Posted on Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Review: Landscape with Invisible Hand by M.T. Anderson

Landscape with Invisible Hand by M.T. Anderson

Rating: 3/5 stars

Series: - | Published: September 12th 2017 by Candlewick Press
Pages: 160 | Format: E-book
Genre: Young Adult, Sci-Fi, Dystopia
Status: read from December 31 to January 1, 2018
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“Under the stars, a mall town prepares for night. It is almost eleven o'clock.

Well... this was unusual. But it was actually fun too. Oddly fun. The premise intrigued me, but I'm sorry to say that I was disappointed. But that isn't really that bad, because it made me laugh on several occasions anyway. Adam was such a weird character, and his family was ... weird? I don't know how to explain it. Adam was sort of great. He was a fun guy to follow.

Landscape with Invisible Hand reminded me a lot of the TV-show Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency (I haven't read the book) and The Ultimate Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (the movie -- I haven't read the book). They all have the same atmospheric, bizarre humor (I really liked it though). It was super easy to laugh when reading this book, because it was completely strange!

What is it about?

When the vuvv first landed, it came as a surprise to aspiring artist Adam and the rest of planet Earth - but not necessarily an unwelcome one. Can it really be called an invasion when the vuvv generously offered free advanced technology and cures for every illness imaginable? As it turns out, yes. With his parents' jobs replaced by alien tech and no money for food, clean water, or the vuvv's miraculous medicine, Adam and his girlfriend, Chloe, have to get creative to survive. And since the vuvv crave anything they deem "classic" Earth culture (doo-wop music, still-life paintings of fruit, true love), recording 1950s-style dates for the vuvv to watch in a pay-per-minute format seems like a brilliant idea. But it's hard for Adam and Chloe to sell true love when they hate each other more with every passing episode. Soon enough, Adam must decide how far he's willing to go - and what he's willing to sacrifice - to give the vuvv what they want.

Have you read this book? What did you think? :)

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