I’m definitely a little late to the party with this book, but I decided that late was better than never and picked up a copy of Station Eleven a few days ago. I’ve really enjoyed the book and honestly can’t think of anything that I disliked about it. The book takes place in northern Michigan after a flu pandemic wipes out more than 90% of the world’s population. But whereas most dystopian novels are about surviving the disaster itself, Station Eleven is more about rebuilding a life in the aftermath of the collapse of civilization. I definitely enjoyed this twist and look forward to reading more books built around this concept.
In this witty and insightful book, Bill Nye the Science Guy explains the fundamental principle of evolutionary theory in simple, easily understandable language, as well as explaining his own personal journey into the sciences. Part scientific writing, part memoir, Undeniable entertained and fascinated me from start to finish.
The penultimate book in the bestselling Lorien Legacies series, The Fate of Ten picks up where the action in The Revenge of Seven left off, with Sam, and several other humans, getting legacies of their own. The plot centers around John, Sam, and their newfound allies defending Washington DC from the Mogadorian Fleet, while Six, Seven, and Adam battle Setrakus Ra at the Loric temple.
The Fate of Ten sets up beautifully for the final book in what has been one of my favorite series for a long time.
The follow up to the popular picture book The Day the Crayons Quit, The Day the Crayons came home consists of postcards sent to a small boy by the crayons that he has left scattered (mostly just around the house) detailing their travels as they attempt to make their way home to the crayon box. This picture book actually made me laugh out loud from reading some of the ridiculous situations in which the crayons found themselves. I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who enjoyed the first.
Press Start to Play is a collection of short stories about video games from some of the best science-fiction authors and some of the biggest names in the gaming industry, including one of my personal favorite authors: Andy Weir, (The Martian). Each story is fresh and original; some are so good I wish that they would be expanded into full novels in their own right. I was definitely not bored while reading this.
The Prince was part of my summer reading this year and, while I wouldn’t call Machiavelli’s formulaic writing style entertaining, I definitely found his work to be interesting and informative. Could I rule a principality after just reading this book? Perhaps not, but I doubt that will be much of a problem for me.
Told entirely through letters, this book features two teenage boys with unique medical conditions that severely limit their interaction with others who become pen pals and soon discover that they may have much more in common than either of them thought.
Because You’ll Never Meet Me is definitely different than the books that I normally read, but I enjoyed it nonetheless. Fans of John Green will love this book.
A new set of Virals, called The Trinity, is stalking Charleston, and they have Tori and her pack squarely in their sights. The Trinity seems bent on exposing the existence of the Virals to the world, and the pack runs into trouble from them at every turn.
Terminal is the last book in Kathy Reich’s Virals series. Action packed and thrilling, I definitely recommend you read it.
Zack Lightman has spent every available second of his life playing video games and wishing that real life could be more like the science fiction that he reads, watches, and plays. His wishes are granted when he learns that his favorite game, Armada, is actually a training simulator being used to prepare the population of Earth for an imminent alien invasion. But something doesn’t add up. Even Zack and his friends recognize how outrageously cliché this is. Soon they discover that there is more to this strange alien race than meets the eye.
Armada is a stand-alone novel from the author of Ready Player One. Self-referencing and hilarious, this book kept me entertained for its entirety.
In a kingdom resting in tenuous peace, 16 year old Han Alister feels as though he will never understand his place in the world. He doesn't quite belong anywhere. Not with the highland clans, the city street gangs, and certainly not amongst the wizards of the upper class.
Raisa, heir to the throne, knows exactly where she fits in, but seeks desperately to avoid her fate; a political marriage followed by a life not her own. As she deftly dodges suitors her path crosses with Han's and the kingdom is thrown into turmoil.
This is the first novel in a series written by the author who brought us the Heir series, Cinda Williams Chima. I definately enjoyed this fantastic tale.
In the fourth installment of Kathy Reich’s Virals series, Exposure, picks up shortly after the events in Code. When a pair of twins go missing from her high school, Tory and the other virals start investigating. At the same time, the gang’s powers seem to be dangerously off-kilter. It’s a race against the clock to find the twins before they self destruct.