exciting trilogy. I look forward to the rest of the series.