Conquest (Chronicles of the Invaders 1) Hardcover – 26 Sep 2013
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"I love science fiction, I love solid, real characters, I love adventure, and I love to be continually surprised. Conquest has all of this and more. Feeling fresh from beginning to end, and written with a torrential, captivating pace, I highly recommend this book!"--James Dashner, NYT bestselling author of THE MAZE RUNNER
"A striking novel, devoid of the usual Young Adult conventions and far better for it: from the choice of location to the complex and involving plot that defies the expectations of its target market, this is a novel that does not fear to take the reader to darker places than others of its ilk. The strong characterisation of Steven, Peter and our heroine Syl make their extraordinary adventure all the more believable, and bring an often imagined future for humanity very much to life. A brilliant beginning to what will no doubt become an epic series."--Dean Crawford, author of COVENANT and IMMORTAL
I love science fiction, I love solid, real characters, I love adventure, and I love to be continually surprised.Conquesthas all of this and more. Feeling fresh from beginning to end, and written with a torrential, captivating pace, I highly recommend this book!"--James Dashner, NYT bestselling author of THE MAZE RUNNER" --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
One of Amazon's Top 10 YA novels for 2013. An epic tale set on an Earth ruled by an elite alien race. For fans of Rick Yancey and Pittacus Lore. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.See all Product description
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There are so many secrets hinting in this book, so much promise that there is more to be revealed. Who are the Sisterhood and why have they become so powerful? Can this war that is raging ever end peacefully?
There is so much potential to this series that I am eagerly waiting for the next book where, hopefully, more of the facts will be revealed and at least some of the questions are answered.
Conquest starts simply, all Syl wants is to celebrate her birthday but then a bomb explodes and Syl’s life changes. Each chapter is told from the perspective of different characters and over time their story lines weave together.
Conquest is not about “us” versus “them”, there is no black and white. It is about accepting others for what they are no matter what, for banding together,. It is about betrayal and lies, struggles and intrigue, but mostly mystery and secrets about to be uncovered.
'Conquest' did take some getting into, there's a lot of information to take in, and ends in a way that's wide open and leaves you wanting more. It's a good dystopian novel for this market.
That said, there are moments of tension and excitement, the characters are sympathetic, and their dilemmas are dealt with well. The Illyri are a little too similar to humans to be quite believable though.
Overall it's an okay sci fi novel for both young adults and adults, as long as you're prepared for a fair bit of concentration!
The main characters are two teen-age Illyri girls, Syl and Ani, daughters of the Governor and commanding general of the Illyra in the British Isles and Europe, headquartered in Edinburgh, and two human boys, Paul and Steven, members of the Resistance, and their interactions. Each, in turn, saves the other pair from either capture or death. And thereby hangs a tale.
This is the first of the Chronicles books, introducing the characters for what apparently will be a fairly long-term project. Written with all sorts of scientific mumbo jumbo, the plot contrasts all kinds of human and other types of emotions. As otherworldly as the subject may seem, when it comes down to basic values there does not seem to be much difference in either personalities or beliefs between the cultures. Only circumstances. While the book is mainly intended for a teenage audience, an adult also can easily enjoy the novel, and it is recommended.
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