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Alien Invasion & Other Inconveniences by Brian Yansky

Published by Candlewick Press

Pages: 240

Ages: Young Adult

Publishers Summary:  Jesse is in history class when a formidable, efficient race of aliens quietly takes over the earth in less time than it takes him to brush his teeth. Most humans simply fall asleep and never wake up. In moments, everyone Jesse knows and loves is gone, and he finds that he is now a slave to an inept alien leader. On the bright side, Jesse discovers he’s developing telepathic powers, and he’s not the only one. Soon he’s forging new friendships and feeling unexpectedly hopeful. When a mysterious girl appears in his dreams, talking about escaping, Jesse begins to think the aliens may not be invincible after all. But if Jesse and his friends succeed, is there anywhere left to go? Brian Yansky offers a funny, grim novel packed with everything boys and sci-fi fans love: aliens, humor, action, and a healthy dose of triumph.

A polite race of telepathic killer aliens, a ten-second world conquest, and one teenage boy collide in this wry, gutsy adventure.

One minute Jesse is listening to his high school history teacher prattle on about something he has little interest in and then next thing he knows is that he’s the only one alive in the room. Within seconds an alien race takes over the entire earth’s population and sets up home-base only a few hours from where Jesse has lived his whole life. Forced into slavery, the Sanginians monitor and direct everything the remaining humans do. Their motives are simple, destroy the machines and create a “green” world that won’t self-destruct as it would have under the rule of the humans. Positive that their alien race is far superior they neglect to notice that the humans, at least a few of them including Jesse, are becoming stronger and are now able to communicate telepathically the same as the Sanginians. Now all Jesse and his friends have to do is figure out how to escape!

Alien Invasion & Other Inconveniences was an incredibly fun and refreshing read. To be completely honest, when I read the initial pages of the book I thought that Jesse would eventually wake up from a rather terrifying dream. Well, I’m not going to give anything away for those of you who have yet to read it, but I’ll just say I was pleasantly surprised. Also, I’m a guesser, I have read so much that I often make little notes in my mind as I go and already know what will happen as it comes. This book left me entirely baffled with every page turn. Not that I couldn’t understand it, but it constantly kept me on my toes. In my opinion that’s worth it’s weight in gold.

Jesse’s character was exactly what I’d hope for in a leading male character, which is wonderful! We need more male leads! Especially if they have the funny and often introspective outlook on things you expect from a teenage boy. Jesse and his father had even made up their own “language” to use in place of actual bad words, since his parents didn’t approve and felt it was an unintelligent way to communicate. It was so hilarious at times, because he’d say something and you could almost picture the other characters looking at him like he was out of his mind. It’s not just his comedic timing that makes him great though, it’s his drive to do the right thing as well as his hesitation when he’s just not sure of himself.

Overall this was a fantastic read! I mean, a race of telepathic aliens who can kill you just by thinking? Then an attempt by a teenage boy, and his new found friends, to escape. And lastly, new telepathic abilities in the human characters in the book. It’s an adventure from the first to the last paragraph and I for one am hoping there is more to come. This is a book that will appeal to most any teenage boy, even those a little reluctant to read, as well as fans of science fiction everywhere. Pick this up now…you never know when you may need your own back-up plan for escape!

The1stdaughter Recommends: Ages 12 and up. Aliens and hidden telepathic abilities make this the perfect adventure for science fiction lovers and reluctant boy readers everywhere.

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4 Responses to Book Review: Alien Invasion & Other Inconveniences by Brian Yansky

  1. Gina says:

    Great review…as usual. ^_^ Definitely agree on this one, it’s a fun and exciting read but not in all the conventional ways…which is a breath of fresh air for a genre that’s been all over the map. Thanks for sharing your adventure with the book…and happy reading!

  2. Mark says:

    Did you say giveaway? Because this sounds like a book I’d love to read.

  3. By thinking? WHOA! I need to try this!

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