July 2014 Book Reviews

Book Reviews: Dirt Bikes, Drones, and Other Ways to Fly

Author: Conrad Wesselhoeft
Pages: 352
Published: April 8, 2014
Genre: YA, Coming of Age
Rating: 4.5/5

I really enjoyed this story and read through it super fast!

Arlo Santiago isn’t expecting that much out of life. As a seventeen year old living in poverty stricken New Mexico, he spends his time riding dirt bikes with his friends, going to school, and playing Drone Pilot which he happens to be amazing at.

After getting the top score in the world in Drone Pilot, Arlo is approached by the US Government and presented with an opportunity to help his country. Arlo is asked to fly drones from a remote location in New Mexico in order to help in the war efforts overseas. Along the way Arlo discovers more about himself as a person while also trying to establish himself as a dare devil in order to raise money to pay for his sisters medical bills which are quickly piling up.

Arlo must make the ultimate choice in order to save his family.

I absolutely loved this novel. It was super fun and such a great idea for a story that I hadn’t experienced before!


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