- File Size: 646 KB
- Print Length: 264 pages
- Publisher: Harry Simpson; 6 edition (January 1, 2013)
- Publication Date: January 1, 2013
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00AW1S4XC
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #588,500 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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So what you get is a sort of reality fantasy. By that I mean it starts with a brief dreamy sort of fantasy feel that announces you're in for a bewildering ride, then it switches over to a sharp as crystal what-is-real-what-isn't mystery adventure, and then it goes full bore gonzo fantasy. (Think of a pod people type movie, of which this is an elegant variation. First you see an alien ship, then you have a lot of normal scenes, then it gets a little weird, then it gets a lot weird. That's what I mean.)
Bottom line, the seven students in the seventh form at the Poplars Academy have been replaced by alien clones. The real seven are kept isolated in comfy splendor in the school's attic. The clones who replaced the real kids pretend to go to school, but are actually preparing for...what? Through mind control the clones command the school's teachers, administrators and anyone who enters the school grounds.
Is this an alien invasion story? Is it, as one student suggests, just a class trip by extra-dimensional beings? Is it all someone's dream? Is it a time travel paradox story? Don't know yet.
But I do know that everything about this book is razor sharp. Because here's a major bonus. The book is funny, bordering at times on hilarious. There are lots of set pieces that fit within the story but stand alone as comedy gems. An officious mother visits a class and peppers a teacher with hysterically inane questions. The real girls and the clone girls have a smart mouth confrontation. Two real girls visit the library, which is maintained as a tropical hothouse, and meet the psychotic and unstable librarian. There are dozens of rapier wit exchanges and dozens more of knowing, hip and cutting throwaway lines and deadpan observations. There are multiple speaker versions of the old "who's on first bit". Even if you totally blow off the entire plot, just the character interactions are more than worth the price of the book and the reading time.
So, a hip, smart book with style to burn. A very nice find.
Be warned - this is book one of a planned three; it ends on a high, steep cliffhanger; book two doesn't seem to be anywhere near arriving yet which is another reason to go into the book for its style rewards rather than its plot and resolution.
Please note that I found this book while browsing Amazon Kindle freebies. I have no connection at all to the publisher of this book.
The story is quite original, and the book is an easy read. It's not as "all-ages" as for example "Harry Potter", but it's a good enough book. It's probably a best read for youth.
This, I got for free on Amazon. I'm contemplating whether or not to buy the next in the series.