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VINE VOICEon 18 October 2013
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'This is one of the best books I've read,' my husband declared when he finished and finally handed it back to me. It's another dystopian novel with a Romeo and Juliet theme - boy meets girl but they are from different sides in a conflict situation and are not supposed to have anything to do with each other. This is complicated in this book by the fact that Syl, the girl, is one of an alien race which has taken over the Earth and is struggling to 'manage' the inhabitants and Paul, the boy, is a human.
This is a clever story set in Scotland, and it's nice to have a dystopian novel set in Britain for a change (most of the others I've read have been set in America). The authors clearly know Edinburgh and Scotland and the Scottish temperament very well and there's a lot of 'local flavour' in the story as a result.
The story starts when humans find out we are not alone in the universe and that aliens with superior technology have been monitoring our signals and listening in to our radio waves for some time. The conclusions they have reached are quite logical considering what they have heard; the human race is violent, technologically advanced but morally corrupt. The Illyri have a policy of conquering alien (to them) planets and Earth is next on their list. They bring benefits; health improvements including the eradication of terrible diseases, they sort out global warming and solve the food supply crisis to all countries - despite that, the Illyri find that humans are generally resistant to occupation, however benign and that there is an almost immediate Resistance movement, prepared to use violence to defeat their conquerors.

The book is subtitled, 'The Chronicles of the Invaders' so I can assume there will be sequels.
It is listed as YA (Young Adult) but I would say it is suitable for anyone who enjoys sci-fi, alien novels, dystopian novels and generally a very good story well told.

This is an updated review after I had finished reading the book for myself. The person who said it was 'not helpful' did so despite my disclaimer at the start. I personally fail to see how this review can be 'unhelpful' as it gives a brief description of the plot without giving too much away and recommendations for who might enjoy reading it. I wish some people would think twice before hitting the 'no' button ...
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