Everyone in Zoel's Community are logical, orderly and unemotional. They are, quite literally, wired that way thanks thigh school & up #1 in trilogy
Everyone in Zoel's Community are logical, orderly and unemotional. They are, quite literally, wired that way thanks to their V-chip implants. Except Zoel, she keeps glitching. Now, she can see colors and she can feel emotions. If anyone in authority notices she'll be reprogrammed, or worse, deactivated. While trying to hide her glitches she meets a boy who wants her to join the resistance and help save all the other glitchers and eventually overthrow the whole system.
I'm so happy that this is first in a trilogy. I really, really enjoyed this one. The pacing is perfect, Zoel (or as she prefers Zoe) is a great character and there are quite a few twists and turns that really had me anxious to find out what was going to happen. There is one of the usual complications you'll find in YA: two boys to choose from. What's a girl to do? The handsome one with all the danger and excitement or the other handsome one with all the promises of safety and high living? Even so, this book managed to put a bit of a new spin on it. The author did a good job of informing us about the Community. We get enough details and description to make it seem real but not enough to be boring. This book was mostly detail on the Community so I'm hoping the next book we'll get to know more about the resistance.
Socialpunk (#1) by Monica Leonelle high school & up
Ima is attending a rave type party with her best friend and long time unrequited love Dash. WhiSocialpunk (#1) by Monica Leonelle high school & up
Ima is attending a rave type party with her best friend and long time unrequited love Dash. While at the party she makes a new friend (rare occurrence for her) and is freaked out when violence erupts and no one seems to care. She and her new friend Nahum are lead out to safety by a mysterious stranger who is surprised to discover that Ima is an actual, living person. When they arrive in Vaughn's city they learn that Ima's domed city of Chicago isn't entirely real. Vaughn lives in Chicago, the real Chicago, and her version is slated to be destroyed soon. Ima and Nahum receive physical upgrades to help them blend in to the new society and Ima convinces her new friends to help her rescue Dash.
I was contacted by the author and asked if I'd like to take part in a blog tour for this book. Based on the little description she gave me I agreed. You know me, I love dystopia. The future society is pretty interesting. Money has basically been replaced by "Clout." It sounds similar to being liked on Facebook or retweeted. I really liked that whole angle. Online friends and such don't really mean alot except for the fact that they're really important to the current generation of kids. I enjoyed the story (mostly). Like I said before, I really liked the way the new society is set up. Very intriguing. I'm not sure that I liked Ima though. She is entirely too focused on Dash and way too oblivious about their relationship. She does show some strength of character and smarts when a new friend winds up in jail. I think I'll be much more interested in her if she lets go of the whole Dash thing and there are indications that she might. This is the first is a series so naturally we're left with a few cliffhangers. All in all: a good read.
Being who I am though, I have to note that there were some typos and several misused words.
The Spore Wars have killed off most of the middle aged people. This leaves two main age groups: the Enders (old people) and the Starters (teenagers anThe Spore Wars have killed off most of the middle aged people. This leaves two main age groups: the Enders (old people) and the Starters (teenagers and younger). The Enders have all the money, all the power and routinely live to a healthy 120 years. "Unclaimed minors" aren't allowed to work because that might take a job away from an Ender. Callie "dontates" her time and body to a company called Prime Destinations. The company offers Enders the chance to have their consciousness transferred to a different body. During a rental, Callie inexplicably finds herself regaining control of her body although that is supposed to be impossible. She also discovers that her renter is planning on using her body to assassinate someone.
This was a good book. The Spore Wars could've used a little bit more backstory. Actually, the whole society needed more set up. We do get some of that through Callie's remembrances. I wish there was more about her dad. He seemed extremely important to her (like most dads, I guess) but he also seems to have an important part in the overall story. I really like Callie. Strong female leads are always a plus with me. She's got the requisite little brother that she is determined to protect at all costs. Naturally, there's a little romantic entanglement that comes with a couple of twists that I didn't see coming. All in all, a great YA story. Good story, good pacing, and teenagers sticking it to the man. What more could a YA story ask for? ...more
he population of the world has been more than decimated. Ninety-nine percent of the human population is dead. That isn't even the worst part. All babihe population of the world has been more than decimated. Ninety-nine percent of the human population is dead. That isn't even the worst part. All babies that are born die within days of the same virus that took the rest of the population. The youngest human is now 14 years old. Kira is a 16 year old medic who is gifted at research. She feels compelled to try anything to discover a real cure for the virus. The government's plan is to amend the Hope Act. The Hope Act requires all females to get pregnant as quickly and as often as possible in hopes that eventually a baby will be born immune. In the 11 years since the beginning of the Hope Act it hasn't happened once. All babies die and the human race is staring extinction in the face.
I loved, loved this book! I stayed up late two nights in a a row because I wanted to keep reading. The pace is perfect: plenty of action without being repetitive. I've read plenty of post-apocalyptic fiction but the concept of no healthy babies being born is terrific fiction. What better motivator could there be? Trying to fix that one problem would be worth sacrificing anything. Kira is a fantastic character. Very strong and determined. Her friends are great characters too. They're willing to help her and they still have all their own personalities. The story does have one or two plot holes but they don't distract too much from the story. And actually, I'm pretty sure one of them is just setting up for the sequel. I will definitely be looking out for that sequel....more
Beatrice has grown up in a society where people are classified according to personality traits. Her family is part of the Abnegation faction; they valBeatrice has grown up in a society where people are classified according to personality traits. Her family is part of the Abnegation faction; they value others more than themselves. As Beatrice comes of age, she takes part in the ceremony where she will choose the faction that she will belong to for the rest of her life. First there is a test that identifies for you which faction best fits your personality. Most people identify most strongly with the faction they grew up with. Those who don't are deemed "divergent." Beatrice learns that she is Divergent and that it is very, very dangerous to let anyone know that. When she chooses a different faction she discovers there is a lot more trouble between and within the factions than she would have ever guessed.
Very good book. I love dystopia so much. I think there should be an ethics/moral philosophy course in every high school and it should be taught by a dystopian sci-fi geek. Oh, my god, the fun that could be had with this book. Start out with a discussion of that old adage "you can never have too much of a good thing." Oh, really? Read this book and then let's talk about it. There is plenty of action to keep boys engaged and interested even though the lead is a girl. The girls will stay interested because, well, the lead is a girl. Not to mention I bet a lot of high school girls wish they were fearless. Heck, I bet the boys do too. Anyway, high school is all about trying to fit in. Nobody understands cliques, in-crowds or factions better than high school students....more
Amy and her parents are taking a journey to a new planet that needs colonizing. Since it is over 300 years away, they are travelinhigh school & up
Amy and her parents are taking a journey to a new planet that needs colonizing. Since it is over 300 years away, they are traveling in storage. All of the colonists are frozen in suspended animation awaiting their arrival. Somehow Amy is revived and encounters great difficulty adjusting to life aboard the ship. Especially since there is unwelcome news concerning the expected arrival at the new planet.
One of the blurbs on the front of this book says "unforgettable opening scene." Pretty accurate. I've read plenty of science fiction where "cold storage" of people is mentioned. Until now I hadn't read a description of the process. Well, no I take that back. Heinlein did do a brief mention in The Door into Summer. Revis' description is much more detailed and descriptive. After that there aren't many more comparisons with Heinlein. I only give those out sparingly. I just can't decide if I like Amy or not. Once revived she spends a great deal of time whining about her parents and pouting over a boy. What I did like was the way the society aboard the ship has changed. Over the generations that the journey requires a dictator has taken control and is managing the people on board through ignorance and medications. The limited gene pool and the conditions on board the ship are a really good backdrop to show the how drastically societies can change. ...more
June is a 15 year old military prodigy living in the privileged sector of the Republic which used to be the Western United States. Her brother gets kiJune is a 15 year old military prodigy living in the privileged sector of the Republic which used to be the Western United States. Her brother gets killed while chasing one of the Republic's most notorious criminals. Day is the most notorious criminal. He gets injured while stealing plague medicine to help his little brother. When June decides to track down Day, she discovers there is more to the Republic that she ever guessed.
I quite enjoyed this book. I just love dystopian futures. To me, they just have more potential. Anyway, this is a good one. I would've liked a little more backstory on Day to start out with. However, it turns out that the lack actually plays into some of the revelations. Day and June are both really interesting characters. Day is a very Robin Hood-esque character. So, I loved the characters and I liked the action/ drama involved. I hope there will be another book and the ending seemed to suggest it. ...more
Based on the real activities of Sophie Scholl during World War Two. It is set in a world where Big Brother has been allowed to run amok. Some teenagerBased on the real activities of Sophie Scholl during World War Two. It is set in a world where Big Brother has been allowed to run amok. Some teenagers who still remember having the freedom to read, write and think for themselves begin encouraging others to rebel against the "Zero Tolerance" party. ...more
This is the second time that I've picked up this book to read. I was initially intrigued by premise of a post-apocalypse world. The first time, I putThis is the second time that I've picked up this book to read. I was initially intrigued by premise of a post-apocalypse world. The first time, I put it away because the writing style took some getting used to. There is no dialogue punctuation and no chapters. I thought of this book being like reading a dream. When I dream, nothing makes sense and yet everthing is connected and makes perfect sense. Once I just accepted the writing style, I was completely absorbed by the story. I did find myself trying to figure out what exactly happened to the world? Atomic bomb, giantic meteor crash, massive volcanoe eruptions? I want to know. ...more
I quit reading this book when the itelligent dinosaurs showed up living in the interior of Phobos. (Phobos is one of Mars' moons.) That just requiredI quit reading this book when the itelligent dinosaurs showed up living in the interior of Phobos. (Phobos is one of Mars' moons.) That just required that I suspend a little too much disbelief. Parts of the story I really enjoyed. If it could've focused more on the Olmos family and the Philly cop I would have pushed through the rest of the book. I made it to page 229 out of 517. ...more
This book is set in 1999 and was written back in the 1960s. Malthus would be unsurprised by the living conditions described. Nobody has enough food, wThis book is set in 1999 and was written back in the 1960s. Malthus would be unsurprised by the living conditions described. Nobody has enough food, water or living space. The total population of New York City alone is over 35 million. Very bleak description of the "future" and makes conservationism and recycling seem like even more of a good idea. ...more
I picked this book at the library because I liked the title and the cover art looked interesting. When I actually opened it and started reading, I reaI picked this book at the library because I liked the title and the cover art looked interesting. When I actually opened it and started reading, I realized something. I'd already read this book. I remember liking it the first time so I went ahead and read it again. It is a fun story. A virtual reality game has become the primary economy & government system for an entire planet. How succesful a person is in the game determines their status in "real life." ...more
Very good. The copy I read as a cover blurb that compares this book to the Lord of the Flies as written by Stephen King. That seems accurate. I very mVery good. The copy I read as a cover blurb that compares this book to the Lord of the Flies as written by Stephen King. That seems accurate. I very much enjoyed this book and plan to read the next one. ...more
I was so happy to be done with this trilogy. I mostly loved the characters, but they never seemed to learn their lesson. They begged the Inkweaver toI was so happy to be done with this trilogy. I mostly loved the characters, but they never seemed to learn their lesson. They begged the Inkweaver to write words that would solve all their problems. Never mind that it was usually written words that had got them in trouble in the first place. Still, that minor annoyance aside, I enjoyed the story. (I do wonder what happened to all Elinor's book though.)...more