by Nnedi Okorafor
Itâ€™s up to a famous rapper, a biologist, and a rogue soldier to handle humanityâ€™s first contact with an alien ambassadorâ€”and prevent mass extinctionâ€”in this novel that blends magical realism with high-stakes action.
After word gets out on the Internet that aliens have landed in the waters outside of the worldâ€™s fifth most populous city, chaos ensues. Soon the military, religious leaders, thieves, and crackpots are trying to control the message on YouTube and on the streets. Meanwhile, the earthâ€™s political superpowers are considering a preemptive nuclear launch to eradicate the intruders. All that stands between 17 million anarchic residents and death is an alien ambassador, a biologist, a rapper, a soldier, and a myth that may be the size of a giant spider, or a god revealed.