“ Genre: Junior Books / Author: Melinda Metz / Paperback / 176 Pages / Book is published 2000-07-03 by Simon & Schuster Children's „
I haven't written a review on these Roswell High novels for quite some time, I don't really know why it has been so long, but it could be because they are "pocket books" and I tend not to have a lot to say about them, therefore not putting enough thought and interest into my review. Anyway here goes.
This book is the fifth book in a series called "Roswell High". The complete series is written by Melinda Metz, who has wrote a number of books and has contributed to many series, from Buffy the Vampire Slayer, to Animorphs (as a Ghost Writer). I have only ever read this series from her, and although I have many of her books in my collection, I have yet to come around to reading them.
Roswell High Series of Books:
1) The Outsider
2) The Wild One
3) The Seeker
4) The Watcher
5) The Intruder (this book)
There are more books that follow on from this series, but there are some novels that have been based on the TV series, which was based on these books, I will get back around to this soon, and I hope I don't confuse you when I do.
As I have already explained Melinda Metz has written quite a few books although I have only ever read this series of books from her. I am really interested in what her other books will be like, since this series is really gripping. I think she has a unique writing style that many others have failed to pull off; she manages to capture the essence of each character and jump from one person to the next in her well, thought-out storyline. I love how one minute you could be one person, and then the next minute you'll be someone else.
Before I talk about the plot line, I'd like to introduce to you who's who and what has been happening, since it wouldn't make sense otherwise. There is Max, Isabel and Michael. They have kept a secret from the rest of humanity for over a decade. But when Liz Ortecho gets shot accidentally, Max risks everything in an attempt to save her; this all appears at the start of Book 1.
Max, Isabel and Michael are the survivors of the 1947 UFO crash known as the Roswell UFO incident. They are from the planet Antar. Upon emerging from stasis pods, they appeared to be 7-year-old orphaned humans. Max and Isabel are adopted by a loving pair of attorneys, the Evanses. Michael, who was not so lucky, entered the foster care system, bouncing from household to household with lots of families rejecting him. They each have superpowers that become really strong when they all combine with one another.
The aliens decide to tell Liz and her 2 best friends: Maria and Alex, about their secret powers, and they all learn to trust one another. But now suspicions are rising from Sheriff Valenti and his son (Liz's ex-boyfriend) Kyle. So the six of them attempt to push the suspicions aside, but is it really that simple?
The Intruder follows on from the 4th book "The Watcher". Michael is trapped in a secret compound. He's not afraid, but he is more concerned for his friends Max, Maria, Liz, Alex and Isabel. He needs to get out before he betrays the Roswell residents whom Sheriff Valenti is dying to capture. And once the Sheriff has the information he wants, he won't be needing Michael anymore. However there are more problems... Isabel used to think of Michael as her brother, but now he has been captured, she seems to be only ever thinking about him, they share the same dreams and thoughts and emotions while they are away from one another, could this mean there's a special bond between them? Are they meant to be together? Time is running out for Isabel to know for sure...
This book introduces two new characters, and after seeing another alien in the past few books, and then he not being in the next book kind of makes me want to know more about the other people in Roswell. Michael finds two new characters in the secret compound, who are Adam, who is an alien, he was released from the fifth pod in the UFO, he was raised in captivity of the Clean Slate compound, and calls Sheriff Valenti "Daddy". This is a really interesting new character and could possibly split our nice little group in to two different directions. The other character is Cameron Whinger, she is runaway redhead hired by Valenti to obtain information from Michael. However this doesn't work well as they become romantically linked. She is a very strong character, but only appears in 2 books from the series (other book being book No.6 "The Stowaway").
I totally enjoyed this book, well, okay, I've totally enjoyed the whole series so far, and I'm only half way through all the books. I like to take my time in reading book series, as sometimes, you may end up reading too much of that one series and it can sometimes get boring, and your reading pace slows. I don't think that would ever happen to this series of books, but I prefer to be safe than sorry when it comes to series, and that sometimes explains why my reviews of book series are pretty far apart from one another.
Again this is another book that is published by "Pocket Books". Other series I am reading from "Pocket Books" are "Charmed", "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" and "Sabrina, the Teenage Witch". Pocket books are quickly becoming a big part of my life, and I enjoy how quick, light and easy they are to read. It usually takes me between a day and 3 days to read one of their books, depending on how much time within those days one might have. I definitely am becoming obsessed with Pocket Books, and will probably end up adding many of their publications to my wish list, as I don't see how any of the books they've published will be unsatisfying.
This series is definitely one I'll be reading over and over again, just so that the stories keep fresh in my mind. They are definitely a series of books that I'd really like to send here there and everywhere as I feel not enough people know how great this series is. It is very difficult to describe how much you enjoyed a particular book without giving spoilers away. But I have to admit, that there are many people who have read these books, and have loved them as much as I have, so if you think it's your sort of thing then go for it, and I swear you won't be disappointed.
A TV Series was released back in 1999 entitled "Roswell". At the time Melinda Metz had only released the first three books in this series, and may have managed to release the next couple of books, she and her editor "Laura J. Burns", both became "staff writers" for the TV series. The last book was written in 2000, so this may suggest that the TV Series was lightly based on the books. Although I have not seen the TV series, I have got the DVD box sets. And I still haven't watched them. So I don't think I can comment much on the TV Series, but it was definitely based on this series of books.
These books then went on to be re-published, with actors from the show appearing on the covers (which are the books I have). The TV series also spawned spin-off book series, these books focus on events that are largely unexplained in the TV series. 11 more books were created. 3 of them were published by Pocket books, who ceased publication when the TV series ended. The 8 other books were published by "Simon Spotlight Entertainment". The first four novels were published as a bridge between season 2 and season 3, whereas the other 4 novels are set after the events of the TV series. They have all stopped publication, which kind of explains why some of these books that are on Amazon tend to be a hell of a lot of money from the "New & Used", one of which is over £100, just for a pocket-sized book. I have never read any of these 11 books, but I am interested in them to see if they are worth however much people are selling them for.
*Note*, for anyone who's wondering if they recognise the girl on the cover, it is Katherine Heigl; she played Isabel in this TV series (which I have just only found out). Anyone who's wondering who she is, she has had big success recently in Grey's Anatomy, 27 Dresses, Knocked Up, The Killers and The Ugly Truth. And probably lots of other films and TV series.
Overall I totally enjoyed this book and I would definitely recommend this book to ANYONE. I don't see how anyone could dislike this series, except for the fact that each book is around 150 pages each, but apart from that I don't think there is anything wrong with this series. If you're looking for a new supernatural book series, this is definitely for you. If you are obsessed with Aliens, then this book is for you. If you like the fast paced secrets that always keep you reading more and more, this book is for you. If you've ever been to Roswell, then this book is definitely for you, as you would totally be able to imagine what the characters are going through and be able to imagine the scenes where it is set. If anyone's heard about the UFO landing in Roswell (which would probably be 90% of the people reading this review), this book is definitely for you. Take a chance and believe me when I say that you should go out, or go online, and buy a few books from this series, as I know for a fact that you'll probably enjoy it as much as I did.
Thank you all for reading, and I hope I have interested at least a handful of you into adding the first book from this series to your wish lists.