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First, we feared them. Then we fought them. Now they might be our only hope. Sixteen-year-old Lyric Walker's life is forever changed when she witnesses the arrival of 30,000 Alpha, a five-nation race...
First, we feared them. Then we fought them. Now they might be our only hope. Sixteen-year-old Lyric Walker's life is forever changed when she witnesses the arrival of 30,000 Alpha, a five-nation race...
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  • First, we feared them. Then we fought them. Now they might be our only hope.
    Sixteen-year-old Lyric Walker's life is forever changed when she witnesses the arrival of 30,000 Alpha, a five-nation race of ocean-dwelling warriors, on her beach in Coney Island. The world's initial wonder and awe over the Alpha quickly turns ugly and paranoid and violent, and Lyric's small town transforms into a military zone with humans on one side and Alpha on the other. When Lyric is recruited to help the crown prince, a boy named Fathom, assimilate, she begins to fall for him. But their love is a dangerous one, and there are forces on both sides working to keep them apart. Only, what if the Alpha are not actually the enemy? What if they are in fact humanity's best chance for survival? Because the real enemy is coming. And it's more terrifying than anything the world has ever seen.
    Action, suspense, and romance whirlpool dangerously in this cinematic saga!

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  • DOGO Books that1brony - I am currently reading this mainly because my part time Librarian friend recommended to me saying its along my tastes. i currrently have the book checked out, but i am reading 2 more in front of it. ill read in in 2-3 days in other words xD
  • Publisher's Weekly

    March 30, 2015
    Buckley (the N.E.R.D.S. series) jumps from middle-grade to YA with this trilogy opener, which sees two worlds colliding as New York City’s Coney Island becomes occupied by the Alpha, an ocean-dwelling race that is nothing like the mermaids of myth. The Alpha come in all shapes and sizes, from the alluring Sirena to the deadly Nix, resembling myriad aquatic species. Their arrival inspires fear, hatred, and confusion. Sixteen-year-old Lyric Walker, who hides secrets of her own, is chosen by her high school’s new principal to help several Alpha teens integrate into the school—a dangerous proposition with anti-Alpha sentiment rapidly on the rise. Buckley’s depiction of the Alpha relies much on standard supernatural tropes (they’re proud, honorable, arrogant, and warlike), but he also imbues them with an alien mystery. Lyric’s plight is predictable, especially her blossoming attraction to Alpha prince Fathom, yet her path holds some surprises, and Buckley draws clear parallels between the vicious anti-Alpha attitudes and existing racial and ethnic prejudices. It’s a fascinating, engaging, and tense tale, and a strong start to the series. Ages 12–up. Agent: Alison Fargis, Stonesong.

  • School Library Journal

    September 1, 2015
    Gr 8 Up-When thousands of ocean dwellers (the Alpha) come ashore at Coney Island, 16-year-old Lyric Walker becomes involved when her high school is chosen for assimilation of the teenage Alpha. Lyric is assigned to assist Fathom, the Alpha crown prince; first a friendship and then a romance develops between the two. The story has strong characters and world-building; incorporates elements of diversity, prejudice, domestic abuse, and intolerance; and also has parallels with the civil rights movement. Jennifer Grace provides a smooth and practiced narration, adding to the action, emotion, and suspense of this well-written combination dystopian thriller and coming-of-age story. VERDICT Of interest to young adults and fans of dystopian fantasy.-"Denise A. Garofalo, Mount Saint Mary College, Newburgh, NY"

    Copyright 2015 School Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.

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