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Conquest (The Chronicles of the Invaders #1)

3.66  ·  Rating Details  ·  823 Ratings  ·  169 Reviews
The Earth has been invaded by the Illyri, a beautiful, civilized, yet ruthless alien race. Humanity has been conquered, but still it fights the invaders. The Resistance grows stronger, for it is the young people of Earth who are best equipped to battle the Illyri.

Syl Hellais, conceived among the stars, is the oldest alien child on Earth, the first to reach sixteen years o
Hardcover, 433 pages
Published February 11th 2014 by Atria/Emily Bestler Books (first published September 26th 2013)
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Heather the host was alright... deff lacking in the romance department but it was a YA novel. so im hoping this book is better than the host on that level.

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May 28, 2014 seak rated it liked it
Shelves: arc-review, audio, 2014
Apparently aliens are the new vampires and I guess I'm a sucker for aliens because this is the second YA book about aliens I've read in a year's time.

In this one, out of nowhere, a wormhole appears at the end of the solar system. This spells the doom of mankind because an alien race has come to dethrone mankind, thus, Conquest.

Except, while these aliens take over the governments of Earth, they have also brought technology which can not only cure diseases such as cancer, but expand the human lif
This unoriginal story is not for me! The two authors John Connolly and Jennifer Ridyard have made so many mistakes, I wonder if this book ever got edited.

Showing vs. telling: especially in the beginning many elements are told instead of shown through character interaction, environments or action. It’s a big conglomerate of info-dumping that could have been avoided or altered to make me immerse into the story. Especially the “Prologue”, a retelling of the alien invasion, is rather boring in that
Milo (Bane of Kings)
The Review:

“An excellent start to a promising new series, whilst the team of Connolly and Ridyard may not bring the most original story to the table, they certainly know how to deliver a fun, compelling read that should keep sci-fi fans entertained. This book is certainly worth checking out.” ~Bane of Kings, The Founding Fields

"The Earth has been invaded by the Illyri, a beautiful, civilized, yet ruthless alien race. Humanity has been conquered, but s
Liz Barnsley
Aug 20, 2014 Liz Barnsley rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: bookbridgr-books
Highly enjoyable YA adventure involving alien invasion, a resistance, the start of a love story and plenty of action – I found it to be a refreshing and fun read, albeit with an ending that annoyed the heck out of me because now I have to wait to find out what happens next.

With a quick introduction explaining how the aliens arrived on our planet, this is a novel that you can immediately be involved with as we soon move on to meeting our main characters. Syl is the first of her kind to be born on
I won a copy of this from the First Reads program on GoodReads.

I love free books. Thank you to the publisher for this advanced reading copy. I wish I liked it more, but here we are.

I gave up 80 pages in. I mean, it took me 8 days to get through 80 pages of a YA novel. Seriously?

I feel there's a good story in here. The writing just doesn't grab me. It doesn't even paw at me. It falls as flat as a cartoon character that a boulder dropped on. Not bad, just extremely non-engaging.

I just have too muc
Coleccionista  de finales tristes
La tierra fue conquistada por los Ilyrios y los terrestres se rebelan. Syl es una adolescente ilyria que junto con su mejor amiga Ani conoce a dos chicos que forman parte de la rebelión. Estos terrestres se llaman Steven y Paul, como en muchos libros de YA hay un insta love entre Syl y Steven. Personalmente no me imagino un romance entre la alienígena de ojos grandes sin párpados y piel dorada con Steven pero bueno...En cuanto a los ilyrios, ellos son muy extraños y políticamente están divididos ...more
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Me encanta la ciencia ficción, hay algo en este género por lo cual nunca me canso de leerlo. Siempre debe estar reinventándose para generar la atención del lector, y en esta apuesta juvenil, como bien es Conquista, John Connolly (famosísimo escritor de policial, del cual tengo un par de novelas leídas) y Jennifer Ridyard (que se embarca en la escritura por primera vez) logran un equilibrio perfecto de todos los buenos elementos del género. Me ha gustado muchísimo e
Jan 26, 2015 Vanessa rated it it was ok
Shelves: sciene-fiction, ya
Syl was the first of the alien Illyri to be born on Earth sixteen years ago after their (mostly) peaceful conquest of the planet. Her father is a diplomat living in Edinburgh, where earthlings persist in fighting off their conquerors, despite bringing peace and advanced medicine to Earth. On her sixteenth birthday Syl sneaks out of the castle to explore the streets, an activity fraught with danger as she soon learns when a café explodes before her eyes.

Paul may only be a teenager, but he's been
Nov 08, 2014 Imogen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 20, book-bridgr
The premise of this book is that an alien race similar to humans has gone around the galaxies conquering planets, and decide to conquer Earth. As you can imagine, not a popular decision and there is a Resistance that is constantly trying to get them to go away. That's the base, now imagine a huge amount of other stuff on top like teen romance, robots, witches...
Trying to explain this book simply is a challenge but I really really enjoyed it and I'm looking forward to the sequel, Empire, that I t
Arron Cawser
I actually quite liked this book. Considering I had won this in a giveaway I'd say I was lucky in more ways than one. Perhaps I have a weakness for certain YA books :).

The basic plot is that aliens had invaded the Earth some years before and are now ruling over human kind, occupying various countries around the globe. The one thing that I thought might spoil things for me was the exposition at the beginning, detailing the events of the invasion. I felt those were things that could have been reve
A pesar del buen trasfondo de la historia, esta lo pierde todo con sus protagonistas. Lo que vamos descubriendo sobre la cultura ilyria y la conquista de la Tierra junto con otros planetas es lo más interesante del libro. El hecho de que los protagonistas de esta historia sean una adolescente alienígena malcriada y un Seguir leyendo
Jul 29, 2016 Vicky rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I liked this book within minutes of reading (which was a relief because the last few books I've read have been mostly duds). The background story is interesting and well thought out, the plot flows well, the characters have cool abilities. I find that the book gets me thinking and keeps me reading.

There were, of course, several weaknesses to this book, which up until ~spoilers~ the end twist ~endspoilers~, had me thinking I would not be reading the sequel. Most of that has to do with the charac
Nov 25, 2013 Kate rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Excellent beginning to a new YA SF series that had me on the edge of my seat. There are some scenes here that made me want to hide behind my chair - great stuff!

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Fantasy Literature
May 27, 2014 Fantasy Literature rated it really liked it
Reviewed by Marion and Kat:
Madana Joy
Jan 01, 2014 Madana Joy rated it it was ok
Really promising start, then spirals down into mediocrity.
John Connolly is, without a doubt, one of my very favorite authors - so much so that I actually asked for this UK edition for Christmas (since it wasn’t due in the US for an additional two months!). This is the first collaborative novel that I have read of his, and though I know little about his writing partner, I admit that initially, I wasn’t completely certain this was the same Connolly responsible for creating the Charlie Parker series or The Book of Lost Things. The book opens with a lot of ...more
Kristin  (MyBookishWays Reviews)

It started with a wormhole, and the fleet of alien ships that emerged from it defied anything that mankind could ever have imagined. Soon, Earth prepared itself for attack. However, there was no attack, no destruction rained down out of the sky. Instead, technology failed, and society fell apart. Eventually, every government office received the same word on their computers: Surrender. So, with no other choice, they did.

The Illyri had been hiding their tech
When I first received a copy of John Connolly and Jennifer Ridyard’s Conquest, I wasn’t quite sure what to expect.

Books about aliens and alien invasions are certainly no stranger to the science fiction genre, and it certainly seems to be a concept that sells over and over again.

Of course, many will argue that the idea has reached its saturation point, but I think given the right treatment, any book that employs a commonplace fictional model could be as entertaining to read as the novel that’s b
Callum Shephard
The creation of authors John Connolly and Jennifer Ridyard, Conquest serves as a more hard-hitting take on humans vs aliens than is customarily given in books targeted at younger audiences. Turning humanity’s own technology against them, an alien force known as the Illyri has complete dominion over Earth. With a generation having passed since their arrival, Paul Kerr and Syl Hellais have grown up witnessing the conflict from opposite sides – both aware of the horrors of occupation, but not the t ...more
Jun 18, 2016 Adrielle rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya
While I felt underwhelmed to begin with, I dove right on in. There is a massive info dump for the first 100 pages and I hate that. Showing trumps telling anyday. That said, it improves. Not anything near what I've come to expect from my favourite author at all, but it is co authored so I relent, I'll give number 2 a go.
3.5 stars
Jul 20, 2016 Ileana marked it as to-read
The author is coming to my school for a talk, so i *might* be convinced to read it after listening to him.
Jun 24, 2016 Conal rated it really liked it
Conquest was a fun and enjoyable read that for the most part hit the marks that I like in Sci-Fi novels. It has some interesting topics in there even if it does not cover much new ground compared to other works. The characters were well written and detailed though not all of them I liked. Interesting technology, aliens and world building were all present so it kept my interest all the way through. I will be continuing with the series when the next novel arrives in 2015.

3.5/4 stars for the fun st
Dec 04, 2015 Savannah rated it liked it
In the Conquest you find out that the human race has been taken over by the Illyri. The Illyris are very smart and more advanced than the humans. They have been watching the humans for a while before they take over earth. What I thought was very cool was they had a way to knock out only fighter jets and electronical things, associated with the army. The airplanes with civilians on them were not shut down midair like the fighter jets. The Illyri have found a cure for all diseases and sicknesses, ...more
D.L. Morrese
Jan 29, 2015 D.L. Morrese rated it it was ok
As a Young Adult novel, this isn't bad. It has a teenage protagonist (and appropriate sidekicks), close calls, narrow escapes, and various adventures, but as science fiction... well, it just didn't quite click for me.

It's a story of alien invasion. The aliens (Illyri) arrive, subjugate the planet (as somewhat benevolent conquerors), and then defend themselves against the pesky, unappreciative humans who have now become terrorists. Until a plot twist at the end (which reminded me of one of the po
Sep 12, 2014 Beth rated it it was amazing
I give it - 5/5

My review - I haven't read many books which have been written by two authors so I thought I would give this a go.

It was superb! John and Jennifer really work well together in writing The Conquest that I now need the next book in the series.

What really intrigued me about this story is about the alien invasion. I love aliens so this was right up my street and they both wrote it in such a fantastic way it made me feel like I was part of the story. I love that even though it's set on
Gloria Feit
Aug 20, 2014 Gloria Feit rated it really liked it
John Connolly is best known as the author of the Charlie Parker mysteries and has written a trilogy for younger readers and even a modern fairy tale. Now he has turned his attention to a new series called the Chronicles of the Invaders, sort of sci-fi aimed at teenagers, teaming up with his life partner, Jennifer Ridyard. It is the story of the invasion of the earth by a highly developed alien species, Illyri, and of resistance by humans to the occupation.

The main characters are two teen-age Ill
Tim Chamberlain
Apr 09, 2014 Tim Chamberlain rated it really liked it
A veteran novelist and a first-timer come together to create Conquest, a masterful young adult science fiction tale that may just end up being the next big thing.

John Connolly, perhaps best known for his Charlie Parker mystery series, has teamed up with newcomer Jennifer Ridyard to create a YA novel that feels more grown-up than many of its peers. Filled with danger, ethical issues and political intrigue, this is the type of challenging YA novel that should appeal to adults as much as to kids.

Amy Lignor
Apr 03, 2014 Amy Lignor rated it really liked it
There are those from another planet that have had their eyes on Earth for a long time. They are interested in everything, including new technology, and have decided to journey to Earth and take everything that was once ours, alter everything we ever did, and basically make us their lackeys after taking our land, history and citizens. Of course world domination, even by aliens, is far easier said than done.

They call themselves Illyri, and they end up taking over our lives. Divided into two sectio
Jessica Strider
Feb 26, 2014 Jessica Strider rated it really liked it
Shelves: sf, ya
Pros: compelling story, political machinations, minor romantic elements

Cons: slow opening

Conquest takes place roughly 16 years after the Illyri, a race similar to humans, take over the Earth. Syl, conceived among the stars and the first Illyri born on Earth, lives with her father, the governor of Britain and Ireland, in Edinburgh castle. On her 16th birthday she and a friend sneak out of the castle and encounter two human teenagers, members of the Resistance just as a bomb goes off on the Royal
May 25, 2016 Cam rated it liked it
Shelves: read-sci-fi
Although featuring several YA-aged characters, this series is serious enough in it's interstellar conflicts to merit a look at even by folks who prefer heartier fare than the over-targeted fiction you'll often find in the category. There's enough intrigue and conflict to keep the action going well, and gruesome enough discoveries to keep it interesting and entertaining. The Illyri Empire is sort of an alien late Roman or maybe Byzantine Empire, with strong elements of 20th century imperial and f ...more
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John Connolly was born in Dublin, Ireland in 1968 and has, at various points in his life, worked as a journalist, a barman, a local government official, a waiter and a dogsbody at Harrods department store in London. He studied English in Trinity College, Dublin and journalism at Dublin City University, subsequently spending five years working as a freelance journalist for The Irish Times newspaper ...more
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Other Books in the Series

The Chronicles of the Invaders (3 books)
  • Empire (The Chronicles of the Invaders, #2)
  • Dominion (The Chronicles of the Invaders, #3)

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