The 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.
Right away I could tell I was going to enjoy this book! It started out so fast paced and just kept going. I got the feeling that I was going on an amazing adventure. I kept thinking how this was exactly the type of adventure I’d have wanted to go on as a teenager. You’re out with your brother and your cousin, you see some ducks, follow them, and BAM, you are in another universe! How cool would THAT be? Well, maybe not so cool if the other universe is like years in the future and it’s been taken over by The Firsts…..read it and you’ll find out who they are.
I don’t do plot re-tellings. This isn’t a book report 🙂 I had an author tell me that she likes to know how the reader feels when they read the book rather than seeing her story retold. I try to do that now.
The further along I got in Ixeos, the more I loved it. It has so many elements in it that I like. It’s like Ms. Wright has taken the best parts of my favorite shows and mashed them up into a very cool book 🙂 The characters are so believable. The plot is always moving and the flow is natural. The settings are really detailed. There is subtle humor thrown in. If you’ve read any of my other reviews, you’ll know I’m not a fan of dialog. This has just the right amount. It never feels like the characters are talking just to increase word count 🙂 It just all fits together to make one really great story.
If you’re a fan of dystopian young-adult literature, you’ll enjoy reading Ixeos. I hope book two is coming out soon!
Author Jennings Wright
Born 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.