National Book Award winner M. T. Anderson returns to future Earth in a sharply wrought satire of art and truth in the midst of colonization.
When the vuvv first landed, it came as a surprise to aspiring artist Adam and the rest of planet Earth -- but not necessarily an unwelcome one. Can it really be called an invasion when the vuvv generously offered free advanced technology and cures for every illness imaginable? As it turns out, yes. With his parents' jobs replaced by alien tech and no money for food, clean water, or the vuvv's miraculous medicine, Adam and his girlfriend, Chloe, have to get creative to survive. And since the vuvv crave anything they deem "classic" Earth culture (doo-wop music, still-life paintings of fruit, true love), recording 1950s-style dates for the vuvv to watch in a pay-per-minute format seems like a brilliant idea. But it's hard for Adam and Chloe to sell true love when they hate each other more with every passing episode. Soon enough, Adam must decide how far he's willing to go -- and what he's willing to sacrifice -- to give the vuvv what they want.
|Product dimensions:||5.80(w) x 9.30(h) x 0.80(d)|
|Age Range:||14 - 17 Years|
About the Author
M. T. Anderson is the author of Feed, winner of the Los Angeles Times Book Prize; the National Book Award–winning The Astonishing Life of Octavian Nothing, Traitor to the Nation, Volume I: The Pox Party and its sequel, The Kingdom on the Waves, both New York Times bestsellers and Michael L. Printz Honor Books; Symphony for the City of the Dead: Dmitri Shostakovich and the Siege of Leningrad; and many other books for children and young adults. He lives near Boston, Massachusetts.
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Landscape with Invisible Hand based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
This futuristic fantasy book by M. T. Anderson shows an Earth in the future after world leaders have made a deal with an alien race named the vuvv. This deal seems to be a good idea for the people of the world at first, but its effects change the world greatly. The deal has devalued the worth of the dollar, forced many people out of work, and destroyed the middle class. Adam, a teenager living in America, must get job to help provide for his family. His job, oddly enough, is allowing wealthy vuvv to watch he and his girlfriend so they may see human dating traditions. This job falls apart when his girlfriend breaks up with him. This leads to questions from the vuvv council as to whether they were really in love or not, which leads to Adam being forced to pay massive fines. As Adam’s life is falling apart, an opportunity to enter an art contest is presented that could win him a lot of money. This story has a very interesting ending that has a very good lesson. A really interesting part of the story where Adam was mad about all of his problems and finally realized that if you are already at the bottom there is nowhere to go but up. This is a good lesson because it shows how even in the darkest of times, there is hope for the future. This book was great and I am very glad that I read it. I would recommend this book to anyone who is interested in science fiction books and the teenage to young adult age group. Bolden B, 15, Central Pennsylvania Mensa
Adam's life is pretty terrible. His mom is out of work. His father's left. Their house is underwater (figuratively, not literally). He has a terrible gastrointestinal disease. Life since the vuuv invasion has been terrible. Then Adam falls in love, and Chloe comes up with an idea. They'll broadcast their love story 1950s style to the vuuv. The vuuv are obsessed with the 50s and it'll bring some money in. It's an amazing idea! Until it's not. When one thing starts to spiral, everything starts to go out of control and it's up to Adam to figure out a way to save his family and himself. Well, it's not Feed. When I love a book, really love a book, I get really high expectations for the author. I want that again! I want to be as in love and enraged as I was over Violet! I just don't feel that for Adam, and I want to get that out of the way. Landscape With Invisible Hand is not Feed. But that's okay - because it's still pretty good. It's great to read some science-fiction by M.T. Anderson again. He still manages to lace it with that dystopian cynicism that made Feed amazing, but it's really difficult not to compare the books. It's the future. Technology has changed. As a result, human life is actually pretty terrible. But in Landscape, the MC is all too aware of exactly how terrible it is. And you keep waiting for things to get better! ... You can't help but to feel bad for Adam. He's not quite likable enough that you want to root for him, but you don't hate him enough to feel like he deserves this lot in life. It's an interesting balance, and I don't think I've run into a character that I've felt like this about before. Anderson is great at building worlds that make you cringe in their relatability and bleakness. He's great at annoying characters that are really interesting. This book was just so depressing though. In a necessary, "let's talk about how our social classes are a facade" sort of way. This was a really easy read, but it was anything but light. I've already recommended it to a few friends because of the way it sucks you in. It's like a car crash, where something terrible has happened and you know you don't want to see it, but you have to see it because it reminds you that you are mortal and to be wary. It makes you see the truth in things you want to ignore. I didn't like it, but it is a needed book. It's difficult to say I liked a book that was so gosh darn grim. I liked the ending though. I'm on the fence as to whether or not I will purchase a hard copy of this book for my personal library. But I will keep recommending it to people, because it was so interesting. And I will definitely keep reading any science fiction M.T. Anderson puts out.