IxeosThe McClellands are enjoying a lazy summer vacation at the beach when they are lured from our world into Ixeos, an alternate Earth. Finding themselves lost in a maze of tunnels under Paris and surrounded by strangers, they discover that they have been brought to Ixeos for one purpose: to take the planet back from humanoid aliens who have claimed it. With the aid of the tunnels and a mysterious man named Landon, the teens travel the world seeking the key that will allow them to free Darian, the long-imprisoned rebel leader. But the aliens aren't the only problem on Ixeos -- the McClellands have to deal with brutal gangs, desperate junkies, and a world without power, where all the technology is owned by the aliens, and where most of the population has been killed or enslaved. The worst part? There's no way home.
I asked Jennings Wright to give us some insight into how the political system in IXEOS was structured and she was kind enough to write a post about it. This book was very exciting and my review will be posted sometime tomorrow.
Imagine a world where most of the humans have been killed and the rest are either enslaved or living a life of deprivation and fear. Imagine a world where you have no say in how to live, and no access to the things you used to take for granted: power, internet, cell phones and motorized transportation.
This is the current state of the planet Ixeos. An alternate Earth, Ixeos was quietly invaded at the beginning of the twentieth century by humanoid aliens. Integrating into society, they bided their time until technology was sufficient to meet their needs, and then they launched a full-scale attack against the human race with the goal of total domination.
They won. They held all the cards. And now Ixeos is a mostly desolate planet.
The Firsts, as they call themselves, are without emotion. They see humans as a lower life form, suitable only for slave labor. Humans are not allowed to marry or have families. Breeding is done in labs. The price for falling in love or having a baby? Death. Or worse.
Life for all humans is hard. Those who are enslaved are tracked at all times by GPS collars embedded in their spinal cords. Rebels live in hiding, venturing out at night to scavenge for supplies or spy on the aliens. Gangs have grown over the years, groups of violent young people who weren’t born when humans were still free and who have no interest in fighting a war with the Firsts.
What the Firsts don’t realize is how many humans are still out there. They have no idea that the rebels have help from our Earth, outsiders who were brought to Ixeos for the sole purpose of helping the humans achieve freedom. And they have absolutely no idea that they haven’t crushed the humans’ innate yearning to be free.
As the outsiders help the rebels organize and communicate with each other, the underground rebellion begins to gather steam. Simon Lockwell, the shadowy leader of the Firsts, had captured and imprisoned the rebel leader Darian long ago. He was afraid to execute him for fear of an uprising. Knowing that the Firsts are outnumbered, Lockwell intends to keep the humans from realizing their strength.
The outsiders’ goal is to free Darian so that he can mobilize the rebels, who have never forgotten him. Lockwell’s goal is to perfect the human breeding program so that he can kill Darian and the older slaves who remember being free and finally have all the slaves fully under his power. What he doesn’t realize is that it’s not that easy to crush the spirit inside each man that makes him fully human.
Author Jennings WrightBorn and raised in Florida, Jennings spent her early years reading anything she could get her hands on, when she wasn't spending time in and on the water. She won a prize in the 6th grade for her science fiction stories.Jennings attended the University of Tampa, graduating with a B.A. in Political Science, and almost enough credits for B.A.s in both English and History. She attended graduate school at the University of West Florida, studying Psychology. She spent time over the years doing various kinds of business writing, editing, and teaching writing, but mostly having and raising her family, homeschooling her children, owning and running a business with her husband, and starting a non-profit.Thanks to a crazy idea called NaNoWriMo Jennings got back into creative writing in 2011 and hasn't stopped since. She currently lives in North Carolina with her husband, also a business owner and writer, and two children, and travels extensively with her family, and her non-profit in Uganda.
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