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In this stand-alone companion to Black Hole Sun (2010), Gill returns to his fascinating future world: a postapocalyptic Mars trashed by Earth emigrants. Our guides to this strange new world are two renegade teenage mercenaries: Durango and Vienne. Durango, the son of a morally corrupt politician, is a rowdy, carefree teen seeking to escape his roots, and he is hopelessly in love with Vienne. We learn about Vienne’s past and then see her embark on a dangerous odyssey as she is captured by an enemy corporation and used as a killing machine. This swift read features constant, bombarding action and subplots to spare. Durango’s clever banter with his interior sidekick—the acerbic Mimi, his former chief who has been installed in his brain as an artificial intelligence system—is a highlight, employing the witty, realistic thoughts and retorts of a teen boy. Mimi calls Durango “Cowboy,” and indeed, there is a strong western flavor to Gill’s science fiction. The tense cliff-hanger ending, with a cute Star Wars reference, will leave readers poised for more. Grades 8-11. --Debbie Carton

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Praise for Black Hole Sun: “Rockets readers to new frontiers . . . action-packed.” (Suzanne Collins, author of The Hunger Games )

“Black Hole Sun grabbed me by the throat and didn’t let go until the last page. In the best tradition of Heinlein and Firefly, Black Hole Sun is for readers who like their books fast-paced, intense, and relentless. Buy it, read it, pass it on!” (Laurie Halse Anderson, author of Wintergirls and Speak )

“Science-fiction fans will cheer Durango on in his exploits and enjoy the twists in the novel’s satisfying conclusion.” (School Library Journal (starred review) )

“Fast-paced, compulsively readable, and outright funny.” (The Horn Book )

“Action, adventure, sci-fi, and horror buffs will all find this an almost perfect mix of all of the genres.” (Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books )

“In this stand-alone companion to Black Hole Sun (2010), Gill returns to his fascinating future world: a postapocalyptic Mars trashed by Earth emigrants. . . . Durango’s clever banter with his interior sidekick . . . is a highlight.” (ALA Booklist )

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Product Details

  • Series: Black Hole Sun (Book 2)
  • Hardcover: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Greenwillow Books (March 27, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 006207332X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0062073327
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1.2 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,686,373 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Amanda Welling on March 31, 2012
Format: Hardcover
First Impressions: I read Black Hole Sun late last year and I really enjoyed it, so I was happy to receive Invisible Sun for review. This is a series that I think both guys and girls will enjoy because it contains a little something for everyone. Both books have a male lead, which is awesome, but I really do think that girls will like this book too. I know I did! If you haven't read Black Hole Sun yet, I would definitely suggest checking it out before you pick up Invisible Sun. You could read the second book before the first, but you may end up confused. It can work as a stand-alone novel though if need be.

First 50 Pages: The writing in Invisible Sun is fantastic and it contains just enough science fiction lingo without becoming overbearing. That is one thing I have to give major props to the author for; I'm usually confused with most sci-fi novels, but not with these books. David makes these books easy to follow and understand. Not only that, but his dialogue is perfection and highly entertaining, which makes his characters have a very likable quality. Honestly though, the best thing about both books is that nothing overshadows anything else. The author found the right balance in all aspects of his books that it makes it difficult to come up with anything negative to say.

Characters & Plot: Invisible Sun follows two central characters, Durango and Vienne, who are Dalit, or Regulator Mercenary Soldiers who get paid very little to do dirty jobs nobody else really wants to do. In this book, Durango's mission is to steal data from the crime lord, Lyme, before he can get his own hands on it. And let all of Durango and Vienne's crazy adventures begin!

Both Durango and Vienne are just plain old awesome! Durango is smart, witty, and has a good head on his shoulders.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Kate Coombs VINE VOICE on July 5, 2012
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Young mercenary Durango survived some pretty wild stuff in Book 1, Black Hole Sun. Now he's going to learn some hard life lessons when he counts on his youthful invincibility to save him and his kinda girlfriend/loyal lieutenant Vienne from a whole new kind of enemy: humans. Corrupt, warlord/mafioso-type humans, naturally. Sure, Durango has his AI, Mimi, to help him, and Vienne is the ultimate warrior, but even that might not be enough in the decaying Mars colonies. Durango does get taken home to meet the equivalent of Vienne's family (think Buddhist shrine with martial arts), saves some refugees, and tries to find out the truth about his late father's experiments. But everything blows up in his face (often literally), and Durango mishandles things right and left. I really like Gill's ruthless take on Book 2. It reminds me a little of what Megan Whalen Turner puts supposedly invincible thief Gen through in her own Book 2. Not very many writers have the guts to go this far in making life hard for their heroes, frankly.

Like Black Hole Sun, Invisible Sun has a lot of violence. It's pretty dark stuff with high guy appeal. Durango's adventures make Mad Max look like a Sunday drive through the Australian desert. if you want gut-wrenching sci-fi dystopian with a real dose of testosterone, read both these books and join me in waiting breathlessly for Book 3.

First line: "Vienne points the gun, squeezes the trigger, and fires a live round square into my chest."
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By P. J. Hoover on April 3, 2012
Format: Hardcover
For those of you who don't remember or who didn't read the blog a year ago, BLACK HOLE SUN by David Macinnis Gill was one of my absolute favorite reads of 2010. So when it came to my most anticipated sequels, David could not get this one out fast enough (which means you need to write faster, David).

I was thrilled to snag an ARC of this sequel at ALA Midwinter.

INVISIBLE SUN by David Macinnis Gill (Greenwillow, March 27, 2011)

I'm going to give you five reasons you have to read INVISIBLE SUN, and then you get a chance to win an ARC of it!

1) The writing in INVISIBLE SUN is top-notch. Actually, as each page went by, I was more and more impressed with just how fantastic of an author David really is. This book was like a showcase of his writing ability.

2) The characters cared about each other, which of course, is our goal. But the level of their caring leaped off the page. It was deep and it made me care so much more.

3) Okay, I'll admit it. I was so into this book and then something happened and I was furious. So mad I was ready to send David an email pronto. As then, as I finished reading, the situation resolved and left me hanging and waiting for book 3. I love when I read a book where the plot and consequences matter so much to me.

4) The main characters, Durango and Vienne, are just plain awesome. They are independent yet need each other. There is nothing they can't do, yet still they have so much to learn. I love that!

5) The future shown is INVISIBLE SUN, though dark, is compelling. It's the perfect mix of science-fiction and dystopia and young adult fiction. The adventure is something teens will crave, both boys and girls, fans of science fiction or not.

Highly recommended! Do yourself a favor and read this book!
Actually read both books. It's YA writing at its best.

Source of book: From publisher at ALA midwinter
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Format: Hardcover
I read the first book Black Hole Sun after I got an ARC at ALA 2010. I liked it, but wasn't especially into it. Actually, I gave away my copy of that one. My memories of that one are very limited, as in I basically only remembered Mimi and that there was a ton of action. So, basically, I am starting over with a clean slate.

My first impressions of this were highly positive, except for the CW-style cover. Skeptical as I was going in, I'm really glad I gave this series another try. What I really like about Invisible Sun is how it defies gender norms. Durango may be a regulator, basically a mercenary badass, but he knows that his partner Vienne has so much more skills than he does. And he's totally cool with his female partner and girlfriend being more powerful than he is. Gotta love a guy that appreciates a strong woman.

Another thing I really enjoyed was that people swore largely in foreign languages. Why do I like this? Because of Firefly. That's really all I have to say on that, except that if you haven't seen that show, you should go watch it immediately.

The one recommendation I would make to improve this book is to better distinguish between Durango's conversations with Mimi and those with people. As is, it is very difficult to tell when he stops talking with Mimi and begins conversing with someone else. Also, I'm not really sure if he's talking out loud to Mimi or just thinking to her. I just think it would have been a lot more comprehensible if the exchanges with Mimi were in italics.

Invisible Sun is an action-packed read. I recommend it to anyone who is sick of the typical gender dynamics and gender roles in YA lit. This was refreshing and I look forward to the next installment!
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