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The Silent Invasion

(The Change #1)

3.33  ·  Rating details ·  362 ratings  ·  78 reviews
It's a decade from now and the human race is dying. Plants, animals and humans have been infected by spores from space and become part of a vast alien intelligence.

When 16-year-old Callie discovers her little sister Gracie has been infected, she flees with Gracie to the Zone to avoid termination by the ruthless officers of Quarantine. What Callie finds in the Zone will alt
Paperback, 300 pages
Published March 28th 2017 by Pan Macmillan Australia
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Jeann (Happy Indulgence)

Umm yeah I was done at page 172 at the animal cruelty scene. A dog gets cruelly beaten repeatedly with a bat and an electrified prod and killed. The attackers did it wilfully with sick pleasure. (not the main character but the villains)

I feel sick.

The rest of the book was boring, so it really wasn't a loss. Nothing much happens except for endless travelling, cardboard cut out characters and no background story for the change.
Apr 05, 2017 rated it did not like it
Shelves: fantasy

Seriously such a good premise and I literally read about a girl (WHO I DONT EVEN KNOW WHAT SHE LOOKS LIKE COZ SHE WASNT DESCRIBED) walking from Adelaide to Queensland.

And omg why is there a fucking love interest whyyyyyy, Im going to count how many words these two said to each other before they start saying I love you. If it's more then 5 sentences I will be shocked.

But hey by all means you may love it, please do tell me why coz I saw nothing redeeming about th
Apr 12, 2017 rated it liked it
I received a copy of The Silent Invasion from Pan Macmillan New Zealand to review. This is the first book in the Change trilogy.

I haven’t read a lot of alien invasion stories but the ones I have read I’ve enjoyed. So I was looking forward to reading this. The invasion in this series is completely different to anything I’ve ever read. But in a good way. I really want to know what this infection is and what it means when the things, people, animals and plants, change and what they change into… I’l
Jan 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: aussie-authors
I will admit I was not the biggest fan of previous work I'd read by James Bradley (Clade).. it was just okay.. but a good premise

Once again the premise of this did intrigue me so I felt I would give him another go And I did enjoy it immensely more than last time. One thing is for sure Bradley can certainly think up some great ideas for a story. I felt better executed this time.

This particular story fell right into the realms of fiction so seemed less like it was trying to deliver a message to it
Ian Mond
May 08, 2017 rated it really liked it
James Bradley is a mate so it's certainly possible that my thoughts about The Silent Invasion are biased. Except I know that's not the case. I didn't love the book because James wrote it, I loved the book because it's an intense, exciting and politically aware young adult novel about the possible end of the world - at least as we know it.

Set in the near future the human race is facing extinction as large swathes of both humans and animals have been infected by spores from space. Once infected th
Apr 15, 2017 rated it really liked it
I rate this 4.5 stars, this was an epic read that does have you on the edge of your seat. While reading this, I had a "Tomorrow when the war Began" meets "The Hunger Games" vibe. This story is set in real world Australia at a time where Australia has been the victim of a "silent invasion" - a bacteria.. or spores.. has attacked the earth killing plants and living things and has taken over mankind to which cities are now under martial law and Quarantine officers are authorised to capture those wh ...more
Felicity Jackson (gowithflick)
This book pretty much met the expectations I went into it with. Definitely not the most ground breaking new story I've ever read but I did enjoy it as a nice quick read! Also I've never read a scifi that's set in Australia and it was really cool to read about them travelling through so many familiar places 😊
Ryan Buckby
Aug 07, 2017 rated it it was ok
actual rating: 2.5

this story was ok, it was like an australian take on the fifth wave, with an alien invasion and strange sickness that takes over people.

I'm not sure on how what to say or how to rate this book, because i enjoyed the story and the characters they were all strong but i think some of the things that happened is what really influenced me in my decision to rate this so low.

Trigger Warning: Animal Abuse
Oh i love animals and the most hated scene that i had to get through is when
Trigger warnings: graphic animal cruelty, violence, descriptions of physical injuries.

I bought this book back in...March? April, maybe?? And I've put off reading it ever since. Honestly, the only reason I even bought it is that it was only $10, which is basically unheard of for a new release book in Australia. And look, it wasn't terrible. I'll probably donate my copy to work when I'm back next year. But it also wasn't fantastic.

I feel like it's heavily influenced by The Day of the Triffids in
Kristy ▪ The Reader Dragon
Jan 23, 2017 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Fans of The 5th Wave and The Girl with All the Gifts
Actual Rating: 3
Edit: Upon reflection, I've knocked a star off my initial rating.

When I first heard about The Silent Invasion, I was both excited yet uncertain. My biggest concern was that it sounded very much like The 5th Wave. Now, this book was nowhere near perfect. The story was painstakingly slow at times (ahem, most of the time) and the characters felt hollow and dull, yet I found myself completely drawn in nonetheless. But with me being the complete sucker that I am for anything to do wit
Carol Ryles
Set in Australia in the near future where climate change is worsening, and where an alien contaminant is randomly changing the DNA of any life form that comes in contact with it, the story follows the quest of sixteen year old Callie, who is determined to save her infected younger sister from being imprisoned by Quarantine Control. As the two flee across thousands of kilometres hoping to seek refuge in the mysterious Zone beyond a heavily guarded wall, they must quickly learn who they can and ca ...more
Jan 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
This is James Bradley’s first effort at writing young adult fiction. We loved Clade so were very excited to see what he could do writing for younger audiences. Bradley’s skill in writing post-apocalyptic fiction is that he constructs future worlds that have enough familiarity for the reader – they are not quite our world but there are enough similarities that we recognise what is going on. Set in the future Callie, her little sister Gracie, and her new travelling companion Matt that she meets on ...more
Emily Mead
Feb 12, 2017 rated it did not like it
I do want to support Aussie authors, but sadly I cannot say a single good thing about this book.
Apr 17, 2017 rated it really liked it
Really a 3.5/5 but rounded up because it's by an Australian author AND set in Australia 😊
Cool premise, good characters however little world building and the story moved too quickly for my liking leading to a lack of description. Still quite a good book.
The Grim Reader
Not great to be honest.
The Grim Reader
Apr 04, 2017 rated it it was ok
I do enjoy a good apocalypse read. The thought of dying world’s, alien invaders, mysterious plagues, it’s all good stuff that I love to dive into. These books often represent the opportunity for writers to develop fascinating, three-dimensional characters, or characters that you’re not always sure whose side they are on, characters with motives all of their own that they keep hidden until such a time they decide it is right to show their true colours. I also love how Post-apocalyptic fiction can ...more
Jun 13, 2017 rated it liked it
So I'd read a few bad reviews of this book, but I try not let that stop me, especially when it only costs $9.99. Also, I saw a fifty year old truck driver reading it the other day and he told me he was enjoying it. Nothing like reader's envy to get you reading!

I liked the basic 'Australianess' of this book. Utes, Vegemite etc. I just didn't really get the whole traveling thing. They go from Adelaide to Sydney to then head to Queensland. Maybe no trucks go anywhere on the Broken Hill road anywher
Kendall Park
Jun 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Ok, well, I just finished this book, and I need the sequel... NOW!!! (I also need tissues but let me just do a quick little review).
I picked up this book when I was at Sydney Writers Festival and I got to meet James Bradley, and as soon as I could, I started this book, and OH MY GOODNESS!!!
I got addicted to this book!! It is so amazingly good! And yes, it can be a bit cheesy at times but I really liked it! The whole plot of this book was so well thought out and the whole time I just had to keep
Lyn Haines
Sep 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Lyn Haines by: Annie
'For as long as I could remember, the Zone had been the place where meaning ran out, where the map ended and uncertainty took over.' pg 254

Sixteen year old Callie races across an almost unrecognisable Australia, dodging brutal vigilantes and the harsh outback in a desperate attempt to save her little sister Gracie from the Quarantine. As resourceful and courageous as Callie is, she can't stop the Change; the metamorphosis slowly transforming her sister into something not quite human. As it did h
May 03, 2017 added it
Shelves: australian, ya, 2017
I much preferred James Bradley's stunning novel Clade, but this gets 4 stars as my 10 year old devoured it in a night and loved it. And given it is a YA novel, he is probably more the intended audience than me :).
Tracey (Life and Literature)
Nov 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
3.5 Stars. I enjoyed it on the whole but had a few issues.
Jun 16, 2017 rated it did not like it
Shelves: april-17
Great idea, but poorly executed. Very rare for me to not finish a book, the plot was disjointed and the characters were boring, hello this book should have been a 5 star read for me. I love books where the characters are fighting to survive and being hunted. Instead I was bored -huge waste of time.
Jul 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
This dystopian sci fi book falls into the YA category but it’s definitely a page turner for adults too. If you’re after a break from ‘adult literature’ this is a great choice. You can get through it in a day & then grab the next in the trilogy ‘The Buried Ark’.
Diane Hester
May 19, 2017 rated it did not like it
Halfway through, I was struggling to continue reading this book, mainly because of the author's annoying habit of starting every third sentence with 'as': As we approached... As I spoke... As we went further... As we moved on... As I watched... In one two-page stretch I counted nine sentences starting with or using this wording!

So the going was tough to begin with. But when I got to the part where one of the characters starts torturing a dog I threw the book away. Sorry, but I have no desire to
There aren't many post-apocalyptic / dystopian novels set in Australia. I can think of 2 others besides this one and only this one is YA. That is one of the main reason I was interested in this book.

We were told that people disappear. They disappear because they're sick and will have to be quarantined. Callie's dad 'disappeared' a long time ago but now her little sister, Gracie, seems to be falling sick. Gracie is basically the only family Callie has left and she wasn't going to let Gracie go ju
Hannah Bnana
Jul 01, 2017 rated it it was ok
I wanted to like this book as it is set in Australia- but I found it boring and really hard to like. Too much walking. Things did not make sense. Super easy escapes and avoidance of capture made the plot difficult to take seriously. If you want dystopian book for young people in an Australian setting, stick with Victor Kellehar's 'Taronga'.
Olivia (littlebookbirdy)

I would like to thank Pan Macmillan Australia for providing me with a free copy to review!

My Rating = Four and a Half Stars
Released: 28th of March 2017

Publisher: Pan Macmillan Australia

Format: Paperback

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It's a decade from now and the human race is dying. Plants, animals and humans have been infected by spores from space and become part of a vast alien intelligence.

When 16-year-old Callie discovers her little sister Gracie
Inez Ryan
May 08, 2017 rated it it was ok
The premise for this book is intriguing - the notion of an infection which alters human personality and behaviour is a fascinating one. The prospect of the Earth's ecosystem being altered by the introduction of alien bioluminescent organisms seemed like a promising scenario for a dystopian novel.

Unfortunately, the first novel in the trilogy was disappointing. There are a few interesting ideas buried in this story, but in order to find them you have to wade through a couple of hundred pages of t
Read3r’z Re-Vu
Oct 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
The Silent Invasion: Futuristic.. and.. Possible!!

Set approx. 10-20 years from today in real world Land Down Under (Australia), where Australia has fallen victim to the silent invasion of a bacteria.. or spores from space that has choked the earth killing plants and living things and has taken over mankind. In response to this invasion, cities are now in lockdown under martial law and Quarantine officers are authorised to capture those who have been infected and are going through the “Change”.

May 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2017
I think this is the first James Bradley book I've read, which is... a thing. If this is an indication of his calibre, I shall rectify that.

This is a near-future Australia. The entire world has been affected by alien spores that Change animals, plants and people - not everyone, but many of those who come into contact. And the spores seem to particularly like it hot and humid, so there's been an exodus of people from the tropical parts of the world. Of course, this hasn't been particularly well re
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