Landscape with Invisible Hand was one of the last books I was flying through prior to the Printz awards mid-February. It's by M.T. Anderson who wrote Feed, and is a must-read if you haven't already. This book was capital W WEIRD. Like there is a very special soul that I will recommend this book to at the library and who will enjoy it like I did. And perhaps you're also that special soul who likes WEIRD books. About aliens. And art. And all sorts of other weirdness. Check it out.
My rating: 4 stars.
summary from goodreads:
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.