by Mikaela EverettGenre: Science Fiction Release Date:
22nd September 2015 Publisher: Greenwillow Source: Publisher Add it: Goodreads Rating:
For most of her life, Lirael has been training to kill—and replace—a duplicate version of herself on a parallel Earth. She is the perfect sleeper-soldier. But she’s beginning to suspect she is not a good person.
The two Earths are identical in almost every way. Two copies of every city, every building, even every person. But the people from the second Earth know something their duplicates do not—two versions of the same thing cannot exist. They—and their whole planet—are slowly disappearing. Lira has been trained mercilessly since childhood to learn everything she can about her duplicate, to be a ruthless sleeper-assassin who kills that other Lirael and steps seamlessly into her life.
This was a weird book, man. Has anyone played Final Fantasy XIII? Remember that thing with the two planets? Yeah, The Unquiet is like that.
by Marissa MeyerSeries: The Lunar Chronicles #4 Genre: Science Fiction Release Date:
November 10, 2015 Publisher: Feiwel & Friends Source: Bought Add it: Goodreads Rating:
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?
For a series ender, Winter was actually pretty good! I rarely love series finales because I tend to have such high hopes and then they fall flat. Winter, however, was good. Not amazing, but still. I’ll take what I can get.
First thing’s first, Winter is our new heroine and she’s black. YES TO DIVERSITY AND AWESOMENESS. This goes to show that excuses such as “(S)he’s white in the original and so (s)he has to be white in this remake!” are a load of bollocks. Don’t even try. Continue reading
by Amie Kaufman
, Jay KristoffSeries: The Illuminae Files#1 Genre: Science Fiction Release Date:
October 20, 2015 Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers Source: Bought Add it: Goodreads Rating:
<p style="text-align: justify">This morning, Kady thought breaking up with Ezra was the hardest thing she’d have to do.<br /><br />This afternoon, her planet was invaded.<br /><br />The year is 2575, and two rival megacorporations are at war over a planet that’s little more than an ice-covered speck at the edge of the universe. Too bad nobody thought to warn the people living on it. With enemy fire raining down on them, Kady and Ezra—who are barely even talking to each other—are forced to fight their way onto an evacuating fleet, with an enemy warship in hot pursuit.<br /><br />But their problems are just getting started. A deadly plague has broken out and is mutating, with terrifying results; the fleet's AI, which should be protecting them, may actually be their enemy; and nobody in charge will say what’s really going on. As Kady hacks into a tangled web of data to find the truth, it's clear only one person can help her bring it all to light: the ex-boyfriend she <em>swore</em> she'd never speak to again.</p>
Illuminae is probably one of the most hyped up releases of 2015, and I can’t really figure out why. Neither author’s previous works are that big, and the book itself really isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. Maybe I need to be enlightened. But I found the entire thing to be incredibly average and just simply “good”. There are little other ways to describe it. Continue reading
The Alex Crow
by Andrew SmithGenre: Science Fiction Release Date:
5th March 2015 Publisher: Electric Monkey Source: Publisher Add it: Goodreads Rating:
Once again blending multiple story strands that transcend time and place, Grasshopper Jungle author Andrew Smith tells the story of 15-year-old Ariel, a refugee from the Middle East who is the sole survivor of an attack on his small village. Now living with an adoptive family in Sunday, West Virginia, Ariel's story of his summer at a boys' camp for tech detox is juxtaposed against those of a schizophrenic bomber and the diaries of a failed arctic expedition from the late nineteenth century. Oh, and there’s also a depressed bionic reincarnated crow.
The Alex Crow is a fantastically weird and fun book that still managed to make me cry several times. I mean, that’s not hard to do considering I once cried at a Lloyds TSB advert but the point still stands; Andrew Smith is really good at making the reader cry even while laughing. Continue reading
by Andy WeirGenre: Science Fiction Release Date:
August 28, 2014 Publisher: Del Rey Source: Bought Add it: Goodreads Rating:
Six days ago, astronaut Mark Watney became one of the first men to walk on the surface of Mars. Now, he's sure he'll be the first man to die there.
It started with the dust storm that holed his suit and nearly killed him, and that forced his crew to leave him behind, sure he was already dead. Now he's stranded millions of miles from the nearest human being, with no way to even signal Earth that he's alive--and even if he could get word out, his food would be gone years before a rescue mission could arrive. Chances are, though, he won't have time to starve to death. The damaged machinery, unforgiving environment, or plain-old "human error" are much more likely to get him first.
But Mark isn't ready to give up yet. Drawing on his ingenuity, his engineering skills--and a relentless, dogged refusal to quit--he steadfastly confronts one seemingly insurmountable obstacle after the next. But will his resourcefulness be enough to overcome the impossible odds against him?
Goodbye, my friends, I have been killed by a book.