The Books of Barakhai is a great book. I really liked that they made it two books in one so you get twice the books and twice the enjoyment. Two of its weak points, however, are that it takes at least ten pages for it to really get going and it is a little confusing in some areas. It has lots of good qualities, too, such as great character development, humor, and an interesting plot line. My favorite character was Ben because he was funny and determined to get back to Earth. The author, Mickey Zucker Reichert, took a risk that paid off nicely in this book. I feel this book is for more advanced twelve year olds and up due to the maturity of some of the content. If you like fantasy and adventure, mixed with a little sci-fi, this book is for you.