Last Chance by Gregg Hurwitz

Last Chance by Gregg Hurwitz; 2017; $23.98; 379 pages; Tor Teen, New York, NY; 978-0-7653-8269-6; purchased from Ebay; 8/26/17-8/30/17

Why did I read this?  Because I really like Gregg Hurwitz as an author and I read the first book in the series.

Chance, Patrick and Alex are back to fight the aliens that are in the processing of harvesting all the humans on earth and repopulating the planet with themselves.   Not only to they have to fight the aliens but they have dissenters with in their own group who want to openly challenge them and the one remaining adult. Chance and Patrick have a secret that only they and Alex know.  Some of the littlest kids help Chance, Patrick and Alex fight the aliens.   The book concludes with a sacrifice by one of the main characters.

Grade A

The Rains by Gregg Hurwitz

The Rains by Gregg Hurwitz; 2016; $17.99; 349 pages; Tor Teen, New York, NY; 978-0-7653-8267-2; checked out from Multnomah County Library, Gresham, Young Adult Fiction; 11/16/16-11/17/16

Why did I read this?  Because I have read many of Gregg Hurwitz work and really enjoyed them.

Red Dawn meets Invasion of the Body Snatchers meets Dawn of the Dead.  Asteroids rain down upon the earth, split open and infect everyone of the age of eighteen.  Men become mappers, women become chasers and kids have to save the earth.  Things change the moment you turn eighteen so be careful of the person who turns eighteen tomorrow.  Patrick and Chance Rains are orphans, raised by their aunt and uncle, who lead the fight in their small rural town.  They and Patricks’ girlfriend Alex are the main characters, along with a surprisingly diverse supporting cast.  There is all kind of action here within the kids community and as they try to figure out what is going on.

Grade-A 

Mind out of Time

The Fellowship for Alien Detection by Kevin Emerson; 2013; $16.99; 430 pages; Walden Pond Press, New York, NY; 978-0-06-207185-9; Juvenille, fiction; checked out from Multnomah County Library, Troutdale; 10/1-10/8

Why did I pick this up?  I met former science teacher Kevin Emerson last year at Wordstock and have met up with him several times in the last year.  I have read several other books by him and really liked them.

What is the story?  Haley and Dodger, in different parts of the country, win a fellowship to figure out if there are aliens among us.  13 years old, they have to enlist their families to help them move about the country to follow up the leads.  Haley has used her research skills to find common threads amongst towns that have had a supposed alien event.  Dodger may have a unusual connection to the aliens, and may have previous experience with them.  They come together when several more events occur around the country, and are helped by a mercenary with a faulty memory.

Did I like it?  This was written for people much younger than me and I think they would appreciate it more than me. It took me a while to get into the story and then I was into it, but I didn’t find it really gripping.

Grade-B

What is with the title of the review?  There is a town that is out of time and there is one person in the town whose mind is rejecting the mind control of the aliens.