When alien boy Kalo first arrived on Earth with the rest of his people, he never imagined a future with anything other than the Universal Mission. The Mission had carried them through the universe for millennia, finding and studying intelligent species, always with the end purpose of enslaving them. But lately, something unfamiliar has taken root inside Kalo—the desire to break free of the Mission and his leader, Tal-Reku. And he’s not the only one. He and the other alien rebels must learn how to be revolutionaries within a society that’s never strayed from their practices, and under an all-knowing leader who will stop at nothing to complete the Mission on Earth.
Meanwhile, Earthborn boy Gordon conducts his trades in and out of Haven so he can pay for extra medicine and food for his sick mother. He may be only 12 years old, but he knows Haven’s underground better than most grown-ups. When he gets an unusual opportunity to help a young couple start a new life outside of Haven, he learns of an underground resistance—citizens who want the seemingly-benevolent aliens gone. Intrigued, he can’t resist the pull of the organized rebellion and the dark-haired girl who’s already part of their ranks.
Arrival Day is a novella (approximately 100 pages).
Arrival Day is a prequel to Helia’s Shadow. This is the story of Kalo’s first questioning of the Talan Universal Mission, the Arrival Day when he pulls 6-year-old Helia back from the edge of the stage, Gordon’s early years trading with the Outlanders, his introduction to the secret Haven anti-alien group that would become Minnow’s militia, and Zira’s early plot to escape the cityship and end the Mission and Reku’s reign. Arrival Day captures the pivotal moments when these Talans and Earthborns became the leaders of a revolution. A must-read for Helia’s Shadow fans!
The Starlight Age Series - recommended reading order:
Helia's Shadow Part One
Helia's Shadow Part Two
Arrival Day (prequel to Helia's Shadow)
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Reviews for Helia's Shadow
"[A]n amazing story filled with adventure and intrigue.... so full of action and emotions that you cannot help but be captivated. I highly recommend Helia's Shadow Part One to anyone who liked Divergent or The Hunger Games. Helia reminds me of strong heroines like Tris (Divergent) and Katniss (The Hunger Games), but she is her own amazing character." –Ivey Byrd (The Hopeless Reader review blog)
"Anyone who liked The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey, Enclave by Ann Aguirre, or Legend by Marie Lu will want to read Helia's Shadow." –Julie B.
"Helia's Shadow is a breath of fresh air that we all need.... recently every science fiction book I have read has been similar, with the same story lines and plot twists. Helia's Shadow however was different.... kept me up till dawn, on the edge of my seat and craving more of this incredible story." –Kat Silver (Kat Silver review blog)
"It captured my attention from the first chapter and within a few hours I was already halfway through it. It almost pained me to set the book down, that's how good it is." –Ashley (Hyper Ashley review blog)
Keywords: teen & young adult, science fiction, dystopian, alien, aliens, extraterrestrial, invasions, alien invasion, science fiction mystery, action, adventure, strong heroines, The 5th Wave, Divergent, The Hunger Games, Legend, Enclave, Ender's Game, Orson Scott Card