Homicidal Aliens and Other Disappointments

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The reluctant hero from Alien Invasion and Other Inconveniences is back in all his droll glory — and this time the fate of humankind is on the line.

Jesse has had the worst year of his life. First a race of homicidal (but very polite) aliens invaded Earth, killing pretty much everyone and enslaving the few people left behind, including Jesse; his best friend, Michael; his sort-of girlfriend, Lauren; and the girl of his dreams, Catlin. Now Jesse is revered as some sort of Chosen ...

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Overview

The reluctant hero from Alien Invasion and Other Inconveniences is back in all his droll glory — and this time the fate of humankind is on the line.

Jesse has had the worst year of his life. First a race of homicidal (but very polite) aliens invaded Earth, killing pretty much everyone and enslaving the few people left behind, including Jesse; his best friend, Michael; his sort-of girlfriend, Lauren; and the girl of his dreams, Catlin. Now Jesse is revered as some sort of Chosen One all because he managed to kill one of the alien lords and escape — even though he’s not really sure how he did it. But it’s hard to argue with the multitude of new talents he is developing, including (somehow) killing aliens with his mind and grasping glimpses of alternate futures. With thousands of aliens already on Earth and thirty million more about to arrive, Jesse has to decide whether to embrace his maybe-destiny before the world is completely destroyed. No pressure.

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School Library Journal - Audio
12/01/2013
Gr 9 Up—In Yansky's sequel (2013), Jesse's world has changed a lot since the events in Alien Invasion and Other Inconveniences (2010, Candlewick). He's endured betrayal and the deaths of several people close to him, but also the rescue/return of his sidekick, Michael. While the book starts mid action, the back story about the alien invasion of Earth, the eradication of most of its inhabitants, and Jesse's developing telepathic abilities is provided through Jesse's memories, so newcomers can catch up quickly. Uncomfortable with being called the "Chosen One" after he killed one of the alien lords and escaped captivity, Jesse can't help the fact that his powers have increased. He is able to see variants of the future and tries to lead New America in positive ways, especially by convincing others that thousands of aliens are planning to colonize their world. Jesse is wise beyond his years and is a cynical yet naïve hero. His insights give him determination, especially when he has to stop a possible nuclear disaster. Narrator Alexander Cendese is good at conveying the various ethnicities and emotions of the many secondary characters, and he gives Jesse a gravelly Sam Spade voice. While the ending may seem a bit abrupt, there is plenty of action and surprises to keep the attention of listeners.—Edie Ching, University of Maryland, College Park
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Fans of the first book will enjoy Jesse’s sense of humor and the interplay between his normal problems (which girl to date, for example) and the high-stakes pursuit of survival.
—School Library Journal
Children's Literature - Suzanna E. Henshon
What does it feel like to live in a world that has been invaded by aliens? In Homeless Aliens, Jesse has to deal with teenage angst, a girlfriend who does not understand his rescue mission, and being conquered by aliens. Every step could lead him into danger or impending death. What can he do to win the girl of his dreams, Caitlin? And can he use his telepathic abilities to help the world survive the alien invasion? Jesse never wanted to be put on the pedestal as The Chosen One, but he does have telepathic abilities that might just come in handy. But with the aliens taking over the world, Jesse may just have to take one step for humankind and embrace his destiny. Or he could avoid it entirely and just pursue the girl of his dreams. In this well-crafted young adult novel, readers will dive into a futuristic world filled with aliens, mental telepathy, and new technologies that are fully empowered by Yansky’s vivid details. This narrative takes off at the speed of light, taking young readers into an exciting galaxy. Reviewer: Suzanna E. Henshon, Ph.D.; Ages 12 to 16.
VOYA - Tanya Paglia
When murderous, but respectful, aliens take over the world, Jesse loses everything—but gains telepathic ability, courtesy of the alien landing, that propels him to another status, causing problems in his relationship with his girlfriend, Lauren. Then there is Catlin, who shares his gift, and their bond continues to grow. When he kills one of the leaders of the aliens, the natives believe he is the "chosen" one who will save them from total annihilation. Jesse can "dreamwalk" into the past, present, and future; and the future keeps changing. But one thing is certain—more aliens are coming. Jesse must fight or face these creatures that kill first and apologize later. That is one tall order for a former high school student turned demi-god, seemingly overnight, but he is not going to give up without a fight. Yansky blends humor with likeable and convincing characters that will have readers rooting for them. Fans of apocalyptic fiction such as Rick Yancey's The 5th Wave (Penguin, 2013/Voya June 2013) will enjoy this novel. Yansky offers a nice twist on such elements as the gifts the humans develop during the invasion and the Native American spirits that are evoked in their wake. Yansky's take on the aliens is original, and their war on humans is no different than wars on earth. Life is fragile, especially in times of crisis, and all life, be it human or alien, has meaning. Reviewer: Tanya Paglia
School Library Journal
02/01/2014
Gr 9 Up—Yansky begins with a prologue explaining, in brief, what happened in the first work of this duology, Alien Invasion and Other Inconveniences (Candlewick, 2010). New readers learn that aliens, called the Sanginians, have colonized Earth, killing most humans in their wake. Narrator Jesse, along with some other telepaths, was kept by the aliens as a slave, though he eventually escaped and (after many trials and tribulations) managed to kill the alien overlord, although even Jesse doesn't know exactly how he managed it. As the second book opens in earnest, many of the remaining rebels hail Jesse as a Warrior Spirit or Chosen One, hoping he can lead them to safety. Others, including Dylan, a rival for power, and Lauren, Jesse's girlfriend, dismiss him as a skilled fighter at best and irresponsible and selfish at worst. The teen's powers continue to develop, and with the help of a shamanlike character named Running Bird, he is eventually able to time travel (or, as he calls it, move into different moments). Fans of the first book will enjoy Jesse's sense of humor and the interplay between his normal problems (which girl to date, for example) and the high-stakes pursuit of survival. Some pacing problems, lack of character development, and incomplete world-building may prevent many new readers from feeling invested in Jesse's struggles. Recommended for libraries where the first book is popular.—Gesse Stark-Smith, Multnomah County Library, Portland, OR
Kirkus Reviews
2013-08-15
In this continuation of the story begun in Alien Invasion and Other Inconveniences (2010), elements of mythology add spice to the science-fiction adventures of a group of American teens who escaped from slavery under the alien Sanginians. Having left slavery behind, Jesse, Lauren and Catlin find life with the rebels in the camp in New Mexico's mountains to have a different--but no less disturbing--set of pitfalls to navigate. In the battle at Taos in the previous book, Jesse managed to kill Lord Vertenomous and acquired the reverence of some rebels as the mythical Warrior Spirit as well as the hostility of those with plans of their own. As revealed by Jesse in his present-tense narration, this is not something he is particularly comfortable with. The addition of a new alien called the Hunter that's searching for Jesse results in a potent mix of political conflict, double crosses and maximum suspense. The believable resolution is preceded by several shocks that add to its credibility. Fans of the first book are a natural audience for this one, but thanks to the graceful insertion of back story in the form of a recapping prologue, this second act will attract and satisfy new readers. (Science fiction. 12-15)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781480518520
  • Publisher: Candlewick on Brilliance Audio
  • Publication date: 9/28/2013
  • Format: CD
  • Edition description: Unabridged
  • Product dimensions: 6.50 (w) x 6.30 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Brian Yansky didn’t plan on writing a sequel to Alien Invasion and Other Inconveniences, but a few months after he finished the book, he started feeling that there was more to tell. “A lot of my readers seemed to agree,” he says. “They wrote asking, ‘When’s the next one coming out?’ and ‘Is this the first in a trilogy?’ The answers? ‘Now!’ and ‘Nope.’ Homicidal Aliens and Other Disappointments finishes the story. So, apparently, I’ve written a duology. There aren’t a lot of duologies out there. I have nothing against trilogies or longer series, but the power of two has been ignored for too long. Will duologies become the next big thing? Will other writers decide that three is just too many and one not enough? Um . . . probably not. But I thank you for reading my Aliens duology. Hope you like it.” He holds an MFA in writing from Vermont College and is an assistant professor at Austin Community College. Brian Yansky lives in Austin, Texas.
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