This is a science-fiction/apocalyptic novel; Earth is under siege by foreign, alien creatures called the Nahx. They are merciless and bulletproof, using toxic darts to kill humans by the number, reigning terror across the globe. One defective Nahx, called Eighth, is separated from his offside and meets a human girl named Raven. She is one of the few living still in her area, thanks to her training at a summer camp. She, along with a group of friends, are trying to stay alive. But when Eighth and Raven have to rely on one another for survival, their hatred and fear towards each other changes into something else entirely.
At first, I really didn’t connect with any of the characters the way that you usually do. I was a little concerned, but as I read further, I came to accept them. The world that the author described was pretty interesting, however, and I appreciated that. Throughout the book you become more attached- it’s a fun, emotional joyride of a sort. Overall, it was an incredibly endearing story that I came to enjoy.
I think that a memorable thing for me was the way that the characters were forced to communicate. The dialogue reveals depths of character, especially since Eighth and the Nahx communicate via. sign language. It was really sweet and endearing the way that Raven has to work to understand the unfamiliar, physical dialect.
Reviewed by Lexi, Grade 8, Tuckahoe Area Library