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Manipulate (Alien Cadets Book 1) Kindle Edition

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 3102 KB
  • Print Length: 298 pages
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  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B009ZOBDZ8
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Amazon.com: HASH(0x94a36a44) out of 5 stars 23 reviews
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x94b135dc) out of 5 stars A Delightful Read - No Regrets! 1 Sept. 2013
By PerkyTxGirl - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
I give this book a five star rating without reservation. I usually spend some time nit picking plot holes or problematic writing in my reviews but this story was just such a delightful read that I don't see any reason to say anything but how much I enjoyed it. The writing was stellar - something I don't always see in ebooks. The story was engaging and imaginative. One reviewer called it a YA book and given that the main protagonist is a young man in his late teens, I could see that it might seem that way. I can say as a woman in her fifties who has been reading science fiction my whole life it never felt too immature for me. It was a refreshing break from the unoriginal paranormal romance that seems to dominate the publishing world today. The story and the character development kept me reading until I had finished in just two evenings. I was so disappointed to see the sequel isn't out yet and I'm anticipating it now I know it is in the works at least. The story has a bit of Octavia Butler's Xenogenesis trilogy in the way aliens were truly alien. A bit of David Brin's Uplift series and the unironic optimism of Star Trek. The writer managed to reflect back to all of these classics and remain fresh and original at the same time. Read it - if you love science fiction you won't be disappointed!
9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
By ladyharp - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
Originally, I read one of Corrie Ann Garrett's books to determine suitability for my high school students. Then I got hooked! The alien series gives a fresh perspective on old story lines. Just when I think I have it figured out, surprise! I recommend the series for young people (but us older folks will secretly enjoy it too!)
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x952f1150) out of 5 stars Very Enjoyable 18 May 2015
By Talvi - Published on Amazon.com
Manipulate is a decently written story with enough pathos and engaging characters to keep readers invested to the end. Though a bit too long and with whole sections that could be removed to streamline the story, I found myself interested enough to want to finish. At heart, we have a cautionary story on race relations and understanding what it means to be human. And the soul is very much the very likeable protagonist, 19 year old Sam.

Story: When a supercollider explodes in Switzerland and causes widespread environmental and economic disaster, aliens appear and clear up the radiation and save millions. But the price is that children are taken from all over the world and sent to the alien homeworld for training. 13 year old Sam was abruptly removed from his home and now returns 7 years later, for the first time, to a very different Los Angeles. There is unrest at his home planet and his charisma is needed to keep people calm. But that undercurrent of unrest poses a huge problem for the humans: they are about to be judged by a council of alien species - and if proven unfit, they will be open to annihilation. Can Sam find a bridge between the humans and the aliens before it is too late?

Despite my enjoyment of the characters, it wasn't a perfect book. E.g., sloppy writing or poor research was distracting (i.e., Sam walks out of the Chinese Theater onto Hollywood "Avenue" and then went to Disney World (Disneyland is in LA, Disney World is in Florida). Anyone from Los Angeles would never mix those up and Sam hadn't been gone that long. And as already noted, the book really is too long. It would have been an excellent book with about 1/4 excised.

But those quibbles aside, this is really a character piece. Sam is very much an everyman and straddling two very different cultures. The insectoid type aliens who raised him to manhood and the family who had to give him up. Sam was chosen by the aliens because of his ability to 'manipulate' (read: charisma) and speak the right words at the right time. But the unrest means that the cadets who return are targeted for violence by the humans and by other aliens hoping to take advantage of a poor council ruling. Most of the plot involves the machinations of the different aliens and how Sam and his cadet friends deal with the situations that arise.

The 'bad aliens' were fairly one-dimensional and probably should give up their villain cards since their plans were so incredibly bad and unproductive. Their POVs really weren't needed and just made them seem even sillier than their plotting. I was always relieved when the story came back to Sam again since his was the most compelling POV.

The story is YA - this isn't hard hitting sci fi but it isn't insulting YA, either. Author Garrett's strength is in characterizations and therein lies the charm of Manipulate. You want to see how Sam will handle every situation and if he will figure out the evil plans of the aliens in time to save the Earth. It's a very easy and fluid read.

I listened to the Audible version and the narrator did a decent job. I could have wished for different 'voices' among the characters - sometimes the dialogue blended. But in all, a decent narration.
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x94b13978) out of 5 stars Totally enjoyable! 16 May 2013
By Clark Dunlap - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
There are subtle overtones of parable or morality play, as well as the 'regular guy thrust into a untenable situation' motif. Add to that a hint of 'rage against the machine' and you have a fresh look at the whole mash up genre's. And all done in an understandable prose that is easy to follow but a bit more difficult to anticipate. Totally enjoyable!
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x94b13b04) out of 5 stars Great new Sci-fi 11 Jun. 2014
By Poseyanne - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
…loved Manipulate! I am retired, a constant traveler and an avaricious reader. Access to the internet has allowed me to never be away from a good book! I downloaded Manipulate after seeing it on Freebooksy. I love sci-fi and reread all the old greats rarely finding new material that I like. I was pleasantly surprised with this offering. I found everything I love……lots of aliens, a hero….good guys winning….woot! A great YA book, and a great book for all ages….i look forward to reading Captivate!
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