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A Letter from Author Eric Nylund
Video Games and a Gateway to Reading
One of the bugs had to be the largest rhinoceros beetle that ever existed. It stood upright, fifteen feet tall on its oversized, spike-encrusted hind legs. Its head curved up to form two barbed horns.

The monster bug’s exoskeleton shifted color from navy blue to midnight black depending on what angle Ethan stared at it. It had a dozen tiny eyes that stared back at him.

It was a real bug...but not entirely, because on the thing’s abdomen was a seam, segments of armor plate, and tiny letters that read:

WARNING: !!! EXTREME HYDRAULIC PRESSURE !!! OPEN WITH MINIMUM IMPACT TORQUE 40,000 PSI.

For more than a decade I’ve had the extreme good fortune to write bestselling and award-nominated novels and have a great day job at Microsoft Game Studios.

In 2001, I wrote a video game prequel novel called HALO: The Fall of Reach. Soon thereafter I received a few letters and e-mails from kids who explained they never liked to read, but they liked HALO, and they picked up and fell in love with my books. (Why these kids were playing an M-rated game is another issue… ).

A few letters and e-mails soon became dozens, hundreds, and then thousands. I found myself pleasantly surprised, becoming a gateway into the world of reading for kids who normally might not have discovered the joy of books.

After reading the HALO novels, my fans would often write back, asking what else they should read. I’d steer them to Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card and the Robert Heinlein juvenile series (sadly, hard to find). These were the books that got me hooked on reading and science.

I found, however, that there was a surprising shortage of good science fiction for voracious kid readers today.

So I’ve started writing the Resisters series. It takes the best of the “kid-growing-up” parts of the HALO books, the drama of Ender’s Game, and the adventures in those Robert Heinlein juvenile books (Have Spacesuit Will Travel, Space Cadet, and The Rolling Stones).

The Resisters is good old-fashioned science fiction adventure fun, aimed at readers 8 to 14 years old (and for those of us who are young at heart who enjoy middle reader and YA fiction).

I hope The Resisters get kids reading, into science, and keeps them hooked for a lifetime.

--This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

About the Author

ERIC NYLUND is a New York Times bestselling and World Fantasy Award­nominated author. He has written science fiction and fantasy novels and comic books, and he is head writer for Microsoft Game Studios, where he helps create blockbuster video games. Eric has bachelor's and master's degrees in chemistry. He graduated from the prestigious Clarion West Writers Workshop in 1994. He lives in the Pacific Northwest with his family. You can learn more about Eric and contact him at EricNylund.net
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Product Details

  • Series: Resisters Series (Book 1)
  • MP3 CD
  • Publisher: Brilliance Audio; Library edition (April 26, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1611069599
  • ISBN-13: 978-1611069594
  • Product Dimensions: 5.4 x 0.5 x 7.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,960,090 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Eric Nylund is a New York Times bestselling and World Fantasy Award nominated author of more than a dozen novels (including HALO: The Fall of Reach and THE RESISTERS series) that have sold over two and a half million copies.

THE ENCHANTED KNOT, his latest novel for YA and adult readers, is out Winter 2014.

Nylund's day job is making video games.

He attended the 1994 Clarion West Writer's Workshop and has a Bachelor's degree in chemistry and a Master's degree in theoretical chemical physics. He lives in the Pacific Northwest with his family on a rain-drenched mountain.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Lynellen Perry VINE VOICE on June 28, 2011
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"The Resisters" is part "Ender's Game", part "Starship Troopers", and part video game in plot. It's a fast-moving story that follows Ethan Blackwood as he uncovers the truth about the Earth and finds his place in a fight against an enemy he never knew existed. The story, while reasonably predictable, is well written and very quickly paced so the pages fly by. The book itself is definitely geared toward a YA audience, but it's something that boys and girls can enjoy. The end leaves you with a clear feeling that there are more books to follow - which in this case turns out to be a very good thing.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Raquel S. VINE VOICE on May 17, 2011
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I've read The Resisters twice. Back to back. First time by myself, the second time with my 8 year old son. Both times I totally enjoyed reading The Resisters. My son was just as enthusiastic.

Written by Eric Nylund, who wrote Halo: The Fall of Reach that I truly enjoyed, The Resisters is technology science fiction written for young readers. Set in the future, the story is about an alien race called the Ch'zar that have taken over Earth and the human race with the use of mind control. The Ch'zar use the humans and Earth's natural resources toward their endeavor to build more ships for their invading army to continue conquer other worlds. However, their plan is not without problems. The Ch'zar are unable to control children because their brains lack the chemical-maturity needed to be controlled. So the Ch'zar set up controlled neighborhoods for planned families to raise children intelligently, then when they think they are being shipped off to High School as they enter puberty (similar how we would normally ship kids off to college) they are then absorbed into the collective and become Stepford humans under control of the Ch'zar. However one day, for one kid name Ethan, the perfect world he knew and lived in comes crashing down when he is kidnapped by two stranger kids - The Resisters - and they show him what is really going on in the world. The story explodes from there as Ethan struggles with what he has learned and what to do next.

The Resisters is a great sci-fi story with tasty flavors taken from Halo, The Matrix, The Borg of Star Trek, and even from Transformers. Highly recommend for both kids and adults to enjoy. We eagerly await for Book 2 to come out!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By @TrevorHikes VINE VOICE on March 29, 2011
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No, this isn't a HALO novel but there are a lot of similarities. Alien invasion, lead character competing in school and exoskeleton battle suits with a kind of built in intelligence. But the similarities end there. Ethan Blackwood, the lead character lives an idyllic life with a loving family and dreams of getting into a ivy league prep school and eventually a career in science. But his life is about to be turned upside down and his skills and special abilities may help him save the world.

This is the first book in the "The Resisters" series. I'm a huge fan of Eric Nylund and the content of this book is in line with his previous works from the HALO and Mortal Coils series but was clearly written for the pre-teen/teen market. The book is relatively short at 210 pages so Nylund packed in a lot of action to keep the narrative going. This book is not perfect. I'm also a big fan of Suzanne Collins (Gregor the Overlander and Hunger Games) and I like that she doesn't dumb down the dialog or story development to appeal to a younger audience. Nylund has a gift of storytelling but in this case I wish he would give his young readers a little more credit.

-- Update: Two of my kids (ages 12 and 14) have now read "The Resisters" and we're all hooked on this series now. 4/24/11
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Miz Ellen VINE VOICE on May 20, 2011
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Eric Nylund has launched an action-packed science fiction book that has good potential for a series. THE RESISTERS is solid fun from beginning to end. The plot never lags.

The basic premise is that aliens have invaded Earth (done before) and all human beings over the age of puberty have been slurped up into a giant collective mind that controls them absolutely (done before). The aliens have constructed communities that look a lot like the American Suburbs where children are raised absolutely ignorant of the truth. Those that show promise and leadership potential are picked out for special handling and early destruction...this is just close enough to reality that it is edgy.

Ethan Blackwood is a good kid, and a star athlete at Northside Elementary. He's a master at controlling the six-hundred pound nuclear-powered exoskeleton suits they use on the playing fields. (Yes, he's twelve--but the adults are all mind controlled so they don't see anything wrong with the idea of a bunch of 12 year old boys wearing suits of cyborg body armor that make them unstoppable--I told you this was fun!)

Anyway, Ethan's performance so impresses the kids from out of town that they kidnap him and show him the true reality of the planet. They really need him because the Resisters have swiped alien technology and they have special exoskeleton suits that mimic giant insects. Even cooler, the suits are sort of sentient so they form a bond with their pilot.

Ethan clicks with his wasp suit and the pair of them go buzzing into battle to save Ethan's older sister who's so gifted that the aliens are going to inject her with hormones and slurp her into the collective mind early. There's a lot of mayhem and destruction.
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