Monday, July 8, 2013

Roswell Incident goes Public: Books with Aliens

On this day in 1947, the headline of the Roswell Daily Record was "RAAF Captures Flying Saucer on Ranch in Roswell Region" referring to debris from a crash that had happened a few days prior. The next day the article was corrected to say it was a weather balloon, but Roswell and Area 51 have been associated with aliens ever since. So, of course, to mark this day, here's a list of books with space aliens.


How I Stole Johnny Depp's Alien Girlfriend by Gary Ghislain. David will do anything for Zelda's green eyes-- including believing in her mission and helping execute it. The mission? Zelda's a space alien, tasked with kidnapping Johnny Depp and taking him back to her home planet. Easy!

First Day on Earth by Cecil Castelucci. Mal's big secret isn't that he was once abducted by aliens, it's about how badly we wants them to come back so he can escape his life. While attending an alien-abductees support group, he meets Hooper. Hooper's not an abductee, but an actual alien who's about to return home and is willing to take Mal with him.

The 5th Wave by Rick Yancy. The aliens have attacked earth, each wave more horrific. The 5th wave look human, and no one knows who to trust, and Cassie is alone. But the aliens have her little brother, and she has to get him back, but has no way of knowing who's human, and who isn't.


I Am Number Four by Pittacus Lore. The nine surviving Loric children are hiding on Earth from the Mogadorians, who invaded their home planet. But the Mogadorians are here on Earth, too, hunting them down, in order. John Smith is next on their list. The first of the Lorien legacies, follow it with The Power of Six.

The Dangerous Days of Daniel X by James Patterson and Michael Ledwidge. Daniel X is an orphan, and a highly gifted alien. His job on Earth is to protect the planet from the scum of the galaxy. The first in a series, follow it with Watch the Skies.

The True Meaning of Smekday by Adam Rex. After the aliens invaded, they declared Earth a colony and renamed it Smekland. Then the they made everyone relocate to Florida. But now Tip and her friend Boov (an alien) are on a trip to find Tip's mother and save the planet from another alien attack.


Rush by Eve Silver. After dying, Miki awakens in an alternate universe, where she's told to play a game killing aliens. She gets a point for every kill and loses points for injuries, but it's not a game. The aliens are real, and if she dies in the game, it's over. It's the first book in The Game series, the second is expected to come out next year.

Stuck on Earth by David Klaas. Should the Sandovinians use the Gagnerian Death Ray to kill all humans? Ketchvar III has taken over the body of a teenage boy to find out if humans are worth saving, but he's soon caught up in the drama of being 14.

Invasion by Jon S. Lewis. After his parents are killed in a car accident, Colt goes to live with his grandfather. But there he discovers that it may not have been an accident-- his journalist mother was about to break a very large story, one that may have gotten her killed. The first in the C.H.A.O.S. series, follow it with Alienation.

What are your favorite alien books?

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