As Gabe’s “entangled” self is sent out into the galaxy, he finds that Earth is in the path of a destructive alien force—and Gabe himself is the target of an assassination plot. Exactly who wants him out of the way? And why?
As Gabe races to save himself—and his planet—from annihilation, he learns that his undocumented parents are in danger of being deported. Can he survive long enough to solve two sets of “alien” problems?
Gabe Fuentes is chosen to be the Ambassador for Earth to the various sentient species in the galaxy. This is somewhat surprising, as Gabe is only a young boy, but the galactic civilisation chooses the young to represent their planets. Gabe’s appointment is a bit of an emergency, as the Outlast are on their way to destroy the Earth, so he has to learn the job as he goes along. Coupled with that, his family are about to be deported from the US as illegal immigrants.
This is a sufficiently diverting “young adult has big SFnal problems mirroring problems at home”, with interesting aliens, and a mysterious back story, that I finished it quickly, and immediately ordered the sequel.
Nadia left her post decades ago to learn more about the Outlast, and now she thinks she knows how to stop them from destroying civilization. But the three ambassadors might already be too late.
Gabe also has problems closer to home. He needs to find his father, who was deported to Mexico as a very different sort of alien. Could saving the world possibly be easier than saving his family?
Rownie is the youngest of Graba the witch’s stray children. His older brother, Rowan, vanished after performing in a secret play, and Rownie feels lost without him. Acting is illegal in the city of Zombay. No one may wear a mask and pretend to be someone else. Only goblins may perform, for they are the Changed—neither human nor other, belonging nowhere.
Rownie meets a traveling troupe of goblins who promise to teach him the secrets of mask-craft and entice him with the hope of finding Rowan. As Rownie searches for his brother, he discovers the true power of masks. Are the goblins what they seem to be? What fateful magic lies hidden in the heart of Zombay?