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The Spaceship Next Door

(Sorrow Falls #1)

3.99  ·  Rating details ·  3,388 ratings  ·  462 reviews
When a spaceship lands in Sorrow Falls, a lovable and fearless small-town girl is the planet’s only hope for survival
Three years ago, a spaceship landed in an open field in the quiet mill town of Sorrow Falls, Massachusetts. It never opened its doors, and for all that time, the townspeople have wondered why the ship landed there, and what—or who—could be inside.

Then on
Paperback, 353 pages
Published September 4th 2018 by John Joseph Adams/Mariner Books (first published December 22nd 2015)
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Jason Thank you for your answers. I'm continuing to plow through it. I really enjoy the characters and style of the book. So, it's still a pleasant listenin…moreThank you for your answers. I'm continuing to plow through it. I really enjoy the characters and style of the book. So, it's still a pleasant listening experience (I got the audiobook). The book is still solidly 4-stars for me.(less)

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Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin
I don't know how I feel about this book. I liked it well enough but I'm not sure I'm going to read the next book.

Happy Reading!

Mel 🖤🐶🐺🐾
Bonnie Shores
Mar 12, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi
Ultimately, I ended up liking this book well enough. It was somewhat offputting initially due to the narrator, so reading a hard copy would probably be a different (better) experience. I felt like my grandpa was reading to me...


but in the voice of Professor Proton...


Anyway, this story centered less around The Spaceship Next Door and more around Annie Collins, a precocious 16-year-old who was on friendly terms with everyone in the small town of Sorrow Falls, Massachusetts. There is very little sc
Mar 05, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Spaceship lands in rural area near small-town Massachusetts. Habeas Corpus suspended. Martial Law. Posse Comitatus.

First contact story? Somewhat. Zombie body snatchers? Some of that, too. And just a hint of 2001 Space Odyssey.

Told in 3rd person, it's clever, heartwarming, and humorous yet somewhat suspenseful and unpredictable. An easy pace. A socially savvy 16-year-old girl helps a 34-year old government analyst figure things out. But he solves the key question himself. Other characters help.
Dec 28, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very entertaining

I bought this for my middle school aged son after talking with the author and determining that it was age appropriate. Then I decided to read it. Sometimes young adult fiction is great (Hunger Games) sometimes it insults your intelligence (TwilIght). I don't know if Mr. Doucette set out to write a story for young adults, but it's very appealing to them because the main characters are teenagers. The plot is very original, the writing is clever and the rapid fire dialogue reminds
Jan 21, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Three years ago a spaceship landed in the the small town of Sorrow Falls, MD…and nothing happened. No aliens. No death rays. No take me to your leader. It just sits there.

Edgar Somerville, government scientist ineptly posing as a reporter, thinks something has happened and arrives to investigate. He quickly finds himself in the orbit of sixteen year old, preceptive and precocious Annie Collins; as explained by General Morris (guardian of the spaceship), the most important person in Sorrow Falls.
Aug 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
Annie Collins is a 16 year old girl with a mother dying of cancer and a demeanor more adult than that of most adults. She's witty and young but also extremely mature on the outside, even when she doesn't always feel that way on the inside. I really enjoyed this book, especially because of the character of Annie. The entire town knows that Annie is the person who knows everything and knows everybody. Despite the book dealing with what could be the end of the world, the book is also lighthearted a ...more
Donna Backshall
The Spaceship Next Door is a wholly derivative mash-up of other popular horror and sci-fi, with nothing particularly unique to merit a full novel. There were plenty of twists attempted to resurrect the story when it started dying, which was often, and mostly they were ineffective. I lost interest maybe half-way through, once the town-wide zombie chase began. While I kind of, sort of enjoyed it, I spent most of my listening time thinking "how much more is there?" and being disappointed when I rea ...more
Feb 11, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: new-sf
If the Gilmore Girls found a spaceship, "The Spaceship Next Door" would be the resulting script. The book's "Sorrow Falls" is much like GG's Stars Hollow, a small town of quirky history and residents who all know each other. The main character, 16-year-old Annie, shares a sarcastic, quick-witted repartee with her best friend, army generals, and eventually an alien superintelligence. This is a book safe for middle schoolers, but enjoyable also by adults. If you're tired of gloom, doom and gore in ...more
Jul 15, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
sixteen year old Annie finds a spaceship and hilarity ensues.

well guess that depends on your definition of hilarity lol.

As stated in my update the first 40 % of this book, while readable enough was a bit of a slog. the saving grace was probably Annie through the first half. As the story moved along the narrative improved as not only were more breadcrumbs laid out about what was going on but stuff started to happen.

there are elements of both sci-fi as well as horror in this book which doucette b
Apr 06, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Things I would rather do than read the first half of this book again:

1. Get a root canal
2. Pay my taxes
3. Catch javelins

Words are insufficient to adequately describe how s-l-o-w-l-y the first half of this book drags along. Characters meander around with no discernible purpose other than to connect with every person in the fictional town in which it is set. I'm wondering if the author was informed that every book must have a plot only AFTER he had written half of the book.

Editor: "Has anyone eve
Evelina | AvalinahsBooks
I gobbled The Spaceship Next Door up. I just inhaled it! It plain seeped through my fingers, it was so good! And THEN I learned that it was independently published in 2015, and then picked up by John Joseph Adams/Mariner! Why? Because it's just so good. And now? I am tempted to not wait till they release the sequel and just get the self-pubbed version... BECAUSE IT WAS SO GOOD! The Spaceship Next Door was my kind of book through and through, and I can't wait till I get my hands on pa ...more
Jul 21, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Loved, loved, loved this book, and wish there were more in this 'universe'. I am currently reading one of the authors other series The Immortal, but it is so far no where near as absorbing, entertaining or amusing as this book.

A spaceship lands outside a small town, and 3 years later it is still there and nothing has happened. A military base is nearby, it is fenced off and the locals go on about their business as usual. The people who discovered it still live nearby so as to increase their earn
Shaun Hutchinson
The idea of this book was better than the book itself.
Laura (Kyahgirl)
2.5/5; 3 stars; B-

I enjoyed the tone of this lighthearted sci-fi action story. The narrator, Steve Carlson, did a good job and sounded very much like someone's father. The character, Annie, saved the story from being boring.

I really did like a lot of the characters in this story but found myself getting to the point of wishing it was over because it took a bit too long to move through all its paces.
I’m probably being generous giving this 3 stars. It’s probably more like 2-1/2 but I’m bumping it up (instead of down) because... well I’m not really sure why. And that kind of sums up how I felt while reading this book. I wasn’t really sure HOW to feel about it. I almost gave up on it several times because it was odd (in both style and substance) and not in a good way (at least not for me). There are lots of very positive reviews though (with over 4 stars overall), so I’m in the minority here.

Carolyn F.

This is a sci-fi book with zombies but they're good zombies (eventually). It's also a young adult book with Annie outsmarting someone which should not be possible. That's kind of where I stopped liking the book, right at the end. I will say the book did drag a little in the middle and I figured out pretty much from the start who the different person was. I think the author could have just had sleepwalkers instead of zombies because zombies added absolutely nothing to the story in my opi
Vfields Don't touch my happy!
***Mild spoilers***
I have watched a crazy amount of Science Fiction movies in my life so I know what I'm talking about. The Spaceship Next Door uses bits and pieces from damn near every one of those films and I'm not angry. I knocked my logical self aside and delved into this book. It felt like the book Lake Wobegon Days meets movies The Day The Earth Stood Still and the movie Warm Bodies without getting too dark, violent or bloody. I also avoid tales featuring girls Annie Collins' age - yes I r
Jun 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Can a book be both entertaining snd slow at the same time? If so, then that describes this book. It’s also a tinfoil hat kind of book. People wearing them and people who laugh at them might equally get something out of it. The main character is 16, but I think it’s too slow to be a YA book. It reminds me a little of John Scalzi, but not quite.
Jason Parent
Jun 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
This story is about a spaceship landing in small-town Massachusetts and then does nothing for three years, at which point it does... something. It was full of dry wit and small-town pragmatism and euphemisms. Though it takes place in present day and the setting has present-day tech, just about everything about the story is a throwback to early sci-fi film, with some parody to boot, though serious enough to be taken seriously.

The only issue I had when reading this is that, being from Massachusett
May 28, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: sff, spaceships, aliens
This book has both potential and problems. Obviously, I'm gonna focus on the problems, but first I can say that this is a light and relatively fast-paced read with an entertaining narrative voice.

And that voice is actually the first problem, because it's childish enough that initially it made me think the main character was maybe 12. Well, the voice and the descriptions of her behavior and thought processes, because the second problem here is that the main character is a sixteen year old girl,
Jan 05, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: X Files fans
NetGalley. Thanks for the copy.

Aliens. No romance. Contemporary (with a dash of Sci-Fi). This story is about a spaceship that has landed in a small town of good old US of America. Three years have passed since the spaceship that has landed, and it isn't doing anything. Nothing good. Nothing bad. Nothing at all.

Or is it actually doing something? (Cue mind screw.)

The story has a great start, though the writing style is a bit odd and unusual (and alien). It's unusual, because it's different than
Elliot A
Aug 02, 2020 rated it it was ok
Shelves: ya, sci-fi
Thank you NetGalley and John Joseph Adams/Mariner Books for providing me with an ARC of The Spaceship Next Door in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.

The Gist

I was in a really good space, reading-wise when I started this book. On a book high, if you want to call it that.

I was pumped by having just finished a string of really good stories and I was eager to continue digging my nose into books and getting lost in stories that made it feel good to curl up with a book and a cup o
[2.5 stars]

This was a cute read that I think I probably would have enjoyed much more if I had the physical copy instead of listening to it on audiobook.

The book started off really great. The characters were fun and unique, and the story sounded super enticing. Unfortunately from there, it just went downhill. Annie's cute personality became whiny and naive, and basically the whole plot went in a direction that I just wasn't down with. This might have been a really great middle-grade book or it co
Sep 19, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
How do you write a sci-fi story about a spaceship/first contact that does absolutely nothing for 3 years? Take a precocious 16-year old girl, her awkwardly social best friend, an undercover G-man posing as a "reporter", and a motley crew of other characters trying to figure out the mystery of the alien ship. Though the first half of the book is fairly slow, once things start happening you have a pretty good book (even though it is nothing like the start). There is a bit of violence but generally ...more
Jan 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Probably more of a 4, but I love the genre and it's not often done in literary form (more a cinema thing), so I'll bump it up. Also because it's set in Massachusetts, so there's some home state pride involved (I've driven through roughly the area where Sorrow Falls would be).

Basically, this is the book-version of Stranger Things or the Iron Giant or something else in the Spielberg/80s style. It's a bit hard to place genre-wise, being a sort of Sci-Fi version of Urban Fantasy (that is to say, ali
4,25 stars

There are two possibilities: either I'm rating the books I'm reading way too high at the moment, or my book year just happened to get off to a really good start. Either way, I found this a very enjoyable read. And unexpectedly funny. I think it may have been a really good idea to listen to this in audiobook format, because I don't think my inner narrator would have done anywhere near as good a job as Steve Carlson in capturing the voices of all the characters.

As a story, this was a pre
Ron Versetto
The synopsis of the book with its corresponding relatively high rating is what enticed me to pick up The Spaceship Next Door. The concept of having a spaceship land on earth without not necessarily doing anything sounded appealing and interesting to me.

I was immediately fond of the main character in the book, Annie. When dealing with a teenager as a main character, I’m always concerned and turned off by the cliché tropes that accompany that age bracket. However, Gene Doucette, the author, manag
Sep 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Annie Collins, age 16, is the life of Sorrow Falls, Mass. A short bicycle ride from where she lives with her cancer-afflicted mother and without, repeat, without her father, a UFO landed three years ago and hasn't done anything since then. At least, nothing anybody knows about. No little green men came out and asked to meet the planet's leader. No killer robots rampaged through town, shooting lasers out of their eyes. In fact, nothing has changed in Sorrow Falls at all - which is really spooky, ...more
Wing Kee
Feb 28, 2019 rated it liked it
Doesn't really find it's own voice until the end but it was fun.

World: The world building is solid, it's realistic and a bit nuts at the same time but mostly it's very nonchalant and calm about the fantastic elements in the book and it sets the tone for the book wonderfully. This world reminded me of 'Welcome to Nightvale', Christopher Moore and Carl Hiaasen all mashed up together and that's not a bad thing. The alien pieces for this story is nice and it really ties into the small town feel of t
Jan 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved it.

It feels like forever since I read a book that was thoughtful, funny, touching, and didn't try to hammer me with politics. That isn't to say this book is vapid, untopical, or lacking in moral insight. Instead Annie, our heroine, embodies human virtue and human failings by showing not telling.

Annie *is* super special but not as an author-insertion Mary Sue. From the hilarious chapter titles to the quirky town of characters (with a perfect New England odd town backstory) and a hero bik
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