Arrival (Hybrids), Chris OGuinn
Publisher: Lightbane Publications
Genre: YA, LGBT (G), Sci-Fi
Length: 334 pages
Purchase At: amazon.com
“There was no getting out of the mess that Joaquin found himself in.”
This latest offering from Chris O’Guinn opens with a boy whose life is on a downward spiral. Joaquin is the person in question, and due to the recent death of his father he has drowned his sorrows in isolation, alcohol and violence.
The night that Joaquin witnesses the fire in the sky was the last night of anything normal for him. His world of high school and football is completely upended as he comes face to face with an extraterrestrial being.
Thrace, as the alien calls himself, seems friendly enough. However, he has abilities that are far beyond human, and he comes with the word that others of his race are already on Earth.
Joaquin’s friendship with Thrace takes him into danger and chaos as he learns the terrible truth of why the aliens have come to Earth. He and his friends must find some way to help Thrace stop his people, or the human race will suffer the consequences.
The only thing that Joaquin now knows for certain is that our world will never be the same.
What I Enjoyed
As an adventure novel Arrival is well-paced with the group of protagonists constantly thrown into new predicaments that must be faced and overcome. There are multiple twists in this novel and they just add to the level of excitement that comes from reading this.
From about the 20% mark I could find nothing to fault this book (more about this later) as the book found its groove and provided a highly entertaining read, worthy of the highest praise.
Acceptance of Joaquin/Thrace
Both Joaquin and Thrace are gay, and this is met with acceptance from those closest to them without hesitation (at least none was portrayed.) Consequently, the idea of acceptance is represented by the positive attitudes Joaquin and his friends take towards the idea of Thrace being an “alien”, or ELF (Extraterrestrial LifeForm) as he prefers to be known as.
Overall I felt Arrival dealt with this issue in an excellent way, providing perspectives of acceptance for those who are gay and for those who are extraterrestrial.
That Slight Feeling That Something’s Not Quite Right
Unfortunately, the opening of Arrival lets it down. Great lengths were taken to give the background of Joaquin, his friends and his home life. As soon as the compatriots leave town the focus shifts entirely to Thrace’s story with no thought given to friends and family left at home.
Given the nature of adventure these teenagers are on and their age, the sheer fact they have left home without telling anyone and are now accused of terrorists act…maybe thoughts of home and those left behind should have come up.
This is the only issue I had with Arrival but, in my opinion, it left a decent hole in the story.
Arrival is a strong start to, what promises to be, a thrilling series of novels. I really hope that the author continues to put the same effort and energy in the future; minor plot issues aside, I do strongly recommend this book as an entertaining read.
“After all their luck had to change sometime…”
A copy of this book was provided by the author in return for an honest review.