Contemporary fiction with a sci-fi edge, perfect for fans of Ernest Cline and Marie Lu.
Alex Mata doesn't want to worry about rumors of alien incursions--he'd rather just skate and tag and play guitar. But when he comes home to find an alien has murdered his parents, he's forced to confront a new reality: aliens are real, his parents are dead, and nobody will believe him if he tells. On the run, Alex finds himself led to the compound of tech guru Jeffrey Sabazios, the only public figure who stands firm in his belief that aliens are coming.
At Sabazios's invitation, Alex becomes a Witness, one of a special group of teens gifted with an ability that could save the Earth: they can glide through time and witness futures. When a Witness sees a future, that guarantees it will happen the way it's been seen, making their work humanity's best hope for stopping the alien threat. Guided by Sabazios, befriended by his fellow time travelers, and maybe even falling in love, Alex starts feeling like the compound is a real home--until a rogue glide shows him the dangerous truth about his new situation.
Now in a race against time, Alex is forced to reevaluate who he can love, who he can trust, and who he needs to leave behind.
Debut author Constantine Singer's fresh-voiced protagonist leaps off the page in this captivating novel that weaves sci-fi and contemporary fiction.
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.) \n
It Brings You In From The Start -easy to read/hard to put down
Strange Days is a wonderfully written YA novel that immediately engages you. You’re instantly brought into the world of the main character Alex, his fear of the alien invasion, and his dislike of his high school chemistry class.
Through its creative perspective on the relationship between the past, present and future, this sci-fi adventure explores many of the emotions that we all experience (fear, anxiety, trust, doubt…) in an honest, engaging, thought provoking way.
The realness of the world that Singer has created lets you be in the book in a way that makes it difficult to put down, and will be an excellent read for anyone who enjoys a good book.