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The world changed on a Tuesday.When a spaceship landed in an open field in the quiet mill town of Sorrow Falls, Massachusetts, everyone realized humankind was not alone in the universe. With that realization, everyone freaked out for a little while.Or, almost everyone. The residents of Sorrow Falls took the news pretty well. This could have been due to a certain local qualThe world changed on a Tuesday.When a spaceship landed in an open field in the quiet mill town of Sorrow Falls, Massachusetts, everyone realized humankind was not alone in the universe. With that realization, everyone freaked out for a little while.Or, almost everyone. The residents of Sorrow Falls took the news pretty well. This could have been due to a certain local quality of unflappability, or it could have been that in three years, the ship did exactly nothing other than sit quietly in that field, and nobody understood the full extent of this nothing the ship was doing better than the people who lived right next door.Sixteen-year old Annie Collins is one of the ship’s closest neighbors. Once upon a time she took every last theory about the ship seriously, whether it was advanced by an adult ,or by a peer. Surely one of the theories would be proven true eventually—if not several of them—the very minute the ship decided to do something. Annie is starting to think this will never happen.One late August morning, a little over three years since the ship landed, Edgar Somerville arrived in town. Ed’s a government operative posing as a journalist, which is obvious to Annie—and pretty much everyone else he meets—almost immediately. He has a lot of questions that need answers, because he thinks everyone is wrong: the ship is doing something, and he needs Annie’s help to figure out what that is.Annie is a good choice for tour guide. She already knows everyone in town and when Ed’s theory is proven correct—something is apocalyptically wrong in Sorrow Falls—she’s a pretty good person to have around.As a matter of fact, Annie Collins might be the most important person on the planet. She just doesn’t know it.The Spaceship Next Door is the latest novel from Gene Doucette, best-selling author of The Immortal Trilogy, Fixer, The Immortal Chronicles, and Immortal Stories: Eve....

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  • Kathleen
    2019-05-22 17:28

    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 suspenseful and unpredictable. 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. Good teamwork.Audiobook: Fun light listening. Outstanding narration.

  • Gregory
    2019-05-04 19:30

    Very entertainingI 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 me of a 1930's screwball comedy.

  • Stephen
    2019-05-24 18:23

    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.“Was that Annie Collins you were sitting with?” “That’s what she said her name was. Do you know her?”“I know of her. We’ve never been introduced. You didn’t tell her anything, did you?”“Of course I didn’t.”“No offense intended, son. She has a knack, that one.”“Does she.”“You spent any time in a war zone, Mr. Somerville?...Every occupied village, town, and neighborhood has an Annie Collins. If you want to succeed at whatever it is you’re planning, you want to find that person.”“To… to shoot them?”“No, no, they’re too important. Besides, if you shoot ‘em someone’ll take their place. No, to get them on your side. My point, we know all about Annie Collins. We leave her be, and maybe someday we’ll need her for something. So what did she know?“She knew I was going to see the ship.” “I guess that’s okay.”“I didn’t tell her that.”“Never said you did, son.”As Annie and Edgar investigate it becomes apparent that something is happening in idyllic Sorrow Falls. Something evil. Something that could mean the end not only of Sorrow Falls but the planet itself. And Annie Collins holds the key.I liked this book a lot. Has a terrific small-town-threatened-by-alien-tech-precocoius-kid-to-the-rescue Iron Giant vibe. An endearing cast of characters, especially Annie and Edgar. Fun backstory, though the book drags in the middle as the author spends too much time fleshing out Sorrow Falls. Once the action starts, it’s fast and furious with some clever twists. (view spoiler)[ The ship creating zombies as a means to track down Annie, I initially thought silly, but it grew on me.(hide spoiler)]. The collusion was not at all what I expected, but quite satisfying.The above makes Spaceship sound YA. It kinda is, but it’s really more nostalgia sci-fi. Think The Iron Giant, War of the Worlds (original not Tom Cruise version), ET, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, Back to the Future, Tommorowland or most any Spielberg sci-fi adventure. There’s a bit of all of these in Spaceship. Could also throw in Doctor Who. (view spoiler)[ The reveal that Violet is an alien hiding from her "dad" is classic sci-fi straight out of the movie Explorers (hide spoiler)]. Book references with the same warmth and wonder: The Iron Giant of course, Heinien’s juveniles like Have Space Suit Will Travel, and more recently The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet. 3.5 stars. Recommended.

  • Paul
    2019-05-18 16:21

    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 blended Well, paying nice homage to some tropes and spinning others 180.overall until I reached the halfway point I was convinced I would write a lukewarm review for this one. the second half heated it up a little but this is still not a white hot recommendation. fact is it has enough appealing elements that I can see some loving it, but it's flawed enough I can see other people hating it.myself I would say if 325 degrees was the standard heat in an oven (can you tell I microwave and don't cook) I'd say it was 360 degrees.

  • Suzanne
    2019-05-09 14:37

    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 your science fiction, but don't want sappy paranormal romance, either, check out this light-hearted, surprisingly-plotted, very funny read.I received a free copy from NetGalley, which did not affect the content of my review.

  • Donna Backshall
    2019-04-30 22:24

    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 realized the answer was "lots". Never a good sign.Adding to my frustration was the fact that the audiobook production was bizarre. While listening, I often wondered if anyone actually produced this audiobook, or if some grandpa was dragged in off the street to read it cold and then leave before any edits could take place. First off, why would you choose someone who sounds like an 80-year-old, life-long smoker to narrate a book that follows a precocious 16-year-old girl and occasionally a 30-something man? And if this particular man with a gravelly voice was the best choice, why was he allowed to mispronounce so many common words over and over again? My favorite mispronunciations:appo-calliptic for apocalyptic Loo-boo-tahn for Louboutin (which should be pronounced Loo-boo-tan) non-cor-prell for non-corporealFunniest, of course, was appo-calliptic, the novel's genre. You'd think, of all things, that would be a no-brainer.Three stars, lowered to two because the audiobook was such a disappointment.

  • Laura (Kyahgirl)
    2019-05-12 21:26

    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.

  • Carolyn F.
    2019-05-05 16:36

    AudiobookThis 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 opinion. So, an average book gets an average rating.

  • Ally
    2019-05-03 21:26

    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 what readers usually read (and it most definitely stands out from the hundreds of other alien books). However, the writing style and the language itself is stronger in the beginning and begins to weaken towards the ending. Told from a third person perspective, it offers viewpoints of several people including Annie, Ed, and even the US President. The plot starts off strongly, and I slip into the story so easily. Though the pacing is slow, the bang goes off around the midpoint of the book. And it is really worth it, and I can't help but continue reading and following along with the story. (So much that when my mother came by, she asked me to get up and do some laborious work in the kitchen. I'd been sitting in my seat for hours without stopping.) However, the ending ends anti-climatically. There are no (major) epic battles, nothing worthy of Ender's Game. Still, it's nice to see a sort-of HEA. It's a good conclusion that ties up most loose ends and can be read alone. My only beef with the ending is that it isn't explained well enough, and certain parts of it should be explored. Aliens! Aliens. Come on. It's aliens. (Up the excitement levels!)The book is more of a mystery than an action-packed thriller. Of course, there are some moments of action and creepy, scary questions. Annie Collins isn't given too great of a character arc, but she does have her little character tics that make me smile. In conclusion, The Spaceship Next Door is definitely for those who love aliens, a lack of a romance plot, and a tantalizing mystery. Recommended for fans of The X Files. Rating: Three out of

  • Ellie
    2019-04-30 19:15

    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 earning potential with the media.Local girl Annie cycles past every day, and she knows all of the long term campers in their RV - the 'nuts' who measure, theorize and chat about the potential inhabitants of this UFO. A new visitor comes to visit the ship, and so the plot develops from there. I won't spoil the book by expanding on the plot, merely recommend this book, the writing, the character development and the tone of the book. Excellent.

  • Vfields Don't touch my happy!
    2019-05-11 19:25

    ***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 read The Hunger Games because I had to know what all the hubbub was all about - but TSND kept me completely engrossed giggling and drooling through it book loving every word that flew out of Annie's mouth. Walking home tonight I was bummed I couldn't spend more time with Annie and Violet. I want to know more about Ed and everyone else and that is how I declare a winner in my book.

  • Mikhail
    2019-05-20 21:21

    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, alien things going on, but in what is otherwise present day America), but with some strong horror elements, and a certain amount of comedy. As for nuts-and-bolts... writing is quite good. Clear, clean, and with a distinct note of cynical but good-natured humor in the narration (it reminded me a bit of Ursula Vernon in that way, if not quite as zany). The plot is fast-paced and exciting, with plenty of twists and turns, though it takes a bit to get started, and the ending isn't entirely satisfying. Characters lean on the impressionistic side, which is to say most aren't overly deep, but they're interesting and memorable for their brief forays onscreen. Overall, a fun book.

  • Allixandra
    2019-05-07 19:19

    [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 could have been a super great adult book, but the author chose this in between of childish aspects and intense aspects that didn't work in my opinion.This definitely is not a bad book, but it wasn't for me.

  • Chip
    2019-05-02 15:13

    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 it's a light hearted story having you wonder how it will end.

  • John
    2019-05-08 14:23

    Things I would rather do than read the first half of this book again: 1. Get a root canal2. Pay my taxes3. Catch javelinsWords 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 ever told you that a novel needs to have a plot?"Author: "A what?"Yes, that is how I imagine it went. This book is slower than the sloth on Zootopia, slower than me running a 5k, slower than my kids cleaned their bedrooms.Yes! That painfully slow. I only persevered because, being a Marine I am too stubborn and dumb to quit.When the reader gets to the "good" part of this book (which is so-so anyway, I'd give the second half about 3 stars), the reader is so frustrated that he just wants to get the book done as quickly and as painlessly as possible. Fortunately for me, I was listening to this on audible and did a "forced march" listen through the rest of the book as I drove, worked out, and ran errands.Thankfully, I finished the book just to be able to say I actually did because, hey, Marines finish what they start. I don't understand why this book gets such good reviews because it is not a good book, although two things that were good about it:1. The character of Annie2. Whoever read the book for the audible version.

  • Ron Versetto
    2019-05-07 19:37

    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, manages to write Annie in a fresh, appealing and thoroughly likeable manner. Annie manages to interact with mostly every character in the book and I found nearly all of these occurrences to be enjoyable and entertaining. An interaction she has with a special character towards the end of the book was the most entertaining component of the story for me. She was truly a great character to get to know. She was funny, witty, relatable and well, just likeable. My gripes with the book are primarily centered on the mundane nature of the details. On occasion the author labors on about elements of Sorrow Falls, the town in which the story takes place, which have no bearing on the main story, side story nor add any depth to the characters or the world they inhabit. These extensive details just seem to take place for no apparent reason at all. They actually detract from the story, take one’s attention off of the events at hand and really couldn’t end fast enough from my perspective.Without giving too much away, I did like a similar component of the story to Agent to the Stars. If you have read both books, then the similarity is noticeable and presented in an understandable manner which I enjoy. However, I found the story to get to the hook of the tale a bit too long in the tooth. By the time we get to the events at hand in Sorrow Falls, it’s very near the end and the “reveal” felt a bit rushed to me. This is especially noticeable during a key discussion between two main characters towards the end. This is what really took the wind out of my sails for the story as a whole. I waited this entire time to find out what was happening to this small town only to have the events described in an abbreviated and lackluster conversation.The last 2 chapters of the book were far the most interesting and enjoyable and almost salvaged the previous 2 which is what I had the most issues with. The story wasn’t awful by any means, but it wasn’t great either. I don’t regret spending the time with the book, but I can’t say I’d recommend it either.

  • Vroom
    2019-04-30 17:16

    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 bike, _The Spaceship Next Door_ entertained and amused. Sometimes you don't have to be a super genius or have magic powers to be a hero. You just have to be someone who cares, who is a bit pushy, and possibly a bit nosier than what's good for her.The book is suitable for youngsters, up, although I think it would hit its sweet spot starting from late middle school into high school. There are real world discussions about death and dying but it's all done in a tasteful way, so younger eyes may miss the clues left there for more adult readers.My favorite excerpt, which has to be spoilered: (view spoiler)[“She was feeling a little light-headed, a lot exhausted, and a tiny bit hungry. She also had to fight the urge to start crying, which really pissed her off. As much as she was aware that this was her body’s normal post-stress reaction, and as much as nobody was going to hold it against the sixteen-year old zombie catnip for freaking out a little, she didn’t want to be that kind of sixteen-year old. She wanted to be the kind that people thought was older than sixteen, who everyone knew, who was never out of her element. Annie spent a pretty long time cultivating the girl who was always going to be okay, and she didn’t want a little thing like the world ending to screw with that image.” (hide spoiler)]I want to tie this book up in a bow and present it to PigletEllen.

  • Nicole
    2019-05-14 14:26

    My initial thought about this book was that the pacing was slow in the beginning. However, by about 1/3 of the way in, I appreciated the pacing, and by half-way the pacing had gradually picked up while still maintaining the "deliberate" feel it had at the beginning. Something about the pace completely matched the story for me.There are some spoilery things that may come up in reviews of this book. Here is the one you're most likely to run into (or to have issues with): (view spoiler)[About half-way through the book, you could be forgiven for thinking this is a book about a zombie invasion. You would be wrong. If you are against zombies, do not let this put you off the book. It's really worth the read. (If you do like zombies, this is close enough to zombies that you may continue to think this is about a zombie invasion. (hide spoiler)]I really enjoyed this book a lot. The 16-year-old main character did often seem older than her years, but given the situation (it's explained early on that she's been taking care of her mom for a few years) and the fact that adults continually acknowledge the fact that she seems old for her age, it doesn't make anything unbelievable. If you can believe the spaceship in the yard, you can believe Annie Collins.

  • Mike Pluta
    2019-04-26 22:33

    It wasn't till about 1/3 of the way through this story that it got it's hooks into me. Once hooked, though, I was all in. Not hard scifi, but not terribly implausible either.

  • Donnielle Tyner
    2019-05-08 17:10

    This book a mixture of everything I love to read.Aliens. Teenagers. Conspiracies. Mind-screwing craziness. Plus, a rather surprising twist I wasn’t expecting, but I love, love, loved it. The only thing not in the book was a romantic plot (I love me some romance), but this story really didn’t need it.The Spaceship Next Door is a science fiction novel about a spaceship landing in a small US town. That’s it. It just lands. No communications. No death by laser ray guns. No big alien invasion. It sits in the middle of a field and does nothing…. Or does it?The story centers on Annie, a sixteen-year-old girl who is by far one of my favorite fiction characters. Not only does she actually act like a sixteen-year-old, she is completely unlike most Young Adult heroines. She doesn’t have boys chasing her, she isn’t awkward, or full of angst. She is intelligent, feisty, strong-willed, with a humor that really showcases her wit and maturity.“They called it anti-rape class because that was what it was. Annoyingly, while the girls were in that course, nobody was teaching the boys’ course called don’t be a rapist.” - The Spaceship Next Door, Gene DoucetteAnnie is who I wanted to be when I was a sixteen-year-old. I reiterate - I LOVE HER! However, she wasn’t the only well-developed character. There were so many - from the solider Sam to her employer/ government agent Ed to her socially awkward best friend Violet. Every character gets a chance to have a bit of their story woven throughout the plot. For example:“Rick was the first local kid roughly Annie’s age that had a self-evident drinking problem. It didn’t seem possible for someone so young to exhibit alcoholic tendencies, but by most accounts, Rick had his first beer when he was twelve and hadn’t stopped drinking since.” - The Spaceship Next Door, Gene DoucetteBy the time the action picked up (which began around the 23% mark, but really didn’t pick up till after 50%), I felt connected to each character. For me, I can forgive most anything in a book if the characters are amazing.This is where I’m going to start with the one thing I just didn’t like: the authors writing style and language. It was awkward to me at times and very wordy to where I began to wonder what I was reading and felt my eyes glaze over. Mind you, this was before the aforementioned 50% mark. Everything after was well-paced and solid. Mr. Doucette is a wordsmith and it was that which charmed me with beautiful descriptions and a sly humor that kept me chuckling.“The plaza was kind of typical for the region, which was to say it was a pavement-heavy consumer oasis that made everyone a little sad about capitalism” - The Spaceship Next Door, Gene DoucetteI have mixed feelings about the ending. A part of me felt like it was too fast and a little anti-climactic with all the CRAZY happening, but I also feel very satisfied by how everything turned out. Especially since he tied up almost every loose end. Almost, I mean there were ALIENS on Earth. There should have been a little more excitement.Over all, The Spaceship Next Door is a fun read. If you like witty, well developed characters with a solid plot filled with sarcasm and stunning depictions of scenery and history – then this is the story for you.A solid 4 spaceships. *wink* See what I did there? Net Galley provided a copy of The Spaceship Next Door in exchange for an honest review.

  • Grigory Lukin
    2019-05-26 16:22

    Writing funny science fiction is not easy. The seminal classic, Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, more or less set the standard for the funny sci-fi subgenre when it was created all those decades ago. Ever since then, it's been held as the standard against which other funny sci-fi novels would be judged.There are pleasant exceptions, such as John Scalzi's novels. (Unfortunately, his more recent work has gotten too snarky, to the point where every character sounds exactly the same.) Another happy exception is a brand new novel by Gene Doucette - "The Spaceship Next Door."The premise itself is interesting enough: a spaceship lands in the town of Sorrow Falls, Massachusetts, and proceeds to do absolutely nothing for three years. There are no dramatic "first contact" scenes, no enigmatic aliens, no interplanetary romance - just your typical alien spaceship, hanging out in the middle of a field, minding its own business and keeping people from getting too close with its alien forcefield.Eventually, the government sends a bright (though not very experienced) young man to investigate his pet hypothesis. He meets a quirky, precocious 16-year-old girl who knows everyone and everything in her town, and together they join forces to figure out what's what and save the world while they're at it. Along the way, they bump into enigmatic locals, bored soldiers (who spent the last three years waiting for an alien invasion that never came) and a wacky assortment of UFO groupies that created a trailer park community next to the flying saucer.The book is intelligent, well written and has quite a few laugh-out-loud moments. The characters are beautifully developed and not just used as cardboard cutouts whose only purpose is to move the plot along. (I'm looking at you, Mr.Asimov.)That said, "The Spaceship Next Door" falls a bit short of perfection in its action scenes. Some of them are explained in overly elaborate details: a certain scene involving a car and a ravine is stretched out over an entire page, even though the action is only 10 seconds long, if that. The pacing is somewhat uneven throughout the book. The first half of the book is slow - almost too slow. The second half is much more fast-paced, and the two don't mix too well. (Think "Hot Fuzz" with Simon Pegg.) The end result is pretty, but I daresay it could have used a bit more editing around the edges.Overall, "The Spaceship Next Door" is a decent sci-fi book that works equally well as a detective mystery (some of the plot twists were excellent), a comedy, a sci-fi novel and even a young adult book. It's not perfect, but it's a great experiment and a brilliant reversal of the all-too-typical "first contact" trope that's all too common in science fiction.Final score: four out of five starsFull disclosure: I’ve received a free ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

  • Sue
    2019-05-07 19:07

    This book was unexpected in many ways. A spaceship lands in a little town... And nothing happens for three years. That, in itself, was such a novelty that I found myself wanting to know what else this author had in mind for the little town of Sorrow Falls. The heroine is a sixteen year old girl, but I wouldn't call this a young adult novel. There is an attractive man who needs her help & in no way is he set up to be her love interest. How refreshing! Then there is a group of weirdo misfits who become the only sane people in the valley. And then the spaceship wakes up and things really go to h- - -!I can't say too much about the plot without giving away some really surprising and delightful spoilers but believe me, it's quite a roller coaster ride. It doesn't happen too often that I find a book that I can't put down but this one kept me up reading to the wee hours two nights in a row. Thanks!Now I've just got to figure out my budget for this month's book purchases to see how many other books I can buy from this author. Good work!

  • Kelsey Rodkey
    2019-05-14 15:15

    *I received this ARC through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review*5/5 stars, surprised by this refreshing readThe Spaceship Next Door by Gene Doucette is a story like I've never read before. It was refreshing, funny, and intense. It gave me goosebumps multiple times and, despite predicting a few plot twists right before they were about to happen, I was still surprised and delighted. Likes:I loved the characters. They were well-developed and interesting. Each character could hold their own in a scene by themselves as well as in a group setting. This book offers great rag-tag bunch scenarios, which is something I cherish in the books I read. The overall voice was also a strong point for me. The book utilized various perspectives, each one unique and honest, that added to the fresh feel of the story. It was humorous and relatable all while engaging me and furthering the plot.Dislikes:No dislikes. This book honestly surprised me so much.For the rest of my spoiler-free review, see:

  • Koeur
    2019-05-14 17:16 Gene DoucettePublishing Date: December 2015ISBN: 9781519189394Genre: SciFiRating: 4.6/5Publishers Description: When a spaceship landed in an open field in the quiet mill town of Sorrow Falls, Massachusetts, everyone realized humankind was not alone in the universe. With that realization, everyone freaked out for a little while. Review: This was a really entertaining ride down the SciFI trail with alien controlled zombies, a government risk analyst and a 16 year old girl. Throw in two militant lesbians, a guy that poops in the woods and a girl that no one seems to remember and you get a great recipe for entertainment.Annie is a great character and develops nicely with the story line while rendering a somewhat glib, funny and sarcastic commentary on the people (past and present) of Sorrow Falls. This was hard to put down but a man has gotta sleep.

  • Susan Charme
    2019-05-23 17:19

    I absolutely loved this book! I had been dealing with a bit of a dry spell recently and couldn't seem to find a book that was holding my attention past the first few chapters. When I came upon this book at Amazon, I really had my doubts about getting through it, especially since it seemed geared towards the YA crowd. Well, I have to say I was very pleasantly surprised when I started to read. Beyond the fact that it deals with a sixteen year old girl and a spaceship, this is just a wonderfully well-written story. So many times while reading, I would think about how intelligent and truly clever the writing was. I also loved the the humor...snark at its finest. For me this was the perfect book at just the right time and I savored it to the final page.

  • Mark Gardner
    2019-05-01 20:12

    I requested The Spaceship Next Door when I saw it on NetGalley because I like sci-fi, and it had high ratings and reviews on Goodreads. As many have suggested, TSND works well for the YA audience. No romance anywhere to be seen, so it’s safe for probably any teenager. The story was easy to read, and the writing had a conversational feel to it.I liked the protagonist, Annie Collins, and the ending made me smile, as I read what I suspected my young daughter would do in the same situation. I highly recommend TSND for younger readers or anyone who wants a light sci-fi.

  • Amanda
    2019-05-07 14:12

    This was a great read. Creative, different and yet all very familiar. Doucette pulled all the great/hoky trappings of a 50's horror movie together and made it work! Annie is a likable protagonist that knows everyone and is known by everyone. The perfect vehicle to introduce the range of characters who people Sorrow Falls, home of the spaceship that doesn't do anything. Or, at least, that's what they think...Highly recommend if you are looking for something different and interesting to read!

  • Hen
    2019-05-06 18:35

    Got this free from Amazon and wasn't expecting much. Started in a promisingly humorous way and I enjoyed the viewpoint of a 16 year old girl. But when the zombies showed up and the actual nature of the aliens was described (but not explained in any satisfactory way) I only finished reading it to see how it ended. I think I'm being offered these young adult books because I commented favorably once.

  • Shirley
    2019-05-26 22:27

    Thanks NetGalley for this book. It will keep you guessing and eagerly reading each page in the hope of drawing closer to solving the mystery of the spaceship next door. This was a great premise and the story did not disappoint. I only give this a 3 as its is not in my style of writing but regardless I kept reading and I am going to warn you, once you're in, you're deep in, til the end - you can't go back, because you just have to know the answers to all your questions!

  • Okbranigan
    2019-05-08 18:15

    Very enjoyable book with satisfactorily involved plot. I was surprised at the ending and that does not happen often. Finished with a smile yet you could not call this young adult "feel good" story. The story morphed into a genre I normally cannot stand but in this case, thoroughly enjoyed. Those who think a story requires tons of sex and profanity will find it missing. I recommend this one for all ages and will likely try other stories by this author.