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Earthfall

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Sam wakes to see strange vessels gathered in the skies around London. As he stares up, people stream past, walking silently towards the enormous ships which emit a persistent noise. Only Sam seems immune to the signal. Six months later, Sam is absolutely alone. In his underground bunker he has food and water for a couple of days. He has no choice but to venture above. Spotted by a flying drone, Sam escapes, but not before the drone slashes him with a barbed tendril. That night, drenched in sweat, Sam realises without medical supplies the wound will kill him. This time above ground he is less lucky. Cornered again, Sam thinks he has reached the end - then the drone is shot down in a hail of machine gun fire. In five minutes Sam learns two things: he is not alone; the drone injury should have killed him instantly - yet he is still alive. The battle for earth is about to begin.show more

Product details

  • 9+
  • Paperback | 288 pages
  • 126 x 194 x 20mm | 199.58g
  • Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
  • Bloomsbury Childrens
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 1408815664
  • 9781408815663
  • 37,274

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Praise for the H.I.V.E. series: A comedy thriller, full of baddies, action and lashings of humour * Sunday Express * An exuberant Dahl-esque escapade * Financial Times * Exciting, clever and all in all brilliant * Sunday Telegraph *show more

About Mark Walden

Mark Walden's first book, H.I.V.E., won Richard and Judy's 'Best Kids' Books Ever' 9+ category. Paramount has optioned the film rights, and it was chosen as one of ten titles for Booktrust's first Booked Up scheme. Mark has followed this success with a further six titles in the extraordinarily brilliant H.I.V.E. series and as a WBD author for 2009. He lives with his family in Hampshire. http://www.markwalden.net/blog/show more

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1,156 ratings
3.9 out of 5 stars
5 36% (412)
4 31% (363)
3 24% (279)
2 6% (65)
1 3% (37)

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(Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers and Edelweiss.) Teenager Sam has been surviving alone for 18 months, since alien’s invaded and everybody turned into mindless zombies. One day though Sam is approached by a couple of other kids, who also seem to have survived, and then take him to the place where they live – with a group of other kids underground, led by a scientist called Dr Stirling. How is it that these kids haven’t been zapped by the aliens? How did they find Sam? And how can they fight back? This book was a bit unbelievable, and I didn’t like the ending. Sam was an okay character, although I thought that him talking to himself was the least of his worries having not seen another non-zombie human being in 18 months. I thought that he had done well to keep his spirits up for so long, all things considered. I did have some trouble with the storyline in this book. I think it’s aimed at younger teens really, and they probably wouldn’t have the issues that I had with it, but even so, I’m going to point them out. When Sam is rescued by these other kids, they clean him up a bit, teach him how to fire a gun, and five minutes later he’s a critical part of their anti-threat task force. I mean really? This happened way too quickly for me. Then there was the issue of the other humans. Supposedly, the aliens used some sort of signal to control them, which turned them into mindless zombies. At one point though the kids go to Wembley stadium, and find it full of rows of lying down zombie humans, which they say must be where they store them. My question is; how do they keep them fed, watered, and clean? They can’t just have them lying there all the time or they’d all be dead within 3 days, yet there’s no mention of the aliens doing anything more than ‘storing’ them. There were also a couple of other plot-holes like this that I came across that I don’t want to mention because of dropping spoilers. There were a couple of twists in the tale, but I guessed them quite early on unfortunately, and they really weren’t all that impressive when they were revealed. I didn’t like the ending much either. It was like the author got bored and just decided to end the story. Basically as soon as they got some little victory over the aliens, we were given a sort of message of hope, and the book finished. The end. Not impressed really. Overall; a less than exciting post-apocalyptic story, that was unbelievable, and didn’t have a very good ending. 4.5 out of 10.show more
by Sarah Elizabeth
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