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Alien Feast (Chronicles of the First…

Alien Feast (Chronicles of the First Invasion)

by Michael Simmons

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Scene: You walk up to your house dragging a red wagon filled with milk, bread, water, batteries, and other disaster relief essentials from the Temporary Emergency Services store. You are nervous. There are human-eating aliens roaming the city and you are worried that you might become a snack for a slimy being in robotic leggings. It is not particularly comforting to know that if the aliens do eat you they will leave your feet behind for your loved ones to bury. You are, in fact, braving the alien ridden streets because your step-parents are too afraid to.

Now, imagine that when you unlock the front door you discover a pile of feet on the living room carpet. The aliens have been by and eaten your step-parents. Now, is that a relief or what?

This is the scene with which “Alien Feast” by Michael Simmons opens. William Aitkin, now doubly orphaned is alone in the world. Well, except for his uncle Maynard; world famous composer and all-round odd guy. And except for Sophie Astronovitch, a thoroughly confusing girl from William’s class whose parents have recently been kidnapped by a few aliens and a politician. But he has a great deal more time to practice his violin so that’s not all bad. There are frozen lasagnas to cook and eat and Sophie’s parents to rescue. This will lead to rather more adventure than William was planning on, but maybe he will make breakthroughs in his music and his understanding of the mysterious girl-type person that is Sophie. Or maybe he’ll end up as a pile of glistening feet. You never know. ( )
  little_prof | Jan 19, 2010 |
Enjoyable, but very uneven in tone. Sometimes silly, sometimes sad, sometimes very unrealistic. ( )
1 vote dcoward | Sep 12, 2009 |
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In 2017, human-eating aliens have kidnapped two scientists who might cure the disease that is destroying them, and twelve-year-old William Aitkin, his elderly, ailing Uncle Maynard, and the scientists' daughter, Sophie, set out to rescue them.

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