The Lesson

The Lesson

THE LESSON explores the nature of belief, the impact of colonialism, and asks how far are we willing to go for progress? Breaking ground as one of the first science fiction novels set in the Virgin Islands, THE LESSON is not only a thought-provoking literary work, delving deeply into allegorical themes of colonialism, but also vividly draws the community of Charlotte Amali THE LESSON explores the nature of belief, the impact of colonialism, and asks how far are we willing to go for progress? ...

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Title:The Lesson
Author:Cadwell Turnbull
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Genres:Science Fiction
ISBN:1538584646
Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:286 pages pages

The Lesson Reviews

  • Bruin Mccon
    Jul 07, 2019
    The Lesson is a remarkable, multilayered book. There is no safety. We are all at risk. So says one of the main characters in this book?Mera. She?s an alien who has lived many lifetimes on Earth in various forms. During that time she has come to care deeply for humans and to pas...
  • Thomas Wagner
    Feb 26, 2019
    [3.5 stars] First contact stories in science fiction have been used for decades to explore cultural and anthropological themes. More than anything, I would say SF writers use alien contact as a kind of emotional tonic, a way to relieve humanity?s existential distress at the very real...
  • Kristina
    Aug 08, 2019
    Enjoyed it. Listened to it twice but still found some holes. I wanted just a little bit more on why they were here. Great narrators! ...
  • Kate
    Jun 09, 2019
    Loved this! ...
  • Cullen
    Jun 11, 2019
    DNF just before the 50% mark. Thanks to NetGalley for an ARC. I thought the premise was pretty interesting but the characters all fell very flat for me, and it seemed like 80% of the focus of the content was on the sexual desires/love lives of all the characters, with the fact that the...
  • Jessica Woodbury
    Jul 27, 2019
    An interesting new take on the alien invasion novel. Ultimately I wanted more from it, I wanted to dive deeper and learn more and build the world, so the 3 stars is mostly that. THE LESSON does the opposite of what a big Hollywood movie would do and that is very much a compliment. I...
  • Kelly
    Sep 25, 2019
    This is more a commentary on colonialism than a sci fi novel. And that regard it is freaking brilliant. It definitely made me understand and sympathize with the plight of colonized people on a deeper level, and to internalize that super scary helpless feeling. At the same time, I was e...
  • Ron
    Jul 29, 2019
    A very pleasant surprise. It's science fiction, it's about an alien invasion, but the facts of that event are dealt with in an off-handed way. It's more about people coping with the event than the event itself. The individual story threads themselves are compelling, and I loved the ins...
  • Lelia Nebeker
    Nov 15, 2018
    A speculative alien invasion novel set in the Virgin Islands--and it has a large contingent of female characters who actually do things! I know that sounds like a low bar, but I really did admire the dynamic characters Turnbull created. The story is well paced, and I loved how the alie...
  • Jeffrey James
    Jul 14, 2019
    A stunning debut novel. If I hadn't the need to sleep I would have been compelled to finish in one sitting. Instead, it took two. The novel is a refreshingly original take on an alien contact story. Fans of Childhood's End and the like will find familiar beats, but nothing about Tur...
  • Katy
    Jul 26, 2019
    4.5*: This is an impressive science fiction debut about the horrors of colonialism. I definitely recommend it if you?re looking for a fresh voice in SFF! ...
  • BookOfCinz
    Aug 26, 2019
    And they didn't invade. They arrived... The Lesson by Cadwell Turnbull is unlike anything I have ever read before and I cannot stop talking about it and I didn't want it to end. Set on the U.S. Virgin Islands, we meet the members of the community of Charlotte Amalie-like most...
  • Gabi
    May 16, 2019
    I get what the author was trying to do here. The alien race Ynaa invading and taking over the Virgin Islands is an obvious comment to colonialism and an overall interesting idea. So the basis for a good story is there, I just don't feel as though the author truly pulled it off. Many...
  • Nicholas Smith
    Jul 18, 2019
    My love for alien invasion novels has become a life long passion. Over the years, I?ve added many favorites to my personal bookshelf and now I will be adding another. It?s rare to pick up a debut as unique as The Lesson by Cadwell Turnbull. This is a deeply emotional story of suspe...
  • Emma Osborne
    Jan 31, 2019
    I adore this book - it deals with such big questions, and yet feels so intimate. The family dynamics are rich and complex, and the Ynaa are fascinating in their similarities and differences to humans. A must-read. (Disclosure: Cadwell and I studied together at Clarion West) ...
  • Gail (The Knight Reader)
    Dec 19, 2018
    I absolutely LOVED this book! I was so thrilled that The Lesson was set in the Caribbean I immediately reached out to the Publishers and author to review it in advance of its June 2019 release. I was so happy that I did! The Lesson is set in the U.S. Virgin Islands and is a story...
  • Amanda
    Jul 11, 2019
    4.5 stars. This was a fantastic first contact story, a scathing condemnation of colonialism, and a book full of compelling characters. Very, very impressed by Mr. Turnbull's first novel. ...
  • Jay O'Connell
    Jul 22, 2019
    I'm not going to re-cap the blurb or give a synopsis. It's classic SF, about first contact, and humanity's struggle with a more technologically developed species. The book is informed by the authors background, the history of his birthplace. History most of us know little about. ...
  • Sylvain Neuvel
    Jan 21, 2019
    Cadwell Turnbull paints a stunningly intricate portrait of humanity, capturing hopes and dreams, flaws and failings with remarkable depth and texture. The Lesson is a blast to read and a meaningful exploration of the bearing of colonialism and the perils of human ambition. ...
  • Jessie Drew
    Sep 16, 2019
    This book is a treasure 4.5 stars if I could. I loved every inch of this sci-fi tale! Highly recommend to anyone who enjoys this genre. The story is unique and has world building without making the reader feel overwhelmed. My only trouble was that because there are many characters i...
  • Jo Ladzinski
    Jun 28, 2019
    Listened to the audiobook This isn't your everyday first contact novel. Taking place in the U.S. Virgin Islands, The Lesson tells the story of a community who meets an alien race called the Ynaa who quickly assimilate among them. Among our cast is a teacher, a pair of students, a di...
  • Jonah ❤️LIBROCUBICULARIST❤️
    May 09, 2019
    3 stars It's okay and fairly entertaining for a Sci-Fi but there are so many undeveloped characters and I am still trying to figure out what the actual "Lesson" is. This is the 3rd book I got approved by Blackstone Publishing and I expected more. I guess this is not the kind of ...
  • Brittany
    Oct 05, 2018
    I received this book as an e-ARC from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. Here are my thoughts. Almost the first half of the book is a little slow, consisting of family drama and character building. Unfortunately, I didn't feel all that connected to the characters the a...
  • Jypsy
    Jan 15, 2019
    I wasn't sure what to expect from The Lesson. Alien invasion I suppose? Regardless, I was lost from the beginning. I couldn't relate to the characters or the plot. Unfortunately, this story fell flat for me. Thanks to NetGalley for an arc in for an arc in exchange for an honest review....
  • Janelle
    Sep 05, 2018
    A fantastic book about aliens! With compelling characters, an underlying sense of dread, social commentary, and mystery! I sincerely hope there is a sequel. ...
  • Ari Janoff
    Jun 29, 2019
    "The universe is bigger than you know. You are bigger than you know. There is no armor big enough to save you. Nowhere. Ever." I really enjoyed this book! I knew I would like it because I love sci-fi and it calls to my already pretty political leanings. There was an intriguing lack ...
  • Jill Criswell
    Jun 26, 2019
    A beautifully-written, thought-provoking novel full of flawed characters who were lost long before the aliens landed, and fueled by a rich sense of place. The author paints a portrait of what it means to be a local in modern-day St. Thomas, as well as giving poignant glimpses into the ...
  • Amy Imogene Reads
    Apr 29, 2019
    Aliens and a discussion about colonialism? Sign me UP. Thanks to Blackstone Publishing and NetGalley for providing an ARC in exchange for an honest review. ...
  • Kim
    Jul 14, 2019
    The first two-thirds of the book were amazing! But unfortunately towards the end of the book I was just trying to get through it. Mera was my favorite character?she was so complex and well thought out! I could have read more about her, her past and beyond that. Lee was another ama...
  • DJ Arruda
    May 11, 2019
    In Turnbull's debut novel he gives us a compelling and engaging character driven story that focuses on the humanity despite the backdrop of an alien presence. Through the intricately woven, yet distinct viewpoints of a family's already present discord compounded by the aliens? arriva...