The world changed on a Tuesday.
When a spaceship landed in an open field in the quiet mill town of Sorrow Falls, Massachusetts, everyone realized humankind was not alone in the universe. With that realization, everyone freaked out for a little while.
Or, almost everyone. The residents of Sorrow Falls took the news pretty well. This could have been due to a certain local quality of unflappability, or it could have been that in three years, the ship did exactly nothing other than sit quietly in that field, and nobody understood the full extent of this nothing the ship was doing better than the people who lived right next door.
Sixteen-year old Annie Collins is one of the ship’s closest neighbors. Once upon a time she took every last theory about the ship seriously, whether it was advanced by an adult ,or by a peer. Surely one of the theories would be proven true eventually—if not several of them—the very minute the ship decided to do something. Annie is starting to think this will never happen.
One late August morning, a little over three years since the ship landed, Edgar Somerville arrived in town. Ed’s a government operative posing as a journalist, which is obvious to Annie—and pretty much everyone else he meets—almost immediately. He has a lot of questions that need answers, because he thinks everyone is wrong: the ship is doing something, and he needs Annie’s help to figure out what that is.
Annie is a good choice for tour guide. She already knows everyone in town and when Ed’s theory is proven correct—something is apocalyptically wrong in Sorrow Falls—she’s a pretty good person to have around.
As a matter of fact, Annie Collins might be the most important person on the planet. She just doesn’t know it. (Goodreads)
*I received this ARC through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review*
5/5 stars, surprised by this refreshing read
The Spaceship Next Door by Gene Doucette is a story like I've never read before. It was refreshing, funny, and intense. It gave me goosebumps multiple times and, despite predicting a few plot twists right before they were about to happen, I was still surprised and delighted.
I loved the characters. They were well-developed and interesting. Each character could hold their own in a scene by themselves as well as in a group setting. This book offers great rag-tag bunch scenarios, which is something I cherish in the books I read.
The overall voice was also a strong point for me. The book utilized various perspectives, each one unique and honest, that added to the fresh feel of the story. It was humorous and relatable all while engaging me and furthering the plot.
No dislikes. This book honestly surprised me so much.
Obviously my favorite character is Annie. She's charismatic, funny, sharp, witty, and so clever. She was also genuinely real to me. I felt like I was reading about an intelligent, REAL sixteen-year-old.
When Ed was first introduced, I didn't expect to like him as much as I did by the end of the book. He grew on me as Annie grew on him. It seems that Annie is a kind of force that brings people together and makes them more likable in general.
Sam and Violet were great "side characters," too. Sam had all the protective vibes of an older brother and Violet, introduced as the awkward, shy friend who no one remembers, had the chance to transform into something else entirely and took it.
Yes, I do recommend. In a way, the book was very cinematic, which reminded me of Victoria Schwab's Vicious, and also comical while being other-worldly (but based in our world) like that of David Wong's John Dies At The End.
The Spaceship Next Door by Gene Doucette was published December 22, 2015.