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Landscape with Invisible Hand (Hardcover)

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The aliens have come and they really aren’t impressed by us. They set their alien tech to doing all the jobs we used to do. While the remaining humans scrabble for economic survival, the vuvv settle in to consume “classic earth culture”: doo-wop music, 1950s gee whizz slang, and undying true love. Adam and his girlfriend Chloe make it big when they start broadcasting a pay-per-minute reality show of their romance—but with great publicity comes the risk of great catastrophe. This fierce satire sucks you in and won’t let go till the last page. National Book Award winner M. T. Anderson hits another one out of the park. Ages 14 and up.

— Tera

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National Book Award winner M. T. Anderson returns to future Earth in a sharply wrought satire of art and truth in the midst of colonization.

When the vuvv first landed, it came as a surprise to aspiring artist Adam and the rest of planet Earth -- but not necessarily an unwelcome one. Can it really be called an invasion when the vuvv generously offered free advanced technology and cures for every illness imaginable? As it turns out, yes. With his parents' jobs replaced by alien tech and no money for food, clean water, or the vuvv's miraculous medicine, Adam and his girlfriend, Chloe, have to get creative to survive. And since the vuvv crave anything they deem "classic" Earth culture (doo-wop music, still-life paintings of fruit, true love), recording 1950s-style dates for the vuvv to watch in a pay-per-minute format seems like a brilliant idea. But it's hard for Adam and Chloe to sell true love when they hate each other more with every passing episode. Soon enough, Adam must decide how far he's willing to go -- and what he's willing to sacrifice -- to give the vuvv what they want.

About the Author


M. T. Anderson is the author of Feed, winner of the Los Angeles Times Book Prize; the National Book Award-winning The Astonishing Life of Octavian Nothing, Traitor to the Nation, Volume I: The Pox Party and its sequel, The Kingdom on the Waves, both New York Times bestsellers and Michael L. Printz Honor Books; Symphony for the City of the Dead: Dmitri Shostakovich and the Siege of Leningrad; and many other books for children and young adults. He lives near Boston, Massachusetts.
Product Details
ISBN: 9780763687892
ISBN-10: 0763687898
Publisher: Candlewick Press (MA)
Publication Date: September 12th, 2017
Pages: 160
Language: English

 

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