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Skywake: invasion

3.96  ·  Rating details ·  24 ratings  ·  9 reviews
An exciting and original debut sci-fi adventure trilogy for the gaming generation

Fifteen-year-old Casey Henderson is obsessed with smash-hit game SkyWake – and she’s good at it, too. Little does she realize it’s actually an alien training tool created by the mysterious extra-terrestrial Red Eyes. When the aliens swoop down on a national gaming tournament, Casey and her tea
Paperback, 304 pages
Published March 2021 by Walker Books
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Jul 13, 2021 rated it really liked it
There were a lot of great elements with this book and overall I think it has a lot of potential as a Middle Grade/ Sci Fi series that a lot of readers will love.
I am always apprehensive when I come across male authors, trying to write female characters, particularly teenage female characters, however the way Casey was portrayed in this book was a really pleasant surprise to me. As a whole, I think the author did a great job at portraying all of the characters in this book, with a lot of diversit
Louise Gooding
Jul 29, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Well this is just a brilliant book. My kids are going to love this one (now I’ve finished it myself!).
I have gamer girls, who already noted some comparisons to Halo on the cover.
It’s a brilliant MG and I while i have seen some folk here commenting that ‘some scenes may verge on YA’ as there is death/fighting, Inwould argue, that in my opinion, as a gamer and a mum, it’s fine.
If you have kids that game, they know this is part of the gaming experience and it’s done in such a brilliant way that it
Rachel Lefever
Jul 15, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Skywake Invasion tells the story of how Casey Henderson – player name: Casey_Flow – goes from insecure gamer to elite warrior in the space of a day. When there’s a tournament for her favourite game, Skywake, at the local shopping complex, she’s right there. Only, the team she plays with online (the Ghost Reapers) thinks she’s a boy and she’s not sure how they’ll react, finding out she’s been lying to them all this time. Her brother, Peter, ends up taking her place on the competition stage… But t ...more
Sharlene Evans
May 10, 2021 rated it really liked it
I hate to feel like I am suffering a generation gap but this title was like a mix of middle grade trying to be YA trying to be middle grade ... does that make sense? Simplifying text but YA killing. Online teams playing a shoot to survive alien game that then happen to become real .... I didn’t struggle to get through it but I was not completely sold by it. I think some grammatical errors put me off - one purposefully in a chapter heading as identified within the chapter but “Not for nothing Sky ...more
Oct 09, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I absolutely loved this middle grade sci fi novel. A gamer girl and aliens! Love how she struggles with letting her gamer teammates know she is a girl, very realistic. The descriptions of the alien violence seem to make it an upper middle grade, I would not say it is for a younger crowd because of that. But loved it and would recommend it!
Jul 09, 2021 rated it it was ok
This had a great concept and premise but to me, the execution just didn't follow through. I couldn't connect with any of the characters and the plot just felt one-dimensional and dragged out. I really wanted to like it more than I did. ...more
James Phoenix
Aug 08, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Perfect for reluctant readers that love videogames! Can't wait for the next one! ...more
All action, all fast-paced, it's all on!

Team work, leadership and courage.

Mind the cliff-hanger end.
CrazyCat (Alex)
I’m a gamer at heart and lately I’ve tried to read more books with the gaming theme. So I got real excited when I found SkyWake. The cover is so awesome that I was drawn to the book at first sight. The story about Casey and her Reapers was just as good as I imagined it would be. Filled with action that drives the story forward. Just FYI: This book ends with a cliffhanger. Great start to the series and I can’t wait for the next book.
I chose to read this book and all opinions in this review are my
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When Jamie was five, he saw a Space Invaders arcade machine in a greasy fish and chip shop at the seaside. It blew his mind and started a lifelong love of videogames.

After graduating from London University, Jamie became a film critic for the BBC and a contributing editor for Total Film magazine. He was sent to special movie screenings and fed free sandwiches. He thought it was the best job ever.


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