Advent (digital)

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When the aliens came we thought we knew what they wanted.
Think again.



We were in no way insane. We told ourselves we would adjust and only those of weak mind would question the real. We thought this would be better. We were wrong.
– Michael Kamakana, Advent

When the aliens came, everything we thought we knew was wrong.  This is the motif that runs through Michael Kamakana’s refreshingly different take on alien invasion.  It’s not War of the Worlds or even Childhood’s End.  It’s a far more subtle and quiet takeover, which unfolds in the periphery of everyday lives.  The rolling language repeats like waves on a shore, carrying the reader deeper and deeper, until we too, feel like we have been colonized.

If Stansilaw Lem and James Joyce had a love child that was more brilliant and yet more readable than either, Michael Kamakana would be that child.  This amazing debut novel is destined to become a science fiction classic.


2 reviews for Advent (digital)

  1. KB Nelson

    I’m a big fan of first contact stories, which typically speculate on the details of human/alien interaction. Michael Kamakana’s novel is a totally different take, and is one the better treatments of alien visitation effect on the human condition I’ve read. This subtle book hides its clever, self-referential structure in plain sight. I only appreciated the subversive nature of what was going on until too late, until that “Wait, what?” moment when I realized I had become totally engaged. And like all good novels, it continues to resonate long after the last word.

  2. AD Bane

    We’ve all seen the movies: aliens descending, guns blazing, cities burning, panic and mayhem, blood in the streets. And in the midst of it all someone’s gotta ask the question, “What do they want?”

    We love invasion stories. We love the thrill and the terror. Often poorly crafted backstories just serve as plot-fillers to the action-packed carnage wrought by our ideas of what first contact would be like. What we sometimes forget is the people.

    Yea, forget the movies. Michael Kamakana has woven an intricate web of lives amidst the advent that tells a story focused less on the invasion than it is on the people living it. It’s a narrative of human nature, human curiosity, human ignorance, human pain, human hope, human courage. No, I don’t think this story is about aliens at all.

    I loved it anyway, and you will too.

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