Battlefield Earth – L. Ron Hubbard

battlefieldOkay, so let’s address the elephant in the room:  L. Ron Hubbard was nuts (Scientology — Hello!) but this is still a great book and that can’t be taken away from him.  In the year 3000, most of the human race is enslaved by aliens — Psychlos who are far superior technically.  Psychlos are a greedy race who are stripping the Earth of its natural resources, using human labor to do so. Humans have reverted to a primitive state.  One young man, Jonnie Goodboy Tyler, has managed to live free high in the Rocky Mountains until he is captured by the Psychlo, Terl.  Terl is furious that his term on Earth has been extended.  He is secretly mining gold in order to escape.  He enlists Jonnie’s help as the ecology of the Earth is difficult on his species.  Jonnie is cunning.  He manages to start a massive rebellion among humans using the technology of the aliens against them.  This is a long book, over 1000 pages, but I like a well-done sci-fi epic.  It has an intricate plot, lots of action, and is an altogether absorbing read!

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