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The lesson : a novel

by Turnbull, Cadwell, 1987-

Format: Print Book 2019
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An alien ship rests over Water Island. For five years the people of the US Virgin Islands have lived with the Ynaa, a race of superadvanced aliens on a research mission they will not fully disclose. They are benevolent in many ways but meet any act of aggression with disproportional wrath. This has led to a strained relationship between the Ynaa and the local Virgin Islanders and a peace that cannot last.

A year after the death of a young boy at the hands of an Ynaa, three families find themselves at the center of the inevitable conflict, witnesses and victims to events that will touch everyone and teach a terrible lesson.

Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "The Lesson begins with the ominous line, Fifteen days before, referring to an alien occupation of the U.S. Virgin Islands, specifically Water Island. As soon as the occupation begins, the story jumps ahead five years, and the humans have all been coping with how the Ynaa alien race has complicated the social and political climate of their new home. It's becoming more and more obvious that the already tense cohabitation is reaching a boiling point. The Ynaa have been providing Earth with new technology in exchange for their occupation, but their strength and violent nature suggests that the occupation isn't exactly benevolent. The Ynaa use an ambassador to bridge the gap between the two races, but after an Ynaa murders a human teen, the tension becomes too much to bear. Turnbull artfully incorporates the history of slavery and colonialism on the U.S. Virgin Islands into the story, imagining that history's legacy on a future in which it's hard to differentiate between the cruel nature of man and alien. The Lesson is an impressive first book that takes a classic science fiction archetype and makes it feel new.--Rachel Colias Copyright 2019 Booklist"
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Publisher's Weekly Review: "Several residents of St. Thomas weather the storms of life before and after the occupation of the alien species Ynaa in Turnbull's rich debut novel about family, love, and loyalty in turbulent times. The story centers on Mera, Ynaa ambassador to the human residents of the Virgin Islands, who has hidden among humans for centuries, and Derrick Reed, her human assistant, who persists despite accusations of betraying his kind. Neither is a perfect fit for the worlds they come from, and the closer they grow to each other, the more adversity they face. When a Ynaa kills a young man and his grieving brother responds by assassinating one of the aliens, a terrible cycle of violent retribution begins, and Mera and Derrick must choose sides. Turnbull uses a beautifully drawn cast of black characters to convey the complexity of ordinary hardship in extraordinary times. This is an ideal story for fans of Emily St. John Mandel's Station Eleven and other literary science fiction novels. Agent: Martha Millard, Sterling Lord Literistic. (June) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved."
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Additional Information
Subjects Human-alien encounters -- Fiction.
United States Virgin Islands -- Fiction.
Science fiction.
Publisher Ashland, OR :2019
Edition First edition.
Language English
Description 286 pages ; 22 cm
ISBN 9781538584644
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