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3.52  ·  Rating details ·  1,253 ratings  ·  228 reviews
Surviving a massive alien siege is one thing-surviving humanity is another. I'm all cried out. I'm still alone. The sky is full of giant spinning black balls that kill anyone stupid enough to go outside. I've only been out of the car twice-once to pee and once to look at the sky. That one look was enough for me. Now I sit alone in the car, staring out the window like a rat ...more
Paperback, First edition, 192 pages
Published April 22nd 2010 by namelos (first published September 1st 2009)
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Emily May
Aug 01, 2011 rated it it was ok
Shelves: arc, sci-fi, young-adult, 2011

Many thanks to UK Book Tours for allowing me to participate in the tour of this book.

It is with regret that I have to say I would not have finished this book if it hadn't been sent to me for review as part of a blog tour. However, I ploughed on through to the very end and I was thoroughly disappointed with the book as a whole. The worst thing about it was that the story was rather boring and I didn't care for any of the characters. At one point I went online to check whether the book was self-pu
Sheila Welch
Feb 02, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: sf
POD by Stephen Wallenfels is a gripping story told in alternating first person chapters by a teenage boy and a twelve-year-old girl. Earth has been invaded by alien, gigantic spheres that hover in the air and destroy any human who ventures outside.

Josh is trapped in his house with his engineer dad in Washington state, while Megs is alone in her mother’s car in a hotel parking garage in Los Angeles. Each of these main characters is distinctly portrayed. Josh’s voice sounds authentic whether he’s
In case you hadn't noticed, aliens have plenty of options when it comes to finally invading Earth. In POD, they opt to drop in via millions of black orbs, which stay suspended over populated areas, systemically zapping any poor unfortunate person that happens to wander outside (or be outside when they land). Yet for some reason, they opt not to attack buildings or the people within them. And so it is that 15 year old Josh becomes trapped in his house with his dad, and 12 year old Megs becomes tr ...more
Tony Bertauski
Sep 16, 2011 rated it really liked it
First thing's first. I don't like cliffhangers. I especially don't like when they sneak up on me until I'm two chapters from the end and I realize there's waaaay too much to resolve.

Ladies and gentlemen, POD.

A well-written novel, Wallenfels tells two separate stories after giant spheres dropped from the sky and begin zapping people in the streets, essentially locking survivors inside their homes. As the days unfold, there's the developing relationship between a boy and his father and his ball-li
Ignore that ugly ass cover and read it. Ending was a bit incomplete, but I otherwise liked this a lot. I read about half of Pods when it was first published, but didn't get round to finishing it, and I kept thinking about it for, I guess, years. Megs' parking garage was just such a vivid setting. And then Josh's story was equally intriguing, so the dual narrative actually worked! I guess the ending couldn't really have gone the other way, but I think I would have totally given it 5 stars if it h ...more
Nov 21, 2012 rated it it was ok
A good little Sci-fi novel about people struggling to survive, which is just the kind of thing I like to read.

While I loved being in the lives of Megs and Josh, seeing how they survived and struggled for food in both of their immensely different situations, I kind of wished we saw more of the aliens. They don't really play much of a role other than floating in the sky and keeping people inside. The second a person step outdoors, they get zapped and we never find out where they go. Doesn't matte
Rusty's Ghost Engine (also known as.......... Jinky Spring)
What the FUCKING hell is this?? Talk about a story that goes nowhere this is worse than Matched!

This is to anyone who claimed this as their favorite book, it was worse than shit! I loved that it was set from two points of view, I loved the realistic survival themes, I loved the mystery surrounding the aliens, I loved all the action scenes and the controlling hotel manager so what could I hate? The ending and the fact that overall NOTHING happens!

If you want to read the story briefly click here.
Feb 26, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I saw this in the bookshop a couple of months ago, the cover, although quite plain and simple drew me in. The synopsis on the back doesn't tell you much but I was intrigued. I decided to request it from the library and it came in a couple of weeks ago.
From the little I knew about this book I expected a Sci-Fi sort of thriller, but when I started reading it I realised that it was actually more of a Dystopian novel with a sci-fi twist.
This book is told in first person from two different character
Jun 02, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Surviving a massive alien siege is one thing-surviving humanity is another.
I'm all cried out. I'm still alone. The sky is full of giant spinning black balls that kill anyone stupid enough to go outside. I've only been out of the car twice-once to pee and once to look at the sky. That one look was enough for me. Now I sit alone in the car, staring out the window like a rat in a cage. But I don't have anyone to look at. The parking garage is empty, except for twisted-up cars, broken glass, and the
Sammee (I Want to Read That)
Apr 03, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: for-review-read
4.5 Stars

This is definitely my kind of book! I really enjoyed it.

The story story begins with an alien invasion, where hundreds of strange spheres hover in the sky zapping any human that ventures outside. Josh is stuck in his house with his father, and Megs has been left alone in a hotel parking garage. Both have to find a way to survive...

I loved that this wasn't all about the alien invasion. Yes, it's an important (and intriguing) part of the story but the main focus in on how these characters
Eliza Rapsodia
Jan 05, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Los que les gusta las historias post-apocalípticas
Recommended to Eliza by: Nadie
Shelves: young-adult, sci-fi
Este libro es uno de los que me regalaron hace un tiempo. No tenía en mente leerlo pronto, pero me apetecía una lectura ligerita y entretenida, entonces decidí aventurarme con este título. Y bueno, fue toda una sorpresa.

Esta historia no creo que pueda catalogarla completamente, porque combina lo posapocalíptico y algo como estilo de supervivencia. Esta historia intercambia dos puntos de vista de dos jovencitos, Josh de quince años y Megs de doce. Ellos están en distintas ciudades de Estados Unid
Jun 07, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Si hay algo que me gusta es la ciencia ficción, las invasiones alienígenas (siempre y cuando queden en los libros o el cine) y c sobre todo, si son hostiles. En este libro encuentro todo lo que me encanta.

La estructura me ha gustado mucho, y la verdad, hace que se lea muy muy rápido. Hablo de un libro contado a dos voces, un joven encerrado en su casa con su padre y una niña que se ha quedado atrapada en el coche con su madre. Mientras tanto, unas esferas de origen extraterrestre están sobrevol
This book is so intense that it's hard to believe it's for teens rather than adults. I LOVED it! Alternating between the points of view of a homeless teenage girl in a parking garage and an angst-ridden teenage boy stuck at home with his father, this stark story takes place along the west coast during what appears to be an alien invasion. One day giant "pods" appear in the sky. Any human who steps outside immediately disappears. As the days go by, the electricity goes out, the water supply runs ...more
May 22, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sffantasy, ya
Workmanlike oh-shit-aliens disaster novel. I would have liked it better if I had a sense that the author knew why the aliens were there - maybe that will come up in the sequel. Which I will probably read, because it looks like they'll be trekking through Oregon and possibly even foraging for food and I am a sucker for that sort of thing.

(Hilarious jacket copy from the Australian edition: apparently Washington State and LA are on opposite sides of the country. I also find it just as distracting w
Jul 31, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya, survival, aliens
Aliens come, kill people. 12-year old girl in California and father-son combo in Washington must survive the invaders and other humans. About mid-way I thought it was a little lame, but it ended well. Sequel sounds possibly with the closing scene...
May 16, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2010, science-fiction
Ages 12+ for infrequent language and dark themes.

Totes amazing, darker than LAWKI but maybe not the dead and the gone, with lots of implications that would make for a great book discussion. Unputdownable.
Mar 17, 2010 rated it it was amazing
This was a great book. It kept me interested the whole way through. I can't wait for the sequel! I hope he ties up some major loose ends. Overall, a must-read.
Jan 16, 2016 rated it it was ok
Less drama
Sam Jones
Jun 22, 2011 rated it really liked it
YA alien invasion/survival story. There's talk of a sequel, which would be welcome.
Steve Phillips
May 08, 2013 rated it really liked it
Fun! Incredibly improbable, but fun!
Jan 23, 2016 rated it it was amazing
One of the best.
Jan 04, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Interesting concept. Well written. I'm going to read it again.
Grey Liliy
Two things to quickly summarize the novel:

1) This book is like 8 parts survival horror & maybe 2 parts sci-fi. That might be generous to the sci-fi content.
2) 12-year old Megs has the survival skills of a trained marine, & 16 year old Josh is borderline (not quite, but close) too dumb to live.

There really isn't much of a plot to speak of for this particular novel, aside from: Find a way to live for 28 days while trapped in a house with your dad (Josh), or scavenging in a hotel parking ga
Vee ♔Under Mountain Books♔
From the start the story really hooked me in and I couldn't stop reading! It follows the stories of two kids who are trapped in very different situations after an Alien invasion, although the things that happen to them mirror each other.

After the Aliens have invaded no-one can go outside without getting 'deleted' by the PODs (Pearls of Death) which makes for some pretty interesting and slightly claustrophobic reading! Josh is 15 and he's stuck in his home with his Father in Washington and Megs
Brandon Hiller
May 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
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Aug 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book was a crazy amazing interpretation of the potential of alien takeovers. Although I found this book in the "Young Adult" section of my local library, this book faces some pretty serious (although fictional) situations that main characters must face in order to overcome the tragedy that the aliens plague them with. This book kept me interested page-by-page and highly satisfies the science-fiction lover within me. With themes such as prostitution, swear words, gun-pointing, knife-pointing ...more
Jul 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
I read this when I was around 12 so I'm going solely off my then, rather naive mind but, from what I recall, I thoroughly enjoyed this book and sung it's praises highly!

It's minimal, small and understated. Maybe not what an alien invasion story should be but it knew what it was (a standalone) and didn't try to incorporate totalitarian governments and uprisings that, in my opinion, can be the downfall of many similar stories (ie. the revelation of The Others in The 5th Wave).

It's not anything sp
Feb 24, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Ouaw. Comment décrire ce que je ressens pour ce roman... J'en ai encore les mains qui tremblent. Je ressors tout juste d'une histoire extraordinaire, qui aura réussie à me faire pleurer et à me toucher, énormément. POD, c'est un roman de science-fiction capable de vous faire vibrer et de vous émerveiller. Ça faisait un petit moment que j'attendais qu'un livre me mette les larmes aux yeux. Maintenant, c'est chose faite.
Dans ce roman, nous sommes embarqués aux côtés de Josh et de Megs. Chacun d'en
Mar 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
BIBLIOGRAFIE: S. Wallenfels, ZAP voor je het weet ben je weg , The house of books, South Hampton, 2009

Stephen Wallenfels is een Amerikaanse schrijver. Hij leeft in Washington met zijn vrouw. Wallenfels werkt in een sportschool als IT manager. Voordien heeft hij vele jobs uitgeoefend zoals: appelpluker, omelet chef, ESL leerkracht, freelance journalist, tennis instructeur, voetbal trainer, grafisch ontwerper en zijn lievelingsjob: romanschrijver. Zijn passies zijn: tijd doorbrengen met
Jan 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
“POD” written by Stephen Wallenfels follows the story of Josh and Megs who lead normal lives until they are faced with a massive alien siege on their town with massive metal spheres coming down from the sky zapping everything that moves in its sight into thin air. The two teenagers must find a way to survive in this alien apocalypse with a limited amount of food and resources. This book has, overall, a compelling story which does a good job at keeping the reader hooked although there are some po ...more
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I wrote freelance in the health and fitness industry for twelve years before re-committing myself to my first love - writing fiction. After publishing several short stores for kids, I wrote and published my first novel, POD ( | Penguin/Ace), a YA scifi survival story set in Prosser, Washington and Los Angeles, California.
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“Papá coge la hoja de papel del suelo, la que dice «MMDD». Me pregunta qué quiere decir.
-Adivina -le respondo yo.
-¿Mi madre danza disco?
-Te doy otra oportunidad -contesto.
-Misma mierda, distinto día -dice él.
Me quedo boquiabierto. Él sonríe, me da el papel y se larga.”
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