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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...
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...
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  • 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.

About the Author-

  • Robison Wells is also the author of Blackout, Variant, and Feedback. Variant was a Publishers Weekly Best Book and a YALSA Quick Pick for Reluctant Readers. Robison lives in the Rocky Mountains in a house not too far from elk pastures. His wife, Erin, is a better person than he will ever be, and their three kids cause mischief and/or joy.

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  • Publisher's Weekly

    December 7, 2015
    Wells (Blackout) has a misfire with this inconsistent tale, which opens after an enormous starship crashes in Iowa and skids hundreds of miles north. Seventeen-year-old Alice Goodwin relocates from Florida to Minnesota when her father, an important NASA official, is assigned to investigate the UFO. The thousands of surviving aliens, who look entirely human, are housed in a shantytown near the ship but, in an effort at interstellar communication, two alien teenagers are enrolled in Alice’s new boarding school, with one of them assigned as her roommate. The novel begins on a somber note with at least 18,000 humans killed in the crash (on top of alien casualties) but quickly veers into lighter banter among Alice and her classmates. Smart, wisecracking Alice realizes that something isn’t quite right with the aliens’ story, and she’s proven right when the Masters, the real owners of the starship, appear. Wells’s Masters are nightmarish but cartoonishly incompetent, and while the novel doesn’t lack for action, neither does it find its footing as it swings uncomfortably between humorous and horrific. Ages 13–up. Agent: Sara Crowe, Harvey Klinger.

  • Kirkus

    January 1, 2016
    Wells is back with a new sci-fi adventure that comments on U.S. history. Half-Navajo Alice loves living in Florida, where every day is sunny and warm. She's totally unprepared to follow her white, widowed father to Minnesota's wind-swept snowfields. But when the first ship from outer space crash-lands, as NASA's director of special projects, her dad absolutely, positively has to be there--which means Alice has to be there as well. Enrolled in a nearby boarding school with very few other students of color, she watches with fascination as the ship finally opens to reveal aliens that look very much like humans. Encouraged by her father to befriend two of the shipwreck survivors, Alice and her roommates welcome them to school. It all seems relatively easy...until the rest of the fleet arrives and starts to hunt for her new friends. Suddenly, nothing is easy, nothing is the same, and nowhere is safe. Wells displays an awareness of the need for ethnic diversity in books for kids. Alice is conscious of the parallels between the aliens' landing and the arrival of white people in North America; her boyfriend is an Indian kid who's grown up in the United States. Alice's breezy narration and short chapters keep the pages flipping. A one-time resident of the Navajo Reservation, Wells discusses the challenges of writing about the First Nations in an author's note. A highly pertinent, engaging thriller. (Science fiction. 12-16)

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  • School Library Journal

    January 1, 2016

    Gr 8 Up-This week, 17-year-old Alice is being forced to move to Minnesota with her father, the Director of Special Projects for NASA. That's because last week a giant UFO crashed in the Midwest, killing tens of thousands of people before skidding to a stop outside of Minneapolis. The world is outraged at the loss of human life and terrified that whatever is inside the UFO has come to invade Earth. Surprisingly, the aliens from the ship look like humans, despite having pale skin and an unfamiliar language. Calling themselves the Guides, they seem to come in peace. In an effort to boost diplomatic relations, two of the teenage Guides are sent to a boarding school in Minnetonka, where they are predictably befriended by Alice and her brilliant math- and science-minded roommates. What follows is a fast-paced adventure, filled with action, mystery, and humor. A rushed ending is the only glaring flaw in an otherwise entertaining (if not always believable) plot. The novel's greatest strength lies in the perfectly timed wit of its young female narrator. The Guides' inability to understand Alice's sarcasm and idiomatic expressions makes for some hilarious conversations. But those same sarcastic discussions lead to poignant observations about humans, who, as Alice explains, don't always treat one another very well and are generally afraid of other people's differences. In the end, Wells proves that teenagers are smart and resourceful and that their unique perspective might just save the world. VERDICT Witty dialogue, plenty of action, and just a hint of romance make this a perfect selection for any teenage science-fiction fan.-Liz Overberg, Zionsville Community High School, IN

    Copyright 2016 School Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.

  • Kirkus Reviews "A highly pertinent, engaging thriller."
  • ALA Booklist "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."
  • Voice of Youth Advocates (VOYA) "A seriously engaging action-adventure that stands on its own and leaves readers wanting more."
  • Kirkus Reviews PRAISE FOR ROBISON WELLS: "This thoughtful, considered action-adventure will have readers pondering even after they've closed the book."
  • Publishers Weekly (starred review) "Wells knows how to snare readers' attention and hold them spellbound. There is no shortage of white-knuckle action."
  • Ally Condie, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Matched "Blackout is a thrilling combination of Wells' trademark twists and terror. Fantastic!"
  • Publishers Weekly (starred review) "A chilling, masterful debut. With its clever premise, quick pace, and easy-to-champion characters, Wells' story is a fast, gripping read with a cliffhanger ending that will leave readers wanting more."
  • Voice of Youth Advocates (VOYA) (Starred Review) "Variant should join the ranks of today's must-read science fiction and fantasy series. A highly recommended addition to any collection for teens."
  • Kirkus Reviews "Benson's account unfolds in a speedy, unadorned first person. Hard to put down from the very first page, this fast-paced novel answers only some of the questions it poses, holding some of the most tantalizing open for the next installment in a series that is anything but ordinary."
  • ALA Booklist "Good old-fashioned paranoia taken to giddy extremes. Take Veronica Roth's Divergent, strip out the angst, add a Michael Grant-level storytelling pace, and you have this very satisfying series starter."
  • School Library Journal "Filled with heart-racing action and suspense. An impressive debut with wide appeal, especially for fans of Alexander Gordon Smith's Lockdown and James Dashner's The Maze Runner."
  • Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books "Fans seeking a fast-paced, action-heavy read will find this generates a lot of excitement."
  • Kirkus Reviews "Picking up only moments after the first book ends, Feedback features the same nonstop, breathless pace, adding new dimension to old characters and new plot twists that are hard to see coming. An absorbing read that won't let fans of the first down."

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