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The Resisters #1: The Resisters Paperback – April 10, 2012
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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 has a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in chemistry. He graduated from the prestigious Clarion West Writer’s Workshop in 1994.
He lives in the Pacific Northwest with his family.
You can learn more about Eric at www.ericnylund.net.
Top Customer Reviews
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!
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
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Pretty good. Kid likes it. I used this series to introduce my kid to Sci-Fi.Published 10 months ago by S. Tong
My son loves this book...esp since the main character has his name. He got part 2 as a prize from school, so I bought him part 1, so he can understand the storyline in 2 better.Published 19 months ago by michelle
Oh My God
Great book I can not wait to read the rest of the books.
My son (ten years old) and I both really enjoyed this. Fast-paced and exciting, it is a young adult's combination of Starship Troopers and Ender's Game. Very cool.Published 22 months ago by Warren Stapleton
It was an amazing book. It was so action packed and adventure filled. You should read it if you these kinds of booksPublished on November 2, 2013 by LisaMN
My middle school son really likes the author, Eric Nylund, and the books he wrote in the Halo series. He did not enjoy this book as much. Read morePublished on March 12, 2013 by Serenity
My older son is a Halo fan and when I showed him this book by one of the Halo writers and he was ecstatic. The biggest drawbacks were both the pace and initial mech type robots. Read morePublished on October 25, 2012 by Review Monster
Earth has been invaded by aliens who exploit teens and adults as worker slaves. The only ones they can't control are pre-pubescent kids being raised in a fake environment until it... Read morePublished on July 19, 2012 by ChristineMM
The Resistors is about three kids who fight back against an alien invasion that happened fifty years ago. Read morePublished on December 18, 2011 by jebi44