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Earthfall (Earthfall 1)

Earthfall (Earthfall 1) [Kindle Edition]

Mark Walden
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (84 customer reviews)

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A comedy thriller, full of baddies, action and lashings of humour (Praise for the H.I.V.E. series, Sunday Express)

An exuberant Dahl-esque escapade (Praise for the H.I.V.E. series, Financial Times)

Exciting, clever and all in all brilliant (Praise for the H.I.V.E. series, Sunday Telegraph)

Book Description

3-D mega-budget action in book form. When the world is ending, you'd better be ready to fight ... Think Gone meets Independence Day - with attitude

Product details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 527 KB
  • Print Length: 369 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1408849755
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Childrens; 1 edition (7 Jun 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1408849755
  • ISBN-13: 978-1408849750
  • ASIN: B0085UP8VS
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (84 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #9,239 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Mark Walden spent ten years producing video games before finally deciding to that perhaps it was time to do some real work! With the bitter taste of his rejection from the NASA astronaut training programme still in his mouth he decided that maybe he should try to write a book instead. Inspired by his friend's cat, Mark wrote the first H.I.V.E. novel and his love of all things villainous was born. The H.I.V.E. series will extend to six books in 2010 and will prove to be darker than the inside of a baddie's lair. He lives with his wife and young daughter in Hampshire and is continually plotting ways to take over the world!

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Exciting and entertaining 2 Sep 2012
By Happy and Smiling TOP 1000 REVIEWER
This is a book that gets you hooked from the first page. Sam is desperately evading alien robots who have invaded earth. There are only a handful of free thinking humans left - the others have been turned into mindless drone slaves. It is a daily fight to avoid capture and find food, until Sam discovers he is not alone in surviving. It is a well written, fast paced book, perfect for the teenage market. The characters are likeable with lots of humourous banter. It has elements from many similiarly themed sci-fi movies but also has some original ideas that make it a 5 star read. There was nothing disturbing in the contents that you wouldn't want your child to read, and edge of seat excitement most of the way through. I like happy endings and this book ticked all the boxes.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Bring on the next, please, Mr Walden. 20 Nov 2012
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Wow, this was a book that gripped me by the throat and dragged me into the pages as soon as I started reading. If you're not a YA reading this (like me; I'm the parent of a YA), it might be helpful to have one of these around when you, as there are certain terms that I had to look up.

Nicely descriptive with a skillful balance of gore, terror and a smidgen of dark humour. I must admit that I had to re-read a couple of sections to make sure I grasped some of the 'tech-speak' but then again, I am slightly older than the 'target' audience - I struggle with the instructions for my mobile phone!

Overall a good engaging read. Bring on the next one!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
The author of the H.I.V.E series, Mark Walden, has turned his imagination to envisioning the coming of aliens to earth. 'Earthfall' is the first chapter about school boy Sam and his fellow survivors, who band together to create a renegade group, intent on thwarting the unwanted intruders to their planet.

From the opening chapter, the reader is thrust straight into the fight as our as yet unnamed hero battles against a drone-like creature - an octopus type object with deadly tendrils. This left me in no doubt that the rest of the book was going to be a rollercoaster ride for survival.

I thought Mark Walden did a really good job of depicting the world as its now become. The majority of humans have become Walkers, as Sam calls them and among them are his mother and older sister. There's quite a detailed and slightly complex explanation of events near the end of the book which provides a fresh perspective on things which have happened. This was a bit hard to follow at first but I gradually began to make sense of it all and found it fascinating.

I would have liked to have seen more of Sam's progression in the book, as his training was skipped over quite quickly. Although he's wily and tough from the beginning, I think after having been on his own for such a long time, that it would have taken him longer to adjust to being part of a group. It would also have been interesting to have found out more background to some of the other people that he joins up with.

'Earthfall' was a promising start to the series which will appeal to slightly younger readers, boys in particular. There's lots of action and excitement which will have them totally hooked!
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
4¼ Out of 5
It started off as a signal. Then they came and enslaved humanity.
In the world of Sam Riley, there is danger everywhere: alien ships, Drones, mindless human slaves. To make everything worse, supplies are running low and after an almost fatal run-in with a Drone, Sam has a seriously infected wound.
All alone, Sam doesn't know why he's immune to the mind-enslaving signal or whether he's the last free-willed human left.
Until he's rescued by a band of teen survivors just like him - also immune to the signal. It's only then that he discovers the truth behind the invasion and how it started.
And starts to fight back...
A book for fans of V and Falling Skies, Earthfall sucked me in from the word go. I love all of the H.I.V.E. books so couldn't wait to get my hands on Earthfall! It didn't disappoint! There was alien action, mind control, a group of teen rebels and constant suspense and action; I just sped through the book, unable to put it down. It may not have been the most complex book, but it was an addictive, suspenseful, utterly enjoyable read that I loved to pieces. I think H.I.V.E. and alien-post-apocalyptic-world lovers will love this just as much as I did!
I loved all the characters because they were all unique and really real. I loved Sam, who was brave and practical and very relatable (unlike Otto from H.I.V.E., who's a freakin' genius). Sam was a natural leader, a boy just trying to survive in a broken world. I really liked Rachel, `cause she was kickbutt, snarky and an ace with a gun! Jay was brilliant too, with his snark and cheekiness and funniness - also, you just gotta love the Jay Plans! I really loved was the band of rebels, how they stuck together and how they teased each other.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Scifantastic 14 Nov 2012
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This book is one of the best books i have read in a while.

Its a childrens book but doesnt read like a childrens book if that makes sense.

This is about Sam, a teenager who lives with his mom and dad and older sister.

One day Sam wakes up and all the people in the world have turned into zombified drones, unable to speak or communicate and alien ships have landed in most of the major citys in the world.

18 months later, Sam is forced to live in the sewers to stay safe, only coming out at night for fear of being caught by the hunters, a robotic alien life force.

One day however Sam discovers that he is not as alone as he might think.

The story then turns into ALien vs Human action, the resistance fighting against them and what happens.

The big twist regarding Sam i didnt see coming and and the author has set the book up for a sequel which i am happily going to buy to find out what hapens next.

In my opinion Syfy should buy the options to this and turn it into a tv show, it would be fantastic.

I can already see someone like Taylor Lautner or Nathan Cress as Sam.

Would very happily recommend to anyone over the age of 10 as there is no sex scenes or swearing.
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Read this book in one sitting, although an adult I sometimes love reading teenage books because they are so well written, and this was no let down. Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome
this book is the best book ever so detailed and interesting you never want to stop reading it best book ever.
Published 3 months ago by zoe Smith
5.0 out of 5 stars outstanding
A truly AMAZING book I loved the structure of it and how it started in the action and went back. I would recommend it to any good reader who loves action.
Published 3 months ago by dr mark sopher
5.0 out of 5 stars Earth fall
good book;really enjoyed it# wow would definitely buy a sequel if ever realeased!! Another great book by Mark Walden… on of the best authors there is…
Published 4 months ago by Miss Jill Borthwick
5.0 out of 5 stars Action Packed and Imaginative!
I loved this book! It was fast paced and full of imaginative alien things. I hope there will be a sequel as the ending completed the story, but left it a bit open for a follow up.
Published 4 months ago by Juggernaut Jane
5.0 out of 5 stars Earthfall
It was sad yet funny but by the end you will cry if you thought every thing was fine it won't be
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