Tucker Feye is not the type of boy to see things that aren’t there. His mother is not the type of person to see ghosts or act crazy. His father is definitely not the type of person to lie. Yet all of these things are happening and Tucker has no idea why. Perhaps it has something to do with the shimmering, round, glassy thing that keeps appearing in the sky…right near Tucker Feye.
In The Obsidian Blade, it seems that Pete Hautman is departing from his usual tale of precocious teens challenging authority and finding their own solutions to the problems of life. On the surface, this is a straight science fiction/dystopian story, complete with time-travel and futuristic technology. Tucker is trying to solve the mystery of the shimmering disks, the sudden disappearance of his parents, and a girl and her cat who seem to have appeared from the future. Once the reader gets past these things, The Obsidian Blade is a story about people: Tucker, his parents, his long-lost uncle, and a girl named Lahlia. It is a story about religion and belief. It is a story about truth and lies. Mostly, it is a story about the decisions we make and the effect those decisions have on both the people and the world around us.
Pete Hautman is the author of the National Book Award winner Godless as well as many other books for teens. The Obsidian Blade is the first book in the Klaatu Diskos trilogy.