Dark Energy by Robison Wells
Five days ago, a massive UFO crashed in the Midwest. Since then, nothing—or no one—has come out.
If it were up to Alice, she’d be watching the fallout on the news. But her dad is director of special projects at NASA, so she’s been forced to enroll in a boarding school not far from the crash site. Alice is right in the middle of the action, but even she isn’t sure what to expect when the aliens finally emerge. Only one thing is clear: everything has changed.
Alice thinks she’ll feel out of place at her new school of geniuses and ultra rich. But she meets sociable students who become fast friends right away. The Big Reveal of the aliens who crash landed on Earth is quite a surprise. And eventually, the feel of the story reminded me a bit of the Roswell series. However, there is a darker mystery here.
Dark Energy is an engaging standalone science fiction novel for teens. There is a bit of romance, though there wasn’t any chemistry between the Alice and her beau. I don’t think there was any mention of her even being attracted to him, so it felt a bit awkward. I still enjoyed the characters, especially Alice and her roommates. The mystery and pacing made this an exciting and fun read. And the climactic finale didn’t disappoint.