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Early Review: Dark Energy by Robison Wells

Dark EnergyTitleDark Energy

AuthorRobison Wells

Genre: YA Science Fiction

Series: N/A

Publication Date: March 29, 2016

Format: Hardcover, 288 Pages

ISBN-10: 0062275054 (HarperTeen)

ISBN-13: 978-0062275059 (HarperTeen)

Reviewed by: Kaitlin


Five days ago, a massive UFO crashed in the Midwest. Since then, nothing—or no one—has come out.

If it were up to Alice, she’d be watching the fallout on the news. But her dad is director of special projects at NASA, so she’s been forced to enroll in a boarding school not far from the crash site. Alice is right in the middle of the action, but even she isn’t sure what to expect when the aliens finally emerge. Only one thing is clear: everything has changed.

Quick & Dirty: An intriguing, suspenseful twist on an alien story that I enjoyed immensely.

Opening Sentence: Want to hear something freaky?

Excerpt: No

The Review:

Five days ago, a massive UFO skidded across two countries in the American Midwest, killing more than 15,000 people. Alice’s life is uprooted when her father, director of special projects, moves them closer to the base of the site. Alice moves into a boarding school for talented, rich children. And then, the aliens emerge. One thing is soon clear – nothing will be the same again.

I am not a huge reader of alien books. I loved Alienated, and the Lux series, but I can’t think of any other novels I’ve read with aliens as the center focus. However, I’ve been on a Star Wars kick recently (for the first time in my life, I watched the movies, and I enjoyed them a lot. I plan to see the new one soon! Spoiler alert – Darth Vader is Luke’s father). That being said, I was excited to jump into a book with galactic enemies and human resilience.

This book, right off the bat, was much different than I expected – in the best possible way. The plotline went ways I never saw coming and I absolutely adored the spin that the author took on it. Reveal after reveal led to the inevitable climax. My only disappointment was the ending. It seemed too rushed, too convenient, to really be realistic after all the buildup. Nevertheless, I still enjoyed this book greatly!

The main character, Alice, was a fun point of view. Her mindset was relatable and she had a good sense of humor, so that my laughter intermingled with tense, suspenseful alien goodness. I liked the love interest, as well. It wasn’t insta-love, thank god, and their relationship worked well. It was interesting watching the romance blossom, and their exchanges were a lot of fun to read. Another relationship that was lighthearted and cute was between her and her father. Their banter was hilarious and in the notable scene.

This was a short review, but I didn’t have much to say – I just really loved this novel. There were so many aspects of it that were interesting and expertly weaved together: mystery, action, suspense, romance, even history. It was a different idea than any other alien novel I’ve read, and the aliens in the story brought surprise after surprise. It was heart-wrenching, at times, but oh so worth the read. The only thing I would have changed was the ending – I would have extended it more, made it a little harder for the characters to succeed. It felt like this massive advantage was just handed to them. Nevertheless, I can’t wait for the world to read this novel!

Notable Scene:

“She loved the streak in my hair, and she said she wanted one – so like good friends and roommates, we dyed her hair and then snuck her around the back of the building to avoid the R.A.”

“If I didn’t know you were a good kid, I’d be terrified.”

“What makes you think I’m a good kid?”

“Because a bad kid would lie about sneaking out and getting caught.”


FTC Advisory: HarperTeen provided me with a copy of Dark Energy. No goody bags, sponsorships, “material connections,” or bribes were exchanged for my review.

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