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Invisible Sun (Black Hole Sun) Hardcover – March 27, 2012
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“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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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.Read more ›
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."
The story picks up shortly after Black Hole Sun left off. Durango and Vienne are on the run from everyone because there's a bounty on their heads. To hide, the duo goes to Vienne's childhood home at an ancient monastery. There Gill introduces us to the monks who raised Vienne who was orphaned. But where these two go, trouble is never far behind. Soldiers who work for Durango's old foe, Mr. Lyme, attack and the duo fight them off. Then they try to raid Lyme's outpost to steal information, but Vienne gets captured, tortured and brainwashed to be a killing machine. Meanwhile Durango is beaten and left for dead. This sets the rest of the story up for Durango, along with the help of some of Vienne's monk family, to rescue her. The result is a fast-paced, edge of your seat thrill ride that mixed action, humor, sorrow, and a hint of romance.
As in Gill's previous book, Invisible Sun also incorporates a mix of foreign jargon and phrases. However, it seemed as if there were fewer phrases, and some of the meanings were more self-evident. Gill also translates the meaning of at least one phrase for readers--thank goodness for supporting characters asking!
This story is a must read for both girls and guys, and will have readers wanting another installment of Durango's story. Gill has definitely wins readers over with his writing style that grips readers and makes the book difficult to put down. If you are interested in trying the sci-fi genre for the first time, I highly recommend Gill's books to help whet your appetite. I generally don't read books set in space--or in this case, Mars--but Gill has made me a fan!
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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I'm not sure why I didn't write a real review of this book, but believe me when I say this is a great, and terrific followup to Black Hole Sun.Published 5 months ago by Stacy Wells
I love all of this series.I feeled like I was with Durango in this series. I would tell a friend to read.Published on October 3, 2013 by linda slade
This is going to be a short review for a book that deserves way more than this. However, it's a good book, and I do not want to give away too much. Read morePublished on June 10, 2012 by Kris
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. Read morePublished on April 2, 2012 by Christina (A Reader of Fictions)