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Dark Energy

3.64  ·  Rating details ·  997 ratings  ·  244 reviews

Five days ago, a massive UFO crashed in the Midwest, killing thousands of people. Since then, nothing–or no one–has come out.


If it were up to Alice, she’d be watching all of this on the news from Miami, Florida. Instead, she’s the newest student at a boarding school not far from the crash site–because her dad is the director of special proj
Paperback, 278 pages
Published March 29th 2016 by HarperTeen
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Ben Alderson
Dec 12, 2016 rated it liked it
Loved the beginning, middle was a bit odd... and the ending was great.
Very humorous characters. Brilliant one liners...

Good standalone book!
Feb 13, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love this book so much that I'm ANGRY.


Because where was this book twenty years ago, when it was EXACTLY the kind of sci fi story that my teenage self was looking for?

Where was this book five years ago, when I read that much buzzed about, critically praised book about aliens landing during the Black Death and it turned out to be a craphole of wasted opportunity?


Well, never mind! And you, you lucky readers, you! THE BOOK IS HERE NOW.

And I'm not even going to tal
Sarah Elizabeth
(Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to HarperCollins and Edelweiss.)

“So you’re inviting me and my friends to go inside the ship?”

This was a YA sci-fi story involving aliens, but I found it a bit unbelievable.

I didn’t like the main character in this book, as she annoyed me a bit. I don’t know what it was, but she was just irritating to me.

The storyline in this was about alien’s crash landing, and NASA trying to discover who they w
Tink Magoo is bad at reviews
There might be a review coming, I dunno, I'm lazy so maybe not. ...more
Dark Faerie Tales
Jan 10, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Review courtesy of Dark Faerie Tales

Quick & Dirty: An intriguing, suspenseful twist on an alien story that I enjoyed immensely.

Opening Sentence: Want to hear something freaky?

The Review:

Five days ago, a massive UFO skidded across two countries in the American Midwest, killing more than 15,000 people. Alice’s life is uprooted when her father, director of special projects, moves them closer to the base of the site. Alice moves into a boarding school for talented, rich children. And then, the alien
Sarah {Literary Meanderings}

My review of this book can be found on my YouTube here: Dark Energy by Robison Wells

Jun 11, 2020 rated it liked it
I didn’t pick this book up expecting to be blown away by it, but I did expect to enjoy it more than I did. There wasn’t all that much that happened even for a short book, and I definitely anticipated more action than we got. The characters in the book were actually pretty good other than the love interest, but overall, the plot was lackluster. Okay read for me.
Ms. Yingling
Jan 27, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
25816859Wells, Robison. Dark Energy.
March 29th 2016 by HarperTeen
ARC from Young Adult Books Central

Alice's father is an important NASA researcher, so when an enormous space ship crash lands in the Midwest, killing a large number of people, he is sent to investigate. Because he will be working long hours, and Alice's mother (who was an enrolled member of the Navajo) is deceased, he enrolls her in exclusive Minnetonka School for the Gifted and Talented so that she can be near him and not too far
Eric Allen
Feb 24, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book was pretty fun, combining aliens, ancient Native American legends, and a whole lot of really entertaining and often very funny dialog. The author has a very similar sense of humor to mine so I was constantly laughing out loud while reading. Some of the side characters aren't terribly fleshed out, but for the most part the characters were all pretty good, with distinct personalities and such. The writing was excellent. The author is very good at expositing without looking like he's expo ...more
Becca Fowler (PivotBookTotes)
intriguing, fast paced, and a truly unique spin on ALIENS!!!!!!! plus lots of sass.
i thought she was going end up with the other guy... it was a good fast paces standalone :P
Apr 30, 2020 marked it as wishlist  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: available, sci-fi
30 April 2020: $2.99 on Kindle ...more
Kristin (Blood,Sweat and Books)
Originally reviewed @ Blood,Sweat and Books

It's been a tick since I've read an Alien story that captivated me as much as this one. I felt like I blazed through this story. Whole pages seemed to pass me by and before I knew it the story was over. While the incredibly fast pacing certainly helped with that, without the brilliant writing from the Author none of that would have mattered.

From start to finish I was completely hooked into Dark Energy and its characters. I especially loved the relation
Beth  (YA Books Central)
Dark Energy is a Young Adult Science Fiction story about aliens. The main character is named Alice and her father works for Nasa so they are brought to the crash site of the aliens for her father to work. Alice is enrolled in a school nearby that houses full-time high school students called Minnetonka.

The story is all about how Alice and her friends view the aliens arrival and the subsequent events that follow. You get a in-depth look at how it would feel if aliens actually did descend on the e
Nov 08, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc, aasl-2015
As far as alien encounter books go, this one was a great and fast read! Readers like me who don't want to be able to guess the ending and who enjoy being completely surprised will find this the perfect book! Alice's father is the director of special projects at NASA and just when she is installed in a boarding house in Minnesota a UFO crashes near the area. She is struggling with settling in and getting used to her new room when she has to get used to having two aliens aka "guides" around the sc ...more
I really enjoyed this book. One of my favorites. Highly recommend if you like YA sci-fi. I really like how there is romance but it doesn't take center stage (They are in the middle of an alien invasion after all) I also loved the side characters and the friendships.
Look forward to reading more by this author.
A bit far-fetched but its certainly interesting and original.
Jen La Duca

Welcome to my tour stop for Dark Energy by Robison Wells which features a review and author interview! His latest is a Sci-Fi adventure intertwined with US history and this fast-paced story will have your fingers flying to flip the pages. The tour runs from March 21st through April 1st and consists of a guest posts, interviews and reviews. There is also a tour-wide giveaway for a finished copy of Dark Energy! Please visit the tour page for all the details & to follow the tour and don’t forget to

Sep 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This book has gore and some intense subjects such as murder and slavery. But it's like a sci-fi murder/slavery. Because they are aliens. No spoilers (although I want to) but this was a great book! 5/5 recommend if you can handle and/or like to read intense subjects. Although throughout all the intense stuff this book is also full of comedy and relatable jokes. It also has romance but not a lot, like there is a kiss and a boyfriend but the book doesn't revolve around their relationship. I LOVED I ...more
Landon Coleman
Jan 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Good quick read. Read it!
Ethan H
Jun 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
I really liked this book. It was an easier read but had a very nice storyline. It’s hard to explain without giving out the plot. Read it.
Stephanie Ward
3.5 Stars

'Dark Energy' is an interesting new young adult science fiction novel that revolves around the landing of a UFO in the Midwestern states of the U.S. At the beginning of the book, our main character - Alice - is moving to her new boarding school in Minnesota, and not by her choice. Her father is the director of the special projects department at NASA, which means that the UFO will be the center of his life for quite a long time. The story talks about all the different theories and ideas

I have read Robisnon Wells books and quite enjoyed them. So when I saw this one coming out, I got a little excited. I like his writing and I like stories about aliens. This book was short, bu it was a good solid read. I liked the characters, I liked the story, I liked the paced, I just wished there had been more at the end.

Aliens have landed. In the processing crushing houses and farms and people but once they come out of their ship.... we can attack or negotiate or whatever the presidents want
May 16, 2017 rated it did not like it
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Online Eccentric Librarian
Mar 02, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: sci-fi, arc, ya
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Dark Energy may perhaps be overshadowed by having a similar plotline to the popular Undertow series by Michael Buckley. Take human-like aliens, mix them with a girl in high school, add hunky warrior love interest and requisite YA triangle, and you get the general idea. But similarities aside, Dark Energy suffered from some of the most glaring "logic and believability" issues I've come across recently; I just couldn't
Oct 21, 2015 rated it it was ok
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I was super excited to read Dark Energy, I've read just about all of Robison Wells books and pretty much enjoyed them all. My favorite was Variant and that book was super creepy and terrifying, so I thought Dark Energy would be just as explosive. Sadly, it wasn't.
What I Liked

Few books make me smile/laugh, I just have a different sense of humor, or don't get it. But the main character of Dark Energy had me smiling with her jokes/wit/humor. I enjoyed that bit
May 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
My first thought was that NASA scientists don't make enough money to buy $80,000 guilt cars for their kids. Aside from that one sticking point, I loved the story, and especially where the aliens originated. ...more
Robison Wells (and Dan Wells too) have always been relatively hit-or-miss for me. This one, I'm sorry to say, is more of a miss. The story spends most of its time moving as slow as molasses - which is exactly what you don't want in a book this short. In other words, it's like a bad episode of The X Files. The use of Native American culture and traditions as part of the whole alien backstory is welcome, though, because it calls up some better X Files memories - especially when various Southwester ...more
Sep 19, 2016 rated it really liked it
So I had this one checked out forever and kept putting it off, and then almost decided not to read it but then I thought I'd give it a try. And man, I'm glad I did!! It's really good! It's super-fast paced, and witty. I like how there's not too much internal dialogue. It's mostly between the characters, who are really fun. (view spoiler) I liked how they became friends really fast, mainly because of the circu ...more
Jun 10, 2016 rated it liked it
Dark Energy went totally off the rails part way through the book and was never able to recapture my interest. It is definitely a lighthearted look at an alien story, although the plot does turn a bit darker as the book progresses. The problem I had with the book is the fact that the YA science fiction book market has been inundated with similar books in recent months. With nothing really to set it apart, Dark Energy will be relegated to my pile of interesting but not very memorable books. There ...more
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