Landscape With Invisible Hand

M. T. Anderson

Candlewick Press

November 2017

$16.99 AU

150p pb

ISBN: 978-0763699505

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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. 

Landscape with Invisible Hand by M. T. Anderson is a sci-fi novel about a boy, Adam, who lives in a future where the world is run by “vuvv”s. They are an alien type of robot that are taking over Earth. Adam and his girlfriend, Chloe, try to raise money by making a romance television for the vuvv to show them what human love is. As the novel progresses, Adam starts developing a deeper understanding about the vuvv and how they work.

This is not the type of book I would normally choose, but I still found it a good read. As it is a science-fiction novel, it would appeal to Star Wars and alien lovers. There are certainly some original ideas which the author explores. I would recommend the book to science fiction fans, from about 12 years of age.

Sarah, Year 9

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