Invisible Sun

Invisible Sun

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by David Macinnis Gill
     
 

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Mars roars

Durango has lost his crew and his father, but he still has his second-in-command, Vienne, for now, anyway. And they have a mission: discover everything—absolutely everything—about the secret government project his father was desperate to cover up. Not to mention that Durango's determined to prove himself to Vienne even if he dies trying

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Mars roars

Durango has lost his crew and his father, but he still has his second-in-command, Vienne, for now, anyway. And they have a mission: discover everything—absolutely everything—about the secret government project his father was desperate to cover up. Not to mention that Durango's determined to prove himself to Vienne even if he dies trying. As he races through flood and fire and across a violent and terrifying planet, there's a 97% chance he's going to die trying.

The chase is on.

Editorial Reviews

Suzanne Collins
Praise for Black Hole Sun:School Library Journal Best Book“Rockets readers to new frontiers . . . action-packed.”
Laurie Halse Anderson
“Black Hole Sun grabbed me by the throat and didn’t let go until the last page. In the best tradition of Heinlein and Firefly, Black Hole Sun is for readers who like their books fast-paced, intense, and relentless. Buy it, read it, pass it on!”
Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books
“Action, adventure, sci-fi, and horror buffs will all find this an almost perfect mix of all of the genres.”
The Bulletin for the Center for Children's Books

“Action, adventure, sci-fi, and horror buffs will all find this an almost perfect mix of all of the genres.”

The Horn Book
“Fast-paced, compulsively readable, and outright funny.”
Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books
“Action, adventure, sci-fi, and horror buffs will all find this an almost perfect mix of all of the genres.”
ALA Booklist
“In this stand-alone companion to Black Hole Sun (2010), Gill returns to his fascinating future world: a postapocalyptic Mars trashed by Earth emigrants. . . . Durango’s clever banter with his interior sidekick . . . is a highlight.”
Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books
"Action, adventure, sci-fi, and horror buffs will all find this an almost perfect mix of all of the genres."
Children's Literature - Robert Perret
Teen mercenaries Durango and Vienne are on the run in a Mad Max-esque Martian colony after having stolen classified information from a local warlord in this sequel to Black Hole Sun. Along the way they each learn a little about their respective pasts, until Vienne is captured and it is up to Durango to overcome literally unbelievable obstacles to rescue her. This is pure escapism, an action movie on paper. The plot moves relentlessly, beginning with a heist and moving through chases, explosions and even the outbreak of war. There is always something happening, and even if it doesn't always make sense, it does propel the story ever forward. The snappy frisson between the two leads is really where this book is strongest. Durango, a boy struggling towards manhood after losing his father, and Vienne, a girl who uses her talent for violence to escape her past, express their developing feelings for each other in snarky banter, a relationship strategy to which many teen boys will relate. Some of the chapters are also from the perspective of the villain, Archibald, who spends most of this book chewing scenery and preparing to conquer the planet. Invisible Sun is a great recreational read for teens, especially boys who find books "boring," or for those veracious readers who burn through books in bulk. The story is so fast and fun readers will reach the conclusion before they know it. This book does end on a cliffhanger, so readers will have to return for the forthcoming sequel to discover how it all works out. Reviewer: Robert Perret
VOYA - Bethany Martin
In Black Hole Sun (Greenwillow, 2010/VOYA December 2010), Durango discovers that his father's quest to build the ultimate warrior has created a race of monsters. In Invisible Sun, Durango, along with his fighting partner and girlfriend, Vienne, are on a mission to gather information about his father's work in order to protect the Martian colonists and find answers about Durango's future. Their fact-finding mission, however, puts them in the middle of a planetwide power struggle—Vienne is captured, and Durango must find a way to save her. While this novel is billed as a stand-alone companion to the first book, it is most likely to appeal to fans of Black Hole Sun. More contemplative and less action-packed than its predecessor, this book reveals new depths in the protagonists, particularly Vienne. The story raises questions about the meaning of family and responsibility in romantic relationships, which many teens are pondering in relation to their own lives. While the plot is slower and less complex than the first story, the revelations at the end are unexpected and will leave readers eager for the next volume. This is a good purchase for collections where the first book is popular. Reviewer: Bethany Martin
School Library Journal
Gr 9 Up—In this sequel to Black Hole Sun (HarperCollins, 2010), Vienne and her chief, Durango, are the only Regulators from their unit to have survived their Lord's disgrace. They are dalit now, mercenary soldiers marked by the absence of a pinky finger, on a quest to retrieve classified information about Durango's past. Told from alternating perspectives, the story follows Durango and Vienne as they raid and escape pursuit, switching periodically to Durango's nemesis, the pyromaniac Archibald, who is bent on bringing about an apocalypse. Descriptions of the harsh Mars terrain, history, and politics and the assassins' high-tech gadgets are neglected in favor of witty banter and action sequences. The most amusing exchanges happen in Durango's head, where Mimi, an artificial intelligence attached to his brain, provides guidance and commentary. Readers will have to suspend disbelief as Durango not only survives but also continues to fight through concussions, broken limbs, gunfire, and other violence in pursuit of the truth and love. The emotionally devastating climax will leave fans eager for the next installment.—Nicole Politi, The Ocean County Library, Lavallette, NJ
Kirkus Reviews
Danger! Romance! Library ambushes! On the heels of their last adventure (Black Hole Sun, 2010), Martian freedom fighters Durango and Vienne infiltrate an evil government compound in search of missing data they hope will render the planet safe from future harm. This companion novel is packed with Gill's slick, snappy trademark dialogue; the two heroes and Durango's artificial intelligence advisor who's cloned in his brain speak mostly in well-wrought, Han Solo–like wisecracks. There's also plenty of action, including death-defying escapes, ambushes and hair-raising shootouts. Amazingly enough, the body count, however, is much lower than in the first novel. Where humans dropped liked flies (and were, on occasion, eaten) in the first installment, here romance replaces a considerable chunk of the action. Most notably, there is a long-winded, meandering visit to Vienne's monastery home, where bees are tended and tea leaves are read (and Vienne and Durango realize their romantic destiny). Not soon enough, the enemy attacks and Durango and Vienne are off to fight, again. The plot goes haywire from here, and Gill apparently throws in just about every plot device and twist he can think of to get to the end. A weirdly tepid, stop-and-start mess of a sci-fi thriller. (Science fiction. 13 & up)

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780062073334
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
03/26/2013
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
388
Sales rank:
1,360,348
Product dimensions:
5.20(w) x 7.90(h) x 1.10(d)
Age Range:
14 - 17 Years

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Laurie Halse Anderson

“Black Hole Sun grabbed me by the throat and didn’t let go until the last page. In the best tradition of Heinlein and Firefly, Black Hole Sun is for readers who like their books fast-paced, intense, and relentless. Buy it, read it, pass it on!”

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