landscape with invisible hand review

TITLE: landscape with invisible hand
AUTHOR: M.T Anderson
RATING: 2.75
WHERE DID I RECEIVE THIS: WalkerBooksAUS sent me a physical copy in exchange for an honest review


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. And since the vuvv crave anything they deem “classic” Earth culture (doo-wop music, still-life paintings of fruit, true love), recording 1950s-style dates for the vuvv to watch in a pay-per-minute format seems like a brilliant idea. But it’s hard for Adam and Chloe to sell true love when they hate each other more with every passing episode. Soon enough, Adam must decide how far he’s willing to go – and what he’s willing to sacrifice – to give the vuvv what they want.


This was….. not what I expected. This follows the main character Adam, as he lives in a world where aliens have taken over the world, and hold earth in a stranglehold due to them taking over the economic world.
First of all I found the most interesting perks the story to be Adam devolving. Normally we see characters grow and get better, as they learn who they are, but instead we see Adam learn that the world with Wuvv in it, is a world where no human can win.
Overall I think this book could’ve had a better sense of worldbuilding as it was really lacking in that. It was never explained why the Wuvv came, and some other information about the wuvv and the universe they come from, but instead I was left with more questions than answers.
Personally, I enjoyed my time reading this, but I definitely won’t remember it, and I wish it was a lot more of everything in general. However, I don’t regret reading this, as it was one of the first books I really felt like I watched a character devolve into a mess.
Either way, if you’re into alien books, or just want a strange novella to read, pick this up!
Until next time,



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