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West Orange Times & Observer Thursday, Aug. 6, 2020 1 month ago

THE MASKED READER: ‘We’re Not From Here’

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Dear reader: Do you think that there really is life “out there?” You might not think so, but you would be surprised at all of the mixed, wild responses and claims that came from this question. 
by: Guest Writer

Gabe Gomes
aka The Masked Reader

Dear reader: Do you think that there really is life “out there?” You might not think so, but you would be surprised at all of the mixed, wild responses and claims that came from this question. 

Let’s face it; You may not be a believer, but it is really fun to hear fictional stories of what could be. This is one such story.  

“We’re Not From Here” is an amazing book written by Geoff Rodkey, author of “The Tapper Twins” series, another of his incredible books I also read. In this specific story, the year is unknown, but it is definitely in the future. Hundreds of humans, including the main character, Lan Mifune, and her family, are living on Mars after a disaster destroyed the planet Earth. Soon, they abandon Mars in the hopes of landing on the planet Choom and starting a new life there. 

There is only one problem: There are aliens living on Planet Choom already, and they don’t like humans.

With all other options gone, it is up to Lan and her family to save the entire human race. What will happen? Will they fail? The tension is so thick!

This is an incredible story, one that I loved from the moment I picked it up from my library. Here are some things that I really liked throughout the book. First, the characters’ personalities. It is really fun to see all of the differences in behavior. Lan is spirited and hopeful, and there are many similarities and contrasts in her personality than everybody else.

Another thing is my recent interest in space, which includes the books that are either about space or mention space. I also like aliens, so the combination of everything made me like the book a lot. Recommended to anyone who likes the same theme.

Last but not least, the plot. This book is so interesting! I have always searched for books that are so good, you cannot put them down. This is one such book. It’s so good, you have to read it.

All in all, this specific story by Geoff Rodkey is an expert at putting our minds to work. Because, if there really is something out there, are you prepared?

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