Alien Invasion and Other Inconveniencesby Brian Yansky, Alexander Cendese (Read by)
Jesse is having the worst day of his life. Unfortunately, it’s also the worst day in the history of humankind. Sanginians have invaded Earth, using their tremendous mental powers to turn all of humanity into their slaves in a matter of seconds. Lucky for Jesse, he has some telepathic abilities of his own, making him “superior product,” worthy to
Jesse is having the worst day of his life. Unfortunately, it’s also the worst day in the history of humankind. Sanginians have invaded Earth, using their tremendous mental powers to turn all of humanity into their slaves in a matter of seconds. Lucky for Jesse, he has some telepathic abilities of his own, making him “superior product,” worthy to serve in the home of Lord Vertenomous, the leader of this new colony.
Too bad for Lord Vert that Jesse isn’t the type of product to sit back and take things quietly. In fact, it seems there may be other product who feel the samelike Lauren, the overachieving do-gooder; Michael, the star athlete; and Lindsey, the fashion model. But it isn’t until Jesse starts communicating in his dreams with a mysterious girl, whom he’s pretty sure is real, that he starts to think the aliens might not be invincible after all.
Brian Yansky takes listeners on a journey filled with humor and courage, where one teenage boy has to figure out what exactly it means to be human.
The little green men have conquered the world in ten seconds, preserving as slaves those people receptive to telepathic communication. Four teens meet in the slave quarters and realize that their telepathic talents are growing. One begins to dream-walk, which leads him and his friends to attempt an escape from the compound near Austin, Texas, looking for a rebel force further west. Lord Vertenomous's communiqués and journal entries supplement Jesse's first-person narration and help to provide a full picture of both sides of the story--a technique that produces effective worldbuilding. Plot is primary here: It's carefully constructed for maximum suspense and the major literary characteristic in this certifiable page-turner. Character development plays second fiddle, with only enough information provided to support readers' suspension of disbelief. The climax is exciting and guaranteed to please readers, while the resolution is loose enough to suggest possible sequels. Buy this for readers of Ann Halam's Siberia (2005) and J.B. Stephens's Big Empty series, boys and girls alike, although the male narration may have more appeal for the guys. (Science fiction. YA)
Meet the Author
Brian Yansky is the author of MY ROAD TRIP TO THE PRETTY GIRL CAPITAL OF THE WORLD and WONDERS OF THE WORLD. He holds an MFA in writing from Vermont College and lives in Austin, Texas, where he teaches writing at Austin Community College.
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This is a great book. Will keep you wanting more at every turn. I hope there is a sequl, as the book ends abruptly in my opinion.
Jesse is having the worst day of his life. It took less time for the aliens to conquer Earth than it does for you to brush your teeth. Unfortunately, he can pick up on what the aliens say in his mind. This makes him a "superior," "hearing" product who is forced to work in the house of Lord Vetrenomous (the conquering alien lord) doing physical tasks to get the place ready for more aliens. Longing for escape, he makes friends with some people who want the same thing. He and his new friends - Lauren, Michael, Lindsey, and a mysterious girl from his dreams - struggle to find a means to do so until they get word of a successful rebellion rising up against the aliens. Who is the girl in his dreams? Is she real? How can Jesse and his friends defeat the aliens and escape? ALIEN INVASION & OTHER INCONVENIENCES is a great science-fiction adventure. Although the plot lags in places, the characters are well-developed and the story is intriguing. Those who like science fiction, fantasy, aliens, action, and adventure will all enjoy reading this book.