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Strange Days thought it said strange gays for a second Honestly I finished this book because I have a need to finish books whether I like them or not This book did not do it for me at all really It just seemed like it was a slower read with a naïve and ignorant main character that sped up towards the end of the novel all within the last few chapters It felt all over the place for me It's about a boy named Alex who discovers he is deemed savior of the world The Earth is expected to be taken over by Locusts and the Gentry are the higher intellectual extraterrestrial life that is helping prevent the Locusts from taking over Then comes in the telling of the future and what is seen is the truth and all that stuff It would take a lot for me to explain this book Overall I was not thrilled and I spent 2 weeks trying to get through it 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 4 starsI have been so excited for Strange Days ever since I heard about it earlier this year and it definitely did not disappointAliens and conspiracies and teens not knowing what they signed up for but oops what's that? Oh just gotta save the world It was great and definitely did NOT disappoint with its adventure and interesting conceptWhat I ultimately really loved about Strange Days was the sort of voice the main character Alex Mata had Voice isn't really the right word but character Personality He wasn't that cookie cutter YA male personality you see so often but he was interesting and uniue and represents a very different teen perspective than the usual privileged female main character Alex isn't super into school and he just wants to skateboard and for a lot of teens this is a reality and I hope they find a kindred spirit in AlexPlus his slang was so on point All of the T'sup moments were scarily accurate Go Singer for knowing what teens talk likeNot only was Alex uniue in his struggles but I ended up adoring the whole cast of diverse teens who worked for Sabazio and Witnessed the future They were really dynamic and I would be sad if any died during the novel cough coughThe concept was also just so cool and I love reading alien invasions and about aliens on Earth and it just ended up as even cooler because of the conspiracy lueking behind the story which I can't revealI do think a bit of the time travelsend message to past you bits of the storyline were confusing but I found by not focusing too hard on the nitty gritty that it made sense But trying to understand the really detailed inside mechanics wasn't going to happen and also wouldn't fit the standalone nature of this bookWitnessing is a really uniue concept and I enjoyed how Singer framed it for the readers and made it part of the plot without making you have to understand the intricacies of itPlus it made the adventuring of this story a total blast and the emotions and feelings Alex has throughout this journey felt very on pointSo it was paced very well and I was completely sucked in during my time at Disney World Yeah you heard that right I was at the happiest place on Earth and all I wanted to do was read my book At least the lines are longI did like the romance and I thought they were paired really well but wow I wish they had time together Their relationship felt very rushed in a way that isn't bad rushed just oh my gosh we have no time and oh look never mind time has endedIt never really got far and Singer with the little page time he has for romance manages to make it something I wished we had ofOverall I really enjoyed reading Strange Days and will definitely be looking out for work from this author in the future I would totally recommend if you like science fiction mixed with contemporary alien invasions cool main characters who get the slang right and teens who landed in tricky positions Thank you so much to Penguin Teen for sending me an advance reader's copy in exchange for an honest review on the blog tourBlog | Instagram | Twitter Full Review at Something of the Book I was really lucky to receive an advance review copy of this book On the surface this book is a fun fictional read about teens aliens saving the world But as you cruise your way through the pages this story explores issues of trust honesty connection fear integrity and what it takes to be real with yourself In the process of saving humanity Alex Mata struggles with his own insecurities and learns to trust his inner voice He learns to forgive himself for his mistakes realizing you will make them even when you're trying to do the right thing This book was an exciting page turner It was unpredictable and thought provoking Highly recommended 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 had a good time reading Strange Days I was hooked since the beginning The plot was really good and the characters are adorable I totally recommend it Read the full review at lucieninthestarscaThank you to Penguin Random House and Putnam for providing me with a finished copy of the bookWhen I first heard of this book it made me think Ready Player Go with a little bit of District 9 and a touch of Enders Game I was expecting action packed scenes of a group of teens time traveling and saving people Sadly what I got wasnothingWhile the narrative voice is strong I had a hard time relating to Alex or even any of the other characters While the cast is wonderfully diverse I had a problem with the way the one gay character was portrayed To get into specifics Paul is tubby speaks in a feminine stereotype and the subplot of his life comes across as homophobic as Alex is 100% uncomfortable with it and then doesn't understand why Paul gets upsetThe biggest issue for me though is that it doesn't really go anywhere Alex witnesses the same person's future rather than actual time travel and we don't really learn any new information from it By the time I finished the book I was just waiting for it to get to the point which is unfortunate 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

  • Hardcover
  • Strange Days
  • Constantine J. Singer
  • English
  • 07 May 2016

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