- Paperback: 272 pages
- Publisher: Demarche Publishing LLC (February 20, 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0982307721
- ISBN-13: 978-0982307724
- Product Dimensions: 4 x 0.8 x 6.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 7 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #8,953,742 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Intruders Paperback – February 20, 2010
"An intriguing story of adventure, recommended. It's all fun and games until you realize the reality of it. The Intruders tells the story of six Bronx teens flung into a future war where they use their knowledge of the subways to win a war where the surface of the Bronx has once again become a forest. Initially enjoying their new found importance, they soon realize war is no game." ---Midwest Book Review (Oregon, WI USA)
The Intruders is a fascinating, thought-provoking, teen novel. All the obvious issues are addressed, and there s a powerful longing for peace and acceptance beautifully portrayed. Dialog is convincing, relationships very true-to-life, emotions mixed and genuine, and the story s intriguing and fun. ---Sheila Deeth, The Writers Network
Before I started reading this book, I thought that it was only for middle school or high school aged boy. The plot, based on a young urban teen would be enough to draw any boy that age in. Right away your are thrown into the adventure, and caught a little off guard by the details of the story. Every page has a new surprise but the part I loved best was the heartfelt moment where the main character struggles with showing his true emotions and being a leader to his peers. That was when I realized that this book is suitable for any age, as it reflects all of our inner struggles in everyday life. A great read! ---Antonia, Amazon.com
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Lots of issues are touched upon, but only briefly. The majority of the book consists of predictable set pieces that grind on. Characters are undeveloped and lacking in personality apart from whatever characteristics and attitudes have been assigned to them. The "romance" is particularly childish. Transitions are abrupt and scenes shift from being overly detailed to overly sketchy.
There's nothing wrong going on, there just aren't many rewards in store for the reader. With so many great fantasies and adventures, dystopian or otherwise, hitting the shelves recently, this book just doesn't seem to bring anything special or novel to the table.
Please note that I received a free electronic copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for a frank review.
I hadn't even realized there were trees in the Bronx. That shows how much I know. But the waste-land lake with its putrid odor seemed awfully real as the intrepid youths marched in search of their cave and water source.
When things go wrong the youths, with youthful flexibility, immediately realize they've arrived in a different time. They're just not sure which time. Almost impenetrable forest surrounds them. Wild coyotes shout. And suddenly geeky Hamid with his backpack full of supplies is their only hope.
I loved the point where they looked at each others' faces and realized, if this was the past, only one of them would be allowed to walk free in what passed for civilization. It isn't really color or background that sets the teens against each other though, but hurtful words born of unease and misery soon lead to blows. They work through it, wisely remaining friends. And when they finally meet other dwellers in this different Bronx, what amazes them is how easily they're all accepted.
In this world, there's another difference, not skin color, that separates people. But those who the world rejects are the ones who lay out the welcome mat. And the teens must join in a fight for survival--this world will be a poorer place if its rejects lose the war.
The Intruders is a fascinating, thought-provoking, teen novel. All the obvious issues are addressed, and there's a powerful longing for peace and acceptance beautifully portrayed. Dialog is convincing, relationships very true-to-life, emotions mixed and genuine, and the story's intriguing and fun. Many thanks to the publishers, DeMarche Publishing, for letting me read and review. This was a fun book.
That's pretty much it for plot. I honestly can't even remember the names of one of the characters.
This is a forgettable book, thankfully. I really didn't like anything about the book. It felt like an amateurish effort. The apocalyptic future is never explained. None of the characters seemed real, very cardboard attempts. Their motivations and actions seemed stiff. Their reactions and speech bordered on the absurd. This was a book I couldn't wait to have finished. It didn't even feel like a 'real' book to me, more like a rough draft.
This novel is geared for teens. I loved it. I hope like some that this gets turned into a movie! I love dystopian books. One of my favs is the Hunger Games and Eve. I do wish she would have taken more time to develop the characters and the romance that lies in this book.
This review copy was provided from: Netgalley and Egmont USA
"*I received a copy of this book for free to review from Crossroad Tours, this in no way
influenced my review, all opinions are 100% honest and my own."
I thought this book was poorly developed. There was very little character development, the teenagers barely had personalities, the future world was lacking world building, and overall the plot was stale. The book ended abruptly at a very odd place, which makes me think the author is vying for a sequel. Overall, this book was just a bust.