Sometimes a book needs rebranding with a new angle. In this case, the name ‘God’s Gift’ was problematic in that it suggested a religious book – which it isn’t. The only mention of God in the story is a young girl thinking that an alien is a gift from God. So we hope we’ve set that perception to rest with a new name The Alien Who Woke Earth: A First Contact Drama and a stunning new cover.
The world isn’t fair and no one seems to care.
When a big silver being with lethal powers falls from the sky, Devon enlists it in her quest to change the world into a better place. They set off to visit the president, and, along the way, collect an army of followers excited by the alien’s power. But the president knows they’re coming and uses all his powers to try to stop them. Will they overcome the rising tide of obstacles and get to Washington? And if they do, will anyone listen?
Devon learns that with power comes responsibility and discovers that it’s not easy to discern which people are good and which ones deserve the alien’s wrath.
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What Readers are saying about The Alien Who Woke Earth
‘A child’s unremarkable act of rebellion launches an extraordinary series of events in Remi DeWitt’s novella The Alien Who Woke Earth, a story that incorporates elements of science fiction, horror and political commentary in a brisk package.
‘Devon is unhappy with the present she’s received from her parents for her seventh birthday, so she flees her own party to wander along a lakeside and reflect on the world’s unfairness. Her walk brings her face-to-face with a monster, a creature with a “big silver egg of a head having no eyes or mouth, or nose, or anything at all really” that emerges from the middle of the lake.
‘Instead of running away in terror, Devon sees the creature as a gift from God, the kind of proper birthday gift her parents couldn’t give her. She calls the creature Auntie, and it quickly becomes a close—and lethal—friend.
‘Auntie, it turns out, has the power to make people disappear, an ability first revealed after it shoots red fireballs from its hands and does away with Devon’s parents. Devon isn’t disturbed; she begins an odyssey with Auntie that quickly builds up a high casualty count as the pair eventually travel to Washington, D.C. to confront the powers-that-be.
‘The author filters the extraordinary violence of Devon’s companion through Devon’s intriguing seven-year-old perspective, turning it into a divine kind of retribution she has to harness. Adding further interest, DeWitt details arguments between different factions who view Auntie’s powers in varying ways. For example, a college protester, CIA agent and reporter heatedly debate the meaning of power and the ethics of violence in pursuit of equality, prompted by the presence of Auntie and her powers.
‘Thanks to DeWitt’s skill for capturing the perspective of her protagonist, the journey is consummately entertaining. As Devon and Auntie reach the highest halls of American power, the story reads like a horror allegory, delivering plenty of deliciously unsettling moments and eerie sequences along the way.’
-Blue Ink Reviews
About the Author Remi DeWitt
Remi DeWitt was born in Southampton in 1954. Adopted into an agriculture family, Remi left the farm to work in both the brewing industry and civil engineering, completing a degree in physics along the way. Never married, Remi has returned to the countryside and now takes long walks amongst trees and fields, accompanied by the singing of birds.