The Alien Mind

The Alien Mind

by V.L. Jennings

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The Alien Mind 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
bamauthor More than 1 year ago
This is a sci-fi story that is family friendly. While the target audience is nine through twelve, the plot and characters are developed enough to be enjoyed by young adult and adult fans of science fiction. There is a nice mix of science, moral lessons, adventure and time travel. I read the black and white paperback version of this book that is also available in a Kindle version with color photographs. No doubt that would make the book even more appealing for middle grade readers. An alien group known as the Aruk attacked a secret government agency on Earth. They captured and tortured one hundred fifty children. Later on these children were rescued by another race of aliens known as the Aunanet, who taught them the best knowledge of both civilizations. The Aunanet assisted the most gifted to become computer mind experts or healers. These people could travel through time dimensions and had the power to use parts of the brain that humans could only dream about. The Aruk had never given up in their attempt to find these children, and the beginning of the story finds the Aunanet civilization and the children they protected under attack. Rivi, our protagonist, is the oldest of these children at age fourteen. After the attack she finds her way back to Earth. There she meets an orphan boy named Daniel, who becomes her protege. Her saga will include lessons on how to deal with bullying and teaching lessons of compassion in the process. She will meet the President of the United States, endure further torture by the aliens, and be forced to make life and death decisions in one crisis after another. All the while she is tormented by nightmares from her past, the desire to uncover her Earthly parents, and a fierce loyalty to her adopted parents and alien culture. Will Riva succeed in ridding herself of her difficult childhood memories, and how will she adjust to whatever world she chooses to live in? This book is highly recommended for lovers of sci-fi, adventure and those who love plots filled with moral dilemmas. Recommended for tweens, teens and adults who like to think what if?
SheilaDeeth More than 1 year ago
A middle grade science fiction novel, Virginia Jennings’ The Alien Mind blends ideas from Superman, X-Men and the 4400 with (sometimes confusing) hints of science, a nicely imagined fourth dimension, and the (idealistic) joys of American freedom, all in a set-piece type sci-fi novel. Protagonist Rivi is a teenage girl abducted as a small child by aliens, rescued by other aliens, and ready, at last, to reveal herself to the United States. She and her friends have superpowers, but her friends are on the run through the interstellar void. And the bad guys have evil schemes in mind. Such phrases as “think outside the hypercube” offer glimpses of alien mindsets, while recollections of equations from basic physics interpose themselves in descriptions of an attack by enemy forces. Magical space-bending computers, mystical mind-bending powers, and a lonely boy who might become a true friend, all combine into a complex tale that rushes from alien dinner-table to torture chamber, to high school, to presidential audience and beyond. Some editing glitches might annoy some readers, and the slow set-up could be a problem. But the powers of children (so sadly lost at adulthood) are nicely drawn, and offer a beacon of hope and a future to more than one world. With wise lessons in standing up for yourself, being true to yourself, and understanding your enemies, this is an interesting science fiction tale that covers lots of ground (and space, and inner space), and satisfies that longing of every child to be “more.” Disclosure: I won an ecopy of this novel in an online event and promised to read and review it.
ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Mamta Madhavan for Readers' Favorite In The Alien Mind by Virginia Jennings, a group of aliens, the Aruk, abduct Rivinaig and some children. Another group of aliens, the Aunantet, abduct another group of children. They raise these children as their own and teach them how to develop their brains and mental capabilities. These children also have special abilities which have been given to them by these aliens. The fate of the galaxy depends on whether these children can attain freedom. The book is a fast-paced science fiction, full of thrilling adventure. Children are always fascinated with such topics. These kinds of stories always ignite their curiosity and give them ample opportunity to discover and be more creative. The character of Dan, who befriends Rivinaig on her last day of school on earth, is another interesting character in the story. He joins her in space to be part of the mission to defeat the Aruk who have kidnapped her and several other children. The other noteworthy character is Ankh, Rivinaig's father who is also a Temporalgrapher. He can travel through time - past, present, and future.  This sci-fi story book is really a must-read for children. There is a lot to awaken the creative mind of the reader. The illustrations are good. They do not dominate the story. They are simple illustrations and blend well with the story. Will Rivinaig be able to escape from the Aruk and will she be able to release the other children who are held captive?
CatDipity More than 1 year ago
This is a cute story I was given by the author to review. I think the target audience is more for 4th-8th grade, but I still enjoyed it. It was a light read, but with plenty of depth and background to make it a really good story. Rivi is a 14 year old girl who as a young girl was kidnapped by aliens, along with 149 other kids and babies, tortured to see how much they could handled, and then eventually rescued by another group of aliens where they were taken in and given families. They were taught the human/earth ways, as well as the ways of the aliens, and taught to use more of their brains than humans normally do. Learning to use tall of their brains, the children developed abilities to connect with computers, heal, change the molecular structure of things to make them bigger or smaller or completely different, just to name a few. After an attack from the original kidnapping aliens, the children are sent off to safety, except for Rivi, who escapes back to earth, where knowledge of the aliens becomes known to all and a whole new adventure begins.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
An amazing, interesting, intriguing, and unique story! I enjoyed it, as I'm sure many others will, but must say it needs proper editing. If you can get past an overuse of ellipses, random typos/misspellings, and other small technical errors like that, I highly recommend this clean read to any who enjoy a good interplanetary adventure. (Mostly for young adults and kids though, I feel.)
Guest More than 1 year ago
A group of children are abducted in the adventures of 'The Alien Mind.' Each child becomes a hostage to the Aruk, a group of aliens. While held hostage to the Aruk, the children are rescued from captivity by another group of aliens who adopt them, and become their alien family. The children become gifted in the course of their learning developmental ability, and begin to defy the laws of physics. The trials, and tribulations begin as the Aruk seek revenge, and the children must once again fight for their freedom. Virginia Lori Jennings brings her characters to life as young Rivinaig details a description of a hostage situation from the unknown, somewhere in the galaxy, far beyond the imagination. The author draws the reader immediately into this mysterious adventure as we fill our minds with curiosity about the supernatural. I recommend 'The Alien Mind' to teens, adults, and science fiction lovers. The story is interesting from beginning to end, the plot is superb, and the characters come to life within the first few chapters. 'The Alien Mind' is a science fiction thriller that reveals the extraordinary battle for freedom as the children become determined to fight for their rights with an extraterrestrial army. The story is as entertaining as 'Independence Day' as it fills the pages with unparalleled magic, and imagination. Geraldine Ahearn, A.I.O.M. author of 6 books Author Geri Ahearn, INC.