Bobby Sterling vs Truth: a young adult science fiction novel

A young adult
science fiction adventure

books like Harry Potter

A teenager at an academy in space that harbors a secret.
What could possibly go wrong?

The first book in the Bobby Sterling series.

Front coover of the book Bobby Sterling vs Truth: a young adult science fiction novel for Harry Potter fans

Bobby Sterling was an ordinary teenager leading a normal life with only hockey and school on the horizon. Until one fateful day when he was whisked away into adventure at a space academy he never could have possibly imagined existed. But the transition to his new life doesn’t go very smoothly.

As Bobby gains new abilities and explores new worlds, he will have to overcome his fears, push himself like never before and cope with his emotions. But he’s also worried about the unknown. There’s something amiss at the academy that Bobby can't quite put his finger on. Something happened there that no one will willingly talk about. Can Bobby uncover the truth? Or will the truth somehow discover him first...

Editorial Reviews

A grand series opener that introduces characters worthy of further sci-fi adventures. - Kirkus Reviews

Bobby Sterling vs. Truth by Alex Mueller is a thrilling YA science fiction adventure. Author Alex Mueller takes an ordinary school and adds fun space elements. Even the normal idea of sports takes a twist and includes a hoverboard element. In addition to his new space surroundings, Bobby also deals with friendship, crushes, and a bully. He's just a normal kid who is trying to find his place in the world and gets embarrassed when he's not as good at something as the other students, but it's his very ordinariness that makes him someone easy to relate to.

Mueller adds a mystery element to the school as it's not quite clear why the students are actually there. This is what Bobby ends up obsessing over and what he becomes determined to uncover while he and his team are also being sent out on different space missions. Each student gets their own pet, but the pet is also a robot fitted to their personalities, which is a fun element reminiscent of the magical trope where the magic students get an animal to bond with, only with a robotic twist that adds to the impact of these students in space.

Bobby Sterling vs. Truth finds a normal boy in an extraordinary space school with robots, friendship, and adventure. - Readers' Favorite

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