Alien Blue, by DeAnna Knippling

“Bill has a problem – drawn into an alien conspiracy and dithering between getting rid of the problem that is… Anam, or pretending that it’s not happening in what could very well be the last days of a free human race.  It appears that a strange brew might be the only solution.”

Rating:  4 stars

Genre: Tongue-in-cheek Sci-Fi

The premise for this book certainly is unique.  It is not a serious, ‘aliens are going to take over the world’, kind of science fiction – there were times I was reminded of Terry Pratchett or Douglas Adams as various quirky characters made an appearance.  In a nutshell, yes, the aliens are here to take over the world, but don’t fret – a good beer and/or shot of vodka might be the solution.

If you’re looking for a well-defined hero, plan of action or some human-alien fighting you might be disappointed, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t give it a try.  I liked the strange dynamics between characters such as Bill, Miss Dewey/Mel, Anam, Mimi, Jack, Bart and Dinah.  I liked the idea that an alien could live amongst a small town for months without anyone realising, and that in a ‘body-snatchers‘ kinda way that you couldn’t quite always tell who was infected or who’d be next.

There were a few times where some words became repetitive (I’m afraid I have a pet hate for using ‘he said’, ‘she said’ too often).  If I were to be frank I’d suggest it might have worked better if the book had been split into two parts: the first of which would end where the prologue started off – it had a ‘story-teller’ vibe to it.  The second part, on the other hand completely shifted focus – a separate section might have helped with the narrative transition?

So, why 4 stars?  I enjoyed the story, it was novel and funny resulting in a combination that made me want to keep reading, (or at least itching to after the bedroom lights had been switched off).  In the end it got a little ridiculous, which worked well with the storyline and definitely resulted in some unpredictable twists that could at times be a little confusing.

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