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"This is great science fiction. It's fun to read and thought-provoking at the same time."--School Library Journal

"Shusterman tells a fast-paced story, giving Jason many vivid, original turns of phrase, letting the plot get weird enough to keep readers enthralled, then coming back to the human emotions at the heart of it all."--Booklist

About the Author

Neal Shusterman is the author of many novels for young adults, including The Skinjacker Trilogy; Unwind, which was an ALA Best Book for Young Adults and a Quick Pick for Reluctant Young Readers; and Downsiders, which was nominated for twelve state reading awards. He also writes screenplays for motion pictures and television shows such as Animorphs and Goosebumps. The father of four children, Neal lives in southern California. Visit him at StoryMan.com.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 12 and up
  • Grade Level: 7 and up
  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers; Reprint edition (August 14, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1442422815
  • ISBN-13: 978-1442422810
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.8 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #368,618 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Neal Shusterman is the author of many novels for young adults, including Unwind, which was an ALA Best Book for Young Adults and a Quick Pick for Reluctant Young Readers, Everlost, and Downsiders, which was nominated for twelve state reading awards. He also writes screenplays for motion pictures and television shows such as Animorphs and Goosebumps. The father of four children, Neal lives in southern California.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Em :D on December 30, 2012
Format: Paperback
The first quarter of the book was good, but I wondered where it was going... but then BAM- the middle of the book and the majority of it after that is pretty darn awesome, you get like an explosion of cool things happening and just can't stop reading. I read the whole thing in a day and enjoyed it a lot. BUT, the ending was very dissapointing, really abrubt and not all that satisfying. I had to read the last few pages twice because I thought I missed something- I like what happens with the main character, but the very last scene is unrealistic (for a sci fi/ fantastsy type book anyways). Overall, I liked it, and am glad I read it, but I just wish the author would've done something more with the ending. There was SOOO much potential! Maybe a second book? Who knows... I'd read a sequel anyway. If you're comparing this to Unwind though, just warning you, you probably won't be as amazed with this one- still very good, but something was missing.
I'm 17 by the way, if that helps you decide if this is a book you'd like.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Naz Melhem on November 28, 2012
Format: Kindle Edition
neal shusterman has done it again! this book is amazing, always leaving you hypnotized as you read on and on and on! i recommend this for everyone!
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Every kid -- and some adults -- has felt that they are somehow different from those around them. Imagine if you actually were.

Such is the situation for Jason Miller and his friends in "The Dark Side of Nowhere," a tense sci-fi novel by Neal Shusterman. As he gradually unrolls the aliens-living-among-us plot, Shusterman also deftly builds up the surreal sense that the everyday world is just a friendly cover for the eerie reality. It's definitely a great read.

To Jason Miller, the town of Billington is incredibly dull. The only lull in his Norman Rockwell lifestyle is the sudden, violent death of his friend Ethan by appendicitis. But after that, things began to seem strange: The new girl Paula points out that not everyone in the world receives special allergy shots, Jason finds a picture of a classmate from the 1970s, and a sinister janitor gives Jason and the other kids "training gloves" that shoot BBs like bullets.

Then Jason's parents reveal the stranger-than-fiction truth to him: They, and the families they are close to, are all alien beings stranded on Earth.

Now the janitor Grant says that alien ships are coming to conquer Earth, and strange changes are taking place in the bodies of the alien-human teens. Jason and his friends must learn more about the terrifying and beautiful alien beings that are their own species, and how to stop Earth from being threatened.

It's the dream of every small-town boy who felt that his life is too incredibly dull to be believed, and that "you'll live nice, die nice, and your life will have been a nice waste of time." It may not be every boy's dream to find out he and everyone he knows is an alien, but Shusterman manages to make it enthralling.
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Format: Paperback
Every kid -- and some adults -- has felt that they are somehow different from those around them. Imagine if you actually were.

Such is the situation for Jason Miller and his friends in "The Dark Side of Nowhere," a tense sci-fi novel by Neal Shusterman. As he gradually unrolls the aliens-living-among-us plot, Shusterman also deftly builds up the surreal sense that the everyday world is just a friendly cover for the eerie reality. It's definitely a great read.

To Jason Miller, the town of Billington is incredibly dull. The only lull in his Norman Rockwell lifestyle is the sudden, violent death of his friend Ethan by appendicitis. But after that, things began to seem strange: The new girl Paula points out that not everyone in the world receives special allergy shots, Jason finds a picture of a classmate from the 1970s, and a sinister janitor gives Jason and the other kids "training gloves" that shoot BBs like bullets.

Then Jason's parents reveal the stranger-than-fiction truth to him: They, and the families they are close to, are all alien beings stranded on Earth.

Now the janitor Grant says that alien ships are coming to conquer Earth, and strange changes are taking place in the bodies of the alien-human teens. Jason and his friends must learn more about the terrifying and beautiful alien beings that are their own species, and how to stop Earth from being threatened.

It's the dream of every small-town boy who felt that his life is too incredibly dull to be believed, and that "you'll live nice, die nice, and your life will have been a nice waste of time." It may not be every boy's dream to find out he and everyone he knows is an alien, but Shusterman manages to make it enthralling.
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This was another of the first couple of books I read by this author. I found the concept fascinating and well-done. My favorite aspect of Shusterman's works is that he doesn't get caught up in the "how". He provides enough explanation for me to say "Oh, that's interesting", but doesn't let the science stuff bog down the story at all. A fun read, and recommended for any fan of sci-fi/alien related fiction.
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