Interstellar Pig

Interstellar Pig

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by William Sleator
     
 

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When three unusually attractive young adults rent the summer cottage next door, Barney's boring vacation at the beach seemingly takes a turn for the better. However, after the neighbors unwittingly reveal their extraterrestrial identities, the board game they have taught him becomes a real-life battle, and Barney must outsmart the aliens to save Earth from

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When three unusually attractive young adults rent the summer cottage next door, Barney's boring vacation at the beach seemingly takes a turn for the better. However, after the neighbors unwittingly reveal their extraterrestrial identities, the board game they have taught him becomes a real-life battle, and Barney must outsmart the aliens to save Earth from destruction. The fantastical tale contains some of Sleator's most inventive characters.

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Barney is all set to spend two weeks doing nothing at his parents summer house.  But then he meets the neighbors, and things start to get interesting.  Zena, Manny, and Joe are not your average folks on vacation.  In fact, Barney suspects they're not from Earth at all.  Not only are they physically perfect in every way, but they don't seem to have jobs or permanent addresses, and they are addicted to a strange role-playing game called Interstellar Pig.  As Barney finds himself sucked into their bizarre obsession, he begins to wonder if Interstellar Pig is just a game.
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Barney, 16, is drawn into a board game with strangers who have moved into the house next door; only when he is fully controlled by the three does he find out that the game is real, and losing means the destruction of Earth. PW reported that ``Sleator's taut tale will undoubtedly raise reader's hackles and incite nervous laughs.'' (12-up)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780140375954
Publisher:
Penguin Young Readers Group
Publication date:
06/28/1995
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
208
Sales rank:
210,718
Product dimensions:
4.24(w) x 6.95(h) x 0.54(d)
Age Range:
12 - 14 Years

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Barney is all set to spend two weeks doing nothing at his parents summer house. But then he meets the neighbors, and things start to get interesting. Zena, Manny, and Joe are not your average folks on vacation. In fact, Barney suspects they're not from Earth at all. Not only are they physically perfect in every way, but they don't seem to have jobs or permanent addresses, and they are addicted to a strange role-playing game called Interstellar Pig. As Barney finds himself sucked into their bizarre obsession, he begins to wonder if Interstellar Pig is just a game.

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4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 17 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
It has been 16 years since I finished reading my last William Sleator novel-'Others See Us'. I have always believed that Sleator has the gift of identifying and remedying the self-posession and social isolation that some young adults seem to go through, by expanding their mundane circumstances into extraordinary adventures in his novels. In this story, Barney's boring vacation on the lake/beach turns exciting as he notices three athletic and exotic looking adults(two men, one woman) basking in the sun, and having fun in the cottage next door. They befriend him instantly and invite him over to eat all sorts of gourmet meals, and treat him as one of the group. Eventually, they turn him onto a game they're all seemingly hooked on called 'Intersellar Pig'. Close to the end of the novel when Barney plays the game, they whip out a regular board with a map of a galaxy on it, and deal out their characters/strengths/weaknesses in cards. Suddenly, Barney actually is in the game-(as a lichen of some sort) and what these people really are are aliens who are at the lake/beach because they found out from a piece of historical evidence that the 'Piggy's' whereabouts are contained in a clue inside the cabin where Barney and his parents are staying-hence the reason they befriend him so quickly. I have read 10 of Sleator's books, and most of them deal with some form of science theory or psychology, but this one tends to be more fanciful and fictitious. Nevertheless, it's a fun read.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
At first I kindda liked it, but it turned out to be really bad. There is NO plot or purpose to this book. All it's about is a boy who, on his summer vacation, bumps in to some aliens and plays a stupid board game and almost gets eaten by a sea of lichen. I DO NOT reccomend to any one. It's a complete time waster.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Interstellar Pig was a great book filled with excitement. I loved the book because it made me think and ask questions, kind of like a mystery book. I also liked the book because it was told from the main character's perspective making it easier to understand. Barney, the main character, was vacationing in a cottage when these three strange neighbors arrive in the cottage next door. These three ¿neighbors¿ were very interested in Barney's cottage. They were so interested they talked Barney into giving them a ¿tour.¿ At least that's what Barney thought. It seemed as if they were looking for something but what ever it was Barney knew they wouldn't find it. The next day Barney was invited over to the neighbors house to play a board game. They called it Interstellar Pig. This book isn't a book that I would of read if I wasn't assigned it because I never really read science fiction. The book turned out to be great! I recommend this book to anyone especially someone who doesn't read science fiction.
Guest More than 1 year ago
wow, interstellar pig is the best book I ever read in my life. The part that aliens have been fighting for a prize since the beginning of time to save their speicies and found out a place called earth has it and tries to kill a boy named barney who has the prize that is called 'the piggy' is one of the greatest of stories possible. William Sleator was the first author I discovered that I actually enjoyed reading without being forced to. Sleator comes up with the most brilliant stories imaginable. if you like suspense, fiction, action, a page turner, and a book that really makes you think then get off the computer and buy it at a local booksore
Guest More than 1 year ago
I haven't read this in years but if you enjoy this book then you will like all of William Sleater's other books.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Interstellar Pig was one of the worst books to ever be printed! I don't usually like sci-fi books, but I can sit through them. This one was different. When I was supposed to be reading it, I would try to find other things to do instead of read it like 'Oh, maybe I could clean my room!' or 'Maybe the shower needs cleaning. I could do that!' Don't even bother with this stinker.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I read it aas a book for school and it was sutch a good book I had to find a sequal. I recomend it to anyone that likes a good scifi book. I also think you shuld read parasite pig.I am only half through but I know it will be as good as interstellar pig I know it will be good.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Interstellar Pig is the best Sci-fi book that I have read. It is so facinating how all the aliens are trying to gain control of the pig. At the same time there is a mystery about the house that barney lives in the captain was supposedley killed by his brother (who is probably one of the aliens playing the game at that time. Overall it is the best book of it's background and a classic.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have read Interstellar Pig and have found it to be one of the most immaginative, descriptive, exciting, and fantastic books to have been written. I find this book excessively interesting and more than worth the time spent reading it
Guest More than 1 year ago
THIS IS THE BEST BOOK IN THE WORLD, I HAVE NEVER READ A BETTER BOOK. FULL OF intersting things
Guest More than 1 year ago
At first I laughed at the ridiculous title, but I read it anyway. At first it's dull but it gets better and better until a big fight at the end. The teenage hero, Barney(HA!! Barney the Dinosaur!!), finds out about a mystery about a mad man that turn out to be a real, true story and three aliens;Zena, Manny, and Joe,come to claim a mysterious tricket called the Piggy that a fellow alien lost on the planet, and Barney finds out their sci-fi game isn't a game but a race to get the Piggy and hide it from your enemies...
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book wasn't interesting, it was too easy to follow, in the beginning. In fact, it was almost boring. However, just before I was tempted to put the book down altogether, it sudenly got interesting. Then, it was altogether confusing. Introducing muliple characters and new names at the very end made this book exremely hard to follow. This book is not a Science fiction book, whatever people might say, becuase it gives no reference to any new technology that the human race will have at any time in the future. It does, however, talk about things that have not been proven to exist or be possible (aka spaceships that beam people up, telepathy by 'the piggy'). Becuase this book is set in the present, and the technology used in it is not made by humans, it is not Science Fiction, whatever the publisher might want to say about it. When I sat down to read this book, I expected a good, Bradbury kind of idea, and read one of the easiest books I have ever read in my entire life. I was rather dissappointed with this book in general, but becuase of it's somewhat captivating plot, I didn't completely hate it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
William Sleator is my most favorite author. he has written some of the best books I have ever read..and I ave even had the pleasure of meeting him which was one of the best days of my Middle School years! I have read almost all of his books...I am just sad I can't find one of them...which I want to read again. however I recommend this book and ALL of William Sleators books to N E one who likes fiction!
Guest More than 1 year ago
When i was done reading this book it opened a hole new world to me. I had new ideas and great new visions. I thought it was the best book ever.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book takes place at a beach house in Paradise called 'The Captain's House.' The main characters are Barney, his Mom and Dad, Zena, and the three neighbors, Manny, Joe and Ted. The main theme is about three neighbors (who are aliens) who come to Barney's beach house with a suspicious game that turns out to be in real life. I wanted to read this book because I like sci-fi/fantasy books. I thought the plot was too strange to be believable, and the strange made-up names (like in the Star Wars movies) made it hard to follow. Overall it is a good book.