Queen of the Quantum Realm by Rhonda Denise Johnson follows Jawan as he sets out on a mission to find a cure for the purple plague in the Quantum Realm.
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Queen of the Quantum Realm by Rhonda Denise Johnson is the first book of the Nanosia Series. Set in the Kingdom of the Mages, it revolves around Jawan, the apprentice of Myrlo, the Earth Mage. When the purple plague arrives at Hadley Town, Jawan rushes to his master in the hopes of finding a solution. Myrlo’s secrecy and reluctance to act confounds him. He is further disappointed when Myrlo informs him that the purple plague has afflicted his parents for a month already. With his trust in Myrlo shaky, Jawan takes it upon himself to use Mrlo’s forbidden nanoscope to find a breakthrough. To his utter astonishment, Jawan shrinks in size and finds himself transported to the Quantum Realm in Nanosia. Pym, a fermion, has summoned him thinking that Jawan is the Big One prophesied to save the Quantum Realm. Unaware of any such prophecy, Jawan decides to use his time in Nanosia to find a cure for the purple plague. He is joined by his friends, Loby and Zap. They are all astounded to find the Fire Mage in Nanosia. Back in the Kingdom of Mages, Myrlo starts suspecting Lord Elveston, the Fire Mage.
What is Lord Eleveston up to? Will Jawan and his friends be able to stop him and find a cure for the purple plague?
I love how Rhonda Denise Johnson blends magic and quantum physics to create Queen of the Quantum Realm. It is a truly unique tale that keeps the reader engaged till the end. I learned a lot about elementary particles, energy, and matter. I was intrigued by the relationship between electrons and positrons. The creation of gamma rays was beautifully explained as well. It is a testament to Johnson’s writing talent that she explained complicated terms of physics in such a simple manner that even a layman can understand them.
Rhonda Denise Johnson personifies all the elementary particles. I was intrigued by them all. Queen Quanta, with her royal ways, and Nano, with his overbearing manner, reminded me of the politicians in today’s world. Though I was not that fond of Nano, I could understand his importance. Titi and Pym were all invaluable helpers to Jawan. I kind of rooted for Titi to end up with Jawan. Pym was a true believer of the prophecy. It was her zealousness that brought Jawan to Nanosia. I could actually feel her bafflement when Gelic preached his own new prophecy. Though, I would have liked it if we got to know how she became a believer and how she found a way to bring the people from the Big World to the Quantum Realm. Gelic was someone who always kept me on the edge. His message of love and positivity was inspiring. I somehow kept imagining him as Jesus Christ. However, Gelic’s single-minded love for positrons and hatred for electrons showed how close-minded he really was.
Among all the elementary particles, the positrons were the ones who truly made a mark on me. The way they were isolated and neglected made me feel for them, even though I knew that there was no other way they could be treated in the real world. The Great Negatron was masterfully drawn as well. I always imagined him to be a great villain. But then, Johnson gave us a glimpse into his mind. I could actually feel his loneliness, and hence I could not help but empathize with him.
All the characters in Queen of the Quantum Realm are relatable. Jawan aced all his academic exams. The only impediment in his way to becoming a journeyman was his stutter. It was a delight to watch him transform from a nervous little boy to a confident young man. Loby had a difficult time as the journeyman of the Fire Mage. Yet, he never lost his own fire. In fact, it was he who created the Order of the Mice with Jawan and Zap. I can’t wait to read more about him in Fire Master. Zap was a little more skittish than his friends. I am sure that he would also grow to be a formidable young man in his time. Cintella intrigued me the most. The girl had to go through a lot. Yet, she always remained steadfast. I would have loved it if we got to know more about her background and her connection with Queen Quanta.
The mages all appeared to be super powerful. While Lord Elveston dedicated himself to destroying the world, the other mages all loved the earth. However, Myrlo, the Earth Mage, Volvo, the Air Mage, Lacus, the Water Mage, and Quintisumma, the Ether Mage, were all too stoic and set in their ways. If not for the boys of the Order of the Mice, they would not have found out Lord Elveston’s evil plans.
Rhonda Denise Johnson is great at world-building. I love how she interspersed a contemporary vibe with a medieval setting. Nanosia is also brilliantly portrayed. I loved how Johnson portrays the dance of the particles. The contrast between the regularity of the Quantum Realm and the mayhem in the Realm of Chaos was depicted beautifully.
Overall, Queen of the Quantum Realm by Rhonda Denise Johnson is a brilliantly written book. People who love fantasy and quantum physics will adore this book. I highly recommend this book to fans of science fiction and YA novels.
- Title: Queen of the Quantum Realm
- Author: Rhonda Denise Johnson
- Genre: Science Fantasy
- Theme: Coming of Age, Quantum Physics, Magic
- Publication Date: February 23, 2017
- ISBN or ASIN: B06XB9Q27Q
- Number of Pages: 310
- Minimum Audience Age: 13
(Note: 0=none, 1=a few, 2=considerable, 3=pronounced, 4=excessive)
- Sexual themes: 1
- Religious themes: 1
- Violence, self-harm, etc.: 2
- Crude language, expletives, swearing, etc.: 1
- Other adult themes: 1
- Content: 5 stars
- Writing Style: 5 stars
- Appeal to Target Audience: 5 stars
- Uniqueness: 5 stars
- Editing: 4 stars
- Other factors: 4 stars
- Overall: 4.6 out of 5
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