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The Resource Strange days, Constantine Singer

Strange days, Constantine Singer

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Strange days
Title
Strange days
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Constantine Singer
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eng
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"When inexplicable events begin to occur, Los Angeles native Alex Mata uses his special ability of time travel to save the world from alien invasion"--
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  • Grades 9-12 Alex Mata is a skateboarder, tagger, and guitarist, haunted by the death of his beloved elder brother, Pete, and the disturbing, perhaps untrue news stories of aliens who are systematically targeting and killing humans. But when he comes home to find his parents dead on the kitchen floor and a huge, creepy bug hovering over them covered in blood, he decides to take a mysteriously proffered bus ticket and leaves Los Angeles for Seattle. Once there, he’s taken into a mysterious compound with other teens who, like him, have the ability to glide through time and change events by witnessing possible futures. The group of X-Men-like teens is deliberately multicultural, of many different ethnicities and sexual orientations, but all share the belief that they are doing good.Then Alex discovers all is not as it has been presented, and he must decide how to save himself—and the world. Singer plays clever tricks with time travel and the ways in which it can affect past and future knowledge, and he leaves readers hanging and eager for the sequel. -- Debbie Carton (Reviewed 12/1/2018) (Booklist, vol 115, number 7, p58)
  • Gr 9 Up{amp}ndash;Alex Mata is interested in playing guitar, hanging out with his friends, and getting his hands on the latest technology. He isn't too concerned about rumors that aliens might be real and might be kidnapping people. That is, until he comes home to find his parents murdered{amp}mdash;by aliens. Shocked and confused, Alex is recruited to be a Witness by Jeffrey Sabazios, who claims that his technology can protect Earth from the alien incursions. As a Witness, Alex travels through time to observe future events and lock them into place. In Sabazios's compound, Alex finds his purpose and begins to grow closer to some of the other Witnesses. Alex's ability to move through time, however, is greater than that of his friends, and because of this, he uncovers secrets that he and the other Witnesses are not supposed to know. Faced with the truth, Alex has to make tough decisions about whom to trust as he tries, once again, to save the world. Alex narrates in a unique voice that will appeal to eager and reluctant readers alike. Featuring a diverse cast, this sci-fi novel is grounded in the real world: Alex tackles questions of identity and his own interactions with others all while trying to deal with the alien incursions. Fast-paced and intense, this is a compelling choice for readers looking for science fiction set closer to home. VERDICT Purchase where there are fans of Scott Reintgen's "Nyxia" books.{amp}mdash;Zo{amp}euml; McLaughlin, Michigan State University --Zo{amp}euml; McLaughlin (Reviewed 12/01/2018) (School Library Journal, vol 64, issue 12, p85)
  • In this ambitious yet uneven thriller, Alejandro “Alex” Mata struggles to save the world from an alien invasion by using his ability to see the future and influence events toward his desired outcome. After being framed for his parents’ murder by extraterrestrial Locusts, Alex finds refuge in the compound of tech billionaire Jeff Sabazios, who uses time-gliding “witnesses” like Alex to shape the future so that humankind can survive. As Alex gains greater control and understanding of his powers, he receives a message from his own future self that could change everything. Debut author Singer delivers a fast-paced adventure with a diverse cast and an intriguing premise, but the various parts don’t quite hold together. The inclusion of time travel and predestination paradoxes mean that Alex’s actions are written in stone before they happen, and certain major twists will come as no surprise. However, the tense atmosphere and memorable characters will keep readers turning the pages to the ambiguous ending, which leaves the door open for a sequel. Ages 12–up. Agent: Jason Anthony, Lippincott Massie McQuilkin. (Dec.) 
			 --Staff (Reviewed 12/10/2018) (Publishers Weekly, vol 265, issue 50, p)
  • As an impending alien invasion threatens Earth's future, 17-year-old Latinx Alex Mata grapples with self-doubt, loss, and love in Singer's assured debut. Curious times await Alex: Terrifying rumors of alien encounters abound, and dissonant guitars and a teasing voice invade his mind. After an alien murders his parents, he's wanted for questioning. Fleeing from Los Angeles to Seattle, Alex joins an underground group set on stopping the incoming extraterrestrial menace. Led by enigmatic tech whiz Jeffrey Sabazios, the group of teens must travel through time witnessing—exploring future scenarios and locking them into place—to ensure humanity's survival. The U.S. government denies all suggestions of alien activity; the president's daughter, meanwhile, encouraged by a time/mind-traveling Alex, learns the truth and plans on alerting the public. Things eventually, and predictably, take a sinister turn, ending in grim revelations amid an apocalyptic backdrop. The author succeeds more in his development of Alex, a young man learning to deal with his self-worth and feelings for others, including Paul, his white, gay roommate, and a black teen named Corina, his love interest. More intriguing thriller than hardcore science fiction, the novel mixes doses of political intrigue with extraterrestrial dread. Portions of the story are stretched out at unnecessary length, but sweet moments between characters keep things heartfelt. Entirely human in its affections and an occasional page-turner. (Science-fiction thriller. 12-18) (Kirkus Reviews, November 15, 2018)
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Singer, Constantine
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[Fic]
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no index present
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  • 9
  • 12
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  • Time travel
  • Extraterrestrial beings
  • Science fiction
  • YOUNG ADULT FICTION / Action & Adventure
  • YOUNG ADULT FICTION / Diversity & Multicultural
  • YOUNG ADULT FICTION / Science Fiction / Alien Contact
  • Science fiction
  • Time travel
  • Extraterrestrial beings
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pre adolescent
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Strange days, Constantine Singer
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on1022977531
Dimensions
22 cm
Extent
422 pages
Isbn
9781524740245
Lccn
2017061063
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(OCoLC)1022977531
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Strange days, Constantine Singer
Publication
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volume
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  • nc
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text
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  • txt
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rdacontent
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on1022977531
Dimensions
22 cm
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422 pages
Isbn
9781524740245
Lccn
2017061063
Media category
unmediated
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rdamedia
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  • n
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(OCoLC)1022977531

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