|Digital List Price:||$2.99|
|Print List Price:||$6.99|
Save $6.99 (100%)
Your Memberships & Subscriptions
Transmission (The Invasion Chronicles—Book One): A Science Fiction Thriller Kindle Edition
Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.
To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number.
--Midwest Book Review
- ASIN : B07D4PMZ42
- Publication date : June 19, 2018
- Language : English
- File size : 1452 KB
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 171 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #3,962 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
- Customer Reviews:
Reviews with images
Top reviews from the United States
There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Please try again later.
From the description I thought this book would be science fiction. Which I guess it is, but it's really more YA than anything else. Now I'm not against that, I actually read a decent amount of YA fiction. When it's done well it can be quite entertaining, but done badly it becomes far worse than intolerable.
There is a trope in YA that is exceedingly common, to the point that people have often made fun of it for that reason. That being the scenario where the adults all act like idiots until the kids come up and show them the right way to do things. The problem with this trope is that it's completely unrealistic, but at the same time if you're trying to write a book where kids are the main actors and there are big global events to deal with then it's almost unavoidable. So good YA authors and editors find ways to hide it so the reader doesn't see it. But here instead, the author goes the opposite way and repeatedly bludgeons the reader with multiple occurrences of this same scene. Repeating it to the point where it almost seems like a parody. Almost, but the book isn't funny enough to be a parody, unfortunately.
On top of that the adult characters in the story all feel like the same character there's very little individual personality other than that they have different jobs. Compared to Rice's other works, this just didn't feel like the same author at all. I started to wonder if she let her kid write it for her.
At about two thirds through I was ready to give up on this book, I even came here and hovered over the review button for a bit. But I don't do that, so I trudged on and read the rest. Hoping it would get better. Alas, it actually got worse! I can't go into too much detail, because…spoilers. But for a book about SETI and decoding alien transmissions it just seems really cheesy to suddenly throw in zombie gas. Okay, she doesn't call them zombies but there's not enough of a difference to matter.
And then there's a cliffhanger on top of that. Nothing resolves at the end, not even a subplot (not that there are any).
Definitely not recommended.
Two stars instead of one because I feel sorry for the author. And because at least the plot made sense, even if the writing was hard to stomach.
They definitely need to change this book to young adult label and update the description. It's very misleading as to what the story is about and what the reader expects to find under the cover. I will not be purchasing the 2nd book in the series.
I started reading it, and couldn't stop. You will be immersed in the troubles and conflicts, of this 13 year old adolescent, whom everybody, including his mom, think that he is strange.
Then the aliens communicating with him, and the adventure deepens.
I finished the first book, started reading the Arrival, finished it and pre-order the 3rd book.
I need to be patient, because this last book is coming in November 2018. Patience...
Top reviews from other countries
Quite often in the course of reading this story, I found myself shaking my head in sheer disbelief at the endless talents of Kevin and Luna and thought seriously about aborting. Although I made it to the end of book 1 of The Invasion Chronicles, I will most definitely not be reading books 2 and 3 and who knows how many more "episodes" the author plans.
Quite honestly, I think this book should be classified as a child's book.
1) Instances of poor word choice; (get a better editor).
2) No proffered scientific explanations by strangely accepting scientists from two of the world's foremost authorities, (SETI and NASA).
3) Cardboard cut-out characters
4) Author tries too hard to make the 13 year-old MC, Kevin, 'likeable'. He's a walking, talking set of virtues.
5) Repetition of key points of the story.
6) The writing was limited, lacking richness and verve.
It's hard to believe the author is bestselling. Maybe fantasy is her forte rather than sci-fi.
This isn't a bad book but it is certainly not a great one. My view is that the plot relies too much on events that happen at the critical point rather than any really strong plot line. It's an OK read. An issue could be that I'm not a member of its intended audience but even this does not not convince me that I am being over harsh.
The invasion of my heart began within the first few lines of the book.
Not only did I care about Kevin but I cared about his health and people believing him. Luna was a great character because us readers needed a person who was on Kevin’s side.
I loved the descriptions of the alien planet and how the author was able to capture the dismissiveness of adults to children/teenagers.
It was also poignant to read the reactions of peoples expectations not being what they thought and how quickly they turned negative even when there were facts.
The book kept the suspense up through a quick pace of events in the book. Which meant even when I was t reading I was wondering about what would happen next.
I’m happy my heart was invaded with the story of Kevin.