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Dark Energy

Robison Wells

Average Review Rating Average Rating 9/10 (1 Review)
Book Details

Publisher : HarperCollins

Published : 2016

Copyright : Robison Wells 2016

ISBN-10 : HB 0-06-227505-4
ISBN-13 : HB 978-0-06-227505-9

Publisher's Write-Up

We are not alone. They are here. And there’s no going back. Perfect for fans of The Fifth Wave and the I Am Number Four series, Dark Energy is a thrilling stand-alone science fiction adventure from Robison Wells, critically acclaimed author of Variant and Blackout.

Five days ago, a massive UFO crashed in the Midwest. Since then, nothing - or no one - has come out.

If it were up to Alice, she’d be watching the fallout on the news. But her dad is director of special projects at NASA, so she’s been forced to enroll in a boarding school not far from the crash site. Alice is right in the middle of the action, but even she isn’t sure what to expect when the aliens finally emerge. Only one thing is clear: everything has changed.

'A highly pertinent, engaging thriller.'

Kirkus Reviews

'Wells is a veteran author whose home turf is science fiction, and his fans will recognize and appreciate his style, while newcomers will appreciate the humor and compulsive readability. Grab this, along with Wells’ other novels, for any collection.'

ALA Booklist

'A seriously engaging action-adventure that stands on its own and leaves readers wanting more.'

Voice of Youth Advocates (VOYA)
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Review by Paul Lappen (010120) Rating (9/10)

Review by Paul Lappen
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Rating 9/10

Contact with an alien race has finally happened. A mile-long spaceship has crashed, putting a 300-mile-long gouge in the American Midwest, killing thousands of people. Alice has been put into a local boarding school, because her father, who works for NASA, has to be at the crash site.

After several days, a hole is cut in the side of the ship, and the aliens start coming out, by the thousands. They call themselves the Guides, and they sure do look human. A bit of secret genetic testing shows that they really are human. They also speak a version of an old Native American language from the American Southwest. The humans get a look inside the ship, and see large rooms with lots of spilled blood. Perhaps the ship crashed because of a major battle or mutiny on board.

The Guides are not the only inhabitants of the ship. These other aliens are gray-skinned, much taller than the Guides, with lots of horns and claws and a nasty disposition. It seems that the Guides were practically slaves, and that a mutiny did cause the crash, and that the "bad guys" are not going to let the Guides go that easily.

Alice and a couple of friends have been taking care of a couple of the Guides. They suddenly find themselves racing across America, to a supposed sanctuary, knowing that, at any moment, they could be blasted into atoms.

This is a really good Young Adult novel. The author does a first-rate job from start to finish. It has plenty of action, and is very much worth reading.
Paul Lappen (1st January 2020)

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