Landscape with invisible hand

149 pages

English language

Published Jan. 5, 2017 by Candlewick Press.

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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.

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This spare, short novel is a good companion to the author's FEED, which I felt was one of the most disturbing books I've ever read. This is disturbing, too, while also having the kind of dark, bleak humor as the earlier book. returnreturnThe landscape is the one Adam lives in and the one he paints, a suburban America that has become polluted and desperately poor while the rich live in floating villas high above. The invisible hand is Adam Smith's - only in this near future, the giant corporations that promise great technological advances provided they're given a free hand to make the most of the economy are from outer space. returnreturnThe vuvv don't look like our imagined aliens, more like boxy coffee tables, but they have a flair for commerce, which unfortunately leads to economic inequality, environmental catastrophe, a loss of employment except for precarious gigs and self-marketing through …


  • Science fiction
  • Technological innovations
  • Human-alien encounters
  • Fiction
  • Teenagers
  • Moneymaking projects