Mr. Taxi by J.S. Frankel

Mr Taxi by JS Frankel
Mr. Taxi by J.S. Frankel
Publisher: Devine Destinies
Genre: Young Adult, Sci-Fi/Fantasy
Length: Full Length (192 pages)
Age Recommendation: 14+
Heat Level: Sweet
Rating: 3.5 Stars
Review by: Astilbe

Harry Yumel, rebellious teen, is stuck driving a space taxi for the inhabitants of the universe. Saddled with a huge debt, hating his life on the spaceport where he lives, he is offered a chance to smuggle items by Shayala—call me Shay—the beautiful leader of a black market ring. Knowing that the sentence for getting caught is death, he nevertheless takes a chance, and soon finds himself top dog in the space taxi business. However, things are never what they seem. Harry finds out that Shay is secretly a government operative trying to find out the real leader who is behind the black market. He also learns that this mystery man is building a weapon of unimaginable power that could rip the fabric of the universe apart. When Shay goes missing, Harry has to journey to the end of the galaxy and face off against a fearsome foe that holds the power of life and death in the palm of his hand.

Cab drivers see all kinds of unusual sights. Harry is no exception to this rule.

The descriptions of all of the different types of aliens that Harry meets were so much fun to read. The plot spent a lot of time developing the various species, and all of this work really paid off in the final product. I could picture every single species perfectly, and I was equally fascinated with all of them. This section was really well done.

There were some pacing issues. The premise itself was fascinating, but it took a while for Harry to begin to experience some of the incredible things that were promised in the blurb. It was hard for me to remain interested in the first third of the storyline because everything was moving so slowly as the narrator shared Harry’s backstory and set everything up. While it ultimately paid off, I would have liked to see what was going on with his current predicament a little sooner.

One of the many reasons why I enjoy Mr. Frankel’s books so much is that he is quite good at balancing several different storylines simultaneously . As the plot moved closer and closer to the ending, I found myself wondering how he was planning to tie up these particular the loose ends. It was gratifying to see how he fit everything together, though, and it only made me more excited to see what he comes up with next.

I’d recommend Mr. Taxi to anyone who likes science fiction that is set on other planets.

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