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Guest

By: E. Stoops
Narrated by: Jeanie Talbot
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Thione Aldermann, a third generation homesteader in the Columbia Valley, prides herself on having a plan for all of life's little eventualities and never being caught flat-footed. But her contingency plan for first contact is about a decade out of date. 

Enter Guest, a spiderlike alien, who crash-lands in her back pasture. He's wounded, scared, unintelligible, and worse yet - clueless. Fortunately for Guest, Thione formulates a plan to help him, hide him, and when the time is right, heave him back to whence he came. But nosy neighbors and an untrustworthy sheriff imperil the fragile plan from the start, forcing Thione to pull up stakes and risk her farm to even have a chance at sending Guest home.

©2017 Elizabeth Stoops (P)2018 Jeanie Talbot

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Future Farming and Alien Indigenstion

This book is fantastic and it has tons of re-listen value. It takes place after a disaster, but isn't post-apocalyptic in that society is still chugging away, they just have to do things a bit differently and commerce is affected by collective trauma. The interactions between our main farmer and the alien are spot on for completely different species, and I just love how they have to solve little adjust-to-the-planet problems as our story progresses.
The narrator did an amazing job with the story and the characters.

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Engaging sci-fi

The story is well written and well read; a refreshing look at the first contact scenario with believable characters and plot.

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I could (and do) listen to this on repeat

Honestly one of my favorite books ever. I listen to it regularly before bed.

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Kindness, Whimsy, and a touch of Angst.

"Guest" is a clever tale about a meeting of two worlds. It explores the examination of self, which occurs when one's intended isolation is intruded upon by another in need, and brings into question the very concept of "the other." Stoops weaves us a tale of balancing the familiar with the very unexpected and, ultimately, the length to which the kind-hearted will go when compassion clearly must be put ahead of all else.

Our protagonist receives an unconventional guest, whom she feels a need to keep secret, while suspecting her neighbor shares the same situation. Though a communication gap is slowly closed, her guest never quite gets some of the social complications of the situation. The story ends happily, and with an interesting twist.

I highly recommend this book for readers from young adult to adult.

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