Wednesday, 15 June 2011

READING - IS LIKE BREATHING. I took a lungful of Alien Invasion & Other Inconveniences

Alien Invasion & Other Inconveniences  ~ Brian Yansky

Jesse survives more than a dull history class when everyone around him falls dead. Within seconds, an uncompromisingly efficient alien race – The Sanginians - destroy earth’s population. Jesse and the other survivors are no more than a useful commodity, as they have the ability to hear telepathic communications.

The remaining humans are slaves. Monitored closely, they are set to work tidying up and making things nice for the new owners. Any indication of disobedience is met with instantaneous finality by their conquerors.

The Sanginians believe themselves to be superior but they fail to notice when some of the humans begin to master the skill of telepathy.

Physically and psychically, the humans are weaker than the Sanginians. They have nowhere to go since the aliens “greened” up the planet and the settlers have begun to arrive. 

With their newly developed telepathic skills, the human product evolves.

The human survivors have hope that the aliens might not be invincible after all.

For the Sanginians, if it becomes known that some humans have the capacity to be more than beasts (if they are skilled in this way,) more than their profit margin will be compromised.

I was hooked from the first word to the last. Alien Invasion & Other Inconveniences is the best book I have read, this year.

This novel is more than a book for boys and sci-fi fans.

Have you read a book, this year, that has really stuck in your mind?

Reading is to writing what inhaling is to exhaling. Just as it's impossible to breathe out without first taking a breath in, it's impossible to write well without first taking in deep, gusty, refreshing drafts of the writing of others. All those ideas and ways of using language simmer in your brain, undergoing chemical changes, until--presto!--you have the tools with which to develop your own voice. Never forget to breathe.    Susan Williams Beckhorn

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