Monday, September 03, 2007

They Came From Below by Blake Nelson

Emily and Reese spend their summers in South Point in Cape Cod. Arriving from different areas of the country the two girls can't wait to see each other and spend hours relaxing on the beach and spying on potential boyfriends. When seventeen year old Emily reunites with Reese they begin a summer that is different from any they have ever experienced. Strange occurences prove something eerie is happening in the ocean. When the girls come across two beautiful boys and learn that they are not truly who they say thay are, Emily and Reese's summer turns upside down. Aliens from the depths of the ocean, Steve and Dave have come chasing after a friend that washed up on the beach only recently. Emily and Reese begin to help these strange creatures and what seems like a surreal dream suddenly becomes an effort to save Earth.

They Came from Below is a science fiction/fantasy novel that binds together realistic characters with the strangest of stories. Blake Nelson writes in a rather primitive way, sentences are short and abrupt. There is no feeling of emotion from the novel, just complex and interesting thoughts about life and living. Nelson does a poor job with a female narrator, Emily lacks any real feeling--there is no passion in the novel. Though an interesting storyline and adventure novel, They Came from Below could have used more personality.

Content: Brief mentions of sex and drinking.

Rating (0 - 10 scale): 6

Reviewer Age: 15
Reviewer City, State and Country: Concord, Massachusetts United States

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