The Resource The Resisters, Eric Nylund

The Resisters, Eric Nylund

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The Resisters
Title
The Resisters
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Eric Nylund
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eng
Summary
When twelve-year-olds Madison and Felix kidnap him, Ethan learns that the Earth has been taken over by aliens and that all the adults in the world are under mind control
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  • Grades 5-8 Life’s good for 12-year-old Ethan. He has supportive parents; a 13-year-old sister, Emma, who doesn’t annoy him; and he’s a star athlete. Then he meets Felix and Madison, two kids his age, who reveal that his world is a lie that has been carefully constructed by the Ch’zar, aliens that have conquered Earth by controlling people’s postpubescent minds. Felix and Madison are part of an underground group battling the Ch’zar’s supersized, technologically enhanced mutant insects with insect-robot fighters of their own, and Ethan reluctantly joins them when Emma becomes endangered and their parents go missing. Incorporating both familiar and futuristic elements with some classic sci-fi conventions and themes (the importance of individuality; group-think; giant bugs), this fast-paced, entertaining read also includes resonant, universal growing-up issues such as loyalty, loss, and believing in oneself. Ethan is a dynamic, multidimensional protagonist who discovers that his oddities may be his greatest assets. New fans will hope for further adventures from the intrepid young crew. -- Rosenfeld, Shelle (Reviewed 03-15-2011) (Booklist, vol 107, number 14, p61)
  • When the aliens come, they'll take over our minds and absorb us into a collective, according to Nylund (author of several novels based on the Halo video games) in this series launch, set well into the future. Twelve-year-old Ethan is a star soccer player (a sport now played in mechanical suits). After a party, he is kidnapped by a pair of kids named Felix and Madison, who give Ethan a Matrix-style awakening: aliens took over the planet 50 years ago, and adults are under their control. Kids are free because their brains aren't fully developed, but join the collective when they mature. Ethan also hears the story from the other side—that aliens offered humanity unfettered communication and empathy, leading to the end of war. Nylund does a solid job of keeping Ethan off-balance, and readers who are looking for a quick SF adventure will enjoy the mind-control story and the protagonists' insectoid battle suits. The plot holes, exposition dumps, and predictability (Ethan disobeys orders and saves the day on multiple occasions), however, prevent the book from being especially memorable. Ages 10–14. (Apr.) --Staff (Reviewed February 14, 2011) (Publishers Weekly, vol 258, issue 07, p)
  • For Ethan Blackwood, life is perfect. He's a star athlete and an excellent student; he has lots of friends and a warm and loving family. His future is bright; most immediately, he's looking forward to the soccer championship. Until he's kidnapped and finds out that everything he knows is a lie. The Ch'zar—sinister, unseen aliens—have been in control for decades and are slowly but surely stripping the planet of all viable resources. Humans live in isolated neighborhoods that only simulate normal life, with everything manipulated by alien mind control. But mind control doesn't work on children, only on adults. So it's up to the few teens who know the truth to fight back and save their friends and siblings, who are growing older by the day. These are The Resisters...and they, too, are growing older every day. The author of many installments in the Halo series, Nylund is also head writer for Microsoft Game Studios. He sure knows how to set the scene and get the action rolling, placing more-or-less believable characters in an unbelievable landscape, complete with a Ch'zar-altered history. This is clearly the first installment and is engaging enough to leave readers wanting more. (Science fiction. 10 & 14)(Kirkus Reviews, March 15, 2011)
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392083
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Nylund, Eric S
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[Fic]
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no index present
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720L
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fiction
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  • 5
  • 8
Reading level
5.2
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True
Series statement
The Resisters
Series volume
0001
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Accelerated Reader AR
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  • Extraterrestrial beings
  • Brainwashing
  • Extraterrestrial beings
  • Brainwashing
  • Science fiction
  • Brainwashing
  • Extraterrestrial beings
Target audience
pre adolescent
Label
The Resisters, Eric Nylund
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rdacarrier
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text
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  • txt
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rdacontent
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812285
Dimensions
22 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
210 pages
Isbn
9780375868566
Lccn
2010019230
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unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
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  • n
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  • (Sirsi) i9780375868566
  • (OCoLC)645948108
Label
The Resisters, Eric Nylund
Publication
Copyright
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
812285
Dimensions
22 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
210 pages
Isbn
9780375868566
Lccn
2010019230
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9780375868566
  • (OCoLC)645948108

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