Alien Invasion and Other Inconveniences

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Alien Invasion and Other Inconveniences

By Brian Yansky

Candlewick Press (MA), Hardcover, 9780763643843, 227pp.

Publication Date: October 12, 2010

A polite race of telepathic killer aliens, a ten-second world conquest, and one teenage boy collide in this wry, gutsy adventure.
Jesse is in history class when a formidable, efficient race of aliens quietly takes over the earth in less time than it takes him to brush his teeth. Most humans simply fall asleep and never wake up. In moments, everyone Jesse knows and loves is gone, and he finds that he is now a slave to an inept alien leader. On the bright side, Jesse discovers he's developing telepathic powers, and he's not the only one. Soon he's forging new friendships and feeling unexpectedly hopeful. When a mysterious girl appears in his dreams, talking about escaping, Jesse begins to think the aliens may not be invincible after all. But if Jesse and his friends succeed, is there anywhere left to go? Brian Yansky offers a funny, grim novel packed with everything boys and sci-fi fans love: aliens, humor, action, and a healthy dose of triumph.

About the Author
Brian Yansky didn t plan on writing a sequel to Alien Invasion and Other Inconveniences, but a few months after he finished the book, he started feeling that there was more to tell. A lot of my readers seemed to agree, he says. They wrote asking, When s the next one coming out? and Is this the first in a trilogy? The answers? Now! and Nope. Homicidal Aliens and Other Disappointments finishes the story. So, apparently, I ve written a duology. There aren t a lot of duologies out there. I have nothing against trilogies or longer series, but the power of two has been ignored for too long. Will duologies become the next big thing? Will other writers decide that three is just too many and one not enough? Um . . . probably not. But I thank you for reading my Aliens duology. Hope you like it. He holds an MFA in writing from Vermont College and is an assistant professor at Austin Community College. Brian Yansky lives in Austin, Texas.