Publisher: Walker Books.
Published: September 12th 2017.
Page Count: 160 Pages.
Genre: YA, Science Fiction.
National Book Award winner M. T. Anderson returns to future Earth in a sharply wrought satire of art and truth in the midst of colonization.
When the vuvv first landed, it came as a surprise to aspiring artist Adam and the rest of planet Earth – but not necessarily an unwelcome one. Can it really be called an invasion when the vuvv generously offered free advanced technology and cures for every illness imaginable? As it turns out, yes. With his parents’ jobs replaced by alien tech and no money for food, clean water, or the vuvv’s miraculous medicine, Adam and his girlfriend, Chloe, have to get creative to survive. And since the vuvv crave anything they deem “classic” Earth culture (doo-wop music, still-life paintings of fruit, true love), recording 1950s-style dates for the vuvv to watch in a pay-per-minute format seems like a brilliant idea. But it’s hard for Adam and Chloe to sell true love when they hate each other more with every passing episode. Soon enough, Adam must decide how far he’s willing to go – and what he’s willing to sacrifice – to give the vuvv what they want.
Thank you so much Walker Books Australia for sending us a copy of this novel to review!
“We are tiny figures, faceless, pointing at wonders, provided for scale, no lives of our own, surveying the landscape that has engulfed us all”.
After hearing so many great things about the author M.T. Anderson, we were just so excited to be asked to review ‘Landscape with Invisible Hand’. This is the first novel we’ve read by the author and we are just honestly glad to say that we were pleasantly surprised.
This novel has so many important and inspirational key messages. One of our favourites was that a line was clearly drawn to try and outline the differences between different types of art and how you can find art in general to be inspirational.
This message is portrayed throughout the novel through the main character, Adam’s life. Adam was torn between following his dream and entering his artworks in a Vuvv art competition. In particular, Adam was confused and torn between entering artwork that he knew the judges would love or entering his pieces that he knows is true to himself.
This novel takes place when Aliens invaded or rather colonized Earth. With new technology and other advancements, the Vuvv also known as ‘aliens’ are allowing for fewer jobs and higher pricing within the economy, creating Earth to be a really hard planet to live on. Following this plot line, the main character Adam struggles to support his family financially whilst being true to himself. He constantly struggles with an embarrassing disease and art is the only thing that gets him through each day.
M.T. Anderson wrote this novel to be a new viewpoint that is unflinching and honest to outline the truth to being yourself and fighting for everything you possibly believe in. Overall, we did enjoy this novel as we loved the novel’s messages which were quite inspirational.
Book Rating: 4/5 Stars.