The Only Ones

The Only Ones

eBook - 2011
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"Call it coincidence, call it fate. This is the place you come. There's no one else. This is the entire world."

These words welcome Martin Maple to the village of Xibalba. Like the other children who've journeyed there, he faces an awful truth.

He was forgotten.

When families and friends all disappeared one afternoon, these were the only ones left behind.

There's Darla, who drives a monster truck, Felix, who uses string and wood to rebuild the Internet, Lane, who crafts elaborate contraptions, and nearly forty others, each equally brilliant and peculiar.

Inspired by the prophesies of a mysterious boy who talks to animals, Martin believes he can reunite them with their loved ones. But believing and knowing are two different things, as he soon discovers with the push of a button, flip of a switch, turn of a dial . . .

From the Hardcover edition.
Publisher: New York : Delacorte Press, 2011
ISBN: 9780375899195
Characteristics: 1 online resource ; 320 pages.
Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc


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IndyPL_SteveB Nov 26, 2018

Martin lives on a lonely island with his eccentric father, who insists on staying apart from society to work on his “machine”. Martin has very little contact with other people, not even with the summer visitors to the island, knowing about the rest of the world only from books. One day his father goes off to get the last part for the machine and never returns. When the summer people don’t return either, Martin rows to the mainland and discovers that everyone in the world has disappeared, except for about 30 children. These children from all over the United States have mysteriously found their way to a town they have named Xibalba. There they build a small attempt at community while trying to figure out where everyone went. Things get much stranger after Martin arrives.

This is a tense, gripping novel, in the tradition of other child-centered societies like Lord of the Flies and Ender’s Game, flavored by a Stephen King-like eeriness, but with original characters and twists. Questions are answered by the end, but not in ways that readers will predict.

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