Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “Pod” as Want to Read:
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview


3.52  ·  Rating Details  ·  1,071 Ratings  ·  204 Reviews
Surviving a massive alien siege is one thing-surviving humanity is another. I'm all cried out. I'm still alone. The sky is full of giant spinning black balls that kill anyone stupid enough to go outside. I've only been out of the car twice-once to pee and once to look at the sky. That one look was enough for me. Now I sit alone in the car, staring out the window like a rat ...more
Paperback, First edition, 192 pages
Published April 22nd 2010 by namelos (first published September 1st 2009)
More Details... edit details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.
Overtaken by R.W.K. ClarkBlood Borne by E.M.G. WixleyIn The Devil's Own Words by E.M.G. WixleyUntethered by Jax SpenserEnder's Game by Orson Scott Card
Alien Invasions
8th out of 45 books — 97 voters
Divergent by Veronica RothThe Maze Runner by James DashnerLegend by Marie LuMatched by Ally CondieUglies by Scott Westerfeld
Liked Hunger Games? Read This.
28th out of 52 books — 69 voters

More lists with this book...

Community Reviews

(showing 1-30 of 3,000)
filter  |  sort: default (?)  |  Rating Details
Emily May
Aug 23, 2011 Emily May rated it it was ok
Shelves: young-adult, sci-fi, 2011, arc

Many thanks to UK Book Tours for allowing me to participate in the tour of this book.

It is with regret that I have to say I would not have finished this book if it hadn't been sent to me for review as part of a blog tour. However, I ploughed on through to the very end and I was thoroughly disappointed with the book as a whole. The worst thing about it was that the story was rather boring and I didn't care for any of the characters. At one point I went online to check whether the book was self-pu
Sheila Welch
Jun 08, 2010 Sheila Welch rated it it was amazing
Shelves: sf
POD by Stephen Wallenfels is a gripping story told in alternating first person chapters by a teenage boy and a twelve-year-old girl. Earth has been invaded by alien, gigantic spheres that hover in the air and destroy any human who ventures outside.

Josh is trapped in his house with his engineer dad in Washington state, while Megs is alone in her mother’s car in a hotel parking garage in Los Angeles. Each of these main characters is distinctly portrayed. Josh’s voice sounds authentic whether he’s
Tony Bertauski
Feb 14, 2012 Tony Bertauski rated it really liked it
First thing's first. I don't like cliffhangers. I especially don't like when they sneak up on me until I'm two chapters from the end and I realize there's waaaay too much to resolve.

Ladies and gentlemen, POD.

A well-written novel, Wallenfels tells two separate stories after giant spheres dropped from the sky and begin zapping people in the streets, essentially locking survivors inside their homes. As the days unfold, there's the developing relationship between a boy and his father and his ball-li
In case you hadn't noticed, aliens have plenty of options when it comes to finally invading Earth. In POD, they opt to drop in via millions of black orbs, which stay suspended over populated areas, systemically zapping any poor unfortunate person that happens to wander outside (or be outside when they land). Yet for some reason, they opt not to attack buildings or the people within them. And so it is that 15 year old Josh becomes trapped in his house with his dad, and 12 year old Megs becomes tr ...more
Ignore that ugly ass cover and read it. Ending was a bit incomplete, but I otherwise liked this a lot. I read about half of Pods when it was first published, but didn't get round to finishing it, and I kept thinking about it for, I guess, years. Megs' parking garage was just such a vivid setting. And then Josh's story was equally intriguing, so the dual narrative actually worked! I guess the ending couldn't really have gone the other way, but I think I would have totally given it 5 stars if it h ...more
Edward's Ghost Engine (also known as.......... Jinky Spring)
What the FUCKING hell is this?? Talk about a story that goes nowhere this is worse than Matched!

This is to anyone who claimed this as their favorite book, it was worse than shit! I loved that it was set from two points of view, I loved the realistic survival themes, I loved the mystery surrounding the aliens, I loved all the action scenes and the controlling hotel manager so what could I hate? The ending and the fact that overall NOTHING happens!

If you want to read the story briefly click here.
Nov 21, 2012 Kat rated it it was ok
A good little Sci-fi novel about people struggling to survive, which is just the kind of thing I like to read.

While I loved being in the lives of Megs and Josh, seeing how they survived and struggled for food in both of their immensely different situations, I kind of wished we saw more of the aliens. They don't really play much of a role other than floating in the sky and keeping people inside. The second a person step outdoors, they get zapped and we never find out where they go. Doesn't matte
Nina Rapsodia
Oct 19, 2014 Nina Rapsodia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Los que les gusta las historias post-apocalípticas
Recommended to Nina by: Nadie
Este libro es uno de los que me regalaron hace un tiempo. No tenía en mente leerlo pronto, pero me apetecía una lectura ligerita y entretenida, entonces decidí aventurarme con este título. Y bueno, fue toda una sorpresa.

Esta historia no creo que pueda catalogarla completamente, porque combina lo posapocalíptico y algo como estilo de supervivencia. Esta historia intercambia dos puntos de vista de dos jovencitos, Josh de quince años y Megs de doce. Ellos están en distintas ciudades de Estados Unid
Feb 26, 2012 Becky rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I saw this in the bookshop a couple of months ago, the cover, although quite plain and simple drew me in. The synopsis on the back doesn't tell you much but I was intrigued. I decided to request it from the library and it came in a couple of weeks ago.
From the little I knew about this book I expected a Sci-Fi sort of thriller, but when I started reading it I realised that it was actually more of a Dystopian novel with a sci-fi twist.
This book is told in first person from two different character
Sammee (I Want to Read That)
Apr 03, 2012 Sammee (I Want to Read That) rated it really liked it
Shelves: for-review-read
4.5 Stars

This is definitely my kind of book! I really enjoyed it.

The story story begins with an alien invasion, where hundreds of strange spheres hover in the sky zapping any human that ventures outside. Josh is stuck in his house with his father, and Megs has been left alone in a hotel parking garage. Both have to find a way to survive...

I loved that this wasn't all about the alien invasion. Yes, it's an important (and intriguing) part of the story but the main focus in on how these characters
Jun 03, 2011 BookLoversLife rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Surviving a massive alien siege is one thing-surviving humanity is another.
I'm all cried out. I'm still alone. The sky is full of giant spinning black balls that kill anyone stupid enough to go outside. I've only been out of the car twice-once to pee and once to look at the sky. That one look was enough for me. Now I sit alone in the car, staring out the window like a rat in a cage. But I don't have anyone to look at. The parking garage is empty, except for twisted-up cars, broken glass, and the
Jun 10, 2012 María rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Si hay algo que me gusta es la ciencia ficción, las invasiones alienígenas (siempre y cuando queden en los libros o el cine) y c sobre todo, si son hostiles. En este libro encuentro todo lo que me encanta.

La estructura me ha gustado mucho, y la verdad, hace que se lea muy muy rápido. Hablo de un libro contado a dos voces, un joven encerrado en su casa con su padre y una niña que se ha quedado atrapada en el coche con su madre. Mientras tanto, unas esferas de origen extraterrestre están sobrevol
This book is so intense that it's hard to believe it's for teens rather than adults. I LOVED it! Alternating between the points of view of a homeless teenage girl in a parking garage and an angst-ridden teenage boy stuck at home with his father, this stark story takes place along the west coast during what appears to be an alien invasion. One day giant "pods" appear in the sky. Any human who steps outside immediately disappears. As the days go by, the electricity goes out, the water supply runs ...more
May 22, 2012 Chris rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sffantasy, ya
Workmanlike oh-shit-aliens disaster novel. I would have liked it better if I had a sense that the author knew why the aliens were there - maybe that will come up in the sequel. Which I will probably read, because it looks like they'll be trekking through Oregon and possibly even foraging for food and I am a sucker for that sort of thing.

(Hilarious jacket copy from the Australian edition: apparently Washington State and LA are on opposite sides of the country. I also find it just as distracting w
May 09, 2016 6kaustinen rated it liked it
I thought that Pod was an interesting story that leaves you wondering about what will happen next, displaying talent in emotion, suspense, and vivid description. Stephen Wallenfels portrays a talent of emotion when the aliens come down on page 15. On this page Josh is trying to help his neighbor get safety and get pulled back stating "I'm pulled back. screaming". Displaying great emotion by him screaming and generates a want for him to help her get to safety. He also creates a suspenseful aspect ...more
Nebula Books
Apr 04, 2016 Nebula Books rated it it was ok
The book shares many elements in common with Stephen King’s Under The Dome where the main antagonists are other people and the alien/supernatural event is merely the backdrop behind the story. And, like Under The Dome, POD is focused around survivors trying to fend off starvation, dehydration and the savage nature of humanity.

The main flaws in this book are, despite adequate narrative, somewhat hollow characterization and a weak alien entity. The PODs only attack people whom are outside, but nev
This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here.
Mar 01, 2015 Kevin rated it it was amazing
Pod by Stephen Wallenfels is a fictional book about pods invading earth. The book is written from two different perspectives. 15 year old Josh, who is stuck living in his house with only his Dad company and 12 year old Meg who is trapped in a car parking lot of a hotel with evil security personnel. They are both left to survive. Each chapter you hear one sides story back and forth on the same day.

Josh and Meg both face a common problem of being trapped and without food. They are being imprison
Silvia Stefani
Aug 11, 2014 Silvia Stefani rated it liked it
Per la recensione completa venite sul mio blog "My Bookish Philosophy"!
«Quindi è così che finisce?»
Per tutte le quasi trecento pagine mi sono interrogata su come potesse finire questo romanzo e la mia reazione è stata tra il «Mmm...» e il «Eh????». Credo che questo sia stato effettivamente l'unico romanzo per il quale non mi aspettavo nulla, per il quale non mi sono fatta nessun tipo di viaggio mentale immaginando come l'autore avrebbe sconvolto in modo po
Jacqueline Braga Fayão de Andrade
Gosto de tramas com alienígenas desde a época em que assistia a Arquivo X escondida da minha mãe (quem não lembra daquela musiquinha assustadora da abertura?).
Quando li a sinopse de PDM esperava uma abordagem completamente diferente, contudo, o autor me surpreendeu de maneira muito positiva.

Josh e Megs não se conhecem. Ele mora em Washington, e ela em Califórnia. Porém, ambos presenciaram o mesmo evento: esferas aparecem flutuando no ar, e de repente eles precisam lidar com ameaças mais perigosa
May 31, 2015 Roberta rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
05.00 del mattino: un suono forte e penetrante sveglia Josh, lo stordisce e gli fa male tanto che quasi non riesce ad alzarsi... In casa con lui c'è solo suo padre che subito lo raggiunge e insieme scoprono che nel cielo sono comparse delle strane sfere che con dei raggi luminosi fa sparire auto ed esseri umani... Alla stessa ora nel parcheggio di un hotel dall'altra parte del paese Megs assiste al panico delle persone che alloggiavano nell'albergo, quando tutto torna alla "normalità" scopre le ...more
This is very much a slow-burn novel. The PODs - some form of alien vessel or technology - arrive in Earth's skies and destroy everything, zapping up cars and people, stopping electricity from working, etc. etc. It seems to be the end of the world, and this is what the novel focuses on - how humans behave when everything seems to be at an end. The answer? Badly.

Megs is in the parking lot of a Vegas hotel. She witnesses murder, sacrifice, and every form of brutality under the sun. Josh is at home
Jan 31, 2016 Meera19 rated it really liked it
Less drama
Consuelo Baviera
Questo libro mi ha attirato fin dall'inizio inizialmente credevo fosse la solita storia di alieni ma mi sono ricreduta non appena iniziato a leggerlo. All'interno di questo romanzo di 291 pagine troviamo la storia di due ragazzi Megs di 12 anni che vive a Los Angeles, in fuga con la madre dal compagno e Josh di 16 anni che abita nella periferia di Washington con suo padre, ingegnere, devoto alla pulizia e con una mente pratica e organizzata. Entrambi collegati da un avvenimento che stravolge il ...more
Aug 13, 2015 Hashtag_book rated it it was ok
I really really really wanted to like this book. You see, I went to the library and picked up this book after seeing it had a decent rating on this website, but to say the leaset, it was not my favorite novel.

The pods have invaded earth, making people and cars disappear the moment they are in the open. This story tells the tales of two people and the people around them: a 16 year old boy named Josh and a child named Megs. To be honest, that's all that really happens.

This story could've been real
Jul 31, 2010 Josie rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya, survival, aliens
Aliens come, kill people. 12-year old girl in California and father-son combo in Washington must survive the invaders and other humans. About mid-way I thought it was a little lame, but it ended well. Sequel sounds possibly with the closing scene...
May 16, 2010 Ann rated it it was amazing
Shelves: science-fiction, 2010
Ages 12+ for infrequent language and dark themes.

Totes amazing, darker than LAWKI but maybe not the dead and the gone, with lots of implications that would make for a great book discussion. Unputdownable.
Jacob Reding
Apr 01, 2015 Jacob Reding rated it it was amazing
This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here.
Mar 17, 2010 Parker rated it it was amazing
This was a great book. It kept me interested the whole way through. I can't wait for the sequel! I hope he ties up some major loose ends. Overall, a must-read.
Jun 15, 2014 Angela rated it really liked it
This was one of the best books I have ever read! The characters were great, and the story was intense as the alien invasion would zap anyone who went outside. I can't imagine what would happen if it were to happen in real life. its so interesting. SPOILERS!! The ending was really sad and I got emotional when I read it. I felt as though I was there.
What would have made this book better was if they explained more of what was going on and some other things. But thats okay because thats what the se
« previous 1 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 99 100 next »
  • Vulpi (Thyla, #2)
  • Mutation (The Phoenix Files, #3)
  • Broken
  • Remember Me & The Return Part I  (Remember Me #1-2)
  • The Life of a Teenage Body-Snatcher
  • Genesis (The Rosie Black Chronicles, #1)
  • Taken
  • Fierce September (Juno, #2)
  • Floodland
  • House of Bones (Point Horror Unleashed)
  • 20 Years Later
  • Sweetie
  • Contaminated (Contaminated, #1)
  • Goblin Fruit
  • Epitaph Road
  • The Secret Under My Skin
  • Our Little Secret
  • The Blending Time
POD is my debut novel and I recently finished the sequel, MONOLITH. When I get a spare minute, I enjoy playing tennis, squash, racquetball—basically anything that involves hitting a ball with a racquet. Above all, I enjoy spending time with my wife and my Seattle-based son.

I’ve been writing since forever. My published life started with humorous essays in fitness trade journals and National Racquet
More about Stephen Wallenfels...

Share This Book

No trivia or quizzes yet. Add some now »

“Esto empieza a parecerse a una película de miedo, cuando le quieres gritar al tío de la pantalla:
-¡Sal de esa casa, imbécil! -Solo que en este caso el imbécil soy yo y salir de la casa no es una opción.”
“Papá coge la hoja de papel del suelo, la que dice «MMDD». Me pregunta qué quiere decir.
-Adivina -le respondo yo.
-¿Mi madre danza disco?
-Te doy otra oportunidad -contesto.
-Misma mierda, distinto día -dice él.
Me quedo boquiabierto. Él sonríe, me da el papel y se larga.”
More quotes…