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6 YA Novels to Help You Survive an Alien Invasion

May 18, 2017
Sarah Jane Abbott
Riveted Editorial Board

It’s an age-old question: are we alone in the universe? Is there intelligent life out there? While some might scoff at the idea, even astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson has mused that perhaps we are all just pets in an elaborate alien zoo. Whether you’re a believer or a skeptic, the thought of alien beings is a fascinating one that only breeds more questions. If they are real…what would happen if they came here? What would they be like? What would they do? What would we do? And how would we prepare?

Here are some out-of-this-world reads about our friendly and not-so-friendly neighbors in the cosmos. Read them, and prepare yourselves accordingly…you know…in case aliens are real.

Did I miss your favorite alien book? Let me know in the comments!

We Are the Antsby Shaun David Hutchinson

Henry Denton has spent years being periodically abducted by aliens. Then the aliens give him an ultimatum: The world will end in 144 days, and all Henry has to do to stop it is push a big red button. Only he isn’t sure he wants to.

The Hostby Stephenie Meyer

Melanie Stryder refuses to fade away. The earth has been invaded by a species that take over the minds of human hosts while leaving their bodies intact. Wanderer, the invading "soul" who has been given Melanie's body, didn't expect to find its former tenant refusing to relinquish possession of her mind.

The 5th Waveby Rick Yancy

After the 1st wave, only darkness remains. After the 2nd, only the lucky escape. And after the 3rd, only the unlucky survive. After the 4th wave, only one rule applies: trust no one.

Ender’s Gameby Orson Scott Card

In order to develop a secure defense against a hostile alien race's next attack, government agencies breed child geniuses and train them as soldiers. A brilliant young boy, Andrew "Ender" Wiggin lives with his kind but distant parents, his sadistic brother Peter, and the person he loves more than anyone else, his sister Valentine. Peter and Valentine were candidates for the soldier-training program but didn't make the cut—young Ender is the Wiggin drafted to the orbiting Battle School for rigorous military training.

I Am Number Fourby Pittacus Lore

John Smith seems like an ordinary teenager, living a normal life with his guardian Henri in Paradise, Ohio. But for John, keeping a low profile is essential, because he is not an ordinary teenager. He’s an alien from the planet Lorien, and he’s on the run. A group of evil aliens from the planet Mogadore, who destroyed his world, are hunting anyone who escaped.

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