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The Tenth Planet: Final Assault Book Review Summary

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Two worlds are locked in mortal conflict. The aliens of the Tenth Planet must harvest Earth's vast resources soon--before their world's elliptical orbit hurls them back into deep space for another 2000 years. If they fail, their species cannot survive the long journey into the void. This is their last chance to avoid extinction.

On Earth, scientists work frantically to stop the huge alien fleet, but even nuclear weapons have only slowed the attackers' dreadful onslaught. Now the ultimate battle for the fate of Earth--and all human life--draws near. And as more powerful weapons are brought to bear, winning the war may be more devastating than the invasion.

This last book in the Tenth Planet trilogy is the best yet with the humans and aliens fighting for their very survival. The aliens by gathering resorces from earth, and the humans by trying to hang on to them. It is a very new and original perspective on the overused "Alien Invasion" story that typically portrays the aliens as the faceless monsters that must be stopped. Instead, they are just after food to survive.

The story is unique in that you see from both sides of the conflict therefore cheering for whatever side the chapter is about. Because of this, the ending wasn't a "Yeah, we kicked butt!!" nor a "I can't believe we lost" type of ending, but more of a struggle to figure out how it could have gone different. If there was a way for both races to come out winning instead of losing so much.

In short, the entire series of books is incredible. There is no residual feeling of excitement, but more of a question of "What if...?" Certainly one of the best trilogy of books around, and not one that is easily forgotten.
This report prepared by Jacob Knudsen








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Plot & Themes

FANTASY or SCIENCE FICTION?    -   science fiction story Tech./$$$/Info hunt    -   Yes Stealing/recovering/destroying    -   nano technology    -   info about lifeform(s)/society/phenomena If an invasion, from Earth/human POV:    -   fighting overt invasion (attacking aliens) War or Invasion    -   Yes Major kinds of combat:    -   air battles Is this an adult or child's book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book

Main Character

Identity:    -   Male Profession/status:    -   scientist Age:    -   40's-50's

Setting

Terrain    -   Desert    -   Water    -   Mountains    -   Forests Earth setting:    -   current (early 21st century) Takes place on Earth?    -   Yes Not Earth, in Solar System?    -   Yes

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   moderately detailed references to deaths scientific jargon? (SF only)    -   none/very little science jargon needed How much dialogue?    -   roughly even amounts of descript and dialog

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