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...)
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.
After being kidnapped in The Fall of Five, Ella wakes up aboard a Mogadorian ship. It could be an opportunity to learn more about the Mogadorian leader Setrakus Ra, but it is also the most dangerous situation she’s been in yet.
In Louisiana, Six, Nine, and Marina trudge through the swamp after being betrayed by Five. With Marina and Nine constantly at each other’s throats, Six has a lot on her plate if she’s going to keep their group from self-destructing.
Meanwhile, John, Sam, Malcolm, and Adam bring the fight to the Mogadorians in Washington DC, but as they are soon to discover, they may be too late to save Earth from invasion.
The latest in the Lorien Legacies series, The Revenge of Seven, is quite possibly the best yet. A definite favorite or mine.
Gavin De Becker has spent years predicting violent behavior and his book, The Gift of Fear is a compendium of his knowledge on the subject and is written with the average citizen in mind. Although this book was written in 1997 it is no less relevant today than the day on which it was first printed. The Gift of Fear fascinated me from cover to cover.
Every year in Quill, children are separated into two groups; the intelligent, analytic Wanteds are sent to university, and the creative, spontaneous Unwanteds are sent to their deaths. Although Alex and Aaron Stowe are identical twins, they face very different fates. Aaron is selected to continue his education, and Alex is sentenced to death…or is he.
When Alex and the other Unwanteds face their executioners, they meet Mr. Today, an eccentric magician who spirits them away to Artime, a land where their creativity can be either a gift, or a weapon.
Finn doesn't remember his past. All he remembers is Incarceron, the huge, all-encompassing prison where he has spent his entire life. Escape from Incarceron is impossible, until, that is, he meets Claudia, the daughter of Incarceron's warden. She may be able to help Finn, but she'll need something from him in return.
A fantastic read! Incarceron kept me turning pages until the very end.
After defeating Riley's murderous mentor in The Reluctant Assassin, Chevie Savano returns to the present to find it wildly changed. A cultist, totalitarian government called the Boxite Empire has replaced the British government that Chevie remembers. In order to stop this corrupt government, Chevie goes back in time to Victorian London to enlist Riley's help in order to prevent the Boxite Empire from coming to power.
The Hangman's Revolution has just as many laughs and thrills as its predecessor. I loved it just as much as I loved the first!
One year ago, a disease decimated humanity. It rotted the minds of anyone over 16-years-old and turned them into mindless killing machines. After escaping from Buckingham Palace in The Enemy, the Holloway kids, lead by Maxie and Blue, have finally made it off the streets of London and to the relative safety of the Natural History Museum. The survivors there are searching for a cure, but in order to do that, they need medical supplies. As they venture down unfamiliar streets to retrieve them, however, they learn that more than murderous grownups lurk behind every corner...
The Fallen is the fifth installment in Charlie Higson's Young Adult Horror series and is quite possibly my favorite out of the whole bunch. As always, Charlie Higson leaves me eagerly awaiting his next book.
Jack Reacher is just passing through the small town of Margrave, Georgia, when he is arrested for murder. Reacher knows that he's innocent, it's been a long time since he's killed anybody, but he'll have a hard time convincing the local police department of this. He'd better convince them fast, however, because while Reacher is stuck in prison, the real murderer is still on the loose, and it's only a matter of time before he kills again.
The Killing Floor, by Lee Child, is the first Jack Reacher novel and it is also my first experience with the Mystery-Thriller genre. I have to say that I enjoyed every page. The action in the first few chapters is what grabbed my attention, but what kept me interested in reading was the gradual unraveling of Jack Reacher's past.
The 8th and final installment in the thrilling Maximum Ride series, Nevermore picks up several months after the events in Angel. The Flock is attempting to live a normal life, going to school, living in an actual house, and not dumpster diving for their food. When Max learns of a threat to her former flock-mate Fang, however, she realizes that her idealistic life won't last much longer.
Meanwhile, there's trouble in Fang's gang when an attack by Erasers reveals two traitors among them. This fast-paced book is made up of the same recipe of humor and action that makes the other Maximum Ride novels so good. I highly recommend this series to fans of Kathy Reich's Virals.
Seph McCauley's life hasn't exactly been going on track. He's been kicked out of school, but now his life has gone completely off the rails. After a disastrous accident at a party, Seph is sent to Havens, a very prestigious boy's school. There he discovers that he's a wizard, and that he's not the only one. Seph wasn't invited to Havens out of the goodness of his new headmaster, Gregory Leicester's, heart, however. He wants something from Seph, and he'll do anything necessary to get it.
A great installment in Chima's Heir series, The Wizard Heir was suspenseful enough to give me goosebumps when I first read it. I recommend this book to any fan of fantasy.
Tory and her pack are in the process of having the Gamemaster put away – for good – when two of their classmates, twin brother and sister, go missing. After a ransom video is found, the pack dives headlong into rescuing the siblings. However, if they are to succeed, Tory is going to have to forgive Ben for his involvement with the Gamemaster, and she's not sure she's willing to do that.
Another great installment in what is becoming one of my favorite series, Exposure delivers the same suspense and laughs that I've come to expect from any Virals novel.
Max and her siblings grew up in a laboratory nicknamed "The School", being tortuously studied by the scientists who inserted avian DNA into their human double helices when they were in the womb. After escaping and living for several happy years away from The School, they are suddenly attacked. and Angel, the youngest, is kidnapped by agents from The School. Max, along with Fang, Iggy, and Gazzy, embark on a mission to save Angel that takes them across the country. They soon realize, however, that The School is just the beginning...
I highly recommend this, and all other books in the Maximum Ride series. The Angel Experiment is action packed and is a great read for anyone.
After fleeing California, Nicholas Flamel, Sophie, Josh, and Scatty arrive in Paris to find the city has changed vastly since Nicholas last lived there (not surprising since he left the city hundreds of years ago). Now they're on the run and looking for someone to teach Sophie fire magic and awaken Josh's magical potential. Unfortunately, for the group, Paris holds many more enemies than allies, and time is running out for the Flamels.
The Magician is the second book in the Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel series and is one of my personal favorites. Each book is action packed with just the right amount of laughs. I highly recommend this series.
Joey Harker has a terrible sense of direction. He once got lost in his own home while trying to find his way to dinner. But one day, Joey gets so lost that he stumbles out of his own dimension and straight into another. There, Joey is attacked by strange men in gray suits, and later by powerful sorcerers. Fortunately, a mysterious man rescues him and takes him to the Interworld, a sort of intersection between dimensions. Soon, Joey meets up with other versions of himself from other dimensions, all engaged in a battle for the survival of not only this universe, but the survival of all of them.
I loved this book from start to finish and highly recommend it to all teen science fiction readers.
Tory and her pack are put to the test when they unearth a Geo-cache on Loggerhead Island that contains clues leading to another treasure. The pack uses their wits to unearth the next prize, only to be shocked with the realization that the latest Geo-cache contains a fake bomb. Soon they find out about another cache, this time containing a real explosive, and the race is on to uncover the deadly package before anyone is hurt.
The third book in Kathy Reichs Virals series, Code thoroughly entertained me. I can't wait for the next installment of the series.
After putting away a dangerous criminal in Virals, Tory and the rest of the group are coming to terms with their newly established abilities when LIRI suddenly loses funding. With their parents out of work, it looks as though the pack could be split up forever. A long lost pirate treasure could hold the answers to all of their problems, if Tory and her friends can find it, that is.
Soon, they are hot on the trail of the lost riches, but as they soon find out, they're not the only ones searching for a fortune. If the pack is to survive, they'll have to master their own dangerous abilities and avoid murderous treasure hunters.
An engaging book from the creator of the television show Bones, Seizure delivers laughs, suspense, and mystery enough for any fan of James Patterson's Maximum Ride.
Taking place several years after the events in The Emperor of Nihon-Ja, The Royal Ranger begins with Will taking his first apprentice, bringing the storyline of the entire series full circle; from orphan, to apprentice Ranger, to one of the kingdom's most accomplished Rangers, to choosing his own apprentice. With his trainee in tow, Will sets out to stop a criminal who is smuggling children out of the country. But, Will's personal vendetta could jeopardize the mission as well as his life and the life of his new apprentice.
A truly great read that takes its rightful place among one of my favorite series of books.
A prequel to Anthony Horowitz's hit Alex Rider series, Russian Roulette stars teenage Yassen Gregorovich, the man who would later become Alex's arch nemesis. From a poor town in Russia, Yassen was captured and forced into indentured servitude. But from these humble beginnings, he would rise up to become Scorpia's greatest assassin.
Russian Roulette brings the action in the Alex Rider series full circle and gives old readers closure and new readers (like myself) a unique place to start.