2 out of 4 stars
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The Alien Stranger by Bobby Dee Ticer is a thought-provoking science fiction tale. I enjoy a good science fiction story, so its premise interested me. A mysterious man rescues a girl from a rape attack; he then hacks into her bank account and deposits billions of dollars into her account. It turns out the money was stolen from criminals who would stop at nothing to reclaim their money. Together with three of her classmates at the university and most surprisingly, her would-be rapist, they decide to use her new-found wealth to solve the world’s problem. I better start from the beginning.
Kayla Chalet was in the psychology and sociology class taught by Professor Overly at the University of Oregon. Her father died when she was younger, and her mother had cancer. Kayla and her mother both worked as waitresses at a local restaurant. She befriended three of her classmates; Bard, a football player who had a crush on her, John, the science genius, and Wanda, an economics expert. On her way home from school, Kayla was attacked by a homeless guy who wanted to rape her, but a stranger saved her. The stranger told her not to call the cops because he was “not a citizen of here” and didn't want to get deported. She accepted her mother’s advice and reported the case to the police who suspected the motive of the stranger. Things got complicated when the mysterious man started communicating with her through her thoughts. He afterward transferred millions of dollars into her bank account and told her to use the money to improve the world's condition. What is the stranger’s motive? Will Kayla and her friends really use her new-found wealth to make the world a better place or were they just pawns controlled by a secret society?
The story is a narration told from the third-person point of view. The plot is unusual and absolutely fascinating. It is about a group of young people who suddenly possessed the financial means to place an end to the problems on earth. They realized the complications that might arise with the solutions to global warming. Problems like overpopulation and war. The author seems to have a vast knowledge of physics, geology, and politics.
There were many grammatical and spelling errors in this book. There were run-on sentences and omitted letters. There were long, and boring dialogues explaining physics, geometry, economics, and politics, talking about Newton’s law, explaining momentum, and technology facts. I felt like I was reading a physics textbook at a point. The four friends only participating in the class discussions are a Hollywood stereotype. The dialogues felt forced and the plot was unrealistic. I mean, how often do you befriend your would-be rapist and who was also homeless and entrust him with millions of dollars? Furthermore, I felt there was a friction between her and Wanda that was not fully addressed. Kayla was constantly talking about taking control of her life which later became an annoying dialogue.
I rate this book 2 out of 4 stars. The writing style is straightforward and easy to read. The ending seemed so sudden and rushed. The grammatical and spelling errors were very distracting. I recommend this book for hardcore science fiction genre lovers. I do not recommend this book to those who do not like this genre.
The Alien Stranger
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