Daily life is pretty dreary for eleven year old Reggie. She's already mastered the art of dumpster diving for scraps of food and being her own parent. Her mother, dangerously close to a full break with sanity, is of little help. Reggie has invented a dream world where she and her best friend, Tough Girl, battle aliens for glory. Life is manageable until new neighbors move in and Reggie's dream world begins to unravel.
Reggie's fantasy universe has humans as the least liked, least respected species. They've almost been annihilated several times in the history of the universe but they always bounce back. Alien life forms joke that it's because "humans breed like cockroaches." The humans are segregated from aliens. They're allowed to interact but are forced to live in ghettos, cannot hold office, and most live well below the poverty line.
This is Xenophobia seen from a different perspective. Humans are the ones being discriminated against. No, Reggie didn't go as far as to make us pets, but I'd be surprised if she hadn't invented a world or two where that was true.
ALSO - I have lost my Blog List temporarily. Trying to fix it desperately and add all the blogs I follow. UGH. Difficult.