The McClellands are enjoying a lazy summer vacation at the beach when they are lured from our world into Ixeos, an alternate Earth. Finding themselves lost in a maze of tunnels under Paris and surrounded by strangers, they discover that they have been brought to Ixeos for one purpose: to take the planet back from humanoid aliens who have claimed it. With the aid of the tunnels and a mysterious man named Landon, the teens travel the world seeking the key that will allow them to free Darian, the long-imprisoned rebel leader. But the aliens aren’t the only problem on Ixeos — the McClellands have to deal with brutal gangs, desperate junkies, and a world without power, where all the technology is owned by the aliens, and where most of the population has been killed or enslaved. The worst part?
There’s no way home.
Ixeos is a unique spin on the dystopian fiction that has become increasingly popular these past few years. The novel centers on three youth who find themselves unexpectedly transported to a new twin Earth. While this alternate Earth, called Ixeos, appears to be just like the Earth they left, same cities, same novels, etc, its fate is nothing like that of the original Earth’s.The underground tunnels of Ixeos are filled with young adults brought to this mysterious planet to help save it from its conquerors Each individual as a unique skill set that will come in handy when trying to thwart the enemies enslaving the human race of Ixeos. This novel appears to be the first in a series. It builds up the back story and lays the ground work for future books. While I am normally a huge fan of dystopian fiction, this novel didn’t really grab my attention. The potential for many interesting plot twists is there, so perhaps future novels will prove to be more interesting then this first one.