Young Adult - Adventure

Starship Malaysia: Lies that Save Lives

Category:Young Adult - Adventure

Author:Keith Costelloe

  • Publisher: Friesen Press
  • Publication Date: January 30, 2023
  • Number of Pages: 225
  • ISBN-10: 10 978-1-03-912036-5
  • ISBN-13: 13: 978-1-03-912037-2

Scott Mitchell never loved his dad. He has always wanted to kill the violent father he never loved. But dreaming about him and learning he has died in an accident a day after is a terrifying experience. Seventeen-year-old Scot moves to Malaysia with his mother. While Scott misses California and his best friend, he must learn to adapt in his new environment. He makes new friends and falls in love with the sister of his best friend. When she gets kidnapped by a sex trafficking ring, Scott joins forces with his teammates and volleyball Coach to plan a rescue. But they fall victim to the same group of criminals. What chances of survival do they have?

This is a spellbinding story that takes readers on a rollicking ride from the coast of Malaysia to the center of Bangkok, a tale that features an exciting cast of characters — quirky and richly portrayed. This propulsive thriller examines the relationship between a son and his father, an ex-Vietnam vet. The sense of loss is vividly explored and the author does a wonderful job in painting the psyche of the young protagonist. The world of sex trafficking is elaborately written in this novel and readers will enjoy following the hero and his friends as they live a challenging experience, filled with uncertainty and relying on each other. Starship Malaysia: Lies that Save Lives by Keith Costelloe is a gripping story that is as resonant as it is entertaining, a novel with strong and mature themes and characters that are robust and intriguing. The writing is enriched by streams of consciousness and a setting that comes alive through every page.

Reviewed By: Matthew Novak

Reviewed Date: February 23, 2023

Category: Young Adult - Adventure