I love Tobin Anderson's books and am amazed at the range as well. In SUBURB BEYOND THE STARS (Scholastic 2010), Anderson continues with the saga of Brian and Gregory from THE GAME OF SUNKEN PLACES. I had not read the first book, so I can attest that this one stands alone (and makes me want to get the first book and read it, too). Brian is supposed to be planning the next stage of an elaborate game that will determine the winners in a war between the Thusser and the Empire of Norumbega. It is a clear cut case of good versus evil at the heart of the story. However, you can add in some nasty elements: monsters, zombies, and suburbs that are more than Stepford disturbing. These burbs actually DEVOUR humans. Lots of action and adventure, robots with attitudes and emotions, hapless suburbanites, and so much more that pulls readers in (rather like the walls of that disturbing suburb pull its residents in until they are gone). <351>
One photo from yesterday. I will have more later, but the time change is killing me still (5 hours) since we were up late last night and I had a 6 am online appointment. This little island is made from lava flow. It is called Dragon's Eye and I think it is obvious as to why that is the case. Aloha.