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Alien invasion and other inconveniences
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2010
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  Booklist Review

Filled with thought-provoking topics, including slavery, colonization, technology, religion, and ecology, this short sci-fi read is as rewarding as it is entertaining. Using their advanced mental powers, the alien Sanginians take control of Earth in seconds, and human teen Jesse's wry opening comment It takes less time for them to conquer the world than it takes me to brush my teeth sets the tone and firmly hooks the reader. Most of humanity goes quietly to sleep and never wakes, but a few people with latent telepathic gifts become slaves who are forced to remake Earth to Sanginian standards. Yansky doesn't spend much time on invasion logistics. Instead, he moves right to the aftermath of the Sanginians' colonization, as seen through the eyes of Jesse, a careful observer who finds himself growing into a leader. Jesse is an appealing narrator, and while the story's events and themes are often grim, they are leavened with plenty of action, humor, and even a little romance. Great for time-crunched teens.--Rutan, Lynn Copyright 2010 Booklist

  Kirkus Review

The little green men have conquered the world in ten seconds, preserving as slaves those people receptive to telepathic communication. Four teens meet in the slave quarters and realize that their telepathic talents are growing. One begins to dream-walk, which leads him and his friends to attempt an escape from the compound near Austin, Texas, looking for a rebel force further west. Lord Vertenomous's communiqus and journal entries supplement Jesse's first-person narration and help to provide a full picture of both sides of the story--a technique that produces effective worldbuilding. Plot is primary here: It's carefully constructed for maximum suspense and the major literary characteristic in this certifiable page-turner. Character development plays second fiddle, with only enough information provided to support readers' suspension of disbelief. The climax is exciting and guaranteed to please readers, while the resolution is loose enough to suggest possible sequels. Buy this for readers of Ann Halam's Siberia (2005) and J.B. Stephens's Big Empty series, boys and girls alike, although the male narration may have more appeal for the guys. (Science fiction. YA)]] Copyright Kirkus Reviews, used with permission.
Summary
A polite race of telepathic killer aliens, a ten-second world conquest, and one teenage boy collide in this wry, gutsy adventure.<br> <br> Jesse is in history class when a formidable, efficient race of aliens quietly takes over the earth in less time than it takes him to brush his teeth. Most humans simply fall asleep and never wake up. In moments, everyone Jesse knows and loves is gone, and he finds that he is now a slave to an inept alien leader. On the bright side, Jesse discovers he's developing telepathic powers, and he's not the only one. Soon he's forging new friendships and feeling unexpectedly hopeful. When a mysterious girl appears in his dreams, talking about escaping, Jesse begins to think the aliens may not be invincible after all. But if Jesse and his friends succeed, is there anywhere left to go? Brian Yansky offers a funny, grim novel packed with everything boys and sci-fi fans love: aliens, humor, action, and a healthy dose of triumph.
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