Knopf. (The Overthrow: Bk. 3). May 2021. 416p. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9781984894809. POP.
Gr 5-7–This conclusion to the dynamic “Overthrow” trilogy picks up where Bloom left off, with teen Anaya making contact with alien forces that threaten to destroy Earth. Anaya believes the foreign voice she keeps hearing in her head belongs to a small faction of rebel soldiers. She doubts her judgment when a flyer cryptogen emerges from the alien spaceship the faction allowed to land. Eventually forming a tentative bond with cryptogen runner Terra, Anaya convinces her fellow hybrid friends to join forces in fighting the takeover of Earth. Introduced in the first installment of the series, Seth is a hybrid human and flyer; Petra is part human and a swimmer; and Anaya is a blend of human and runner. The teens continue to come to terms with their unique alien DNA, and their struggles to reconcile with their hybrid nature give realistic voice to this engaging narrative. Relationships ring true especially with Seth, who has spent much of his life feeling rejected as an orphan and thus gravitates to a new friend whom the girls do not trust. As in the other two books, action is well paced. There are equal amounts of hardships and successes, and the overarching battle reaches epic proportions. Characters predominantly present as white or alien.
VERDICT A satisfying, edge-of-your-seat conclusion to Oppel’s trilogy that pits three hybrid human/alien teens against forces determined to destroy Earth. This is not a stand-alone but is well worth the investment of purchasing the full series.

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