When the town of Chester's Mill gets cut off from the outside world by a dome structure, all hell breaks loose. I felt like we were observing the peop...moreWhen the town of Chester's Mill gets cut off from the outside world by a dome structure, all hell breaks loose. I felt like we were observing the people of Chester's Mill from under a microscope. They could barely hold together an intense situation and I fear that this would be common for people stuck in one place. Cabin fever, maybe?
Barbara was one of my favorite characters, I only wish we could have seen him take some kind of control, rather than be kind of bossed and pushed around by the town cronies. I know he was significantly outmanned, but...well.
I have to say I would have liked the ending to be a little more triumphant. After all that time (a whole week! :P), they finally get the leatherheads to let them go, but it seemed sort of forced, like Stephen King wasn't sure he knew if he should let them out at all.
Overall, I really liked it. The characters were really interesting and I liked seeing every one's perspectives. I can't believe the book only spans one week, it felt like the people of Chester's Mill were stuck for much longer -- and I am sure that it how they felt as well!(less)
In Her Name: Empire follows a young boy, Reza, throughout his life as he loses his family, friends, and gets taken prisoner by the aliens who have des...moreIn Her Name: Empire follows a young boy, Reza, throughout his life as he loses his family, friends, and gets taken prisoner by the aliens who have destroyed the people he loves.
Reza was definitely an interesting character. Throughout the book, we watched him grow from a boy to a man, fall in love, and fight for his life. I really enjoyed learning about the alien culture that the humans were fighting against, but I missed his human companions once they were gone. The beginning of the book started out a bit slow for me, but definitely picked up once Reza was introduced.
Overall, the book left me wanting to know more. Why are the Kreelans fighting the humans? Will we see Reza again? I know there are other books after this one and I can't wait to read them.(less)
I have to say that this book had me from the start! It was really an enjoyable read, one that I wish I had been able to come across as a teen reader....moreI have to say that this book had me from the start! It was really an enjoyable read, one that I wish I had been able to come across as a teen reader. And what’s also awesome about it? It’s FREE on Kindle (click the image to get there).
So, The Softwire: Virus on Orbis 1 is a sci-fi novel, that, although it is considered a young adult novel, appeals to all ages. I really found the characters highly relatable and very interesting. As soon as I picked it up, I couldn’t put it down.
The novel centers around a young boy, J.T., and his fellow human children. The group is traveling on a seed-ship to a remote place called Orbis, their new home. We find out early in the novel that there are no adults on the seed-ship, the Renaissance, and that they all mysteriously perished. They were originally headed to Orbis, to work one year on each of its rings. The children arrive to find out that they must work off the agreement their parents made as, sort of, a bunch of indentured servants.
J.T. is one of the older kids and he is a tough one. We find out he can talk to the computer by just thinking. The aliens on Orbis call people with this talent Softwires. J.T. doesn’t take too kindly to being singled out. Who could blame him?
The world of Orbis is described with great wonder. I really wish I could see this place. It seems awesome. J.T. has a few friends, and a silent sister, that follow him around and help him out during their time on Orbis 1. Just as they arrive, however, things start going wonky with the central computer – a supposed infallible piece of technology. Many of the citizens blame J.T.
You’ll have to read to find out who the culprits are behind this, but it is full of plenty of intrigue and information regarding a fully developed world. I really want to know more, and I have already purchased the second novel, The Softwire: Betrayal on Orbis 2.(less)
The Hunger Games is a story rife with drama, love, and fear. Katniss Everdeen is her family's sole provid...moreThis book had me riveted from the beginning.
The Hunger Games is a story rife with drama, love, and fear. Katniss Everdeen is her family's sole provider. She lives in North America, in some kind of dystopian future. There are 12 districts, each known for producing some kind of product, and each is cut off from the rest. They all defer to the Capitol. In the past, there was a huge war and uprising against the Capitol, resulting in the complete destruction of a 13th District. To remind the people of Panem (what they call their world) of the atrocities their ancestors committed, each district must send one girl and one boy to compete in the deadliest battle: The Hunger Games.
Katniss is all about protecting her family, so when her sister's name gets called as the female tribute from District 12, Katniss immediately volunteers to take her place. Later, she realizes that the male tribute is a boy who nearly saved her life by risking to give her some bread when she and her family were starving. She owes him, and she doesn't want to have to owe ANYONE in the Hunger Games.
The Hunger Games is a fight to the death. The last person standing returns to their district as a hero. They are given wealth and food for the rest of their lives. They just have to kill (or sit by while others kill) all of the other tributes. It's a bloodbath.
The worst part is that the people in the Capitol find this game so entertaining. They make bets on the tributes, they can send them gifts. They watch the whole thing play out on TV like some twisted game of Survivor. And all the while, we are rooting for Katniss to win.
My favorite character is Peeta, the boy tribute from Katniss' district. He is funny, charming, and sweet. It seems impossible that Katniss or he will have to die for the book to end. The whole story was a rollercoaster of craziness, right from beginning to end.(less)
Though I couldn't really put it down, it was more for the sake of finishing it and seeing what happened. Catching Fire doesn't live up to its predeces...moreThough I couldn't really put it down, it was more for the sake of finishing it and seeing what happened. Catching Fire doesn't live up to its predecessor, but it's still a fast paced book.
Catching Fire follows Katniss Everdeen after she makes it home from The Hunger Games. She finds out that her defiance to save both her and Peeta's lives has resulted in the stirrings of rebellion in the other districts of Panem. President Snow (from the Capitol) tries to convince Katniss to turn things around by trying to prove to the other districts that what she did, she only did out of love.
Katniss know that isn't true, but wants to protect her family. She tries, but fails.
Snow pretty much despises her, and (I believe) rigs the Quarter Quell so that she will have to go back into the Hunger Games. This year, they decide to choose from previous winners. Katniss HAS to go back in, because she is the only girl winner from District 12.
Once in, it's a whirlwind of events. You'll never know what hit you.
I'm interested to see how things end and will be continuing on with the last book shortly!(less)
Realm Hunter: Pursuit of the Silver Dirk is one of the most interesting books I've read in awhile. It is a blend of science fiction and fantasy, with...moreRealm Hunter: Pursuit of the Silver Dirk is one of the most interesting books I've read in awhile. It is a blend of science fiction and fantasy, with even a little mysterious twist. The book is told from the perspective of Bear Waters, a bounty hunter in a world where Ghoul's Room and lycanthrope's are vulnerable to silver. Before long, we come to realize that Bear's world isn't the only world out there. There are others, one of them being our own, and they are all similar in different ways. The Silver Dirk is a man that is believed to come from "our" world, World One, a doctor named Eric Bennadict. He is committing various crimes on World Two, which lead Bear to finding out about the different realms that exist.
We follow Bear on his pursuit of the Silver Dirk, which takes him to various worlds and to encounters of dinosaurs and different people. All the while, he and his friends are trying to figure out just what the Silver Dirk's motives are.
I really enjoyed Bear as a character, and despite the fact that he said he often rambled in retellings, the ramblings were a bit much at the beginning. This made the book hard to get through no matter how interested I was in the story. It took me a little longer to read than I would have liked, but it was definitely worth finishing. The story really picked up at the end for me and I really can't wait to read the second one and find out what happens next!(less)
I have to say that this was not one of my favorite novels by Jules Verne. After reading 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, I wanted to delve more into his...moreI have to say that this was not one of my favorite novels by Jules Verne. After reading 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, I wanted to delve more into his books. However, this one was just plain boring in comparison.
Despite it being short, it took me forever to read. There was a lot of long-winded descriptions and not much action. Harry complained the whole adventure, wanting to turn back at every obstacle. I hate to say that I had higher expectations of this book based on the movies I have seen regarding it. I don't think this will stop me from reading Verne's novels, but if more turn out this way, I don't think I'll stick them through until the end. The only reason I didn't really put this one down was because of its length. (less)
I really liked these "preludes" to the novel Heirs of Mars. I have not yet read the novel in which these preludes are based, but the short stories def...moreI really liked these "preludes" to the novel Heirs of Mars. I have not yet read the novel in which these preludes are based, but the short stories definitely grabbed my attention and interest for the novel.
There are three short stories in this volume that describe the events leading up to Heirs of Mars. I was really intrigued by the culture of synthetic beings, as well as the "clones" that seem to infiltrate the bases on Mars. Mars also seems like a relatively unhappy or just plain boring place to live, especially for a kid. Not that this a bad thing; it just shows that a new "adventure" might not turn out as you expect it.
I definitely put Heirs of Mars on my to-read list. It seems like it will be a very interesting ride!(less)