Set in France during World War II, The Bicycle Spy tells the story of a 12-year-old Marcel Christophe. MarceFull review posted on my blog, Blackplume
Set in France during World War II, The Bicycle Spy tells the story of a 12-year-old Marcel Christophe. Marcel is a good biker and he dreams of entering the Tour de France someday. But with the German ruling his country his dream suddenly becomes impossible. The race has been canceled indefinitely, Nazis are everywhere, soldiers are guarding every streets and they no longer feel safe in their own place. And It become more complicated when he found out that his parents are part of the Resistance and his new friend, Delphine Gilette and her family are in danger for being a Jewish. What a young boy can do against the Nazi soldiers? Can he save his friend before the Gestapo get hold of her and her family?
Marcel as the protagonist is very brave. Though his train of thought sometimes sounds too mature for his age I still find him and his situation believable. His friendships with Delphine is sweet and his relationship with his parents is endearing.
In Wendy Spinale’s take, Peter Pan’s story is twisted and re-imagined into a darker version which is set inFull review posted on my blog, Blackplume
In Wendy Spinale’s take, Peter Pan’s story is twisted and re-imagined into a darker version which is set in a steam-punk/dystopian world.
Told from points of view of Hook and Gwen Darling the story set in a post-apocalyptic version of England after most of the humanity was destroyed by a epidemic virus.
Hook is a young German officer looking for a cure to Horologia virus which he believed can be found in a girl that is immune to the disease. Gwen maybe the only immune which makes her a target of Hook and his crew. And to complicate things, Gwen sister is captured by Hook. With the help of Pete and his team of Lost Boys, Gwen will do anything to rescue her sister. Is saving one life worth risking few more or worst the rest of the humanity?
Wendy Spinale’s Everland is a re-imagining of Peter Pan story that’s sure to delight readers. It’s fast-pace and thrilling that not only tell a new adventure of familiar characters but also a new and imaginative world for readers to get lost into.
The Loneliness of Distant Beings is a space opera novel that tell the story of Seren, a teenager who lives iFull review posted on my blog, Blackplume
The Loneliness of Distant Beings is a space opera novel that tell the story of Seren, a teenager who lives in a spaceship called Ventura, along with a whole community who follows rules and protocols assigned to them. Their jobs are assigned according to their skills, their homes are assigned based on the location of their work, and their life partners are chosen by the system that ensure genetic diversity and continuation of the human race. Most of them just go with it, never question the system nor the order and the rules but not Seren, especially after she met and fall for a young man who isn’t her assigned life partner.
On its surface, The Loneliness of Distant Beings is an affecting romance, but beneath the romance is a story of society trying to survive in outer space with all the rules and regulations that keeping them intact.
Kate Ling descriptions of Ventura spaceship and the life aboard in it is vivid and easy to follow. The world development is pretty flowing and absorbing making the story and situation easily believable in-spite of the outer space settings. The space settings actually reminds me of the novel/TV series The 100, while the controlled society reminds me of dystopian novels such as The Giver and Divergent.