Book Descripition: In 2015, a race of alien Others conquered Earth. They enslaved humanity not by force, but through an aggressive mind control that turned people into contented, unquestioning robots.
Except sixteen-year-old Althea isn’t content at all, and she doesn’t need the mysterious note inside her locket to tell her she’s Something Else. It also warns her to trust no one, so she hides the pieces that make her different, even though it means being alone.
Then she meets Lucas, everything changes.
Althea and Lucas are immune to the alien mind control, and together they search for the reason why. What they uncover is a stunning truth the Others never anticipated, one with the potential to free the brainwashed human race.
It’s not who they are that makes them special, but what.And what they are is a threat. One the Others are determined to eliminate for good.
Book description: Althea and Lucas barely escaped the Others’ clutches in the autumn, and were separated in the process. Alone and on the run from the cruel alien race determined to exterminate her, Althea struggles to adapt and survive in a world she never imagined.
When a boy named Pax appears out of nowhere, he quickly recognizes Althea for what she is – a human/Other hybrid just like him. Althea begs him to help her find Lucas, but Pax refuses, intent on following his own mysterious agenda.
The Others’ presence continues to devour the planet’s resources, and if history is an indication, they won’t leave until Earth is destroyed beyond repair. Althea and Pax sense the only way to save themselves – and maybe their home – is to understand the powers simmering inside them.
Together they push the limits of their capabilities in the quiet Wilds, but are soon confronted with a terrifying fact: no place is safe from the relentless pursuit of the Others.
Least of all their own minds.
My thoughts: Wow. (End of review, I'm done.) I was surprised by how much the stories took me in and enthralled me. The books that come to mind when I read this are "The Giver" by Lois Lowry and "The Host" by Stephenie Meyer. I wouldn't compare this book in any way to them, they just have some of the same feeling and similarities in circumstance.
Althea is a unique person in her society. Everyone is content and happy. The adults work from home and are not allowed from their homes. The kids go to school where they are taught by teachers via a monitor. Somehow it all stays organized, must be the brainwashing by the Others.
Earth has been conquered by an alien species, the others. They control minute details of human life. They even control the protein that is placed on their tables for dinner. It's kind of spooky what they have been able to accomplish.
Somehow Althea remembers things that she shouldn't. She knows that she spends different seasons with different families. She wonders how she can suddenly show up in her "parents" lives and they don't wonder where she has been. She doesn't know why this happens to her, she only knows that it does.
Althea also suffers from trust issues. She knows that she can't tell any one else that she doesn't think like they do. It will just call attention to the Others that she is trying to avoid. There are two new boys who come into her life. Lucas and Deshi, they both are different from everyone else, can she trust them and finally have a friend?
I will admit that at the time of writing this review, I have not finished the second book. I'm pretty sure that I will be up all night wanting to find out what happens next though. I may add a little note at the bottom with my final thoughts.
I would definitely recommend that you pick up these books. Particularly if you are a lover of dystopia or science fiction.
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