Laia is a teenage Scholar girl living with her grandparents and brother in Serra, under the rule of the unforgiving Martial Empire. One night, the MasLaia is a teenage Scholar girl living with her grandparents and brother in Serra, under the rule of the unforgiving Martial Empire. One night, the Masks (an elite Martial fighting group) raids the house killing her grandparents and taking her brother to prison, claiming he has committed treason. Laia manages to flee and meets the Resistance, who put her in the house of the Commandant, the leader of the Masks, as a slave and spy. Elias is about to graduate as a Mask from Blackcliffe Academy, but is planning his escape from that life. The book alternates between Laia and Elias's viewpoints. Will Laia be able to get her brother out of prison? Will Elias ever escape the Martial military? To find out, read this awesome book. Highly recommended for ages 14+, 5 stars.
I adored this book! I literally could not stop reading it, and it's hard to believe that this is the author's first book. The author is great at world-building and you can feel yourself totally immersed in the characters and setting. It definitely lives up to the tremendous hype it has gotten so far. The description made it sound like the Martials are Roman, and the Scholars sound Greek or Egyptian to me. I really enjoyed the writing, and even the story was fairly complex, I was able to follow along pretty easily. The violence in the book is pretty graphic, especially in the beginning,so that's why I settled on ages fourteen plus. I can't wait to see what happen next in the series - apparently it is billed as a stand-alone book, but she definitely left it wide open for a sequel and I know many people will be disappointed if she does not!...more
My version is 13 discs. This is seriously the best book I've listened to in a long while. It was a crazy seriously nerdy story, but I really enjoyed iMy version is 13 discs. This is seriously the best book I've listened to in a long while. It was a crazy seriously nerdy story, but I really enjoyed it. I originally picked it up after listening to Wil Wheaton read another awesome book, Bill Willingham's "Peter & Max" A Fables Novel." When I looked up his list of other recorded books, this was one of the first ones there. It's no wonder Wil Wheaton is awesome as he helped the book win a 2012 Alex award for its audiobook version.
The premise is that it is 2044, and everyone in the dystopian world is connected to this virtual reality MMORPG sensation called the OASIS, as the real world sucks. The creator of the Oasis is a man named James Halliday, part of gaming company, who, five years previously, left his 240 billion dollar fortune to the person who can solve three puzzles and gates. Halliday was obsessed with 1980s culture and a gaming community named the Gunters springs up studying everything 80s and Halliday, to try to find the egg. Wade, aka Parzival, is a high school senior and the main character of the book. He becomes the first to get the first key and go through the first gate. Right after he gets the key, he runs into Art3mis (Artemis) who he later falls for. Parzival's best friend is a guy named Aech, and he also ends up in the top 5 of the contest, along with two Japanese "brothers" Datto and Shoto (to see a fan-drawing of these characters, check out the Ready Player One website: http://www.readyplayerone.com/). Parzival and friends are battling it out against the Sixers, a task force created by Halliday's rival gaming/internet company IOI, who do not play by the rules. They will use anything to win. Will Parzival and the others be able to win against such great odds? Will Parzival ever be able to tell Art3mis how he really feels? Will anyone meet in person? To find out, read this amazing book! Highly recommended for ages 12+, 5 stars. ...more
I had originally tried the audiobook version of this, but got too distracted to listen to it, so I figured the graphic novel version would work betterI had originally tried the audiobook version of this, but got too distracted to listen to it, so I figured the graphic novel version would work better (which it did). The book is set in the not-too-distant-future and is about fireman Guy Montag, whose job is to find all books and burn them and the houses that contain them down. He has been a fireman for years and always liked his job, until he is questioned by a young free-spirited girl named Clarissa, who opens up his eyes and makes him question everything. He ends up hoarding a book from a burning and reads it and soon he is devouring all the books he can get his hands on. His wife ends up betraying him and he has to burn down his own house, but ends up killing his boss and escaping with some books. He joins a group of intellectuals who have each memorized one book and when it is safe, they will write them all down. Recommended for ages 13+, 3 stars. ...more
Ok I must admit that I read this book because I had seen it before in the library and also because it was a 3-time award winner. Now this doesn't neceOk I must admit that I read this book because I had seen it before in the library and also because it was a 3-time award winner. Now this doesn't necessarily mean that it will be good, as the Caldecott-winning book "The Hello,Goodbye Window" can attest to. Anyways, I enjoyed the story although I will say that I think they should've ended it after the funeral. I also am very glad that they had a family tree and introduction to the characters in the front of the book because there are so many early on, it is hard to keep track of everyone.
Matt lives in a small shack with Celia, a cook at the Alacran's main house. He lives a simple life and is content. That is until one day, he discovers some children playing outside his house and his world is turned upside down. He learns that he is a clone of El Patron, the 140+ yr old drug warlord of Opium, a small empire in Aztlan (formerly known as Mexico). The Alacran family members and all of the staff shun him once his existence is known. El Patron gives him a bodyguard named Tam Lin, who eventually becomes his family figure. What will happen to Matt? Will he survive past 14, an age when most clones die? What will happen to the Alacran family? Will they ever be punished for their evil ways? Recommended for ages 12+, 3 1/2 stars. ...more
This book was originally written by O.T. Nelson in 1975, and this version was retold by Dan Jolley. This is an ARC from Netgalley. I would've given itThis book was originally written by O.T. Nelson in 1975, and this version was retold by Dan Jolley. This is an ARC from Netgalley. I would've given it more stars, but I didn't like the ending.
A virus has wiped out the entire population over the age of 12, and the story is about Lisa and her younger brother Todd surviving with the help of the neighborhood kids. Everyone bands together by moving into the local school and creating their own self-sufficient city named Glenbard, where they can protect everyone with a militia. That is, until one day, the Chidester Gang manages to break through their defenses. Will Lisa and the kids of Glenbard be able to take back the city? To find out, read this graphic novel. Recommended for ages 10+, 3 stars. ...more
I had been waiting 1 1/2 months to read this book and I was happy to finally pick it up from the library. I really loved this book, as the author wasI had been waiting 1 1/2 months to read this book and I was happy to finally pick it up from the library. I really loved this book, as the author was so good at climaxing the action until the end, however the ending itself was so anti-climatic in comparison to the rest of the book that I knocked it down one star. It was also hard to follow at times as one character would be talking and then all of a sudden the first character would be inside the second's head, so it got kind of confusing. It seems that the author does plan on making the book into a series, so maybe that will redeem the first book a bit. As a side note, I think I have discovered my second favorite kissing writer after Cassandra Clare (that is someone who writes about kissing in such a way that you can imagine yourself in the story as the main character).
The story is kind of hard to explain, but I will try. It is a dystopian tale and individuals known as the Thinkers control everything that people in Goodland think and do, and so the whole population is pretty much brainwashed. The main character Violet/Vi is a small scale 15 yr old troublemaker who gets busted while out with her best friend, a boy named Zenn, and it's clear that she has been in love with him for a long time. She ends up in prison where she meets Jag, an inmate from the Badlands, but as she gets to know him, she realizes that all things are not as they seem. The man in charge of the Thinkers is this guy named Thane who wants to recruit Vi and Jag for their powers of control, that only Vi is starting to realize that she has. So Jag and Vi spend most of the book running away from the Thinkers and running towards a safe area, falling in love along the way. Will they make it? Or will Thane capture them? You need to read this exciting new book to find out. Recommended for ages 12+. ...more
It took me awhile to get into this book, but once I did the action never stopped! In this second volume of the series Ty's parents have decided to selIt took me awhile to get into this book, but once I did the action never stopped! In this second volume of the series Ty's parents have decided to sell their produce to the surfs (the surfeit population, who live in subsidized townships owned by the government), only it doesn't goes as planned and they get kidnapped. Ty discovers that someone has killed all the inhabitants of one of the townships, but can't figure out why. He goes to a boxing match between Shade, Gemma's brother, and a local surf to find the answers to these questions and it is from there that his and Gemma's adventures really begin. Recommended for ages 10+. ...more