Book Review: Select Few, by Marit Weisenberg

Select Few, by Marit Weisenberg

Select Few by Marit Weisenberg

Published by Charlesbridge Teen on October 9, 2018 (expected)

Series: Select, #2

Genre(s): fiction, fantasy, science fiction, romance, young adult

Format & Length: e-book, 384

Source: Netgalley

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After rejecting the cult-like influence of her father’s family, Julia moves into a fancy hotel in downtown Austin. But she finds herself alone except for her boyfriend, John–and her fears. Once again she’s suppressing her abilities, afraid her family will come for John when they find out he’s been developing abilities of his own in her presence. The FBI is also keeping a close eye on Julia hoping she can lead them to her father, Novak, as he’s wanted for questioning in his former assistant’s death.

With tensions high, Julia and John agree to go separate ways for the summer, paving the way for Julia to reunite with Angus, fellow outcast. Together they set out on a road trip to California to find Julia’s mom and a way into Novak’s secret underground world. Along the way Julia will learn the Puri perhaps aren’t the only humans evolving into something different. . . and that maybe she’s the leader her people have needed all along.

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Book Review: The Sky Drifter, by Paris Singer

The Sky Drifter, by Paris Singer

The Sky Drifter by Paris Singer

Published by Booktrope Editions on August 27, 2015

Series: n/a

Genre(s): fiction, science fiction, young adult

Format & Length: e-book, 223

Source: author

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Wandering in the vastness of space, is the Sky Drifter; an academy reserved for the best students in the known universe. Seven is just such a student. Gifted in strategy and Sphere, he lives happily on-board with his friends Iris and Pi, taking on his rival, visiting planets for exploration and competition. Everything is the way he likes it, until he sees a mysterious girl in a red coat, who will reveal to him a secret that will bring everything he thought he knew crashing down around him.

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Book vs. Movie: A Wrinkle in Time, by Madeleine L’Engle

A Wrinkle in Time, by Madeleine L'Engle

A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle

Published by Square Fish in May 2007 (originally published 1962)

Series: n/a

Genre(s): fiction, adventure, classics, fantasy, middle grade, science fiction

Format & Length: paperback, 247

Source: library

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Meg Murry and her friends become involved with unearthly strangers and a search for Meg’s father, who has disappeared while engaged in secret work for the government.

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Mini Reviews: The Liberty Box trilogy, by C.A. Gray

Mini reviews: The Liberty Box trilogy, by C.A. Gray

For this set of mini reviews, I’m going to talk about the sequel and final book in The Liberty Box trilogy, as I think this will be a great way to talk about these books without giving away any spoilers for the series. I listened to The Liberty Box on audio a few months back and enjoyed both the premise and the story but found the narration wasn’t to my taste. So when the author reached out and asked if I’d be interested in reading the other books in print format, I jumped at the chance!

The Liberty Box is a dystopian that starts to bridge the gap between YA and adult fiction and has a premise I find to be chillingly possible in this day and age. If you haven’t already, you can see my review for that HERE. Otherwise, keep reading for the initial blurb and my thoughts on the rest of the series.

Kate Brandeis has it all: a famous reporter at the age of twenty-four, she’s the face of the Republic of the Americas. She has a loving fiancee and all the success she could wish for. But when she learns of the death of a long-forgotten friend, her investigations unravel her perfect memories, forcing her to face the fact that she’s been living a lie.

Jackson MacNamera, trained from a young age in the art of mind control, returns to the Republic for his mother’s funeral. Within a few hours of his arrival, authorities collect Jackson and take him by force to a room ironically called The Liberty Box, where he must choose between surrendering his thoughts to the new Republic, or fleeing for his freedom.

Kate, bereaved and confused, finds her way to a cave community of refugees, where Jackson seems to offer her an escape from her grief. The two forge an uneasy bond, and in the process Jackson learns that Kate has some insight which may help the hunters in their attempt to free other citizens from the tyranny of the Potentate. Against the expressed wishes of the Council, the hunters plot a series of daring raids, attempting to prove that not only is freedom possible, but that the citizens are not too far gone to desire it. But with the odds so stacked against them, can the refugees succeed in their rescue missions right under the Potentate’s nose?

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Book Review: Winter, by Marissa Meyer

Winter, by Marissa Meyer

Winter by Marissa Meyer

Published by Square Fish on January 30, 2018

Series: The Lunar Chronicles, #4

Genre(s): fiction, adventure, fantasy, science fiction, young adult

Format & Length: paperback, 823

Source: purchased

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Princess Winter is admired by the Lunar people for her grace and kindness, and despite the scars that mar her face, her beauty is said to be even more breathtaking than that of her stepmother, Queen Levana.

Winter despises her stepmother, and knows Levana won’t approve of her feelings for her childhood friend–the handsome palace guard, Jacin. But Winter isn’t as weak as Levana believes her to be and she’s been undermining her stepmother’s wishes for years. Together with the cyborg mechanic, Cinder, and her allies, Winter might even have the power to launch a revolution and win a war that’s been raging for far too long.

Can Cinder, Scarlet, Cress, and Winter defeat Levana and find their happily ever afters? Fans will not want to miss this thrilling conclusion to Marissa Meyer’s national bestelling Lunar Chronicles series.

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Book vs. Movie: Annihilation, by Jeff VanderMeer

Annihilation, by Jeff VanderMeer

Annihilation by Jeff VanderMeer

Published by HarperCollins Publishers Limited in July 2014

Series: Southern Reach, #1

Genre(s): fiction, science fiction

Format & Length: audio, 6:00:14

Source: library

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Area X has been cut off from the rest of the continent for decades. Nature has reclaimed the last vestiges of human civilization. The first expedition returned with reports of a pristine, Edenic landscape; all the members of the second expedition committed suicide; the third expedition died in a hail of gunfire as its members turned on one another; the members of the eleventh expedition returned as shadows of their former selves, and within months of their return, all had died of aggressive cancer.

This is the twelfth expedition.

Their group is made up of four women: an anthropologist; a surveyor; a psychologist, the de facto leader; and our narrator, a biologist. Their mission is to map the terrain and collect specimens; to record all their observations, scientific and otherwise, of their surroundings and of one another; and, above all, to avoid being contaminated by Area X itself.

They arrive expecting the unexpected, and Area X delivers—they discover a massive topographic anomaly and life forms that surpass understanding—but it’s the surprises that came across the border with them, and the secrets the expedition members are keeping from one another, that change everything.

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Book Review: Smoke and Iron, by Rachel Caine

Smoke and Iron, by Rachel Caine

Smoke and Iron by Rachel Caine

Published by Berkley on July 3, 2018 (expected)

Series: The Great Library, #4

Genre(s): fiction, adventure, fantasy, science fiction, young adult

Format & Length: e-book, 368

Source: Netgalley

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To save the Great Library, the unforgettable characters from Ink and Bone, Paper and Fire, and Ash and Quill put themselves in danger in the next thrilling adventure in the New York Times bestselling series.

The opening moves of a deadly game have begun. Jess Brightwell has put himself in direct peril, with only his wits and skill to aid him in a game of cat and mouse with the Archivist Magister of the Great Library. With the world catching fire, and words printed on paper the spark that lights rebellion, it falls to smugglers, thieves, and scholars to save a library thousands of years in the making…if they can stay alive long enough to outwit their enemies.

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Book Review: The Dragon’s Glare, by T.J. & M.L. Wolf

The Dragon's Glare, by T.J. & M.L. Wolf

The Dragon’s Glare by T.J. & M.L. Wolf

Published by CreateSpace on December 23, 2017

Series: The Survival Trilogy, #2

Genre(s): fiction, mystery, science fiction, suspense

Format & Length: paperback, 346

Source: author

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In 2019, three years after recovery of a powerful Hopi artifact from a mystery cave in Arizona, Una Waters finds herself on special assignment from D.C. to Chinatown in New York City. Unexplained acts of violence, including a cyber breach at the NYPD threaten to disrupt the lives of immigrants, forcing military intervention from General Ashcroft, now with U.S. Cyber Security. When newshound and compadre Jack Howser arrives to investigate a reported UFO sighting, Una begins to realize an episode of “missing time” at the Chinese New Year’s parade may hold the answers. Finally, an out-of-this-world encounter confirms Una’s childhood beliefs in Sky People, hinting that our future lies in accepting the fact that we are not alone.

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Book Review: The Liberty Box, by C.A. Gray

The Liberty Box, by C.A. Gray

The Liberty Box by C.A. Gray

Published by Wanderlust Publishing on May 19, 2016

Series: The Liberty Box, #1

Genre(s): fiction, dystopia, science fiction, young adult

Format & Length: audiobook, 6:38:00

Source: author

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Kate Brandeis has it all: a famous reporter at the age of twenty-four, she’s the face of the Republic of the Americas. She has a loving fiancee and all the success she could wish for. But when she learns of the death of a long-forgotten friend, her investigations unravel her perfect memories, forcing her to face the fact that she’s been living a lie.

Jackson MacNamera, trained from a young age in the art of mind control, returns to the Republic for his mother’s funeral. Within a few hours of his arrival, authorities collect Jackson and take him by force to a room ironically called The Liberty Box, where he must choose between surrendering his thoughts to the new Republic, or fleeing for his freedom.

Kate, bereaved and confused, finds her way to a cave community of refugees, where Jackson seems to offer her an escape from her grief. The two forge an uneasy bond, and in the process Jackson learns that Kate has some insight which may help the hunters in their attempt to free other citizens from the tyranny of the Potentate. Against the expressed wishes of the Council, the hunters plot a series of daring raids, attempting to prove that not only is freedom possible, but that the citizens are not too far gone to desire it. But with the odds so stacked against them, can the refugees succeed in their rescue missions right under the Potentate’s nose?

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Audiobook Review: Station Eleven, by Emily St. John Mandel

Station Eleven, by Emily St. John Mandel

Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel

Published by Random House Audio on September 9, 2014

Series: n/a

Genre(s): fiction, dystopia, post-apocalyptic, science fiction

Format & Length: audiobook, 10:41:02

Source: library

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2014 National Book Award Finalist

A New York Times Bestseller

An audacious, darkly glittering novel set in the eerie days of civilization’s collapse, Station Eleven tells the spellbinding story of a Hollywood star, his would-be savior, and a nomadic group of actors roaming the scattered outposts of the Great Lakes region, risking everything for art and humanity.

One snowy night Arthur Leander, a famous actor, has a heart attack onstage during a production of King Lear. Jeevan Chaudhary, a paparazzo-turned-EMT, is in the audience and leaps to his aid. A child actress named Kirsten Raymonde watches in horror as Jeevan performs CPR, pumping Arthur’s chest as the curtain drops, but Arthur is dead. That same night, as Jeevan walks home from the theater, a terrible flu begins to spread. Hospitals are flooded and Jeevan and his brother barricade themselves inside an apartment, watching out the window as cars clog the highways, gunshots ring out, and life disintegrates around them.

Fifteen years later, Kirsten is an actress with the Traveling Symphony. Together, this small troupe moves between the settlements of an altered world, performing Shakespeare and music for scattered communities of survivors. Written on their caravan, and tattooed on Kirsten’s arm is a line from Star Trek:“Because survival is insufficient.” But when they arrive in St. Deborah by the Water, they encounter a violent prophet who digs graves for anyone who dares to leave.

Spanning decades, moving back and forth in time, and vividly depicting life before and after the pandemic, this suspenseful, elegiac novel is rife with beauty. As Arthur falls in and out of love, as Jeevan watches the newscasters say their final good-byes, and as Kirsten finds herself caught in the crosshairs of the prophet, we see the strange twists of fate that connect them all. A novel of art, memory, and ambition, Station Eleven tells a story about the relationships that sustain us, the ephemeral nature of fame, and the beauty of the world as we know it.

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