Displaced by J. F. Jenkins
Book One of the Achlivian Cycle
Genre Sci-Fi/Fantasy, Suspense/Mystery, YA
Length: Full Length (362 Pages)
Age Recommendation: 12+
Rating: 3.5 Stars
Reviewed by Cyclamen
Chevelle Donahue thought going into work would be just like any other boring day at the mall. Sure, there was her annoying co-worker Wicken Sanders, and a promotional visit from teen heartthrob Timber Hudson, to watch and keep her entertained. But who was she kidding? Working retail was lame no matter what happened.
A terrorist attack changes everything – an attack from aliens of all things. The patrons are given two options: comply or else. Complying means giving in to a new set of rules and changing her entire life. “Or else” means she has no chance of going home again.
She must figure out the truth behind why the aliens are holding everyone hostage. In doing so, she risks her chance at freedom – but by the time she learns what’s really happening, she might not want it.
One hundred and fifty-two people are kidnapped by aliens from a mall in Minnesota, and Chevelle Donahue, her co-worker Wicken Sanders, and a teen heartthrob Timber Hudson are among those who are abducted. Wicken tries to resist so he gets labeled as an undesirable. Chevelle and Timber cooperate so they receive much better treatment. Nevertheless all three of them are now captives on the alien’s space ship.
This is an exciting story which is told from three different perspectives. Overall, that is an effective way to portray multiple aspects of the abduction. However, there were times, especially when things were told from Timber’s perspective that I would forget who the “I” was as his voice was actually very similar to Chevelle’s, in spite of the obvious differences. The novel could also use a bit of editing, especially in the matter of pronoun usage, but thankfully there weren’t too many goofs, such as saying “…against Wicken and I”, to put me off.
I really like the three main characters, especially Chevelle. She is very strong and she has a good heart. The pacing of the story is good, building tension as the story progresses, and I think that the portrayal of the adjustment to a new life is done realistically. I enjoyed all the descriptions of the spaceship and its facilities. The Achlivians have a very advanced technology, and the reasons for their abductions finally become clear as the novel concludes.
The ending is a real cliff-hanger! The author has set up the series in a very suspenseful way and I hope that the next book is published soon. Fantasy readers are in a for an exciting ride with Displaced.