Nine Last Days on Planet Earth by Daryl Gregory

Nine Last Days on Planet Earth by Daryl Gregory
Publisher: Tor Books
Genre: Sci-Fi/Fantasy, Historical, Contemporary
Length: Short Story (42 pages)
Rating: 4.5 Stars
Reviewed by Astilbe

When the seeds rained down from deep space, it may have been the first stage of an alien invasion–or something else entirely. How much time do we have left, and do we even understand what timescale to use? As a slow apocalypse blooms across the Earth, planets and plants, animals and microbes, all live and die and evolve at different scales. Is one human life long enough to unravel the mystery?

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What if the alien invaders humans have long worried about turned out to be plants instead of anything humanoid like us?

I adored the premise of this story from the very first second I read it. Even though I’m an avid reader of science fiction, it’s been a very long time since I read anything about alien species that come to Earth being plants. This isn’t a concept that seems to given a lot of attention in this genre, so I was thrilled to find out how the author would approach it. What made it even better was that the plot itself was somehow more interesting than the blurb! The more I read, I more I wanted to know.

There were a couple of short sections that talked about how the alien plants might have been affecting human’s bodies in certain cases. This was a minor criticism of something I really loved, but I sure would have liked to know more about how this worked and why not everyone seemed to be susceptible to it. The plants were growing so quickly in general that I didn’t quite understand how these parts of the plot fit into their evolution as a whole.

LT was such a well-developed protagonist. Since the audience was able to watch him grow from a child to an adult through all of his various interactions with the alien seeds and plants, we saw many different sides of him. His maturation process was an interesting one. He was so young when the seeds first landed on the Earth that his understanding of what that event meant for human history< and possibly even our survival as a species, was nothing at all like how his parents or other adults would have described it. I deeply enjoyed getting to know this character as he tried to figure out what the intentions of these plants might be.

Nine Last Days on Planet Earth is a fantastic choice for anyone who loves alien stories.

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