Fantasy, Fiction, Young Adult


I read this book in June, but here I am reviewing it in November.

Rating: 5 out of 5.
  • Genre: Science Fiction
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Almost everyone in the small town of Splendor, Ohio, was affected when the local steel mill exploded. If you weren’t a casualty of the accident yourself, chances are a loved one was. That’s the case for seventeen-year-old Franny, who, five years after the explosion, still has to stand by and do nothing as her brother lies in a coma. 

In the wake of the tragedy, Franny found solace in a group of friends whose experiences mirrored her own. The group calls themselves The Ordinary, and they spend their free time investigating local ghost stories and legends, filming their exploits for their small following of YouTube fans. It’s silly, it’s fun, and it keeps them from dwelling on the sadness that surrounds them.

Until one evening, when the strange and dangerous thing they film isn’t fiction–it’s a bright light, something massive hurtling toward them from the sky. And when it crashes and the teens go to investigate…everything changes.


I picked up this book because the description reminded me of STRANGER THINGS, and whether you’re a fan of that show or not, I’ll think you’d like this one.

Emily Henry is not known for her science fiction. She’s known for Chick Lit. That said, what makes a good novel is a good cast of characters. Henry is known for writing relatable, fan-favorite characters, and that’s what she’s brought to this little science fiction surprise. The characters are so well written that I instantly felt like I knew them. Everyone has probably met a Franny at some point n their lives, and I hope that we’ve all had friendships as strong as the ones described here.

Don’t let the alien on the cover fool you, this novel has depth! And nothing is as it seems.

This was an enjoyable read, and I hope you give it a chance!

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