Review on Ixeos ~ by Megan S. Johnston : A Wonderful New Trilogy
The McClellands are enjoying a lazy summer vacation at the beach when they are lured from our world into Ixeos, an alternate Earth. Finding themselves lost in a maze of tunnels under Paris and surrounded by strangers, they discover that they have been brought to Ixeos for one purpose: to take the planet back from humanoid aliens who have claimed it. With the aid of the tunnels and a mysterious man named Landon, the teens travel the world seeking the key that will allow them to free Darian, the long-imprisoned rebel leader. But the aliens aren’t the only problem on Ixeos — the McClellands have to deal with brutal gangs, desperate junkies, and a world without power, where all the technology is owned by the aliens, and where most of the population has been killed or enslaved. The worst part? There’s no way home.
Author Jennings Wright
Born and raised in Florida, Jennings spent her early years reading anything she could get her hands on, when she wasn’t spending time in and on the water. She won a prize in the 6th grade for her science fiction stories.
Jennings attended the University of Tampa, graduating with a B.A. in Political Science, and almost enough credits for B.A.s in both English and History. She attended graduate school at the University of West Florida, studying Psychology. She spent time over the years doing various kinds of business writing, editing, and teaching writing, but mostly having and raising her family, homeschooling her children, owning and running a business with her husband, and starting a non-profit.
Thanks to a crazy idea called NaNoWriMo Jennings got back into creative writing in 2011 and hasn’t stopped since. She currently lives in North Carolina with her husband, also a business owner and writer, and two children, and travels extensively with her family, and her non-profit in Uganda.
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One of my biggest pet peeves when I’m reading is grammatical errors, and this novel has a few. I wanted to give it the highest rating I could because it’s a wonderful story, but for this reason I’m giving it a four star.
It took me a bit to get into it, but once the story started flowing and the McClellands are thrown into an alternate earth, traversing underground tunnels to different cities around the world, I was hooked. The author, Jennings Wright, did a wonderful job character building and gave each a unique voice. The switch from one character to another is done exceptionally well. She also did a great job world building, which I have a hard time with myself.
The story is about three curious teenagers who are enticed to follow some ducks, which disappear into a water pipe. When they emerge on the other side, they find there is no way back to their homes. Their lives as they knew it is over and they find themselves in Ixeos, a futuristic, alternate earth where aliens have taken over. The aliens used EMP blasts which destroyed the way modern people live, taking out not only lives, but all electronics. It left the Earth destroyed and in some places uninhabitable. Most who survived, which were few, were enslaved. The ones who got away are either in gangs doing drugs, or hiding underground, in fear of being caught for slavery or being killed.
Ixeos takes you from three terrified teens that can “never go home”, to an acceptance of a new and different way of life in a very short span of time. Each of the McClellands find their own purpose in this strange new world they find themselves in, their jobs and the ones who came before, is to find a way to help save humanity.
The ending leaves you hanging just enough for you to want the next book in the series. I would recommend this novel to anyone seeking something a little bit different and out of this world.