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Friday, April 03, 2015

Earthfall: Retribution by Mark Walden. Sydney: Bloomsbury, 2014

In Earthfall - reviewed on this site here, we met Sam Riley, a teen who is one of the very few people left on Earth who are still awake, after an alien invasion. The rest have been turned into zombies who do as they are told and sleep the rest of the time. Due to events I can't tell here without spoilers, the young rebels have managed to take over one of the alien motherships and its connected equipment and are living together in London, while the only adult with them, Doctor Stirling, is trying to find a way to wake up the sleepers in the dormitories. 

Now, they have discovered that there may be others awake in Edinburgh. Sam and some of his friends decide to go and find out. There, they find that there are worse things than the Sleepers and the alien Hunters and Grendels. And there may just be more than one alien race around...

Again, Mr Walden shows his computer game background. There are more fights, explosions and giant robots fighting each other, nightmarish creatures with fangs appearing in their hordes to be mowed down and then rise again... Boys who like Matthew Reilly should enjoy this action adventure, which ends on a cliffhanger. We do learn the answers to some things that were not made clear in the first volume, but there are more questions left unanswered, perhaps for the next volume.  You do need to have read the first book to understand this one, so if you haven't read it, do go back and find it!

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