Alex is the lone boy on staff...'better come in and wish him luck! (Actually, Alex has been a longtime Saturn customer and is a prolific reader with a good eye for what young guys like to read, he already has quite a following among our customers...)
The second novel in the Insignia series, Vortex is just as good as its predecessor. It’s filled with the same action, comedy, and tension that I really enjoyed in the first book.
After completing their first year of training to become an Intrasolar Combantant, Thomas and his friends enter the most critical stage of their training: finding a sponsor. Thomas is unwilling to sacrifice his ideals in order to do this however, even if it means sabotaging his own future. Thomas believes that he can stay one step ahead of the corrupt system, but soon finds out that he’s made the biggest mistake of his life…
Animal Farm tells the story of a group of animals who ovethrow their tyrannical farmers and form their own idealistic society. Soon however, slogans begin flying and a brand new hierarchy forms, one that is even more abusive than before.
Written as a satirical criticism of the events in the Soviet Union at the beginning of the twentieth century, Animal Farm is just as relevent and poignant today as it was when it was written in 1945.
After freeing Newcago at the end of Steelheart, David and the other Reckoners are hard pressed to defend the city from the onslaught of Epics seeking to retake it. In order to stop the attacks, the Reckoners seek out their source, a water-manipulating Epic named Regalia in what was once Manhattan, but is now called Babylon Restored. Regalia might not be the only thing in Babylon Restored for the team however, rumor has it that Megan is somewhere in the city. Can she be trusted?
Daniel X has the greatest super-power of them all; the power to create. He also has a list of intergalactic criminals and is working his way down that list, until he can one day avenge his parents and rid the galaxy of the alien that killed them. He’s a long way from that day however, and he’ll need all of his power, plus the help of his friends to even have a shot at taking down his next target, Number 6 on the List of Alien Outlaws, Ergent Seth.
Bobby Pendragon is a normal, fourteen-year-old kid. So it seems anyway, until his uncle pulls him through a doorway into another dimension named Denduron. Bobby learns that it’s his job to save this world, which is on the brink of a revolutionary war. What’s more, as Bobby soon learns, Denduron is only the beginning of an epic struggle between the forces of Order and Chaos.
A great opening to an even greater series, The Merchant of Death is full of action and suspense and is still able to captivate children, teenagers, and adults after more than ten years on the shelves.
I read this as part of my AP Literature class and I have to say that I was pleasantly surprised at the complexity and interconnectedness of these short stories. The Martian Chronicles provides a social commentary on racism, scientific progress, and human nature. I recommend this novel to fans of George Orwell’s 1984 and Aldous Huxley’s Brave New World.
Rick Riordan has been one of my favorite authors since I first read The Lightning Thief when I was in fifth grade. Since then, his work has grown in complexity and has continued to enthrall me long into high school.
The Blood of Olympus is a thoroughly engrossing and utterly satisfying conclusion to his epic Heroes of Olympus series. It is filled with all of the action, suspense, and goofy humor that readers of Riordan’s previous books expect, and then some. The Blood of Olympus brings all conflicts to resolution, and completes each character arch beautifully. I cannot over-recommend this book.
After being ejected from the VirtNet at the end of The Eye of Minds Michael must come to terms with the fact that his entire life up to that point has been a lie, that, up until that point, he had been a computer program. He’ll have to do this quickly however, because Michael wasn’t the only Tangent to be released into the world, and Kaine’s plans didn’t end with the VirtNet.
Even better than its predecessor, The Rule of Thoughts kept me on the edge of my seat for the entire read. James Dashner does not disappoint.
What if the earth stopped rotating but the atmosphere didn’t? From what height must a steak be dropped to be cooked by the time it hits the ground? Is it possible to make a jetpack from downward firing machine guns?
If you’re anything like me, these are the questions that keep you awake at night. Fortunately, the answers to these questions and many more besides can be found in What If?: Serious Scientific Answers to Absurd Hypothetical Questions a book written by former NASA employee and current web-comic Randall Munroe is filled with logical, scientifically accurate answers to the most ridiculous questions that the internet has to offer. I cannot recommend this book enough.
One of the funniest and wittiest short story authors that I have ever read, B.J. Novak’s writing is full of sarcasm and satire. With stories ranging from the diary of the man who invented the calendar to one about a rematch between the tortoise and the hare (In which the tortoise is completely flattened) One More Thing is full of thought provoking questions and laugh-out-loud absurdities. I highly recommend this book.