Polaris has a really interesting concept, humans being forced into a game beyond their control by beings in the stars. It had a little bit of a Jumanji feel to it. I liked the combination of the high-stakes game and science-fiction elements. At first, the game itself seemed very confusing and I was probably just as lost as Aaron. However, as Aaron begins to learn the rules and play some of the confusion is ironed out. I did like the inclusion of the constellations and star names in the clues and the artifacts for the scavenger hunt and I was trying to guess what each clue might lead to. Nakal is a bit of an enigma at first, he is originally set up to be the villain, but after learning his back story, I felt for him as well. It is too bad there wasn't a way for both boys to have their families. Overall, a unique and exciting science-fiction story aimed at middle-grade readers who enjoy adventure and aliens.
This book was received for free in return for an honest review.