Assembly of Planets

Complete First Set

Young Adult - Fantasy - General
149 Pages
Reviewed on 05/21/2017
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Author Biography

L. W. Brook is an author with a unique writing style and lust for complex, creative worlds. Founder of Amser Studios, Brook hopes to expand this fantasy universe until every story in it's predetermined timeline has been complete.

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    Book Review

Reviewed by Rabia Tanveer for Readers' Favorite

Assembly of Planets: Complete First Set by L.W. Brook is a young adult book that tackles the fantasy genre and does it really well. This is a collection of five novelettes that brings you a complete story, yet at the same time, they are a part of each other and complete each other as well. Each one of them gives a different facet of the story and you will get to understand it from another point of view. Every novelette makes headway for the main story so that you get to see the whole picture, but with new characters.

The five novelettes are called Castle in a Red Storm, Terror by Night, Callisto, The Moon, Assembly in Trial and Serenity. All tell a different story from different points of view. However, the whole series is based on the plot of planets. The Lead Council’s opinions are under scrutiny so the Assembly is voting to reseating and reconstructing the ten councils. These councils are the nine planets and another planet named X. To retain their positions, these councils will have to prove themselves by going through a series of trials to prove their worth. But there is trouble, especially for Jupiter, who is a connection between murders that happen. What will happen now? And who is the real culprit?

I know that Jupiter was the center of attention and that there was an aura of mystery around it, but somehow I loved Pluto more. The mystery around Pluto was familiar and different, all at the same time. This is a short and sweet collection that gives you a boatload of satisfaction because each and every one of these stories is complete in itself. L.W. Brook did an amazing job writing these stories with wit, charm, and a lot of talent.

Charles Remington

Assembly of Planets ( Complete First Set) by Legend W. Brook is a collection of novellas set in the faraway galaxy of Kaliph. A huge glass manor orbits around a star called Zephyr, housing the planetary representatives who are responsible for the implementation and maintenance of the Creators Plan. With the exception of the permanent council, the delegates are named after the planets which they represent, and they are assisted by second-class beings called moons. The permanent council members are named after the planets of the solar system which gave birth to the original human race; Mars, Venus etc. The narrative takes us through the complex machinations of the council as they struggle to maintain equilibrium and keep to the Creators Plan during a time when the permanent council has lost support and new members must be elected. The planet Jupiter, a headstrong young woman, accompanied by her moon (servant) Callisto, journeys from their home at the urgent request of the council to find herself under pressure to stand for re-election - something she is determined not to do. But can she resist? The future of the galaxy and possibly the universe is at risk - can she possibly turn her back on her responsibilities?

Assembly of Planets is written in an abstract style, where a sentence may be left hanging, meaning obscured, while the actions and mannerisms of the large cast of characters are described in minute detail. Ms Brook has created a complex, multi-layered plot with myriad twists and turns, involving not only an assembly numbering hundreds, maybe thousands of planets and moons, but an entire universe; a universe in which occasionally I was left floundering, trying to work my way through a sometimes opaque storyline. The novellas that make up this volume of Assembly of Planets have created an interesting if somewhat challenging work of science fiction. One which I am sure will evolve into a worthwhile contribution to the genre.

Romuald Dzemo

Assembly of Planets: Complete First Set by L.W. Brook is a brilliant collection of short stories involving unusual characters — the planets and the constellations. There is fear that the original council’s best interests have been breached and the assembly wants to reshuffle its governing body. Now, Jupiter becomes a candidate, but then a series of murders is linked to her. Does she stand a chance? Get ready for a drama that features Jupiter’s return and testimony at the Assembly of planets, the memories of Jupiter and her moon, Callisto, the trials of the new assembly and other exciting scenes.

The idea behind this book is entertaining and original. Reading about the Council members — Mother Earth, Mercury, Mars, Uranus, Neptune, Saturn, and Venus — all involved in a powerful drama was something exciting for me. There is color in the writing and it flows exquisitely. The reader is treated to a powerful set of images as they follow the characters in this drama of crime and investigation. It might be hard for many readers to connect with the characters because of the unfamiliar setting, but the emotions come across powerfully. This is the kind of fantasy that young readers will love, a story that will remind them of the world in the galaxy and of characters whose behaviors directly affect the world they live in. I enjoyed reading the stories, filled with drama and, at times, emotionally charged. Assembly of Planets: Complete First Set is a gorgeous and exciting collection, a delightful read.

Sefina Hawke

Assembly of Planets (Complete First Set) by L.W. Brook is a young adult science fiction book comprised of five different novellas. This collection of novellas would appeal most to a young adult audience who enjoy fantasy and science fiction reads that have a steady pace. This book is based on the idea that every planet, moon, and space construct that exists is, in fact, a person and that many of them sit on a council responsible for ruling. However, a recent string of murders has brought everything into question and a vote is called to reconstruct the ten seats of council. The selected candidates are put to the test with trials of fate and justice. Jupiter is known to be a self-denounced member of the original council, yet she finds herself made into a candidate against her will. Will Jupiter survive the trials ahead of her or will she perish in the attempt?

Assembly of Planets (Complete First Set) by L.W. Brook is a very unique book - this is the first time I have come across a book that made planets into actual characters. I was surprised at the personality of the different characters; for instance, Mother Earth seemed to be a controlling and petty character when I would have expected her to have a loving nature. I found myself quickly rooting for Jupiter as it was very easy to enjoy her as a character. She was a character that was pulled into something that she did not want, but once she was in it, she did her best. L.W. Brook really created a unique setting for this story. I was very impressed with the author’s ability to allow the characters to develop in a realistic manner over the course of the book.