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Strange days
2018
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Alex Mata doesn't want to worry about rumors of alien incursions--he'd rather just skate and tag and play guitar. But when he comes home to find an alien has murdered his parents, he's forced to confront a new reality- aliens are real, his parents are dead, and nobody will believe him if he tells. On the run, Alex finds himself led to the compound of tech guru Jeffrey Sabazios, the only public figure who stands firm in his belief that aliens are coming.<br> <br> At Sabazios's invitation, Alex becomes a Witness, one of a special group of teens gifted with an ability that could save the Earth- they can glide through time and witness futures. When a Witness sees a future, that guarantees it will happen the way it's been seen, making their work humanity's best hope for stopping the alien threat. Guided by Sabazios, befriended by his fellow time travelers, and maybe even falling in love, Alex starts feeling like the compound is a real home--until a rogue glide shows him the dangerous truth about his new situation.<br> <br> Now in a race against time, Alex is forced to reevaluate who he can love, who he can trust, and who he needs to leave behind.<br> <br> Debut author Constantine Singer's fresh-voiced protagonist leaps off the page in this captivating novel that weaves sci-fi and contemporary fiction.
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  School Library Journal Review

Gr 9 Up-Alex Mata is interested in playing guitar, hanging out with his friends, and getting his hands on the latest technology. He isn't too concerned about rumors that aliens might be real and might be kidnapping people. That is, until he comes home to find his parents murdered-by aliens. Shocked and confused, Alex is recruited to be a Witness by Jeffrey Sabazios, who claims that his technology can protect Earth from the alien incursions. As a Witness, Alex travels through time to observe future events and lock them into place. In Sabazios's compound, Alex finds his purpose and begins to grow closer to some of the other Witnesses. Alex's ability to move through time, however, is greater than that of his friends, and because of this, he uncovers secrets that he and the other Witnesses are not supposed to know. Faced with the truth, Alex has to make tough decisions about whom to trust as he tries, once again, to save the world. Alex narrates in a unique voice that will appeal to eager and reluctant readers alike. Featuring a diverse cast, this sci-fi novel is grounded in the real world: Alex tackles questions of identity and his own interactions with others all while trying to deal with the alien incursions. Fast-paced and intense, this is a compelling choice for readers looking for science fiction set closer to home. VERDICT Purchase where there are fans of Scott Reintgen's "Nyxia" books.-Zoë McLaughlin, Michigan State University © Copyright 2018. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

  Booklist Review

Alex Mata is a skateboarder, tagger, and guitarist, haunted by the death of his beloved elder brother, Pete, and the disturbing, perhaps untrue news stories of aliens who are systematically targeting and killing humans. But when he comes home to find his parents dead on the kitchen floor and a huge, creepy bug hovering over them covered in blood, he decides to take a mysteriously proffered bus ticket and leaves Los Angeles for Seattle. Once there, he's taken into a mysterious compound with other teens who, like him, have the ability to glide through time and change events by witnessing possible futures. The group of X-Men-like teens is deliberately multicultural, of many different ethnicities and sexual orientations, but all share the belief that they are doing good.Then Alex discovers all is not as it has been presented, and he must decide how to save himself and the world. Singer plays clever tricks with time travel and the ways in which it can affect past and future knowledge, and he leaves readers hanging and eager for the sequel.--Debbie Carton Copyright 2018 Booklist
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