Reviewed by Sefina Hawke for Readers' Favorite
Crusher by Blaine C. Readler is a science fiction novel that would appeal most to a diverse audience of young adults and adults who enjoy alien stories. Darren’s life is forever changed when he finds an alien behind his computer; an alien that had sent an email to the hospital where his cousin Crusher was suffering brain damage to have Darren take over Crusher’s care. It turns out that Crusher’s vegetative state made him a good host for the alien, who could use Crusher’s body to communicate and pass for human. However, when an alien invasion begins, Darren and his cousin/alien end up working together to find out the true cause of the invasion and stop it before Earth is overrun. Does Darren have what it takes to help his alien zombie cousin stop the invasion or will Earth be lost forever?
Crusher by Blaine C. Readler was an enjoyable story. I found it to be very well written and I liked the way that Blaine C. Readler balanced the content between humor, character development, plot development, alien elements, and mystery elements. The alien was by far my favorite character because of the reactions it caused Darren to have. I loved how the alien caught that Joe was trying to swindle Darren with a fake metal that was only covered in rhodium instead of being a full ounce of rhodium. I found the design of the Fungus birds to be rather ingenious and they made for an interesting opposing force to the protagonists. Overall, I really enjoyed reading about Darren and his alien/zombie cousin and I hope the author decides to write a sequel!