I must say I didn't realise that my personal library is lacking in Science fiction books until I got my hands on a copy of Invasi, one of the two latest releases from FIXI. Yep, after going on a hiatus since December, FIXI's back with a new look. Check it out.
Invasi is exactly what it sounds like. Originally called Hero, it tells the tale of Ahmad Bayani, a white-collar worker with a tragic past who leads a hedonistic lifestyle. But just when the going gets good, it gets really really bad overnight; The world as he knows it becomes a battlefield between man and extraterrestrials. Previously a man who's content with one night stands, Bayani has to pick up a whole new set of skills altogether as he fights for survival along with his closest friend, Anuar.
How did I like it? Well let's just say I finished it in three or four sittings, and I'm a pretty slow reader.
Invasi is an action-packed story of survival. Kind of like any movie about alien invasion with The Walking Dead flavour to it. You would think that it would be more apt to compare The Walking Dead with Zombijaya (or its upcoming film adaptation). Yes, they do explore similar themes. But what's notable about Invasi was it didn't end at our main characters trying to survive. It also involved them trying to reintegrate into society. At least what's left of it. How? That's for you to find out.
|Author Raja Faisal at the book launch where he sang Aerosmith's I Don't Wanna Miss a Thing...|
The challenge in every story is selling the relationship between characters. In other words, making them believable to the reader and not making it feel like it was just two people put together because the author felt like it. This aspect had been pretty much consistent with any FIXI releases and you'd be happy to know Invasi didn't fall short of it either. I will not spoil anything for you, so I'll just let you know that really like the part when protagonist Bayani and his closest friend were in Watson's.
Nothing homoerotic happened, mind you. All I'm saying is their friendship felt real.
If looking at the cover made you wonder if the local setting is just a gimmick, I can tell you right now that I'm not the only one who thinks that the journey the characters went through was well-written and well thought out. Of course, I didn't get to enjoy it as much, thanks to my non-existent sense of direction. But all the same I felt the sense of scale even before I looked it up on Google Map. Yes, you may laugh.
|Le author and le Fixi's proofreader... And some doofus smiling at God-knows-what|
As always, I'm more interested in the theme(s) explored in everything I watch or read. Tell me... Is it just me, or it is true that people of my generation are a little too responsive to movies/TV shows/books that deal with themes of Nihilism? I know I am, and I bet deep down we are all a little tired of having our roles forced unto us, as opposed to figuring them out for ourselves. In the words of the great Tyler Durden;
"I see in fight club the strongest and smartest men who've ever lived. I see all this potential, and I see squandering. God damn it, an entire generation pumping gas, waiting tables; slaves with white collars. Advertising has us chasing cars and clothes, working jobs we hate so we can buy shit we don't need. We're the middle children of history, man. No purpose or place. We have no Great War. No Great Depression. Our Great War's a spiritual war... our Great Depression is our lives. We've all been raised on television to believe that one day we'd all be millionaires, and movie gods, and rock stars. But we won't. And we're slowly learning that fact. And we're very, very pissed off."
With that being said, it's a lot of fun to do away with it all, ain't it? Just start from scratch... *ahem*. Well, back to the real world now. Speaking of which, I have something real that you'd have the chance to get your hands on. FIXI's giving away three copies of the novel Invasi, and I get to do a little contest right here on this blog. Interested? Kindly scroll down below and answer the two questions.
|You could have 'em signed too...|
1) What was the name of the planet invaded by apes in the 1968 Sci fi classic Planet of the Apes?
2) In your opinion, who would win in a fight between King Leonidas and the Predator? Why?
Yes, you can google for the answer. But where's the fun in that? Contest ends at 12 o'clock tonight!