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Strange Days Alex Mata doesn’t want to worry about rumors of alien incursions – he’d rather just skate and tag and play guitar But when he comes home to find an alien has murdered his parents he’s forced to confront a new reality Aliens are real his parents are dead and nobody will believe him if he says what he saw On the run Alex finds himself led to the compound of tech guru Jeffrey Sabazios the only public figure who stands firm in his belief that aliens are comingAt Sabazios’ invitation Alex becomes a “Witness”—one of a special group of teens gifted with an ability that could save the Earth they can glide through time and witness futures When a Witness sees a future it guarantees that it will happen the way it’s been seen making their work humanity’s best hope for controlling what happens next and stopping the alien threat Guided by Sabazios befriended by his fellow time travelers and maybe even falling in love Alex begins to find a new home at the compound until a rogue glide shows him the dangerous truth about his new situation Now in a race against time Alex must make a terrible choice save the people he loves or save the world insteadDebut author Constantine Singer's fresh voiced protagonist leaps off the page in this captivating novel that weaves sci fi and contemporary fiction I liked the weirdness of this book how the main characters could see into other people's lives through some sort of witnessing The aliens were super scary and the man fighting them or is he?? seemed like a mashup of Jeff Bezos and Bill Gates I felt like it was well constructed and the plot moved along uicklyI wouldn't recommend this book for middle school because of the multiple uses of the F word and the main characters have sex near the end of the bookAlso it ended on a cliffhanger that made me gasp when I read it Oh and I found a couple of typos that should have been found in editing Hi everybody I want to share a little about how and why this book came to beI wrote Strange Days in large part for my students  For the last decade I’ve been teaching in a program in the Watts neighborhood of Los Angeles dedicated to helping kids who whether due to their own choices or due to circumstances beyond their control were unable to complete high school in the traditional manner  My students aren’t traditional readers but many are avid readers when they find stories which they feel are meant for them ones with characters they relate to with places they know with lots of action and plot twists and with a great love story I wanted to write a book they might enjoy   I originally wrote the manuscript that would become Strange Days in 2014 after I began reading some examples of reality plus fiction   I knew I wanted to write a science fiction novel which presented a vision of the world as I and my students in central and south Los Angeles saw it – vibrant multicultural multi ethnic a little bit gritty and a lot like home – but I also wanted to write science fiction Reality plus allowed me to use the real world as a launching pad to explore some of the wilder elements of the far frontiers of theoretical scienceMy hope is that after reading Strange Days you will add it to your back pocket list of recommended books for those you speak with directly and that you will also be willing to write a sentence or two to share with the broader worldIf you like the book post about it on social media #strangedaysbook #strangedaysnovel #strangedays and toss it some stars here and on Of course if my book isn’t something you can recommend that’s just fine and you should feel no pressure to do so   In either case thank youWith Gratitude and Warmest RegardsConstantine Singercjsingerwritesgmailcomtwitter ajaxsingerInstagram constantinejsinger Facebook  wwwfacebookcomcjsingerwrites Website wwwconstantinesingercom thought it said strange gays for a second Strange Days by Constantine Singer is a science fiction adventure featuring aliens kids with special powers and a generous dose of deceptionI really enjoyed reading Strange Days This was a book I easily read in two days Once I started it I was hooked and didn't want to put the book down Strange Days was well written and fast paced keeping me at the edge of my seat for much of the storyThe overall story concept was intriguing alien invasions are always a fun idea to explore In Strange Days the aliens thrive on fear and want to control humans through their fear What would you do to stop an alien threat? Kill someone? Mess with someone else's mind? Lie? Steal? These are all uestions the protagonist Alex Mata has to ask himself Charged with saving the world Alex teams up with others to stop the threat But who can he trust? Who wants to help and who has their own agenda?The idea of Witnessing was well executed in the book I liked the idea of being a Witness and reading about what the Witnesses go through when they go under was neat Can you imagine seeing future eventualities knowing that you're affecting the future? Seen time is real time The ending was a little abrupt but it wrapped up the book nicely The ending had all the feels sadness excitement anger and happiness I appreciate endings that make you feel a wide range of emotions and this ending was great for thatThe characters were nicely written They were uniue interesting and engaging I found myself growing attached to Alex A lot happened to him in a short amount of time and I just wanted to protect him from the big bad world All of the secondary characters were eually gripping I enjoyed following their lives throughout the bookSo should you read Strange Days? If you enjoy books with a little science fiction check out this bookThank you to Penguin Young Readers for providing the physical copy of this book in exchange for an honest review

  • Hardcover
  • Strange Days
  • Constantine J. Singer
  • English
  • 18 August 2015

About the Author: Constantine J. Singer

Constantine Singer grew up in Seattle and earned his BA from Earlham College and his Masters from Seattle University He currently lives in the Echo Park neighborhood of Los Angeles with his family and teaches high school English and history in South LA

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