6.15.2021 | Tuesday

Nowhere on Earth

category: Book Reviews

Nowhere on Earthtitle: Nowhere on Earth
author: Nick Lake
published: 8 January 2019
publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers
genre(s): fantasy, sci fi
pages: 292
source: library
format: hardcover
buy/shelve it: Amazon | B&N | BookBub | Goodreads

rating: five-stars

the blurb

It starts with a plane crash.
There are survivors: a teenage girl and her little brother. They are running from something. But what?
Then the men arrive. They are hunting the girl and boy. And-
And that's all we can tell you ...

my review

This is a book that made me feel in unexpected ways. Unexpected since the two main characters are: a sixteen-year-old girl and… an alien. But all the feels I did indeed have.

At its core, it was a book about love. Not romantic love, just love. About loving someone even though you know they are only going to be in your life a short time, loving them deeply even though they are somehow very different from you, loving in a way you never expected. And it was about realizing that love exists, even when you don’t always see it.

It’s interesting because just as much as the book is about love, it’s about hate, too. It’s about the human tendency to destroy that which is different, whether in the name of science or anything else.

But there were other messages, too, including that of sexual harrassment. That was especially relatable with all the discussions these days about unwanted sexual attention, about microagression.

It truly was a bizarre book, all of these messages set in the Alaskan wilderness, and in a sci-fi/survival story, young adult plot. It was just so well done, and there really aren’t words to describe the experience of reading it.

But I loved every single page!

About Nick Lake

My name is Nick and I write and edit books for young adults. My first YA novel IN DARKNESS, was published by Bloomsbury in 2012 and won the Michael L Printz Award for Excellence in YA Literature. I also wrote a book called HOSTAGE THREE about a girl kidnapped by Somali pirates.

THERE WILL BE LIES is coming in January 15 and is about a girl who learns that everything she knows is a lie. To say it’s a book with a twist in the story would be a massive understatement. There is also a talking coyote in it.

I live with my wife, daughter and son in a 16th century house in England with almost 19th century amenities. Sometimes the heating even works.

I like: reading, art, music, food containing sugar, cities at night, the countryside in the daytime, vintage furniture, modern standards of heating (see above), travelling.

I dislike: being sick, failing, being underdressed in the cold, being overdressed in the heat, the unnecessary suffering of children, being punched in the face.

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