It’s been forty-three years since the Animal Plague forced everyone to move behind the safety of The Wall. Every animal on the planet was effected byIt’s been forty-three years since the Animal Plague forced everyone to move behind the safety of The Wall. Every animal on the planet was effected by the plague, causing them to turn viscious and kill anyone that got in their path. People still have nightmares and are afraid to even look at pictures of animals.
Space is definitely a problem since the construction of The Wall. Only about a third of the planet is available for living space since everything outside The Wall is dead from the poison gas used to kill the animals and their habitats. Every available space is covered with concrete to make room for people. There isn’t any “real” food anymore since animals don’t exist and there isn’t any place for food to grow. People have to live on top of each other and those unfortunate enough to live on the lower levels have to battle the mold that grows everywhere because of the moisture and lack of sunlight. Life is dreary in the Shadows (the lower levels).
Mika is a good kid, but He has been having a tough time lately though because he can’t get over the fact that his twin sister, Ellie, has disappeared. It’s been a year and everyone thinks she is dead - except Mika. He refuses to believe Ellie is gone.
Mika has even more to think about when the government introduces a new game and fitness program in the schools. He has an unexplainable distrust of anything to do with the Fit For Life program, but when he learns that participating in the games might lead him to Ellie, he puts everything he has into winning.
Emma Clayton does a great job of creating this post-apolcalyptic world for the reader. Science Fiction elements like Pod Fighters, space travel, and mental telepathy quickly draw the reader into the story. Mika is a loveable character and you’ll be on the edge of your seat as he and his gaming partner, Audrey, navigate their way through a sinister plan cooked up by an evil government.
The creators didn’t know that the virusSomeone created a deadly virus.
Someone let it loose on their enemy.
Someone didn’t realize how powerful it was.
The creators didn’t know that the virus would spread and kill everyone in its path. Including themselves. The virus killed everyone except for the children.
On a day like any other, families made their way to the Isles of Wonder. The Isles of Wonder is a gigantic theme park consisting of five islands, each specializing in a certain type of entertainment. The kids that showed up on this particular day didn’t realize they would have to call it home after their parents and older siblings dropped dead in the middle of the park without warning.
Josh, along with his sister Maddie, are just two of the thousands of children left wandering the islands alone after the catastrophe. It takes a couple of days for them to snap out of the shock of losing their parents and older sister, but when a voice booms from the top of the Palace calling everyone to listen, Josh and Maddie go to listen to what the speaker has to say.
Milo, whose father used to be in charge of the sound system at the Isle of Wonder decides it’s time to get people organized. Taking on the persona of King Neptune, he attempts to enlist vounteers to serve as a committee to make decisions for the larger group. Soon, children are pulling together to dispose of the dead bodies, take care of the children that are too young to care for themselves, and make sure there is enough food and supplies to last them a long time.
Everything seems to be working. People are getting along, no one is going hungry, and kids are working themselves into a comfortable rhythm of day to day tasks. But, the question that many people have is, “What is outside the park?” When Josh and his friend Zoe witness lights in the distance, they decide to tell Milo, hoping he’ll put together a scouting party to see if there is anyone else alive.
Can everything stay perfect in their fairy tale world? Will King Neptune allow people to leave the Isle of Wonder? How far will people go to remain in power?
NEPTUNE’S CHILDREN is a fascinating page-turner. The author creates a relatively safe world for the setting. The children never face hunger, lack supplies, or have to deal with harsh weather. The story relys on the interactions between the characters. Josh, the main character, isn’t always in the core group of decision makers, so the reader has to suffer right along with him when he doesn’t know what is going on around the park.
NEPTUNE’S CHILDREN would be a good suggestion for someone who enjoyed GONE by Michael Grant. There are many similarities. GONE is just categorized as a fantasy and involves supernatural elements whereas NEPTUNE’S CHILDREN does not. This is a great choice for anyone that enjoys the post-apocalyptic/survival genre. ...more
Stopmouth isn’t the most respected hunter in the village, but he is the fastest. His speed makes him a valuable member of any hunting team because eveStopmouth isn’t the most respected hunter in the village, but he is the fastest. His speed makes him a valuable member of any hunting team because every hunting team must come back with flesh. Lives depend on it. The consequences of a failed hunt doesn’t just mean the possibility of starvation. In Stopmouth’s world, if there isn’t enough flesh, members of the Tribe must volunteer to sustain their neighbors. If there aren’t enough volunteers, the Tribe leaders choose people for this “honor”. Stopmouth lives in a brutal world.
Life becomes very complicated for Stopmouth when a beautiful woman named Indrani comes into his life. She was piloting one of the Globes that fly through the sky when she was attacked by a fellow pilot and forced to crash in the village. Indrani speaks a different language and is feared by most people in the Tribe. Only Stopmouth gets to know her and attempts to communicate with her.
After a great betrayal, Stopmouth is forced to run away and leave the home he’s always known, forfeiting his membership in the Tribe. He takes Indrani with him and together, they face many dangers on their journey to safety.
Stopmouth learns a lot about his world and finds out things aren’t what they seem at all. He is forced to make difficult decisions that affect him, Indrani, and his entire world.
THE INFERIOR is a fascinating story. Stopmouth is a wonderful character and it is great to see him grow throughout the story. He goes from an insecure, young boy to a respected and skilled leader.
There could easily be a sequel to THE INFERIOR, but at the date of this post, there hasn’t been any word of one being planned.
Imagine, in the blink of an eye, in the flash of a blue light, you and every other human on the planet are reduced to less than six inches tall.
ImaginImagine, in the blink of an eye, in the flash of a blue light, you and every other human on the planet are reduced to less than six inches tall.
Imagine what it would be like in the world where nothing else was reduced in size. All the animals, insects, food, and shelter remained their regular size. Your backyard literally becomes a jungle.
IN THE SMALL presents just that scenario. Survivors struggle to make it to the safety of the home of their make shift leader, picking up stragglers along the way. Word has it, there are demons in their midst so Mouse, the leader, does his best to keep everyone together until they they make it to the safety of his home where he is hoping he’ll find his mother, sister, and grandfather alive.
The story moves very fast and anyone who enjoys reading about the post-apocalypse and survival will love this graphic novel. It is scheduled to be made into a movie in 2010.
Anax wants to become a member of The Academy. In order to be admitted, she must endure a four hour interview in front of a three member panel. Anax haAnax wants to become a member of The Academy. In order to be admitted, she must endure a four hour interview in front of a three member panel. Anax has been working with a tutor in order to prepare herself.
It is through this four hour interview that the reader learns the history of the world after a devastating plague killed most of the people on the planet. Safe behind the Great Sea Fence, her people keep their island safe by shooting any plane or boat that comes within sight. The society is based on rigid rules like: men and women living separately, parentage being kept from children, and at one year of age children are tested to determine what class they will be placed in based on their genomic reading (Laborers, Soldiers, Technicians, or Philosophers).
History is not what it seems.
Anax learns more about her world during the interview than she did during all her days of preparation. She realizes The Academy isn’t what it appears to be, but is it too late to change her current path?
GENESIS is a fast-paced story. It is interesting to read about the post-apocalyptic world Anax lives in. Bernard Beckett does a great job of building the story without revealing too much too soon. The ending will leave you stunned.
It’s been thirty years since the first plague swept through the world, killing the majority of the males on the planet. Being the only ones left to puIt’s been thirty years since the first plague swept through the world, killing the majority of the males on the planet. Being the only ones left to put the world back together, the women become the leaders of the world and the people with the most influence in society. Women make up 97% of the population. In the world they create, crime goes down, prisons empty, and the world becomes a more peaceful place to live. It is clear the men didn’t know what they were doing and because of that, the ones that are left don’t have many opportunities. The best and the brightest men can only hope for a chance at a non-threatening career like teacher, doctor, actor, or salesman.
The new government leaders (all women) decided only 5% of the population should be male. In order to ensure this, men were sterilized unless they passed the most rigorous of educational tests or trials. Most babies were created in test tubes or by articifical insemination.
Kellen, a fourteen-year-old boy, is the son of one of the lucky few men granted the right to conceive a child naturally. His mother, a high ranking official with the PAC (Population Apportionment Council), at one time, loved his father, but since he’d left the Seattle area to be a loner in the hinterlands, her number one priority has become her work. Kellen dreams of going to live with his father, Charlie, and working with him on a fishing boat.
Up until now, Kellen’s life has been pretty easy and sheltered. It isn’t until he overhears some confidential information between his mother and the leader of PAC that he starts putting the pieces of history together. With the help of two brave girls, Kellen sets out on the adventure of a lifetime. He risks death in an attempt to save people in the hinterland. Will he reach them in time?
I wanted EPITAPH ROAD to be better than it was. It was okay, but not fantastic. I was so excited when the hype stated it was a along the same lines as HUNGER GAMES and GONE. For fans of dystopian literature, this is definitely one to pick up. I just wanted more . Each chapter begins with an epitaph written for one of the victims of the plague by a loved one. Those didn’t do anything for me. The author seems to have left the story open for a sequel and I can see a rebellion brewing (like HUNGER GAMES) so I’ll be interested to read it when it comes out....more
If you haven’t read the other books in the series, BEWARE. There will be spoilers in this review.
As the story begins, Ellie and her friends, Lee, HomeIf you haven’t read the other books in the series, BEWARE. There will be spoilers in this review.
As the story begins, Ellie and her friends, Lee, Homer, Kevin, and Fi, are enjoying a little R & R in New Zealand. After receiving some much needed medical treatment, they get to enjoy a couple of months of good food, soft beds, and even a little hero treatment. Stories are published in newspapers about all of their accomplishments. Everyone knows them.
You can imagine how hard it was when they found out the New Zealand Army wanted them to return to their hometown, Wirrawee, to serve as guides for Kiwi soldiers. Ellie particularly has a hard time coming to terms with going back to war.
Things move quickly as soon as the orders are issued. Ellie and the gang pack up again – this time with a dozen trained soldiers in tow. They return to Hell and set up camp. After only a few days the mission is in full swing. Ellie and Lee lead the Kiwis to town. Things go smoothly until Ellie makes a dangerous error – forcing her to retreat back to Hell and leave Lee with the soldiers to complete the assignment. Neither Lee nor the soldiers make it back to Hell. After several days, Ellie, Homer, Kevin, and Fi have to decide if they are going to look for them or call the New Zealand commander and ask to be rescued. Can you guess what they chose? Of course, they head into Wirrawee to see what happened.
DARKNESS BE MY FRIEND is an important novel in the series. While in the past Ellie and her friends have been able to do some major damage to the enemy, the events in this book prove to them that they can’t always have good luck. Everything they attempt is more difficult and more dangerous. One upside to this visit to Wirrawee is the information they gather. Finally, they get word about their families and friends – giving hope to some and providing closure for others. The story ends with Ellie and her friends in a desperate situation. There aren’t many options left and there is only one place for them to hide – Hell....more
This 6th installment of The Tomorrow Series finds Ellie and her friends hiding out, once again, in Hell. After their daring and devasting blow to theThis 6th installment of The Tomorrow Series finds Ellie and her friends hiding out, once again, in Hell. After their daring and devasting blow to the enemy in Book 5, they know laying low is the only way they will be able to survive. The enemy is out for blood.
Two new things create complications for the Australian teens. Hell has always been their safe haven. No one has ever found the hideout or even gotten close so they’ve always been able to relax a little while their are there – until now. Old fires and debris has been found, implying people have been camping out very close to Hell. Ellie and the others can only assume they have been there searching for them.
Ellie, Homer, Lee, Fi, and Kevin also meet up with some other rebels. The problem is, they are young kids no more than 10-years-old or so. Ellie and the others feel it necessary to protect them by taking them to Hell, but some of the kids don’t want to go, which puts everyone in danger.
While THE NIGHT IS FOR HUNTING isn’t one of the most action packed books of the series, it is still enjoyable and necessary to read. A lot of things happen to force the characters to change – be it in attitude or behavior. I look forward to the final book in the series. ...more
NOTE: It is important to read THE LINE before jumping into this book. Click HERE for the link to my review from January 2010.
Rachel is in the Away. YNOTE: It is important to read THE LINE before jumping into this book. Click HERE for the link to my review from January 2010.
Rachel is in the Away. Years of reading about it on the net books didn't prepare her for the actual experience. The thing that occupies most of her thoughts is her father. Pathik knows him, but won't tell her anything about him. She feels hopeful, but worried at the same time. When they finally reach the camp, most aren't thrilled to see her. As a Reg, she isn't welcome since she is a reminder of what the government did to them when they activated The Line. The Others have been forced to live for generations in the wilds of Away by primitive means. Rachel is amazed. It is hard for her to imagine life without electricity and modern conveniences like running water and medicine.
After delivering the antibiotics to the people looking after Malgam (Pathik's father), Rachel tries to remain patient for news of her father. Finally, after Malgam is out of the woods, Indigo explains what happened. They suspect Daniel has been taken prisoner by another group of people called The Roberts. The Roberts are a violent and vile group that split away from them when the children in the camp started developing "gifts." It will take careful planning to rescue Daniel, but Indigo promises to do everything he can to get him back.
In addition to the stress of living away from home with a group of people she's long feared, Rachel is also coming to terms with her feelings for Pathik. She is forced to alter her lifestyle without having time to prepare. She worries about her mother, Ms. Moore, and Jonathan who are still on The Property. Have Enforcement Officers come for them yet? Will they be safe now that she "ran away?" Will she ever see her mother again?
Teri Hall has written a satisfying sequel to a great dystopian series. I couldn't rate it a 5 Glasses for a couple of reasons though. We needed more of the dystopian/government control part of the story. There are only a couple of instances where we see government officials at all. While I enjoyed reading about Away I still felt like I needed to know what was happening in the Unified States on the other side of The Line. Also, I think the very end of the book was great. It really leaves the reader ready for the next installment of the series, but the part leading up to the end I was where I was a little disappointed. I think Teri Hall could have done something different and still ended up where she wanted.
All that said, I couldn't put the book down. I loved it and can't wait for the third. Of course, I'll probably have to wait over a year for it like I did AWAY. Grrrr. ...more
After devastating earthquakes shatter continents and flood entire regions, humans are forced to live in stack cities with hardly any space to call theAfter devastating earthquakes shatter continents and flood entire regions, humans are forced to live in stack cities with hardly any space to call their own. The only ones with any space to spread out are the pioneers willing to take a risk and live under the water on the ocean floor. A group of settlers have set up elaborate farms in order to make a living subsea.
Ty has lived under water his entire life. In fact, he was the first child born subsea. The idea of living Topside sends shivers through him – all those people crammed together baking in the hot sun. Ty looks forward to the day when he turns 18 and is able to make a claim for his own land on the ocean floor, but when outlaws attack his and his neighbor’s homesteads Ty is thrust in to danger and adventure. Will he be able to save the settlers’ way of life? Will he be able to help Gemma, a girl from Topside, find her brother undersea? Will he be able to keep his secret about the Dark Life?
Kat Falls has created an interesting world under the sea. Ty is a great character to get to know. The relationship between him and Gemma is fun to watch develop. The amazing technological gadgets really add to the world the author created. I loved the oxygen-infused liquid. Before diving, you inhale the Liquigen pack into your lungs and it allows you to go under water without worrying about breathing. When done, all you do is inhale air and the Liquigen evaporates, allowing you to breath like normal. How cool!...more