By Brian Yansky
A well mannered race of telepathic killer extraterrestrial beings, a ten-second global conquest, and one teenage boy collide during this wry, gutsy adventure.
Jesse is in historical past classification while a powerful, effective race of extraterrestrial beings quietly takes over the earth in much less time than it takes him to comb his tooth. such a lot people easily doze off and not get up. In moments, each person Jesse understands and loves is long past, and he unearths that he's now a slave to a clumsy alien chief. at the shiny aspect, Jesse discovers he’s constructing telepathic powers, and he’s no longer the one one. quickly he’s forging new friendships and feeling suddenly hopeful. whilst a mysterious lady looks in his desires, conversing approximately escaping, Jesse starts to imagine the extraterrestrial beings will not be invincible in any case. but when Jesse and his buddies be triumphant, is there anyplace left to head? Brian Yansky deals a humorous, grim novel filled with every little thing boys and sci-fi fanatics love: extraterrestrial beings, humor, motion, and a hefty dose of triumph.
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