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The Boy Who Fell from the Sky

(The House Next Door, #1)

3.92  ·  Rating details ·  412 ratings  ·  54 reviews
London is flooded for the fourth time in ten years, on the eve of the outbreak of the First Space War. With the city locked down, sixteen-year-old Mathew Erlang is confined to his house with only his cat, his robot and his holographic dragons for company.

Watching from his bedroom window, Mathew becomes fascinated by Clara, the young pianist coming each day for her music le
ebook, 241 pages
Published September 22nd 2015 by Mean Time Books
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Hart Johnson Content-wise, absolutely. I mean I think it is geared to a little older, but there was nothing here inappropriate and I think most 6th graders WANT…moreContent-wise, absolutely. I mean I think it is geared to a little older, but there was nothing here inappropriate and I think most 6th graders WANT content geared to a little older. My only hesitancy is that it really is just a first part, so the full story will end up pretty long--some 6th graders don't mind that, others do.(less)
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Pilar Knoke
Oct 03, 2015 rated it really liked it
I have thoroughly enjoyed this book and cannot wait for the next installment. The author expertly portrays a future world that is very close to what could happen in reality. Issues we face at the moment, such as Climate change, as well as advances in technology are interwoven into the background of the story and have a ring of truth to them where you can feel the author has done her research well. I felt the theme fairly reminiscent of a futuristic version of 1984 with a twist of the original Pl ...more
Mark Speed
Sep 25, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I love this novel. The author has created a convincing dystopian future in which much of London is flooded, there's a semi-totalitarian government and a very clever resistance movement. Global war has extended into space for the first time. There are some truly wonderful visualisations of what the future will be like (the author is a futorologist), and the author has her protagonist and his acquaintances using these in beautiful and magical ways. To this is added a really clever and engaging plo ...more
Caroline Juricic
Sep 27, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Riveting read – simultaneously foreign and familiar…

The author has pulled off the difficult task of creating and conveying whole new environments (that of London in 2055 and Russia in 2472) in a way that is also incredibly believable and realistic. On one hand this is a “sci-fi” or “cli-fi” novel, and it was fascinating to read the author’s imaginings of future technologies and what climate change would do to London (and also rather sobering, given that the author has researched this topic heavi
Sep 25, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Wow, so well written. The first few pages drew me right in. This is an interesting story and one outside of my normal genres. Nonetheless, I totally enjoyed it. While it is YA it does not lack intrigue, mystery, or conflicts. The future worlds and problems were thought provoking. Plus it has a cool futuristic creations. I am looking forward to reading the next book in this series.
Goodreads Synopsis:
The world is falling apart in 2055. Another flood has devastated London and it’s the eve of the First Space War. With the city locked down, sixteen-year-old Mathew Erlang is confined to his house with only his cat, his robot and his holographic dragons for company.
Desperate for a distraction from the chaos around him, Mathew becomes fascinated by his peculiar and reclusive neighbour, August Lestrange. Mathew begins to investigate Mr. Lestrange, turning to the virtual world of
Wesley Fox
Plenty of detail and some interesting scenes but, as a whole, it was a fairly dull read. The pace is slow and the ending an inconclusive disappointment. Mostly, the novel felt like a vehicle for the author's views regarding climate change and international politics. Since it is the first in a series, it is possible the sequels develop the story far better but as a first volume, this book did not get me hooked into the series.

In the mid-21st century, the Earth has warmed altering climate and weat
Lorna Barker
Oct 08, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Innovative, imaginative, tantalising futuristic fantasy which I loved.
I read the first two chapters of The Boy Who Fell from the Sky on a train out of London. Somewhat appropriate, as events in the novel would later show. I was immediately intrigued to see where the opening sentences would lead me as I was bombarded by the physical sensations and vivid colours of fast-moving action. I was then quickly yanked from this world neither I nor the protagonist had had chance to figure out into a very d
Allies Opinions
Oct 19, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This book is one of the best dystopian type novels I have read in awhile. It also incorporated the time travel element in a really inventive way. Time travel has been written and rewritten about and can make a person sigh sometimes at how often the same themes or methodologies are used.

Not in this book though.

The technology in this book is awesome. If I'm still alive in 2055 I hope we have some of the cool tech described in this novel. Especially the holographic dragons.

I also really enjoyed h
Nov 04, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Reading this book opened up a whole new world to me, and triggered so many questions about the way the world is going, and the realisation of just how fast it might be going there. This debut novel by Jule Owen carries you along with a very readable story which draws you in right from the start, and very skillfully begins to weave in wider issues that emerge as the plot unfolds, surrounding the snowballing rise of technology, the scale of the effects of climate change, the dramatic changes in th ...more
Hart Johnson
Dec 22, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was very well-written. In a way it felt like two books in one--two stories--a slightly futuristic start to WWIII that feels very possible and a far-future--400 years down the road that feels like something else altogether (don't want to get too spoilery). I was completely pulled in and loved it. My only complaint is it felt like only part of a book--it is amazing as a set-up and I definitely want to read more but I feel a bit manipulated on that front. Something bigger should have been woun ...more
Rene Jaspers
Awesome written book, I'm making the review here, but I've already read all 3 books from the series. It's a very convincing sci-fi, most of the technology described could be possible in the near 10 years, and is so good described and implemented, it makes it easy to believe it is already there. I would like to tell you so much about the book, the chapters I like, the characters that I think are awesome, but that would be a major spoiler for the book. From chapter 1 till the last chapter of book ...more
Stefanie Wai
Oct 07, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I was hesitant getting into the plot at first - as it usually is for me getting into a new world - but without realising it I found myself gripped in the flow of this dystopian reality that the author has created. She has woven in a plethora of current trends and future possibilities to have you swept along and questioning your own perspective at the same time. So much so that you can tell how much research has gone into the book which addresses many current issues such as global warming, person ...more
Emilie MacMullen
Sep 28, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Dystopia of the not so distant future. Mathew Erlang takes you on an adventure where the effect of global warming have resulted in London being flooded, resources are scarce (people eat synthetic food), the country is on the brink of civil war (international relations are not too hot either). People are house bound (if they are lucky to have one) and use their dark room to communicate with the outside world via the heavily monitored Nexus network. The world created is utterly believable as the n ...more
Rae Dowds
Sep 30, 2015 rated it it was amazing

A chillingly realistic dystopia wrapped up in an enjoyable page turner

There’s floods in London and global resource shortages that cause war, and a paranoid, repressive government that the main character, Mathew, is subject to. Mathew’s world is full of almost magical technology - miniature “biobots” that float in your blood, alert your doctor to problems and automatically administer medication; holographic video and virtual reality, contact lenses and earrings that replace phones and laptops and
Christina Hegele
Oct 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing
The Boy Who Fell From The Sky is a captivating novel about teenage boy Mathew Erlang. Set in London in 2055, the not so distant future looks quite different in many ways, yet totally plausible; as the reader follows Mathew on his adventures, they get drawn into a fascinating world that comes alive through the author's rich descriptions and detail; a Londoner can even follow along the exact streets and get a realistic glimpse of what living in this city might be like with today's trends in techno ...more
Lauren John
Sep 29, 2015 rated it it was amazing
They say you can't judge a book by it's cover, but in this case you can. Gorgeous intriguing cover and the book lives up to it. It begins at a blistering pace, with teenager Matthew Erlang falling from the sky into a world which may or may not be virtual, and never lets up. As Matthew negotiates a flooded, treacherous, Apocolyptic London, he's constantly wrestling with the same dilemma: what's real, what isn't. I couldn't stop turning the pages. Beautifully written and compulsive. Can't wait to ...more
Sep 28, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I am in the middle of the book but I couldn't stop myself from taking a moment and recommending it! It's an absolute must to read for everyone interested in the future of the world and wondering, what's going to happen next. I feel like writing down all the brilliant (and sometimes crazy) ideas and see if they are going to come true in the next 5-10 years! Great work, thank you for sharing your work with all of us!
Amy DuBoff
Oct 02, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: science-fiction
This is a wonderful young adult book that seamlessly brings together science fiction, discussion of the environment, and classical music. It tackles some serious issues in a highly accessible way, and I recommend it for both teens and adults. I look forward to reading the future installments in the trilogy!
Jan 02, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Very interesting read! There wasn't as much action as I had expected. However, the unpredictable plot kept me wanting more. My curiosity concerning what was to come made it difficult to put this book down. I can't wait to read the next one in the series!
Ramona Lazar
Dec 30, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Not bad...interesting and intriguing, but a tad too long for my liking.
Jan 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
My finger hovered between 4 and 5 stars, and I chose 5 just because its setting of London in the near-ish future seems spot on with today's news (and this book was published in 'better days' in 2015). What I dislike about the book is it's written in present tense which I find off putting. Fortunately the story is so well done that I still found this absorbing. This is the first book of a YA adult series where the main character, Mat, is young - 16 - likeable and sheltered so that's he's basicall ...more
Crislee Moreno
Dec 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I do a lot of reading for authors asking me for reviews. I actually can't remember if this is one of them. But I don't think so. This is a genre I would have chosen. And it was very interesting. But it didn't leave me feeling I HAD to continue with the series. Take that how you want. Good or bad. I liked that.
I like that it's futuristic and has an exciting and what I think might one day actually be possible. I love technology myself. And I think this was very well done.
I highly recommend if thi
Mar 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
So good!!

I didn’t k ow what I was getting into when I stated this book. I thought the title was intriguing which is why I got it. The first chapter was confusing enough to make me keep reading but then I was in a completely different world then when I started. I loved both of the worlds created in this story! Very fascinating and well-written. I have so many questions right now so I’m going to go get the next book!!

Mar 08, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Interesting Yet Strange

This book had a weird start then turned interesting. Then it got a little strange again. Finally, it got exciting and interesting and things started to come together but still stated illusive. Then it ended. I'm still not sure if I really enjoyed it or not.
Feb 17, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was great fun.....the other book I am reading is a Pulitzer Prize winner....very long, thank heavens it is entertaining, but we all need a break and this was totally enjoyable, read in just over 24 hours....
Cheryl Lopatka
Feb 02, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Didn't like this one.

It started out interesting, but then turned preachy about what I would call politically correct subjects. Like a whole chapter before returning to the story. It was a total turn-off for me.
Interesting but doesn’t go anywhere

The plot was interesting but it was more than half way through when the plot really started. Then it just ended. I know it is a series but this was not close enough to a complete story to make me want to continue.
Jul 01, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A boy falls into a forest. This reminds me of the opening to Predators.

Then we follow the goings on (not really exploits) of Matthew Erling Erlang in the not too far future. London has been flooded in parts, and this has caused day curfews to be put in place except for a select few people. Matthew's mom is one of those people that has to leave for work every day (in a hired car), but Matthew has to stay home and do his school work and attend class and lectures virtually.

And then things get bizar
Corporate Christ
May 24, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
When I started this book I was worried I wouldn’t enjoy it as instantly I got the impression the author was more interested in describing the future technology in this world. Rather than leaving the impression this technology was ubiquitous the characters seemed to speak a lot about these things as though they were as novel to the characters as they would be to us. However, having said that as the story unfolded I did really like it. London in this book is a flooded, polluted and heavily policed ...more
Oct 13, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
London in 2055 is coming apart. A terrible flood has destroyed many homes, setting off an all-day curfew with few exceptions, and people who can afford it only travel with armed guards, while others live in hasty shelters or on roofs. Rioting and unrest abounds as the government tightens its restrictions in the name of safety. Sixteen-year-old Mathew Erlang is one of the people confined to his house, trying to keep himself entertained by watching the people in the houses around him, and tinkerin ...more
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Jule Owen was born in the North of England and now lives in London. She spent many years working in online technology, latterly in the video games industry and is fascinated by science, technology, futurology and terrified by climate change.

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