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Series
The Overthrow

by
Kenneth Oppel

Edition
Library edition with trade jacket added
Publisher
Penguin Random House
Imprint
Knopf
ISBN
9781984894779
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First the rain brought seeds. Seeds that grew into alien plants that burrowed and strangled and fed.

Seth, Anaya, and Petra are strangely immune to the plants’ toxins and found a way to combat them. But just as they have their first success, the rain begins again. This rain brings eggs. That hatch into insects. Not small insects. Bird-sized mosquitos that carry disease. Borer worms that can eat through the foundation of a house. Boat-sized water striders that carry away their prey.

But our heroes aren’t able to help this time—they’ve been locked away in a government lab with other kids who are also immune. What is their secret? Could they be…part alien themselves? Whose side are they on?

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Details

Format

Print

Page Count

416

Trim Size

8 3/10" x 5 1/2"

Dewey

F

AR

4.8: points 13

Lexile

650L

Genre

Fiction

Scholastic Reading Counts

0

JLG Release

Feb 2021

Book Genres

Dystopian, Science Fiction, Thriller

Topics

Plants, Allergies, Friendship, Family life, Foster families, Supernatural, Aliens, Action and adventure.

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Praise & Reviews

Horn Book

In this sequel to sci-fi/horror novel Bloom, the heroes discover that destroying the predatory alien plants taking hold of Earth was only the first step in fighting to save the human race. At the same time, Petra, Anaya, and Seth continue to learn more bizarre details about the alien DNA in their bodies. The group of friends is “detained” by government scientists who will stop at no moral boundary to study the connection these kids have to the species supposedly bent on taking over. They meet other young people in the menacing facility, begin to communicate psychically with the aliens, and rebel against their captors. With peril around every corner and plenty of raw emotion, Oppel has crafted a compelling story about what makes a person a human being. The narrative’s alternating points of view give readers multiple sides of a conflict, where everybody thinks they are doing the right thing, adding friendship struggles to the already high stakes of an alien invasion. SARAH A. BERMAN

Praise & Reviews

Horn Book

In this sequel to sci-fi/horror novel Bloom, the heroes discover that destroying the predatory alien plants taking hold of Earth was only the first step in fighting to save the human race. At the same time, Petra, Anaya, and Seth continue to learn more bizarre details about the alien DNA in their bodies. The group of friends is “detained” by government scientists who will stop at no moral boundary to study the connection these kids have to the species supposedly bent on taking over. They meet other young people in the menacing facility, begin to communicate psychically with the aliens, and rebel against their captors. With peril around every corner and plenty of raw emotion, Oppel has crafted a compelling story about what makes a person a human being. The narrative’s alternating points of view give readers multiple sides of a conflict, where everybody thinks they are doing the right thing, adding friendship struggles to the already high stakes of an alien invasion. SARAH A. BERMAN

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