“The first young adult novel from crime fiction writer Adrian McKinty begins an epic sci-fi trilogy with an unforgettable hero. When Jamie’s mother inherits a small island and moves her little family from Harlem to Ireland, her troubled son sees a chance to start over, far away from the bullies and the pitying stares. Cancer has left Jamie without an arm or the will to speak. But Muck Island is no sanctuary, and it offers more than solitude and sea views. Jamie learns that he is heir to an ancient title–Laird of Muck, Guardian of the Passage–and certain otherworldly responsibilities. With the help of a mysterious object he discovers in the island’s old lighthouse, Jamie sets out on a dangerous interstellar mission that could change the course of his life–and the universe–forever. Tautly paced and brilliantly imagined, this novel will thrill sci-fi fans eager for new heroes and new worlds to explore”
Lighthouse Land was one of the first Scifis I ever read. I think about it every so often, and since I overhauled my website, I’ve been thinking about ways to bring it up.
It’s been far too long since I read it to post a review about it……But when I was trying to decide if/what I should do for May the Fourth Be With You, It came to me. What better tribute than talking about the book that got me into scifi?
Not only did Lighthouse Land get me into scifi, but it also has a HILARIOUS Star Wars reference. Perfect, right? It’s crazy to think that I don’t remember enough to post a review, but I do remember that totally specific piece of dialogue. Perhaps there were even more references that I didn’t catch. I was only ten or so and I hadn’t even watched Star Wars yet.
I don’t even remember if it was in the first book or the second book. I’m pretty sure it wasn’t in the third book. I was going include the scene as an excerpt but I found a problem.
Lighthouse Land isn’t an eBook. Anywhere.
So I’ll be constructing it from memory to the best of my ability.
There was a statue that needed to be recharged, in order to send/transport them back to Lighthouse Land. The only place with enough energy to charge it, was a powerplant located in a remote area on the mainland. Neither Jaimie or his friend were old enough to drive. But, his friends older brother was old enough to drive. (he was almost twice their age.)
So they drove, up the solitary road, in the middle of the night. Inside a somewhat beat up soccer mom van… They stole into the main room, hooked the statue up with jumper cables and let ‘er rip.
Alarms and siren’s blared. There had been one road up, and one road down. They piled back into the car and burned down the trail. Only a small community existed around the plant, mostly of workers and their families.
So near the bottom of the road, there was a police block, where they were screening everyone for the perpetrators of the ‘attempted terrorist attack.’
The friend’s brother rolled down the window for the officer. The smell of burnt fried fish wafted out of the window.
Their singed hair and eyebrows seemed an obvious sign.
The brother lifted two of his fingers and moved them in an arc.
“We are not the droids you are looking for…”
And that quote had me and my sister in giggles for days. Of course, the actual scene is probably much funnier in Adrian McKinty’s original words.
And of course, that scene wasn’t the solitary great thing about the series. Even if I don’t remember specifics, there are elements included that effected (and still effect) the way I write in my own novels.
Nearly a decade later and it still puts a smile on my face. It’s always going to be nostalgic for me.
So wherever you are, Adrian McKinty, I’ll always love you for all of the things about me you’ve influenced.