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Earthfall (Earthfall #1)

3.88  ·  Rating Details ·  1,009 Ratings  ·  102 Reviews
The battle for mankind is about to begin in this riveting story of Earth’s invasion from the author of the H.I.V.E. series.

Sam awakens to see strange vessels gathered in the skies around London. As he stares up, people stream past, walking silently toward the enormous ships, which emit a persistent noise. Only Sam seems immune to the signal. Six months later, he is absolut
Paperback, 280 pages
Published June 2010 by Bloomsbury
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May 17, 2015 Andrew rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I actually quite like this - now I do not mean this in a patronising way but more out of surprise. The reason being is that I have never read any of Mark Walden's works and yet I have seen the HIVE books almost every turn I make through the various book stores both new and old. So to try one of his books and from a new series no less was a bit of a gamble and one I will admit I really enjoyed.

So what is it all about - well to be honest the "blurb" on the back pretty much covers it off without go
S.L Diamond
I absolutely LOVE this book!
I have to admit, I am not a big reader, which is odd because I do write, lol.

I often have to force myself to get to the end of a book, or in a lot of cases I just never got there. Until now! From the first page of this book I could not put it down and if I did take a break, I was actually excited to get back to it. This is not a big deal for me, it's HUGE! I honestly thought I wasn't a big reader, my mum was walking by when I was reading and did a double take, lol.
Jul 10, 2012 Misty rated it liked it
Earthfall was an exciting book that kept you in suspense and was shrouded in mystery throughout. I admit it got a bit confusing when the truth was all coming out but I think I had it figured out by the time I turned the last page lol. This is definitely one for younger readers (it's target audience) but is also an enjoyable read for adults.
I liked Sam, he's a typical boy hero, but felt his training later on was glossed over and I found it a bit unbelievable that he was able to fight as he did wh
Apr 05, 2014 Jaksen rated it it was ok
A fairly short book but it seemed to take forever to get through. A lot happens which is sort of expected. As I was reading, I'd think, okay I bet this guy is...

And he was. Then the villain, I bet he is...

And he was.

This might simply be a fact that I am an older reader, though I do love YA dystopian scifi. It's among my fav. genres.

A lot of things simply didn't transition correctly, or make sense. When something would happen, I would think - what? Others who have reviewed this book have the same
(Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers and Edelweiss.)
Teenager Sam has been surviving alone for 18 months, since alien’s invaded and everybody turned into mindless zombies.
One day though Sam is approached by a couple of other kids, who also seem to have survived, and then take him to the place where they live – with a group of other kids underground, led by a scientist called Dr Stirling.
How is it
Mar 13, 2014 Cindy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The children's literature section is packed with fantasy books that tell tales of magic, witches, and wizards, but the sci-fi section is sorely lacking. There are only a handful of books that I have encountered that have attempted bringing sci-fi to younger children and those seem to be overlooked.

Earthfall is the first book in a series, but it attempts to introduce children to the sci-fi genre in a fun, exciting way. Packed with adventure, aliens, and mystery this book is sure to captivate alm
Suspense Magazine
By Mark Walden
Dystopian novels are my favorites and so even though this book is aimed clearly at middle school readers, it was a very engaging read for an adult. It’s not a large book at 288 pages. However, sometimes that is exactly what you feel like reading after wading through a 600-pagetome like Justin Cronin’s “The Twelve.”

So “Earthfall” was like a cool refreshing drink. If you are looking for an engaging, action packed read for your child, this will do the trick. And if you are li
Excellent read.
Kind of predictable, but the experience was not ruined regardless.
I haven't read many science fiction novels but this book felt very typical of the genre - there wasn't anything really special or unique. I still liked it, though!!
Although it is only 280 pages, it is dense with action.
One thing I found slightly annoying was the constant change in name of some things. For example, for one extraterrestrial species, the name went from Drones to Hunters to Voidborns to Workers. It is
Sep 15, 2015 Gregoire rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sf, ya, apocalypse
J'aurais mieux noté le livre s'il n'y avait des incohérences : comment par exemple les "walkers" (humains zombifiés) peuvent-ils survivre de longs mois sans aucune assistance ni nourriture ni soins etc De plus, les enfants (âgés de 12 à 15 ans) survivants ne sont pas crédibles dans leurs rôles On dirait au minimum de grands ados ou parfois des soldats déjà aguerris
L'intrigue est un peu trop cousue de fils blancs pour qui a déjà lu dans le genre
A part ça, le livre se lit d'une traite, les évène
Mar 17, 2013 Wesley rated it liked it
Shelves: digital
An adventure book for 11-12 years old readers. The Earth has fallen to an alien invasion that has enslaved most of the population using mind control. The only resistance being from a group of teenage children.

The action gallops along well enough. There is maybe not enough depth to the plot and characters for an adult audience. The book does come to a resolution of sorts but there is a lot left unexplored and the ending is only the start of the real resistance against the Voidborn. It would appea
Dave Farmer
Sep 02, 2014 Dave Farmer rated it really liked it
This had me hooked as I love to read how writers explore the subject of our society, an indeed the world as a whole, being shaken and torn apart by a catastrophic event. Be that zombies, aliens, natural phenomena, it's fascinating to read fresh new ideas on this genre.

Earthfall is pretty damn good. I was hooked start to finish. The plot moved at a decent pace, the characters were engaging, though it would have been better for some of the background characters to be more fleshed out as I found my
Cindy Mitchell
Nov 20, 2016 Cindy Mitchell rated it it was amazing
Walden, Mark Earthfall 265 pages, Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, 2015. $7.99 Language: PG (8 swears;0”f”); Mature Content: PG; Violence: PG.

Earth has fallen to aliens. With all humans in a trance except a few teens who are normal. They are fighting against the aliens in order to take back their city. As the time of destruction gets closer, the teens gain and lose members. Will the group of teens be able to stop the invaders before time runs out?

I really liked reading this book. It
Feb 15, 2017 Beverly rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Fast-paced, plot-driven story with not a lot of character development--just the way I like it. Reads almost like the script for an action science fiction movie (the kind I like).
Feb 09, 2017 Andy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A very enjoyable read
Aela The Huntress
Nov 26, 2016 Aela The Huntress rated it it was amazing
May 02, 2012 TheBookAddictedGirl rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Alien, H.I.V.E., Post-Apocalyptic-World and Action Lovers!
4 Out of 5
It started off as a signal. Then they came and enslaved humanity.
In the world of Sam Riley, there is danger everywhere: alien ships, Drones, mindless human slaves. To make everything worse, supplies are running low and after an almost fatal run-in with a Drone, Sam has a seriously infected wound.
All alone, Sam doesn't know why he's immune to the mind-enslaving signal or whether he's the last free-willed human left.
Until he's rescued by a band of teen survivors just like him – also
This was a very surprising read for me. A good surprise for more than just one thing. I discovered a new to me author and I also fell in love with the world and characters he created.

Earthfall is a very engaging read that’s full of action, mystery, suspense and adventure.

The main character Sam is alone in a world that was invaded by aliens. It didn’t only change his characteristics from a boy who was bullied because he wasn’t as thin as others, it also changed his feelings.

Just imagine being alo
Ashley Chen
Jul 30, 2013 Ashley Chen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arcs
Thank you Simon and Schuster Canada for providing the ARC.

It has been a while since I've read a middle grade book let along an amazing one.

I have to say at first I wasn't that into the book (but I was having a book hangover). So after I read the first chapter I'm like "oh no, that's A LOT of description". I knew that Mark just wanted to establish the background and the setting but it was just almost pure description. But after that one (almost dreadful) chapter, the book was fast-paced, interest
Such an action-packed page turner. Loved that it was set in London, even though they ruined the city. Can't wait to get my hands on the second book. I need more of this. Not sure how I feel about the latest development, though. I'm curious to see how that works out.

Merril Anil
Earth indeed did fall for me after reading it

I start reading the book and think to myself that the book seems too easy and simple to read but then again seemed interesting enough to hang on to couple of more chapters but somehow I felt weird and found out that the book is actually a kid’s book… and I thought here comes one book which is equivalent to my brain pace only to be slapped and shouting at me that I have a brain of a 7year old and that’s why the book was easy and relatable to me.

The day that Alien ships appeared over London was the day that Sams life changed forever. When Sam sees the news with the pictures of the ship over London he thinks its a trick, that is until he turns to his mother to ask her and sees that she isnt responding. Its like she is a zombie. When his mother and sister walk out of the house Sam follows. He cant believe his eyes when he sees the things near the ship. Why is he the only one not in a trance? What has happened to humanity?

Six months on and
Beth Sweatman
Dec 30, 2015 Beth Sweatman rated it really liked it
I loved this book. I really did. I don’t usually go for sci-fi esc books. I don’t really know why, they just aren’t something that I ever seem to pick up. I think Earth Fall is possibly the first sci-fi book that I have read in about 4 years. But I really enjoyed this one.

It was pretty much non-stop action. You where thrown straight into the deep end. There was no hanging around at all. I hate it when books really drag at the start, this just didn’t. There was instantly so much going on. And it
Silver Thistle {adores JAFF & TEOTWAWKI.  Oh, and accronyms :P}
What a great story! It's a middle grade book aimed at a younger audience but despite not being in the correct age bracket (not by a long stretch of the imagination) I was kept entertained to the end. I'll read anything that hints of an apocalypse and I just love a solid End Of The World story and that's exactly what I got with this. One of the things I especially liked about it is that it's set in London in present time, which isn't that common in apocalyptic fiction. I love post apoc even more ...more
Dec 21, 2013 Desiree rated it it was amazing
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SJH (A Dream of Books)
The author of the H.I.V.E series, Mark Walden, has turned his imagination to envisioning the coming of aliens to earth. 'Earthfall' is the first chapter about school boy Sam and his fellow survivors, who band together to create a renegade group, intent on thwarting the unwanted intruders to their planet.

From the opening chapter, the reader is thrust straight into the fight as our as yet unnamed hero battles against a drone-like creature - an octopus type object with deadly tendrils. This left m
Jan 01, 2014 SJ rated it liked it
Not bad. At all. I'm a fan of the first HIVE book, which I thought was pleasantly fun with enough tongue in cheek humor to make fun of itself. This book doesn't try to be the same sort of thing at all. It seems to be trying for an older and edgier audience by maximising on a dystopian storyline that is oh so trendy at present. And, you know, it does pull it off... To some degree anyhow. The story line is fast paced and the action is really quite exciting, and believable enough to keep the pages ...more
Aug 15, 2012 Kate rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Boys aged 10/13
Bearing in mind this is a book for top junior boys, and I'm not one, I think it's one that hits the spot quite well. It's the right length for a start. Long enough to be engrossing, but not so long that it becomes off-putting, and with good spurts of action and carnage right where you need them.
the main protaganist is a teenager Sam who manages to survive an alien invasion by having a secret nano-chip inserted into his brain as a baby which prevents him from being hypnotised by the alien life f
Jan 26, 2015 Kazima rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is a short and easy children's sci-fi, and as such I would recommend it as a sort of "my first sci-fi", or "my first alien apocalypse" if you want to get specific. I would not have liked this if I didn't know I was reading a children's book (although the reading level is so easy it it's pretty obvious). There are some things that one often finds in children/YA books that would not be accepted as good writing in an aduldt novel, like certain types of narrative exposition and cliches. Ho ...more
Dec 28, 2015 Jasmine rated it it was ok
Although Mark Walden is one of my favorite authors, this book was a disappointment compared to his other books. I had to give it two stars because of the action packed battles, and the fast read, but I feel like the plot was just a cliche.
When everyone is brainwashed by super intelligent aliens, some kids with special brain implants, who weren't affected by the brainwashing, band together and use c4 to blow things up. That is about the only thing these kids do until the aliens called the Voidbo
May 28, 2013 Sophie rated it liked it
After reading the blurb of Earthfall, I knew I had to read it. I'm a big fan of The Enemy series by Charlie Higson so the idea of a sole survivor of an alien invasion really appealed to me. Earthfall is a very enjoyable read. Very early on I grew attached to the likeable character of Sam and was rooting for him all the way through. Some of the other characters aren't quite as well developed as they could have been, but as this is a series I expect that they will grow as the series progresses.

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I am the world’s laziest man.

No…really. Not just a bit slack, really, truly, breathtakingly lazy.

Which is why it’s taken me so long to get off my big, lazy rear end and get myself properly on-line.

I’m the author of the HIVE series of books which I hope that some of the people who stumble across this might have read and enjoyed. Or read and hated…

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