The world changed on a Tuesday.
When a spaceship landed in an open field in the quiet mill town of Sorrow Falls, Massachusetts, everyone realized humankind was not alone in the universe. With that realization everyone freaked out for a little while.
Or almost everyone. The residents of Sorrow Falls took the news pretty well. This could have been due to a certain local quality of unflappability, or it could have been that in three years the ship did exactly nothing other than sit quietly in that field, and nobody understood the full extent of this nothing the ship was doing better than the people who lived right next door.
Sixteen-year-old Annie Collins is one of the ship's closest neighbors. Once upon a time she took every last theory about the ship seriously, whether it was advanced by an adult or by a peer. Surely one of the theories would be proven true - if not several of them - the very minute the ship decided to do something. Annie is starting to think this will never happen.
One late August morning, a little over three years since the ship landed, Edgar Somerville arrived in town. Ed's a government operative posing as a journalist, which is obvious to Annie - and pretty much everyone else he meets - almost immediately. He has a lot of questions that need answers, because he thinks everyone is wrong: The ship is doing something, and he needs Annie's help to figure out what that is.
Annie is a good choice for tour guide. She already knows everyone in town, and when Ed's theory is proven correct - something is apocalyptically wrong in Sorrow Falls - she's a pretty good person to have around.
As a matter of fact, Annie Collins might be the most important person on the planet. She just doesn't know it.
The Spaceship Next Door is the latest novel from Gene Doucette, best-selling author of The Immortal Trilogy, Fixer, The Immortal Chronicles, and Immortal Stories: Eve.
©2015 Gene Doucette (P)2016 Gene Doucette
There is so much to like about this book.
1) The characters. Oh, they were so much fun to read about, especially Annie. I want to have at girl over for a movie marathon.
2) The story. It is a scifi book and it is more than a scifi book. Kept me interested the whole way through.
3) The humor. That was an unexpected delight. I found myself laughing out loud and giggling through several passages.
4) Rated PG. Yep, a scifi book that kids can read. There was an innocence that permeated the story. I felt like I was watching a movie with my family, and we were all enjoying it without mope having to cover my kids' eyes and ears.
5) The narrator. Oh. My. Goodness! Steve Carlson can voice act his socks off! His reading style caught me up into the story so well I would find myself looking around to make sure I wasn't actually in the story myself. And he captured the humor with just the right delivery. So well done!
More, please Mr. Doucette!
The story is very clever and it's very well written. I could relate to the characters and they spoke and acted in a way that made them believable. I guess maybe Amy was a little over the top, at times she reminded me of a young Einstein but her wit and sense of humor are very similar to mine and I really enjoyed her character.
I thought Steve was fantastic! He brought the characters to life! He also reminded me of Casey Kasem a little.
I wasn't sure how all these different genres would work together, but they did, and it turned out pretty terrific!
This production is an exceptional piece of workmanship in the science fiction genre. The writing is clean and witty. The concepts are new, interesting and well presented. The narration was just right for the work at hand. I immediately went looking for another work by the author but, sadly, was unable to find one at Audible.com. I highly recommend this book and eagerly await the arrival of more work by Mr. Doucette at Audible.com.
This is a good time killer you will want to listen to over and over. It has aliens, spaceships, zombies, tech, politics, and the end of the world. What more could you ask for?
A very enjoyable scifi story that does not take much thinking but the plot works well.
It moved right alone and I did not loose interest.
He did a good job.
Sometimes it was a little difficult to put down.
I would highly recommend this book for entertainment not for intellectual enrichment.
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