The Stone Gate

The Stone Gate[Read] ➱ The Stone Gate ➹ Mark Mann – A strange rock in the forest A mysterious crystal A full moon An ancient secret How do you find your way home when you've never leftTwins Jack and Kaya live in a small seaside town in Australia When t A strange rock in the forest A mysterious crystal A full moon An ancient secret How do you The Stone MOBI :¿ find your way home when you've never leftTwins Jack and Kaya live in a small seaside town in Australia When they see a dazzling white light shining from a giant rock in the woods near their home it takes them on an adventure to a place both familiar and yet like nowhere they know But where exactly are they And can they find their way back in timeThe Stone Gate is an exciting and fast paced action adventure that brings climate change global warming vividly to life for young adult readers. Nice cover and interesting premise but I felt this was aimed suarely at very young adults maybe 13 or 14 years old For the adult reader there was a certain naivety in the writing style and a much too obvious emphasis on the issues of climate change I don't mind reading about it but I prefer a subtle approach For the young teenage reader this book would be perfect There is plenty of action and drama but nothing ever gets too scary and there is certainly a lot of information about what may happen to our world if we do not care for it properly Three stars for me it probably would have been four if I was still fourteen years old Twins Kaya and Jack lived in a small Australian coastal town called Baytown; surrounded by Bay Beach to the east and a forest of thick trees and sandstone cliffs to the west they loved their home town The night of the full moon when friends Jayden and Debbie along with Kaya and Jack ventured up to the High Plateau was like any other – it was a favourite haunt of the local teens with the Stone Gate just a strange rock with an opening in the middle But that night something very weird was happening; the moon seemed to be filling the stone gate with brightnessAs Jack stepped forward to check it out he grabbed Kaya’s hand; then after a blinding white flash and a strange roaring which filled their ears it was uiet again – what had happened? As they looked around everything seemed the same – the Stone Gate was still there in the clearing – but where were Debbie and Jayden? As they began to explore they realized that the countryside of their home was much the same but very different Where was the usual rubbish? Where was the graffiti which was always around? And where was Baytown?Kaya and Jack’s adventures while they tried to work out where they were and to find food to survive became stranger and vivid Their eventual meeting with Aboriginal leader Billy of the Dunjini tribe and subseuent events which continued were fascinating but surreal But was to follow Would Kaya and Jack ever find their way back home? And what was happening to Kaya?What a brilliant book I was caught up in the adventures of Kaya and Jack right from the very beginning – the imagination of Aussie author Mark Mann is fantastic The incorporation of global warming in a fictional way and for a young adult audience is extremely well done and I also enjoyed the author’s notes at the end of the book With full on action and pace that is electric I have absolutely no hesitation in recommending The Stone Gate highly and will be watching for from this author The Stone Gate is very firmly set in the Young Adult adventure arena It is however also than an exciting book for young adults It is a look at Global Warming and what we as a collective planet are going to do about itFor this reason I have marked it down one star because I felt that at times the constant discussion about what had been done to correct or not the path forward for humanity came across a little like preaching Now this isn't to say that the information and the message in this book is not valid It is But I would have preferred a little less 'environmental preaching' and adventure This is a personal preference thing and I feel that young adults will probably not feel this wayThat little issue aside I did enjoy the adventure that Kaya and Jack experienced I think my favourite was Beth's world but I liked how the rich aboriginal history was brought into the story For me that really was a work of genius The pace of the book is spot on for younger readers there is constant action and information being provided and it will keep those with shorter attention spans interested because of this The tone is conversational and light with alternating POV chapters from Kaya and Jack I liked this format because it allowed for a bit broarder a scope when trying to cover all the related topics as the kids went through their adventureThis also posed some interesting challenges in terms of how it was written I didn't really enjoy the first person present tense writing style but I think I get where Mark was trying to go with it alas I don't think the choice lived up to its reputation Using the first person present tense POV should have given insight into the characters especially when they had interchanging chapters to voice their own personalities Unfortunately Kaya and Jack fell uite flat for me Aside from having some pretty strong stereo types they didn't seem all that developed Kaya was a nature environmental guru She watches shows like Bear Grylls and is in tune with nature Where as Jack is a typical computer nerd type of character There is a couple of flashes of personality throughout the book but it's limited to specific events that the protagonists find themselves and don't come through at other times All of that aside I still enjoyed the book It was a fast read and entertaining if you can look past the preaching about climate change I predict this should be suitable for ages 13 and up however there are a couple of assaultssexual references at the start that may cause distress to those sensitive to that type of thing I love cli fi It scares the pants off me because it buys into my deepest fears but most cli fi also has messages of hope Given my deep seated anxieties around what climate change will mean for children's and my children's children's futures that message of hope is one I need to hear Particularly given I'm blessed with a Prime Minister who believes climate change is utter crap that's a real uote by the way and is steadily undoing all progress made by the previous government Anyway enough of my politicsThis book has a wonderful concept Two kids come across a portal that takes them into three alternate realities The first being a reality where indigenous Australians are living traditional lifestyles and maintain their deep connection to the land In the second our main characters are transported to a dystopian but likely realistic vision of what our future will be should immediate action on climate change not be taken The third and final alternate reality is a utopian vision of what society could be like if immediate action is taken to address climate change The author is realistic in this vision; life as we know it will have to change But for the things we lose he envisages a society that for me anyway is very appealing There is less waste less plastic fantastic connection thoughtfulness Woven through each of these are threads of Aboriginal DreamtimeThis is a book aimed at a younger YA audience My kiddiwinks are years away from being old enough to read it I hope by the time they do read it the messages it contains are no longer needed because we are on the road as a nation as a planet to living sustainably THE STONE GATE by Mark MannSet in the fictional seaside town of Baytown Australia 16 year old Kaya and her twin brother Jack are exploring a rock formation called The Stone Gate on the night of the full moon when they are entranced by a blinding white light Thinking he is being silly Jack grabs Kaya's hand and pulls her into the light What happens next stuns both of themWhen they open their eyes they realize something has changed Baytown is gone Looking around they realize there are no lights and the houses and hotel they are used to seeing simply do not exist anyAs they spend time in their new surroundings they begin to realize that they may be trapped in this alternate reality forever I don't want to ruin the story by giving too much away but I will say that Jack and Kaya get a chance to view their hometown as it might have been as it is and how it might end up if it isn't properly cared for The author has a great eye for adventure and mixes in a lesson about global warming and being a proper steward to our planet without it coming across as preachyThe fact that this book is geared towards young adults should not dissuade older readers There is enough detail action and adventure to interest readers of any age group I do however recommend this book for ages 13 and up based on some violent and scary scenes that might not be appropriate for younger children There is also one section that has some sexual innuendo that would not be appropriate for young children I rate this book as 4 out of 5 stars in the young adult fiction category I received a free ebook copy of this book in exchange for a fair and honest review The above review is my unbiased opinion of 'The Stone Gate' Had trouble putting it downI enjoyed reading this book The relationship between the siblings was better than other books and made the story easier to read than ones with bickering brother and sister Author Mark Mann plays with time and place in his book The Stone Gate one constant small town Baytown is thrown through the ropes of time forcing an underlying topic of climate change as a main theme The Stone Gate represents an opening to other parallel worlds told in a folk tale style with three stages not unlike the tale of the Christmas past future and presents but in this story the lesson is an environmental one The book begins with twin siblings Kaya and Jack meeting two friends to go exploring by the full moon up a steep gully known to them as the Stony Stairway reaching the High Plateau Unbeknownst to their parents the four of them meet at the Stone Gate a rocky arch formation to watch the full moon “The light is dazzling Blinding” after they step in to the full moon light under the arch of the stone gate “And that’s how it begins”When the light stops Kaya and Jack’s friends Jayden and Debbie aren’t there and the first thing they notice is the lack of rubbish around Kaya and Jack begin to realise that they are in a very different version of Baytown The twins meet an Aboriginal family and learn to pick berries spear kangaroos and feed and water them selves in a pre colonial Australia An elder Billy who has traveled through the portal many times and speaks English tells Jack and Kaya the story on the Binjin rock or stone gate and explains how they must be protected as does the crystal hanging around Kaya’s neck which is used as the key to the portal between different dreamings He welcomes them to Dunjini country and explains that the longer they stay in a different dreaming they will lose energy and become sick Conflict with other families forces Jack and Kaya in to a suspenseful stay in Dunjini countryAt the next full moon Jack and Kaya reach the stone gate and are transported to yet another reality where it is uickly apparent that the world has fallen apart They are chased by a security guard and a team of rebels only to find refuge with two new friends Noah and Sara in an old and run down house in downtown Baytown The impact of global warming is clear in this world; the coast and the inland are at war over the lack of water supplies houses are flooded food is rare and the international news presents stories of natural disasters and absolute chaos Kaya starts to feel faint at times and they realise that they don’t can’t stay away from their dreaming for too much longer or they may die Before they leave Kaya and Jack transfer to Noah and Sara their bushman skills which they had learned in Dunjini country enabling them a safe getaway from a local Baytown tyrant who has taken advantage of the vulnerability of the Baytown peopleA lucky escape takes Jack and Kaya to a very different version of Baytown They meet Beth and stay with her and her mum in their village Jack and Kaya note the different lifestyle of communal work the lack of vehicles and an organic diet grown in a village farm International news reports the massive changes countries are making to protect the earth from the impact of global warming The challenge here is that they have lost the Maala crystal and Kaya is getting weaker each day often blacking out Jack Kaya and Beth travel to meet a university professor in Canberra who takes them to the outback in search of the rare crystal When they arrive back to their dreaming Jayden and Debbie are staring at them as if nothing had happened except for a freaky light transformation under the stone gateI enjoyed how the story was told from both the two main characters perspectives Mann divides the chapters up between siblings Kaya and Jack allowing for a suspenseful read The pace is fast and present tense keeps you in the story every step of the wayThis is a simple tale that keeps you on the edge of your seat whilst inviting you to think about the direction that Australia is heading in in regards to the environment I recommend it as a great read for students because of the cultural and environmental themes as well as having characters that one can easily relate to I got this for free for an honest review and boy am I glad I read it This story is about two young Aussies Kaya and Jack who go through a stone portal in their town of Bayton They end up traveling to different Dreamings alternate realities parallel in time In each reality or Dreaming another aspect of climate change and environmental responsibility and conseuence is examined We see a society in which the Aboriginal people live completely off and in euilibrium with the land We see another in which the people are living in a real honest dystopian society that is probably our future The third is really an ideal society where humans are living green and lean It's so desirable as to actually be sexy Yeah sexy sustainability Alluring solar wind and wave energy Hey good lookingThe writing is easy on the eyes and light Sometimes I wish the author would push actually but this is an excellent entry point It's like Gary Paulsen and Cory Doctorow sat down with Al Gore and made a light book for educational purposes To that same thought I would suggest this text used in academia for young peopleI learned a lot about Aboriginals and Australia that I didn't know The characters were pleasant and intelligent youngsters Those they encountered were also interesting My favorite section of the book the dystopia also featured my favorite characters Noah and Sara who were struggling to survive That whole section really hit me than I expected It maddening to see what's happening and yet we don't do anything about itThis is a fast read and it's good for an enlightening read When the coolest guy in Baytown calls Kaya and asks if she wants to go to the Castle to watch the full moon no one could have possibly imagined that a seuence of events would cause Kaya and her brother Jack to be transported to another realm How will they return home when they don’t really know how they got there?This YA fantasy with a climate change theme pulled me in It was not preachy or full of scientific facts What it was full of was fantastic visual language real people and suspenseAt the start of the novel I did think that Jack’s character was portrayed as being too weak even Kaya once calling him “little Jack” I was really hoping that Jack would develop and do something amazing I wasn’t disappointedThe different realms were very interesting and after the first realm I was intrigued to see where the portal would take them next what scrapes Kaya and Jack would get into and who would help them on their uest to return homeWritten for the young adultteen market a couple of violent scenes may exclude it from younger readers although it holds a message for readers of all agesFull of adventure action and real suspense that had me holding my breath at timesI’m now left wondering did Jack and Kaya continue on with their lives as if nothing happened or did they become climate change advocates determined to campaign for change around the world Thank you Goodreads for the opportunity to win and read The Stone Gate I am very excited and will post my review as soon as I have received and read Mark Mann's bookUpdate Thank you Mark Mann for this wonderful read I have to say that this story kept me both intrigued and entertained throughout No Spoilers Review I loved this story I loved the journey with the characters Set in the fictional town of Baytown Australia 16 year old Kaya and her twin brother Jack see a dazzling white light shining from a giant rock in the woods near their home After stepping into the light they find that the Baytown they knew is gone How do you find your way home? I was caught up in the adventures of this brothersister duo from beginning to endThere is enough adventure and suspense to interest readers of any age group except youngsters really for older teens above Even though I am a “tad” past the YA group this should NOT dissuade anyone except youngsters from reading The Stone Gate Absolutely looking forward to from this author