The Slug Invasion

      Matthew Pelly
The Slug Invasion

The Slug Invasion is a 114,000 word humorous, non-serious, science fiction novel, primarily aimed for young adults. It is the second novel of a trilogy, and continues the story where the first instalment, The Slug Rebellion, left off.The Slug Invasion is the second novel of the trilogy, and is (as usual) comprised of a prologue, ten intermediate chapters, and an epilogue. Each chapter is split into several scenes, with each being told from the first-person perspective of one of the three main characters.This is the part where I say that this is the perfect starting point for new readers, and that you should totally just jump right in! That would be untrue however. Yes, you can start at book two if you really wanted to, and I suppose that you’d get most of it, but it wouldn’t be the same. If you want to read these books properly, go back and start at The Slug Rebellion!Here’s what you can look forward to reading in The Slug Invasion:- A lot more on the anatomy, culture, and lifestyles of the Slugs and Cyborgs.- A complete and utter lack of any form of love triangle.- More Phill!- A glimpse at Slugenis, and another place too.- Further descriptions of the technological and biological workings of the two races.As the first book before it, this is still a somewhat serious, somewhat humorous work, so be prepared. It is much longer than the original, and the third and final instalment will be longer still.If you like science fiction that doesn’t take itself too seriously, then you may like these books. If you like novels that go into a lot of effort to describe and explain the things and people around them, then you may like this. If you liked the first book, then you should definitely like this one; if you thought the first was ‘meh’, then I think you’ll like this one better; if you hated the first book, then why are you even reading this?Enjoy.

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    The Slug Rebellion

      Matthew Pelly
The Slug Rebellion

The Slug Rebellion is a humorous, non-serious, science fiction novel, primarily for young adults. It tells the story of an alien crash-landing on Earth (quite predictably), what it did once it got here, how our annoying planet has changed it, and what it does when its old race and problems finally catches up with it.The Slug Rebellion is an 86,000 word humorous, non-serious, science fiction novel, primarily for young adults. It is comprised of a prologue (because every good book has a prologue), ten intermediate chapters and an epilogue. Each chapter is split into several scenes, with each being told from the first-person perspective of one of the three main characters. The story is technically based in Australia, but it could be applied anywhere.The novel deals with how an alien manages to crash land on Earth. Once here, it decides that it needs to blend in, in order to survive. The novel actually begins twenty years later, where a homeless teenager named Ethan is attending a school for severely financially disadvantaged children. At this school, Ethan's best friend of several years is an eccentric student named Matthew. Unbeknownst to Ethan, however, Matthew is actually the very alien that crashed on Earth two decades ago (wouldn't be a good story if he wasn't), who has diverged quite significantly from the ‘normal’ way of his race.It's during their friendship and attendance at the school that Matthew's past life begins to catch up with him. Despite his attempts to conceal the truth, Matthew is soon visited by a group of his autocratic and militaristic race whose mission is to rescue him and bring him back to his home, so that he can continue to fight in their ongoing war. Once he learns that Earth may actually be in danger from their enemy, however, he rebels against the command – a decision that has great ramifications – and decides to stay and try to defend the Earth. This is when Ethan learns that, due to his extensive isolation, Matthew is not entirely sane anymore.The majority of the book is told from Ethan's perspective as he learns about the Slugs, Matthew's former race, and their enemy, the Cyborgs. Most of the story deals with the interactions between the diverse set of characters, and how their completely alien natures means that they live very different lifestyles to what Ethan would consider normal. In this way, Ethan – and thus, the reader – learns about the different cultures, ideologies, lifestyles, and anatomies of the two other alien species, and how they differ from his own.The Slug Rebellion tells a general story of an ancient conflict between two spacefaring nations, and how such a long exposure to warfare has shaped their respective ideologies and outlook on life. However, it is also about the vast differences in evolution and culture that occurred between species from different planets, how they view each other, and how they are changed once exposed to another form of sentient life.As previously stated, however, this is a somewhat humorous, somewhat serious work, so if you're looking for deep philosophy or hard-core science fiction, look somewhere else. Well, there is a little bit.[Note: You will notice that the Prologue is written in an uncomfortable, strange, and grammatically incorrect way. This is purposeful and is the only section of the novel written in this way. You may also notice slight grammatical differences between the characters’ viewpoints; this is also purposeful.]

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    The Slug Inception

      Matthew Pelly
The Slug Inception

The Slug Inception is a 145,000 word humorous, non-serious, science fiction novel, primarily aimed for young adults. It is the third and final novel of a trilogy, and continues the story where the second instalment, The Slug Invasion, left off.The Slug Inception is the third and final novel of the trilogy, and is comprised of a prologue, ten long intermediate chapters, and an epilogue. Like the previous books, each chapter is split into several scenes, with each being told from the first-person perspective of one of the three main characters.Once again, The Slug Inception could technically be an entry point for new readers, but I definitely wouldn’t recommend it. It would mostly make sense, and you may even enjoy it, but check out the first two books, The Slug Rebellion and The Slug Invasion respectively, if you want to read the series properly. Plus, the first two aren’t as long as this one, and you’ll be able to decide if you like the story and the style of writing and so on.Now for what you can expect to read about in The Slug Inception:- Huge amounts of information about the Slugs and Cyborgs, ranging from their anatomy to their culture to their technology. There’s quite a lot, and these explanations of the alien races make up the bulk of the novel.- The continuation and conclusion to the overarching story, if there’s anyone out there actually paying attention to it.- A more fulfilling return to Slugenis, ripe with descriptions of how it runs and operates. Two other planets are also visited, one of them new, and some old Cyborg friends make their return.- A pretty definitive ending to the story, showing the eventual fates of each of the characters.- Even more Phill!As the first two books before it, this is still a somewhat serious, somewhat humorous work. Most of its effort goes towards explaining as much of the workings of the universe that I could squeeze in (and believe me, there was a lot that didn’t make the final cut) and to character interactions, similarly to the first two books.Now for the test of if you will like this book and this series:Obviously, if you’ve read either or both of The Slug Rebellion and The Slug Invasion, you already know.If you like really hard-core science or fantasy fiction, then this is probably too light-hearted for you; if you like really soft-core science or fantasy fiction, then this is probably too explanation-heavy for you. It’s a novel and series that doesn’t take itself seriously, and yet still tries to detail how and why everything in the universe works.If you love character-focused stories, then this is definitely for you – I’ve gone to exorbitant effort to make the three main characters interesting in their own ways. Conversely, if you love stories with fully-realised and epically-spanning plots, then this is not for you. It does have a somewhat large plot, but that is not the primary focus.If you love flowing and elegant descriptions of people, structures and places, you’re in the wrong place. Very little physical appearances are described in this trilogy, save those that are vital to the plot.Finally, if you hate info dumping in all its forms, then you should probably stay away. There is a lot of information in this series, but most especially in this final volume, and you will spend a significant amount of reading time on it (almost exclusively through reading dialogue). I’ve made it as interesting as I can, but if you liked how the first two books were, it should be fine. If you're still committed, feel free to skip over chunks of it - I wouldn't want to force you to read something you don't enjoy.And that is all. Good luck should you choose to try it, otherwise, thanks for reading, at the very least, the final line of my blurb. At least it's something!

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