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We're Not from Here

4.18  ·  Rating details ·  266 ratings  ·  89 reviews
Imagine being forced to move to a new planet where YOU are the alien!

The first time I heard about Planet Choom, we'd been on Mars for almost a year. But life on the Mars station was grim, and since Earth was no longer an option (we may have blown it up), it was time to find a new home.

That's how we ended up on Choom with the Zhuri. They're very smart. They also look like g
Hardcover, 256 pages
Published March 5th 2019 by Crown
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There’s stuff in the publishing industry that “everybody knows”. For example, it wasn’t that long ago that “everybody knew” that books with green covers wouldn’t sell. Then Percy Jackson comes along and so much for that theory (it’s sepia covers that don't sell, anyway). “Everybody knew” that kids weren’t all that into fantasy right up until the moment Harry Potter started a worldwide craze. But there’s a pretty persistent “everybody knows” theory floating around out there that continues to this ...more
Mar 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
Everyone agrees this was a very entertaining book.
Richie Partington
Mar 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fiction
Richie’s Picks: WE’RE NOT FROM HERE by Geoff Rodkey, Random House/Crown Books for Young Readers, March 2019, 256p., ISBN: 978-1-5247-7304-5

“President Trump on Tuesday said that the nuclear launch button on his desk is ‘much bigger’ and ‘more powerful’ than that of the North Korean leader Kim Jong Un -- and that his button actually ‘works.’”
-- The Hill (1/2/2018)

“Show some emotion
Open your heart
Set free an ocean
Only a feeling can save us now”
-- Celine Dion (1992)

“Then Naya and I joined Ila, my pa
Jan 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
**I received an ARC from the publisher through netgalley for an honest review**

Omg this was such a cute and interesting book. I really liked the unique setting, and just found myself flying through this story. This book is also extremely frustrating but in a way that makes you want to keep going to see how everything works out in the end! Definitely in my top middle grade favorites of all time now!
Сибин Майналовски
Very pleasant and delightful reading. Even adults may be interested in such kind of story, I hope... and for children it's definitely a must-read. Sad that it has no sequel — I'd love to know what happened after the big finale :)
May 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: music, sci-fi, humor, family
This book was a lot smarter than I thought it was going to be. With the cover image featuring two large aliens that look like giant insects, I assumed it would just be goofy fun but it was so much more. Refugees who thought they were welcome find themselves suddenly vilified by the current government?! Forced to prove they are good creatures even though the news says they are clearly bad based on footage seen 20 years ago.

Definitely taking this with me for booktalks to upper elementary and midd
I would find this interesting to read with a group of 5th through 8th graders. It wouldn't be a very challenging read for them, in terms of vocabulary or text quality, but it does have a number of issues I would find interesting to discuss, as the book progresses. For example, early on, the survivors of a catastrophe on Earth, who have moved to another planet have determined that they cannot live in perpetuity on that planet and must seek another planet. The choices seem to be 1) to return to a ...more
Mar 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was a great sci-fi middle grade adventure!
Planet earth is no longer inhabitable so a group of a few thousand recolonize on Mars, but that wasn’t working out either. As things are getting worse on Mars they get an invitation to come to Planet Choom. Off they go to Choom, their last hope of survival and a 20 year trip.. When they get there they discover that Choom’s government has changed their mind on the invitation.
So now what do they do? The government allows one family unit to stay as a
The Kawaii Slartibartfast
I received a copy of this book from Netgalley and the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

I really, really loved this book. I have a thing for kids books that don't treat their audience like they need to be spoon-fed.

The story starts with Lan and their family going to the planet Choom after being in a sleep for decades.
Unfortunately the government has changed and the Hunan's are no longer welcome.
What happens next is an very well written story of xenophobia and the friendships with the al
Literary Strawberry
Actual rating: 3.5

A fun, quick read. I don't think it's going to leave much of a long-lasting impression on me, but I enjoyed it.
Oct 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I've enjoyed Geoff Rodkey's storytelling since I first read Deadweather and Sunrise, with brave yet often petrified Egg, from the Chronicle of Egg series long ago. Once again many books later we meet brave Lan also often frightened, in the new series opener We're Not from Here. Lan's family is one of the last ones to leave earth in time. This situation occurrs because Earth becomes too polluted for survival, so Lan and his family along with other aware humans move to the planet of Mars. Unfortua ...more
Anna Taylor
Jan 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
Funny, interesting, fast-paced, and includes a protagonist that never reveals their gender. This book exceeds the cover which in itself is a reason to pick up the book. Currently craving those food blocks though...
Mar 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
#randomhouse #partner - Happy book birthday to Geoff Rodkey’s WE’RE NOT FROM HERE! As if Rodkey’s NYT Bestselling Author status wasn’t enough intro… WE’RE NOT FROM HERE calls out and leverages the imagination co-creation between author and reader in a sci-fi / political satire manages to be both profound and hilarious.

I’m going to put one of the most brilliant parts of this book up front: We can guess at Lan’s race, but we don’t know his/her gender. Going back to the whole “this book is brillian
Ms. Yingling
Jan 13, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
E ARC from Edelweiss Plus

Lan, Ila and their family live on Mars in a colony of under 3,000 people who escaped Earth after it was made uninhabitable. However, the supplies are dwindling quickly, and life there is unsustainable. There is the possibility of terraforming another planet, but there's no time. Luckily, the group receives an invitation from the residents of Choom, which is conducive to human life. Only about half the residents want to go (the other half return to Earth), so they take of
Kristin Crouch
Apr 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
*Thank you to the author for hosting the contest for the ARC, which I was a winner of.*
I find myself saying, every time I review a book of the science fiction genre, that I'm not a big sci-fi reader. And I'm not. But, actually, that might be changing. Some of the newest sci-fi for middle grades readers is amazing! Dare I say, out of this world?!? We're Not From Here is included in this classification.
Lan and their family have arrived, after a twenty year cross-galaxy trip, to the planet Choom.
Rosie Rizk
Jul 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
Very entertaining.

Humans destroyed planet earth through their violent actions. (Inevitable, right?) A small group managed to escape before the end and seek refuge on an alien planet inhabited by several different types of aliens. Only, not all the aliens welcome the refugee humans with open arms. Quite the opposite. Who wants to live with a species that destroyed their own planet?

One family is given a short trial period to change the aliens' minds. Lan, just a kid who wants a place to call home,
Meag McKeron
May 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: juv-fiction, scifi
My favorite thing about this book was that it was a book written for children that is truly sci-fi - that is such a rare thing to find! I love science fiction because it's so creative and forward-thinking - authors dream up worlds that may seem out of reach to us, but still relate to our own current issues and problems. We're Not From Here takes place in a future time when Earth is uninhabitable, and the only other planet the human race can survive on isn't welcoming the stranded survivors with ...more
Jun 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: pvci-library
*** Reviewed for Youth Services Book Review***

We’re Not From Here written by Geoff Rodkey. Crown Books, 9781524773045, 2019
Format: Hardcover
Rating: 1-5 (5 is an excellent or a Starred review) 4
Genre: Science fiction
What did you like about the book? This seemingly lighthearted, funny story packs a big punch. As the book opens, humans have completely destroyed Earth and all who remain are living on Mars. The situation is temporary, conditions are breaking down, and the last hope for humankind is t
Cindy Mitchell *Kiss the Book*
We’re Not From Here by Geoff Rodkey, 256 pages. Crown Books (Random House), 2019. $17.

Language: G (0 swears, 0 ‘f’); Mature Content: G; Violence: PG (attacks)



Earth has been destroyed and only a few hundred survivors have made it off safely in a few prepared ships and tried to make a go of it on Mars. As the conditions on Mars worsen, they have made contact with Planet Choom, a place about 20 years away, populated by four groups of non-hu
After Earth has been made inhabitable and Mars isn't working as a sustainable planet, some of the surviving Earthings decide to accept an invitation from the Zhuri to live on the planet Choom. Lan Mifune and his family are part of those who agree to go, but by the time they arrive, years after the invitation has been offered, things have changed on the planet, and it is no longer a welcoming place. Still, Lan's mother knows that the Earthlings have no other option, and she persuades those in pow ...more
Feb 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
Human kind has destroyed the planet and the small group of survivors struggle with diminishing food supplies and terrible air on a Mars station. An invitation from an alien species to settle on the planet Choom seems to offer humanity's survival. But when the ship arrives after 20 years in stasis, everything has changed and the new government on Choom has changed its mind. Reluctantly the officials allow one "reproductive unit" to land for a trial effort. Narrator Lan and family are chosen and o ...more
Rebecca Ann
Apr 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
What a great chapterbook! I'm so glad a coworker recommended this to me, I don't know that I would have picked it up on my own. It's been a minute since I read a children's science fiction book, I just haven't found many.

In this book Earth has been destroyed and the remaining humans are living on a space station and running out of food. Some of them go back to the uninhabitable earth, some of them go on to a planet they hope they can terraform, and the group we follow goes to a planet that invi
Mar 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-2019, netgalley
*I received an eARC of this book from the publisher through NetGalley*

Although obviously sci-fi, this book is a bit tough to describe. Post-apocalyptic, dark comedy, political commentary...

Lan and Lan's family (we never do find out if Lan is a boy or girl) are on a ship that has escaped from Earth after nuclear disaster. They must find a safe place to land and thought they found it on the planet Choom. But after traveling there, it ends up in the meantime the governing species has changed their
Allison Parker
Jul 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This inventive and amusing science fiction novel for kids imagines all humans as refugees. After the Earth is finally destroyed, what's left of humanity sets off with a destination in mind: the planet Choom, a place with a grand history of peace, resettlement, and acceptance. The leaders of this world are the Zhuri, tall skinny bug-like creatures, who agree remotely to help the humans. But after their 20 year long trip in hypersleep (waking up with out any aging, just puking and headaches), the ...more
Westminster Library
May 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: josh, middle-grade
I totally judged this book by its cover. When I saw a kid surrounded by what looked like giant mosquitoes I knew that this would be a far out read. This novel takes place on a far away planet called Choom. Lan's family and the rest of the earth survivors journey there in the hope that they will be given refugee status. things change however and soon Lan and his family end up as a test case; if they fail, the future of the entire human race hangs in the balance. Rodkey explores some serious theme ...more
I won this ARC on Twitter. I was not required to write a review, but I will write a short one (no spoilers).

This is such a great and important story that teaches kids (and grownups) about accepting people who are different, in all/any ways. More importantly, it showed how kids are typically the ones who are open to getting to know people who don't look/talk/eat/live like them. They don't begin to think of those normal differences as 'other' until they are influenced by grownups.

If you are lookin
Chelsea Bashore
Apr 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I’m so impressed with this book. I read it in front of my students, booked talked, and already have a list of kids who want it after I have finished.

We are doing a unit on refugees, immigration, and compassion. This books ties in pieces from all of those themes. What an important topic where today media and government try to control human compassion. I think kids would be able to analyze and compare current news/history to that in the book. Can’t wait to buy this for my book clubs or whole clas
Karol Rubio
Mar 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Read this book for our YA book club. It is a quick read, my 5th Fraser will read it next. Wonderful story line, how these humans are going to save their own species and at the same time learn from a new species. I don’t want to give much away but it talks so much about how government works in its most basic term, and emotions. The characters were all amazing, the main character acted very mature for her age so not sure how realistic that was but when you are face with big expectations then you h ...more
Eileen Winfrey
Jul 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
Sci-fi is not my jam, but I can’t help but recommend this one to my 4th grade and up friends because it’s so exciting and unique. Lan’s family has been elected as emissaries from the tiny group of Earth’s survivors (post apocalypse) to beg for sanctuary on Planet Choom. Choom is inhabited by three different alien races, and are welcoming and non-violent, until a change in government makes them...not. Will Lan and family successfully plead their case? What secrets are the Zhuri hiding? And really ...more
Mortisha Cassavetes
Mar 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-2019
I just loved this cute and uniquely creative book. The story follows Lan, a young boy that lives with his family on a Mars Station. Earth is inhabitable and humans must find a new planet to live on because the Mars Station will not last long. After getting the clearance to come to the Planet Choom to live, Lan and his family make the 20 yr trip only to find out the government has changed and they are no longer welcome on the Planet. I do not want to go into the story more as to not spoil it but ...more
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Geoff Rodkey is the author of the New York Times bestseller THE TAPPER TWINS GO TO WAR (WITH EACH OTHER) and its sequels; the critically acclaimed CHRONICLES OF EGG adventure-comedy series; THE STORY PIRATES PRESENT: STUCK IN THE STONE AGE, a comic novel bundled with a how-to guide for kids who want to create stories of their own; and the forthcoming science fiction novel WE'RE NOT FROM HERE (Marc ...more