Jesse is having the worst day of his life. Unfortunately, it’s also the worst day in the history of humankind. Sanginians have invaded Earth, using their tremendous mental powers to turn all of humanity into their slaves in a matter of seconds. Lucky for Jesse, he has some telepathic abilities of his own, making him “superior product,” worthy to serve in the home of Lord Vertenomous, the leader of this new colony.
Too bad for Lord Vert that Jesse isn’t the type of product to sit back and take things quietly. In fact, it seems there may be other product who feel the same—like Lauren, the overachieving do-gooder; Michael, the star athlete; and Lindsey, the fashion model. But it isn’t until Jesse starts communicating in his dreams with a mysterious girl, whom he’s pretty sure is real, that he starts to think the aliens might not be invincible after all.
Brian Yansky takes listeners on a journey filled with humor and courage, where one teenage boy has to figure out what exactly it means to be human.
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Brian Yansky is the author of My Road Trip to the Pretty Girl Capital of the World and Wonders of the World. He holds an MFA in writing from Vermont College and lives in Austin, Texas, where he teaches writing at Austin Community College.From Booklist:
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. Grades 9-12. --Lynn Rutan
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