It’s a decade from now and the human race is dying. Plants, animals and humans have been infected by spores from space and become part of a vast alien intelligence.
When 16-year-old Callie discovers her little sister Gracie has been infected, she flees with Gracie to the Zone to avoid termination by the ruthless officers of Quarantine. What Callie finds in the Zone will alter her irrevocably, and send her on a journey to the stars and beyond.
The first book in a heart-stopping and suspenseful YA trilogy from award-winning author James Bradley.
Title: The Silent Invasion
Author: James Bradley
Publisher: Pan Macmillan Australia
Date released: March 28th 2017
Thank you Pan Macmillan Aus for sending me a copy to review!
I started out being very excited for this book. The synopsis sounded pretty awesome, an alien intelligence, girl on the run, very family driven. But I was quite disappointed at the end of the book. I know some people are saying it was quite similar the The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey. Sure they both have the main character running off to save their younger sibling and aliens but that is where the similarities end.
The beginning of the book had a lot of promise, but as it continued I felt like it was kinda going in circles. I liked Callie and how protective she was of her little sister Gracie and how she was determined to keep her safe, even if that meant a life of solitude for herself. I didn’t really like the romance between Callie and Matt. I felt like they were pushed together, like in primary school when everyone wants two people to date so they do. Matt wasn’t my favourite character at all. He was always brooding and I felt like he was just a third wheel to the sister duo.
I liked the concept of the alien disease that was infecting the world, but I would have liked more details about it. I felt like we were only given the ice-tip to the plot and I know that Bradley will probably go into it in more depth in the next book, but I probably won’t be reading it.
All that being said, it was still a fast pace fun read and I would recommend it if you like scifi, aliens and all that jazz. Just don’t expect it to be the next best thing.
About the Author
James is the author of four novels: the critically acclaimed climate change narrative, Clade (Hamish Hamilton 2015), The Resurrectionist (Picador 2006), which explores the murky world of underground anatomists in Victorian England and was featured as one of Richard and Judy’s Summer Reads in 2008; The Deep Field (Sceptre 1999), which is set in the near future and tells the story of a love affair between a photographer and a blind palaeontologist; and Wrack (Vintage 1997) about the search for a semi-mythical Portuguese wreck. He has also written a book of poetry, Paper Nautilus, the novella, Beauty’s Sister, and edited The Penguin Book of the Ocean and Blur, a collection of stories by young Australian writers.
Twice one of The Sydney Morning Herald’s Best Young Novelists, his books have won The Age Fiction Book of the Year Award, the Fellowship of Australian Writers Literature Award and the Kathleen Mitchell Award, and have been shortlisted for awards such as the Miles Franklin Award, the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize, the NSW Premier’s Christina Stead Award for Fiction, the Victorian Premier’s Award for Fiction and the Aurealis Award for Best Science Fiction Novel, and have been widely translated. His short fiction has appeared in numerous literary magazines and collections, including Best Australian Stories, Best Australian Fantasy and Horror and The Penguin Century of Australian Stories, and has been shortlisted for the Aurealis Awards for Best Science Fiction Short Story and Best Horror Short Story.
As well as writing fiction and poetry, James writes and reviews for a wide range of Australian and international newspapers and magazines. In 2012 he won the Pascall Prize for Australia’s Critic of the year.