Friday, July 1, 2011


Title: POD

Author: Stephen Wallenfels

Publisher: Allen & Unwin

RRP: $19.99

ISBN: 9781742375663

Release Date: June 2011

Pages: 272


A cross between The Day of the Triffids and Tomorrow When the War Began, POD is a brilliant page turner - an action thriller, featuring two memorable characters dealing in very different ways with the disaster of an alien invasion.


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. Now I sit in the car, staring out the window like a rat in a cage.

When the cataclysm strikes, twelve-year-old Megs is trapped in a hotel carpark in LA. Across the country, sixteen-year-old Josh is stuck in his home with his increasingly obsessive-compulsive father. Food and water and time are running out. Will Megs survive long enough to find her mother? Will Josh and his father survive each other?

Stephen Wallenfels is a freelance writer living in Washington state. POD is his first novel and he is currently working on POD 2.


The story splits between twelve-year-old Megs "Pirate" in Los Angeles and fifteen-year-old Josh in Washington. We follow the lives of the two as they cope with the sudden invasion of 'Pods' that take over their country. The morning of their arrival, anyone unlucky enough to be outside on the street disappears. Josh was inside his house with his father and dog, Dutch. Megs was in a parked car in a hotel parking garage.

The tension rose with every chapter, reaching new, unbearable heights. There were few chances to catch your breath with this book; savouring them when they did appear. Humanity is tested during the invasion, bringing people to their absolute worst and their absolute best.

I really enjoyed this story. We follow the story of 2 kids in different parts of the country and how they try to survive without being able to go outside. POD is easy to get involved in the story. I love a story that you can fit into. I also like reading about these characters and what is going on in their lives.

I highly recommend this book and can't wait for the sequel to come out to find out more.

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