GAAAAH THE ENDING OF THIS BOOK! What happened?? :( I'm not going to write any spoilers about this ending, but boy was it frustrating. Pratchett and BaGAAAAH THE ENDING OF THIS BOOK! What happened?? :( I'm not going to write any spoilers about this ending, but boy was it frustrating. Pratchett and Baxter spend the majority of the book introducing the reader to a fascinating world, and then the journey ends abruptly and jarringly. I haven't read any other Pratchett books, so I went into this book with no expectations. In The Long Earth, a scientist has invented a device that allows anyone to cross into limitless alternate earths in other dimensions, or "Step," between worlds. This revolution has vast effects on world culture and economy as pioneers begin journeying into the alternate Earths. We learn that on most of these worlds, humans never evolved, but there are humanoid creatures who can step naturally without the aid of devices. Some humans, like the main character Joshua, also find they have a natural ability to travel between worlds. Joshua is sent on a journey to explore the edges of the alternate Earths. His story is interspersed with some vignettes of the pioneers and entrepreneurs who decide to explore and settle the alternate worlds. I loved the stories of the pioneers and the unique ways the authors envisioned about how a discovery like this would change the world. The rich details allow the reader to really sink into these new worlds. This book would have been a five-star book for me except for the ending. Listening on audio, I actually thought I was missing some tracks when the book ended! It ends right in the middle of the story, very frustrating. Even if there is going to be a sequel or subsequent books in the series (And I hope there are!!), the authors could have done a better job of tying up the major threads of this story before moving on....more
I loved this book and sped through reading it while I was sick and couldn't do anything else. Readers will immediately be pulled into the story becausI loved this book and sped through reading it while I was sick and couldn't do anything else. Readers will immediately be pulled into the story because Miranda takes many of the cliched tropes of a "paranormal" teen book and turns them upside down. After Delaney falls through ice on a lake in her Maine hometown, she's technically dead for 11 minutes. After waking from a 6-day coma, she discovers she has a supernatural power. She's torn between her lifelong male best friend and a mysterious new guy in town. It all sounds pretty generic but you won't believe how all those plot elements play out! Delaney's mental state after waking from her coma, her recovery, and her depression are all deftly handled by the author as well. A quick, dark, and satisfying read. I don't think this book necessarily needs a sequel....more
"Glow" is a fascinating examination of how people turn to religion when tragedy strikes, and both the positive and negative connotations of that aspec"Glow" is a fascinating examination of how people turn to religion when tragedy strikes, and both the positive and negative connotations of that aspect of human nature - wrapped in action-packed teen space drama.
When a future Earth has been stripped of its natural resources and life becomes unsustainable, two groups of refugees are sent into space on ships with the mission of populating a distant planet. Teens Waverly and Kieran have spent their whole lives on the Empyrean, one of the ships. When the crew of the Empyrean encounter the second ship, the New Horizon, after being out of contact for decades, chaos ensues and Waverly and Kieran's lives are changed forever. It's not long before readers learn that the New Horizon crew has become infertile while the Empyrean crew were able to bear children in space. The New Horizon and its creepy, charismatic leader steal the female children off the Empyrean for their fertility, leaving the boys and many of the adults for dead. Kieran must step in and become a leader for the boys when the rest of the ship's crew is killed or kidnapped, and Waverly must find a way for the girls to escape off the New Horizon.
The conclusion of this volume will definitely leave readers anticipating the second installment. This fascinating, philosophical series explores the gray areas surrounding many ethical and moral issues and would probably inspire quite a bit of discussion for a teen or adult book club....more