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Conquest (The Chronicles of the Invaders #1)

3.64 of 5 stars 3.64  ·  rating details  ·  621 ratings  ·  139 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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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
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
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
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
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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Madana Joy
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
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
D.L. Morrese
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
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
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
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
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
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
Jo Bennie
Jun 11, 2015 Jo Bennie rated it 2 of 5 stars
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The Ilyri have the earth, they came from beyond the stars and firmly restored peace between nations. The Ilyri are taller than humans but physically and socially very alike. The Ilyri rule is absolute, insubordination severely punished, insurrection by death. But on both sides there is dissent.

Syl is an Ilyri born on Earth, she loves to sneak with her best friend Ani out of their home in Edinburgh Castle to mix with the humans of the city in disguise. Paul and Steven are human brothers, the son
I'm not a huge fan of sci-fi. In fact, I have problems with space things. I get easily bored of the topic, and I can't take aliens seriously. My main problem is that, most of the times, aliens appear in dystopic novels. And I can't even begin to describe how tired I am of the two-sides story, mostly because the sides are usually undimensional: aliens are bad (and they ALL want to destroy human kind) and humans are good. So, for me, sci-fi aliens' novels are like a guilty pleasure of some sort, j ...more
I can't even. I've drowned in commas. I have to give you an example.

But it was Knutter who first began hearing noises from the Vaults after a few too many drinks, and it had caused him to briefly reconsider his views on ghosts and, indeed, drinking.

A few lines down;

By piecing together various pearls of information, a chain of events was constructed, and it was deduced that the Illyri had been tunneling with great secrecy under the city, and had come close to Knutter, and the Vaults.

Four commas,
Arika Krinke
It had some slow parts to it but had a good story line! I really liked the characters and how it went between their perspectives. Though sometimes it was confusing on who was doing the thinking.
Pudo ser otra más... tenía mis expectativas muy bajas pero se ha convertido en una propuesta fabulosa, muy bien escrita, definida y con altas dosis de acción e intrigas político palaciegas.

Me ha sorprendido y entusiasmado. Original, detallista con toques de thriller y una civilización muy bien definida y estructurada. Os va a sorprender¡¡¡ A mi me ha tiene ganado y no puedo esperar a su próxima entrega¡¡

Los alienígenas nos han conquistado de forma pacífica y van a cambiar el sentido de la vida a
Seregil of Rhiminee
Originally published at Risingshadow.

John Connolly and Jennifer Ridyard's Conquest is the first part of a new young adult science fiction series (The Chronicles of the Invaders). It's an exceptionally addictive, entertaining and well written novel that offers wonderful escapism for speculative fiction readers.

John Connolly and Jennifer Ridyard are authors who write fluent science fiction and avoid using annoying romantic elements that seem to plague several new young adult speculative fiction no
Escapades of a Bookworm
Reviews can also be found on my blog Escapades of a Bookworm

This is a highly enjoyable adventure story. It soon becomes apparent that there is so much more going on than the Illyri conquest and the clashes with the Human resistance. Something sinister is lurking in the background, something that needs to be stopped.

There are so many secrets hinting in this book, so much promise that there is more to be revealed. Who are the Sisterhood and why have they become so powerful? Can this war that is ra
Alisha Tarran
It all started when a wormhole appeared and Earth and it's inhabitants turned out to be the most advanced creatures the Illyri had as yet discovered....if they didn't attack us, at some point, we could have attacked them, so they invaded us with some help from our technology and love for it, and have been in charge ever since. While they have brought technological and medical advances beyond our capabilities, there are those who still aren't too jazzed about being under rule from aliens, particu ...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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