Review: The Quantum Ghost by Jonathan Ballagh

The Quantum Ghost by Jonathan Ballagh

Publisher: Jonathan Ballagh

Release Date: May 1, 2017

Genre: Science Fiction, Fantasy, YA


On a cold autumn night, twelve-year-old Remi Cobb makes a startling discovery—a mysterious object floating on the pond in her backyard. With no idea where it came from, or how it got there, Remi is compelled to unravel its secrets. Her quest for answers takes her on a perilous journey across realities, where she finds a crumbling world—and the dark forces behind its ruin. Here she learns the truth about her connection with the strange object, and of those that will stop at nothing to destroy them both. But even if she can find a way to survive, can she find a way home?


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Then it cast its arm forward, and the eye hurtled toward her car. It smashed into the side with the force of a cannonball, crushing the frame and sending it toward the guardrail, where it screeched against the metal. The guardrail bowed, groaning under the force of the car. This can’t be happening. This has to be a dream. Time to wake up, Remi Cobb! But she knew this was no dream. She was trapped in the middle of nowhere, on a mountain road, by a robot-armed creature that commanded a legion of floating eyes. And she was still in her pajamas. 


Machines and technology are the way of the future. In this second installment, Ballagh continues the journey with some new characters, but the reader does meet back up with Nova, Achilles, and AJ. This story sheds some light on aspects of the first installment that were deliberately unclear due to character introduction. This author has an entertaining story that encompasses adventure, friendship, and futuristic possibility.

Remi has been diagnosed with something that has made her sick, stuck in the house and unable to go to school like her brother and sister. While outside one night, she sees a brightly lit dome on top of the water in her family’s pond, so she goes to investigate. Seeing a robotic hand coming out from under the water to grab the dome and pull it back under, Remi becomes frightened and runs back to the house. Little does she know that her world is about to change forever. Not willing to believe her eyes, she makes one more trip to the pond and this time something happens to her, a bright light blinds her vision and then the next thing she knows, her sister is waking her up because she fell asleep on the ground. Then the adventure begins. She receives strange text messages and a bunch of boxes mysteriously arrive in her driveway. A human girl with a mechanical dog appear after she follows the dome into danger. Remi understands that there are other worlds out there, somewhere that may need her help. Is she willing to put herself in harm’s way to save her new friends?

Ballagh has an amazing second installment with superb character development. It is chalked full of originality, entertainment, and adventure. The story flows easily, making it a fast read. There are a few grammatical errors throughout, but this was an advance reader copy that was received; therefore, these may have been cleaned up before publication. If not, this should not hinder the reader’s enjoyment of the novel. It is highly recommended that the first installment, The Quantum Door, is read prior to this one since it is a continuance of the adventure. If you are a reader of science fiction, fantasy, and young adult fiction, you may be interested in picking this up for a read.

A copy of this book was provided to Turning Another Page by the author, but this in no way affects our honest opinion of the book or the review that has been written. We provide a five-star rating for The Quantum Ghost by Jonathan Ballagh.


Jonathan Ballagh is the author of the new Sci-Fi thriller The Quantum Door. He has been writing software since he was five, created his first online game at fourteen, and has a deep love of all things A.I. and robotics. He currently lives in Virginia with his wife and three kids.


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