I'm trying to find out the title/author of a book I never finished when I was in middle school, so around the early 2000s.

In this book, Earth exists as it is today (at least in the 90s, when the internet wasn't as big yet), but unknowingly as one part of a greater universe. Other planets hold intelligent lifeforms that have varying degrees of knowledge of the existence of these other worlds. They sort of exist as a more evolved form of Earth. You get the sense that Earth is a primitive planet and through time, it will eventually become advanced like the other more evolved worlds.

So at one point, one of these worlds "discover" Earth and want to take it over, but an even more evolved world understands that to take over other planets would not benefit the colonizer nor the plundered. This more advanced world wants to stop the takeover and have Earth remain isolated and unaware of the other worlds' existence. There is a love element in it as well. One of the beings from the planet that wants to take over earth falls in love with a girl on earth. She may have been a farmer's daughter? I can't remember.

If anyone can help me, I'd really appreciate it. I really want to finish this book. I'm pretty sure it's a young adult science fiction book, but I'm not sure.

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    @Richard - I didn't get any impression that the story involved parallel universes - it sounded like aliens. Perhaps the original poster could clarify? Sep 29, 2014 at 7:07

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If it could have been a bit later Live Free or Die by John Ringo sounds right. An alien horde comes through a gate and Earth cheers - wow - advanced aliens - but they turn humanity into slaves to mine the earth of rich metals, etc.

Then another alien race discovers what's happening but can't interfere with the other aliens on such a primitive planet. They do figure a way to get around the interplanetary rules and free earth and Earth becomes a backward, but advancing, part of the universe.

  • But no alien romance, of course.
    – FuzzyBoots
    Mar 2, 2020 at 18:24

It sounds a little like Robert McCammon's Stinger, although that was published in 1988.

In the remote Texas town of Inferno, a creature of evil beyond anything the world has ever encountered descends. He traps the town and ravages the land with grisly executions and horrible mutations . . . until the people rise up in a final, desperate battle. From the author of Swan Song. Original.

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    What I have found thus far does not match up other than that there is an alien and there are at least two races. Given the "good" alien is in the body of a 7-year-old girl, I doubt there was a romance subplot.
    – FuzzyBoots
    Apr 28, 2017 at 13:07

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