Victoria’s April Recommendation

The Line by Teri Hall

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“Rachel thinks that she and her mother are safe working for Ms. Moore at her estate close to The Line, an invisible border of the Unified States, but when Rachel has an opportunity to Cross into the forbidden zone, she is both frightened and intrigued.”  Summary from catalog

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The Maze Runner by James Dashner – “Sixteen-year-old Thomas wakes up with no memory in the middle of a maze and realizes he must work with the community in which he finds himself if he is to escape.”  Summary from catalog

The City of Ember by Jeanne DuPrau – “In the year 241, twelve-year-old Lina trades jobs on Assignment Day to be a Messenger to run to new places in her decaying but beloved city, perhaps even to glimpse Unknown Regions.” – Summary from catalog

The Giver by Lois Lowry – “Given his lifetime assignment at the Ceremony of Twelve, Jonas becomes the receiver of memories shared by only one other in his community and discovers the terrible truth about the society in which he lives.” – Summary from catalog

Victoria’s March Recommendation

Bumped by Megan McCafferty

bumped“In 2036 New Jersey, when teens are expected to become fanatically religious wives and mothers or high-priced ‘Surrogettes’ for couples made infertile by a widespread virus, sixteen-year-old identical twins Melody and Harmony find in one another the courage to believe they have choices.” – Summary from catalog

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Wither by Lauren DeStefano – “After modern science turns every human into a genetic time bomb with men dying at age twenty-five and women dying at age twenty, girls are kidnapped and married off in order to repopulate the world.” – Summary from catalog

Glow by Amy Kathleen Ryan – “Part of the first generation to be conceived in deep space, fifteen-year-old Waverly is expected to marry young and have children to populate a new planet, but a violent betrayal by the dogmatic leader of their sister ship could have devastating consequences.” – Summary from catalog

Fragments by Dan Wells – “With the help of Samm and Heron, Kira sets out on a desperate search for clues as to who she is, while Marcus and the remaining human population gear up for war with the Partials.” – Summary from catalog

Sue’s April Recommendation

Wool by Hugh Howey

woolSue says: I am reading Wool (first book in the Silo series) by Hugh Howey and I am ripping through it. I saw it was available through OverDrive so I downloaded it onto my iPad and I have been up way too late the last couple nights engrossed in this page-turner. I tend to read more kids or teen sci-fi so this is my first foray into adult sci-fi in many years. I am totally immersed in the post-apocalyptic world where people live in a sealed silo, this book has a lot of action and a strong female heroine.

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Jonathan’s September Recommendation

The Windup Girl by Paolo Bacigalupi

the windup girlThis adult sci-fi book is recommended for readers interested in far-future dystopias, ecological and technological disasters, artificial lifeforms, and Southeast Asian cultures.

Summary:

What happens when bio-terrorism becomes a tool for corporate profits? And what happens when this forces humanity to the cusp of post-human evolution? This is a tale of Bangkok struggling for survival in a post-oil era of rising sea levels and out-of-control mutation.

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Seed by Rob Ziegler

Scattered Suns by Kevin J Anderson

On the Razor’s Edge by Michael Flynn

Victoria’s August Recommendation #2

The 5th Wave by Richard Yancey

the 5th wave“The Passage meets Ender’s Game in an epic new series from award-winning author Rick Yancey.

After the 1st wave, only darkness remains. After the 2nd, only the lucky escape. And after the 3rd, only the unlucky survive. After the 4th wave, only one rule applies: trust no one.

Now, it’s the dawn of the 5th wave, and on a lonely stretch of highway, Cassie runs from Them. The beings who only look human, who roam the countryside killing anyone they see. Who have scattered Earth’s last survivors. To stay alone is to stay alive, Cassie believes, until she meets Evan Walker. Beguiling and mysterious, Evan Walker may be Cassie’s only hope for rescuing her brother–or even saving herself. But Cassie must choose: between trust and despair, between defiance and surrender, between life and death. To give up or to get up.” – Book Summary

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In the After Demitria Lunetta

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Victoria’s May Recommendation #2

Divergent by Veronica Roth

divergentVictoria shares: “I LOVED it. It’s the next Hunger Games. I couldn’t put it down.”

Summary: In a future Chicago, sixteen-year-old Beatrice Prior must choose among five predetermined factions to define her identity for the rest of her life, a decision made more difficult when she discovers that she is an anomaly who does not fit into any one group, and that the society she lives in is not perfect after all.

Filming for the book adaptation of this has already started in Chicago, with a release date planned for Spring 2014. Make sure to read this book before then!

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Variant by Robison Wells

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Genna’s April Recommendation

Wool by Hugh Howey

woolI highly recommend this book to all who love science fiction and dystopian novels. The author originally released five separate e-books online and when it gained so much popularity, it was bought and published as one novel.

The story is set in the distant future, where the air has become poisonous and what’s left of the human population lives inside a silo. The silo has many different levels of workers – the IT department, the mechanics, the farmers, and at the top, the mayor. The silo has windows at the top, but they become grimy every few years from the poisonous  dirty air. As punishment, if any citizen says they want to be free from the silo, they are released into the toxic air wearing a body suit that will only keep them alive long enough to clean the dirty windows with a piece of wool. A heroine Juliette emerges to fight for justice after becoming aware of the tangled, political mess that rules the world of the silo.

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