By Douglas Lain

The bastard-offspring of They Live and The Day the Earth Stood Still, as advised via Jean Paul Sartre.

Shape-changing extraterrestrial beings can have landed at the Whitehouse garden and accordingly built-in into human society, yet humanity remains to be choked with self-centered and self-absorbed contributors. Laura's simply scraping by means of on her paintings teacher's wage. Donald, a bestselling writer and UFOlogist who supplied counseling to abductees, has attempted to distance himself from the saucer landings and is calling to maneuver on together with his life.

But every thing alterations while Shelly, an alien enrolled in Laura's paintings classification, mysteriously switches areas with Laura. lifestyles starts to solve. Laura then realizes this isn't the 1st time Shelly has moved into one other person's physique, and fragments of alternative people's thoughts have jumped along with her, together with these of Donald's spouse. Laura starts off to understand that truth, or a minimum of humanity's notion of it, can be extra versatile than somebody desires to admit. And even though she can't clarify how or why, she suspects the extraterrestrial beings are in the back of it and should desire Donald's aid to forestall them.

In an selfish society that sleepwalks in the course of the rituals of lifestyle, could humans even discover if the realm round them abruptly and inexplicably alterations? half Jonathan Lethem (Amnesia Moon) and half Kurt Vonnegut (Slaughterhouse Five), Douglas Lain's newest novel makes use of technology fiction's alien invasion rubric to check and undermine the realm we take without any consideration. This deeply unsettling satire areas him along contemporaries like Jeff VanderMeer and Charles Yu as one in all his generation's most fun and hard speculative fiction voices.

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