Alien Invasion and Other Inconveniences

Alien Invasion and Other Inconveniences

by Brian Yansky


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ISBN-13: 9780763658366
Publisher: Candlewick Press
Publication date: 05/14/2013
Pages: 240
Sales rank: 1,342,769
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.20(h) x 0.70(d)
Lexile: 530L (what's this?)
Age Range: 14 Years

About 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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Alien Invasion and Other Inconveniences 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
EKAnderson on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Every once in a while a novel comes along and you read it and you think holy crap, why didn¿t I think of that?I wasn¿t even through Chapter One of Brian Yansky`s latest, ALIEN INVASION & OTHER INCONVENIENCES when I started to feel this way. Oh, the plot envy. It can be soul-sucking.But of course this novel was so good ¿ so very, very good ¿ that the plot envy was overcome. And I just wanted to hug and squeeze this book and tell all my friends about it and show my cats who just sort of stared at me and maybe rubbed their faces on the corners or took a nap on it. Siiiiigh.ALIEN INVASION & OTHER INCONVENIENCES is the story of Jesse, an average Texas high schooler who goes from carefree to living a nightmare in the mere ten seconds it takes for Lord Vertenomous and his alien race, the Sanginians, to conquer the planet. The Sanginians only saved a select few of Earth¿s people, the rest of whom simply stopped. They sort of looked asleep, until the clean up crew came and took all the bodies. Now a slave, Jesse is transported to Lord Vertenomous¿ HQ in Austin, where he meets former superstar football player, Michael, save-the-earth-y do-gooder Lauren, and aspiring supermodel Lindsey. Just kids, they¿ve watched their world crumble to pieces around them, as the aliens destroy all machines and make them paint everything green.The aliens communicate only with their minds and refer to humans as ¿product.¿ And it seems that this will be their life, without hope of escape, until Jesse dreams his way to Catlin, a girl who claims to be there in the house with them, a prisoner, and who knows things about the Sanginians that can help Jesse and his friends. That¿s when the really weird stuff starts to happen. Jesse starts hearing his friends¿ thoughts. And together they realize that they all are developing telepathic abilities, as if the aliens have awoken something in them. It may be too late to save their friends and famillies, but joined together, this group of kids who probably wouldn¿t have ever even talked to eachother before the invasion think they might have found hope for humanity.ALIEN INVASION is science fiction ¿ a genre that I love and that so many readers enjoy and which could definitely use more fab books like this ¿ but I think it will beyond its niche to enchant readers of contemporary fiction as well. The honest and real friendships, the sense of failure in the face of imminent doom. the blurry line between friend and foe ¿ these are the things readers will connect with. Of course there¿s also the wry humor with which Jesse tells the story, the silliness of the oddly polite aliens, the diverse cast of characters. Or there¿s the fact that when CERTAIN THINGS WHICH I CANNOT MENTION happen you will want to throw the book against the wall while you hold back tears¿and then go grab it and pet it and say you¿re sorry so you can find out what happens next. These are things that make ALIEN INVASION & OTHER INCONVENIENCES a must-read. And I¿m not just saying that ¿cause Brian Yansky is awesome. But, just so you know, he is.
C.Ibarra on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Jesse finds himself among the small group of survivors left after Earth is invaded by aliens. His classification as superior product lands him an assignment living at the alien leaders¿s home. While there he meets other survivors (also superior product), and friendships are formed. They hope for escape and survival, but know breaking through the alien security measures would be impossible. When Jesse begins to visit a girl in his dreams, who just happens to have inside info about the aliens, his dream of escape starts to feel possible.Alien Invasion & Other Inconveniences is a fast paced, and engaging read. At just 240 pages I was relieved it didn¿t have the issues with plot pacing, and lack of character development that I¿ve run into with other books of similar length. It wasn¿t rushed, and the characters felt like friends by the time I reached the end. The ending left me to hope we might see more of Jesse and his friends in future books.Jesse is a great main character. I enjoyed reading from his point of view, and found his alternate swear words hilarious. Some of the situations were a little darker than I¿d anticipated, but there was enough fun to balance it out nicely. Reading the correspondence between head alien, and the important people back on the home planet, Sanginia, was a great addition. It was nice to know what was going on with both sides of the battle. Even if you don¿t think aliens are your thing, I¿d recommend giving this one a try. It¿s a fantastic story of survival, and has a great message when it comes to how we treat our planet. Maybe the fear of alien takeover is just the motivation we need to be more environmentally conscious.
GRgenius on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Wow...this was a majorly quick read, but good nonetheless! It took all of about 2 days with multiple interuptions along the way and believe me, you won't want their to be anything standing between you and the end of this book. It's one of the only "alien" novels I've read thus far but I found the author's storyline rather intriguing. It's written with a combination of narratives by Jesse, our lead character, and journal entries from the intimating Lord Vert...well at least that's what the Jesse and his friends call both himself, his family, and his father. A fun and funny read indeed, you'll find yourself laughing at the antics that ensue as well as discovering just how powerful something (or someone) can become once it is believed in. Highly recommended for readers of all ages...happy reading!
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TeensReadToo More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago