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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Greenwillow Books (March 27, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 006207332X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0062073327
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.8 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,816,649 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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It's the perfect mix of science-fiction and dystopia and young adult fiction.
P. J. Hoover
While it works as a stand alone, I definitely missed out on something here and will be revisiting this book as soon as I've read book one.
Kris @Imaginary Reads
Not only that, but his dialogue is perfection and highly entertaining, which makes his characters have a very likable quality.
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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 linda slade on October 3, 2013
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I love all of this series.I feeled like I was with Durango in this series. I would tell a friend to read.
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Invisible Sun is the sequel to David Macinnis Gill's Black Hole Sun. Although Black Hole Sun was an enjoyable story, I enjoyed Invisible Sun even more.

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!
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