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Reviewed by Foluso Falaye for Readers' Favorite
In Earth Sucks, humanity's destructive tendencies are forcefully changed after a chaotic alien invasion, but at the risk of being defeated by the aliens. Amid this chaos, Feng is left alone with an alien and cut off from his loved ones. Diem, the alien, was raised on tales of cruel humans, and now that she has seen one, she seizes the chance to learn more about them by meticulously examining Feng. The unexpected partners must confront terrible truths and battle for their lives in the chaotic, apocalyptic world they find themselves. In this action-packed, fast-paced sci-fi story bursting with psychological games and manipulations, Heather Chambers presents a remarkable young protagonist who is one of the last survivors on Earth and his daunting mission to reconnect with his family.
Earth Sucks offers an exciting experience with its well-chosen elements, including fascinating alien personalities, pleasantly hilarious phrases, and wonderfully portrayed movie-like action scenes. I enjoyed the story's well-developed post-apocalyptic environment. The characters' condition felt so genuine, with candid lines like "sleep when you can; eat when you can" that it made me appreciate everyday things and ignored conveniences that are often taken for granted. Heather Chambers' young adult novel incorporates intelligent lessons about climate change, family, enjoying life's blessings, and other important ideas, despite its highly fictional features like aliens with diverse colors and healing skills. Despite its uncomfortable pace, the book has several amazing aspects that are well worth exploring.