A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this book.
Deals with issues of wealth inequality, colonialism, and ethnic supremacy.
In times of upheaval, friends and family can help each other survive.
Positive Role Models
Adam is a dedicated and talented painter who tries to stay true to his artistic vision, even when it might be to his advantage to be more commercial. He's bright and articulate and works hard to help provide for his beaten-down family.
Violence & Scariness
Adam's mother is roughed up by a fellow job seeker.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Adam and Chloe pretend to be romantically attracted to each other so that their time together can be recorded for the enjoyment of the aliens. It's hinted that they're occasionally physically intimate.
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Occasional strong language, with one or two instances each of "bitch," "ass," "s--t," and "f--k."
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Landscape with Invisible Hand is a satirical sci-fi novel by M.T. Anderson, author of The Pox Party and Feed. It is set in the aftermath of an alien invasion and the subsequent economic collapse. The level of violence is low, limited to a threatening attack against Adam's mom by a desperate job seeker. Sexual content is limited mostly to cuddling and kissing, with some hints of more intimate activities. Swearing includes one or two instances each of "bitch," "ass," "s--t," and "f--k."
Is It Any Good?
Darkly funny and politically insightful, this satirical sci-fi novel takes a unique look at the consequences of alien contact. Landscape with Invisible Hand pits a young painter against the artistic preferences of conquering extraterrestrials. It's not action-packed, but the book's narrative urgency comes from how relatable Adam's predicament is. Anderson shows the perils of runaway capitalism, and it's not a pretty picture.
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