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Starters by Lissa Price

 

Readers who have been waiting for a worthy successor to Suzanne Collins’ The Hunger Games will find it here. Dystopian sci-fi at its best!

HER WORLD IS CHANGED FOREVER

Starters is a terrific series kickoff with a didn’t-see-that-coming conclusion that will leave readers on the edges of their seats . . .” raves the Los Angeles Times. Amazon

In the future, teens rent their bodies to seniors who want to be young again. One girl discovers her renter plans to do more than party–her body will commit murder, if her mind can’t stop it. Sixteen-year-old Callie lost her parents when the genocide spore wiped out everyone except those who were vaccinated first–the very young and very old. With no grandparents to claim Callie and her little brother, they go on the run, living as squatters, and fighting off unclaimed renegades who would kill for a cookie. Hope comes via Prime Destinations, run by a mysterious figure known only as The Old Man. He hires teens to rent their bodies to seniors, known as enders, who get to be young again. Callie’s neurochip malfunctions and she wakes up in the life of her rich renter, living in her mansion, driving her cars, even dating Blake, the grandson of a senator. It’s a fairy-tale new life . . . until she uncovers the Body Bank’s horrible plan. . . .

“STARTERS is a smart, swift, inventive, altogether gripping story. Callie Woodland, the narrator, deserves a series, and happily I am sure she’ll get one!”—Dean Koontz

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September 20, 2012 Posted by | Dystopian Fiction, Science Fiction | , | Leave a comment

Insignia by S. J. Kincaid

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A thrilling sci-fi adventure with an unforgettable hero

More than anything, Tom Raines wants to be important, though his shadowy life is anything but that. For years, Tom’s drifted from casino to casino with his unlucky gambler of a dad, gaming for their survival. Keeping a roof over their heads depends on a careful combination of skill, luck, con artistry, and staying invisible.

Then one day, Tom stops being invisible. Someone’s been watching his virtual-reality prowess, and he’s offered the incredible–a place at the Pentagonal Spire, an elite military academy. There, Tom’s instincts for combat will be put to the test and if he passes, he’ll become a member of the Intrasolar Forces, helping to lead his country to victory in World War III. Finally, he’ll be someone important: a superhuman war machine with the tech skills that every virtual-reality warrior dreams of. Life at the Spire holds everything that Tom’s always wanted–friends, the possibility of a girlfriend, and a life where his every action matters–but what will it cost him?

Gripping and provocative, S. J. Kincaid’s futuristic thrill ride of a debut crackles with memorable characters, tremendous wit, and a vision of the future that asks startling, timely questions about the melding of humanity and technology Review by Good Reads

September 13, 2012 Posted by | Boys' read, Science Fiction | | Leave a comment

MICKY O by Michael O’Loughlin with Jim Martin

Determination. Hard work. And a little bit of magic!

MICKY O is the extraordinary story of a kid who combined his talent with sheer determination to become one of the greatest AFL players of the last two decades

When Michael O′Loughlin was drafted by the Sydney Swans at just 17 years of age, he was the no. 40 selection and the last player picked. Back then he could not have imagined the extraordinary future that awaited him. That future included numerous awards and accolades, the respect and admiration of fellow players, a huge number of personal supporters, and a record-breaking 303 games in the red and white.

This is the candid and inspiring story of Michael′s upbringing in a tough area of Adelaide, one of six kids to Muriel, from the Narunga Aboriginal community on the York Peninsula, and Alex, from another indigenous community near Murray Bridge. Guided clear of trouble by his parents, and demonstrating from an early age a natural sporting ability, Michael′s talent as a footballer was spotted in 1994 and his long and successful association with the Sydney Swans began.

By 2009, Michael had broken the Swans′ games record. He had kicked more goals for the club than anyone except the legendary Bob Pratt. He played more finals for the Swans than any other, and became one of just three Indigenous players in the history of the sport to reach 300 games.

 

September 7, 2012 Posted by | Biographies, Boys' read, Good Sports | , | Leave a comment

The “Gone” Series by Michael Grant

 

In the blink of an eye…..everyone disappears….. Gone!

Except for the young. Teens. Middle schoolers. Toddlers. But not a single adult. No teachers, no cops, no doctors, no parents. Gone, too, are the phones, internet, and television. There is no way to figure out what’s happened. And no way to get help.

Hunger threatens. Bullies rule. A sinister creature lurks. Animals are mutating. And the teens themselves are changing, developing new talents—unimaginable, dangerous, deadly powers—that grow stronger by the day. It’s a terrifying new world.

The first in a breathtaking saga about teens battling each other and their darkest selves, GONE, is a page-turning thriller that will make you look at the world in a whole new way.

This book has been described a ‘leaving the readers dazed, disturbed and utterly breathless” Booklist

Gone is the first book in this series.The Gone Series is a young-adult dystopian science fiction book series written by Michael Grant. . The second book is Hunger, followed by the third book, Lies,. Book fouris titled Plague and book 5   is Fear. The final book to be published in the series is called Light.

September 3, 2012 Posted by | Dystopian Fiction, Great series, Survival | , , | Leave a comment