A high school track star is abducted by aliens, explores strange worlds, uncovers genocide on a planetary scale, and is thrust into extraterrestrial politics that decides the fate of an Earth on the brink of war or unification.
Anyone, not just young adults, can be caught up in this fast-moving space adventure. The story opens when sixteen-year old Joshua Bloom is captured by aliens from an unknown planet, one where females are in charge. In the near future the survival of the inhabitants will become impossible, which leaves them with the necessity of relocating.
This book is ambitious, suggesting ways we can make mankind--and the planet better, in a new era of co-operation and collaboration by nations, several of which have merged to form "super-states." But most of the book focuses on the space adventures of Joshua Bloom, a Jewish teenager who is abducted into space. Typically, alien abductions are mysterious or hostile, but this time, it's a friendly crew of inter-galactic women that take him in.
So, is this young adult novel a Jewish book? That was my first question based on the protagonist’s Joshua Bloom’s name. Then on the first page I see that Joshua’s brother’s name is Moshe and there are numerous similar clues in the first chapter. It turns out that the book does borrow quite a bit from Jewish culture and offers many valuable lessons about such diverse topics as self-esteem, forgiveness, civil rights, theology, feminism and morality in general; but you don’t have to be Jewish to garner the lessons conveyed.