The McClellands are enjoying a lazy summer vacation at the beach when they are lured from our world into Ixeos, an alternate Earth. Finding themselves lost in a maze of tunnels under Paris and surrounded by strangers, they discover that they have been brought to Ixeos for one purpose: to take the planet back from humanoid aliens who have claimed it. With the aid of the tunnels and a mysterious man named Landon, the teens travel the world seeking the key that will allow them to free Darian, the long-imprisoned rebel leader. But the aliens aren't the only problem on Ixeos -- the McClellands have to deal with brutal gangs, desperate junkies, and a world without power, where all the technology is owned by the aliens, and where most of the population has been killed or enslaved. The worst part? There's no way home.
This book is about IXEOS. Ixeos is an alternate universe it mimics Earth in all ways except for one, on Ixeos Aliens arrived and assimilated into the world and then waged an attacked on the planet killing off almost everyone and enslaving as many survivors as they could.
Jennings sucks you into this world quickly. And we form very strong attachments with certain characters in the story. We feel sorry for the children pulled through to this world from ours, their separation from their families and the abrupt way they are forced into the world of Ixeos. I love the intricate little bonds that are formed within the groups.
I also truly have to applaud the author for his look into the WHY of each person being pulled into Ixeos. Each person pulled into this world has some talent, some ability that the people of Ixeos need. In the book Destiny is written and each person has their own. Regardless of where they are from or what they thought of themselves in Ixeos their destinies are pre-ordained.
I enjoyed this book and I can truly say the action kept me up late into the night. I panicked when the characters faced adversity. I worried when one was injured or lost. This type of bond with characters is rare. So I have to say I must recommend this book to any science fiction lovers. Or for that matter anyone who likes a good action adventure or just a good read.
This book is something I gave my son who is 10 to read. So while it is YA, I think that if your child is able to read at this level then let them give it a read. My son reads at a 7th grade reading level if that helps you gauge.
All in all, a very enjoyable read and one I gladly give 4.5 stars to.
Details/Disclaimer: Review copy was provided to me in exchange for a fair and honest review. The free book held no determination on my personal review.
Marty chewed his crusty bread thoughtfully. “They’ve got a pretty amazing set up down here,” he observed. “Fresh food, the air is okay, there’s apparently water for drinking and washing and bathing. Dorms, a library… It’s pretty sweet!”
“Sweet?” Clay asked in amazement. “We’re two hundred feet underground, apparently recruited to fight some kind of alien serial killers, and we can’t get home! How is that sweet?”
Neahle laid a hand on his wrist just above his tattoo. Her thumb rubbed the spot. “We’ll be okay, Clay,” she said quietly. “We just need to get our bearings. You know. Figure out what we’re supposed to do.”
Clay put his hand over hers for a minute, then pulled his arm away. “How do we know that what these people are saying is true? It’s nuts! And this Landon — who’s he supposed to be? How come he can leave here, and we can’t?”
“We’ll find more out tomorrow,” Marty said. “But we were chosen, dude. There’s something we can do here to make a difference in this rebellion thing, and that makes us special. I mean, Landon chose us for a reason, right?”
“Because we were the only ones stupid enough to follow the ducks…” Clay muttered, taking a large swallow of water from his mug.
Author Jennings Wright
Born and raised in Florida, Jennings spent her early years reading anything she could get her hands on, when she wasn't spending time in and on the water. She won a prize in the 6th grade for her science fiction stories.
Jennings attended the University of Tampa, graduating with a B.A. in Political Science, and almost enough credits for B.A.s in both English and History. She attended graduate school at the University of West Florida, studying Psychology. She spent time over the years doing various kinds of business writing, editing, and teaching writing, but mostly having and raising her family, homeschooling her children, owning and running a business with her husband, and starting a non-profit.
Thanks to a crazy idea called NaNoWriMo Jennings got back into creative writing in 2011 and hasn't stopped since. She currently lives in North Carolina with her husband, also a business owner and writer, and two children, and travels extensively with her family, and her non-profit in Uganda.
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