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Christian College Geelong Senior Library: Lovers of literature

Ender’s Game Graphic Novel by Orson Scott Card

Looking for something different to read? How about a graphic novel?

Graphic novels are not comic books they use images to give an overview of the story,  with the words and illustrations working together to help understand the story. 

 They are often fast paced and action packed. Why not give one a try!

Andrew “Ender” Wiggin is only 6 years old. His peers bully him, his parents are aloof and his older brother is violently resentful of him. He might also be humanity’s only hope. Ender is recruited to join the International Fleet’s legion of child warriors in training, to report for duty in defense of the planet. Leaving behind the only person who ever understood him, his kind-hearted sister Valentine, he takes on the challenge of becoming commander in Earth’s defenses.

His  promise is high, and his teachers are sure he will rise to the test,  that is, if Battle School doesn’t kill him first. Ender struggles to find a place within his soul for tranquility, humanity and a connection with something greater than the brutal mechanics of war and strategy.

But when he is thrust into Command School at a vastly accelerated pace, will he crack up on the road to becoming the hero that the human race so desperately needs?

Good Reads, Ender’s Game (online) September 14th, 2015, http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/12082688-ender-s-game-ultimate-collection

If you want to find more great graphic novels to read then have a look at this website: http://playfullearning.net/2014/12/5-great-reasons-read-graphic-novels/

 

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September 14, 2015 Posted by | Dystopian Fiction, Graphic Novels, Science Fiction | Leave a comment

Pandora Jones Admission by Barry Jonsberg

Pandora Jones wakes in a changed world at The School – a sanctuary for survivors of a plague pandemic. Haunted by terrible dreams, surrounded by traumatic events, Pandora must trust her instincts if she is to stay safe. And her instincts suggest that The School is hiding secrets.

This is the first book in a brilliant Young Adult series by a multi-award winning author Barry Jonsberg.

 

 

Pandora Jones wakes in an infirmary – her body weak, her memory providing only flashes of horrific scenes of death. She soon discovers that her family has succumbed to a plague pandemic which almost wiped out humanity. Pan is one of the survivors who have been admitted to The School – a quarantined, heavily guarded survival-skills facility – to recover their strength, hone their skills and prepare for whatever comes next. Pandora’s skill is intuition, but how useful will it be outside the secure walls of The School? And what if it leads her to question where the truth lies…

Here is what Eugenia (Good Reads review) had to say about this book:

I would definitely recommend Pandora Jones Admission to anyone wanting to read a book that will keep you guessing right until the end, bursting with suspense. Beware – this is an addicting read, and even the answers you do find may leave you with more questions than you began with.

 

 

 

 

May 12, 2014 Posted by | Action, Dystopian Fiction, Survival | | Leave a comment

Prodigy (Legend #2) by Marie Lu

This is the highly-anticipated sequel  to the first novel  Legend. Lu delivers a breathtaking thriller with heartbreaking intensity and nonstop action.

After escaping from the Republic’s stronghold of Los Angeles, June and Day arrive in Vegas just as the unthinkable happens: the Elector Primo dies, and his son Anden takes his place. With the Republic edging closer to chaos, the two join a group of Patriot rebels eager to help Day rescue his brother and offer passage to the Colonies. They have only one request—June and Day must assassinate the new Elector.

It’s their chance to change the nation, to give voice to a people silenced for too long.

But as June realizes this Elector is nothing like his father, she’s haunted by the choice ahead. What if Anden is a new beginning? What if revolution must be more than loss and vengeance, anger and blood—what if the Patriots are wrong?

July 19, 2013 Posted by | Dystopian Fiction, Great series, Science Fiction | | Leave a comment

Light by Michael Grant

This is the sixth and final heart-stopping installment in the bestselling “GONE” series. It is an exceptional page-turner one that is very hard not to put down.

This book is not for the fainthearted!

88 Hours 39 minutes

Suddenly it’s a world without adults and normal has crashed and burned. When life as you know it ends at 15 everything changes.

It’s been over a year since all the adults disappeared. Gone. But now all eyes are on Perdido Beach as the barrier wall is now clear and life in the FAYZ is visible for the entire outside world to see. Parents are desperate to see their children and make contact with them but many don’t like what they see!

In the time since every person over the age of fourteen disappeared from the town of Perdido Beach, California, countless battles have been fought: battles against hunger and lies and plague, and epic battles of good against evil. And now, the gaiaphage has been reborn as Diana’s malicious mutant daughter, Gaia. Gaia is endlessly hungry for destruction. She yearns to conquer her Nemesis, Little Pete, and then bend the entire world to her warped will. As long-standing enemies become allies, secrets are revealed and unexpected sacrifices are made. the society that Sam and Astrid have struggles so hard to build is about to be shattered for good.

Will their attempts to save themselves and one another matter in the end, or will the kids of Perdido Beach perish in this final power struggle? Who will survive to see the light of day?

May 21, 2013 Posted by | Dystopian Fiction, Good and evil, Great series, Survival, Suspense | | Leave a comment

The Sacrifice (The Enemy #4) by Charlie Higson

The sickness destroyed everyone over the age of fourteen. All across London diseased adults are waiting, hungry predators with rotten flesh and ravaged minds.

Small Sam and his unlikely ally, The Kid, have survived. They’re safe with Ed and his friends at the Tower of London, but Sam is desperate to find his sister.

Their search for Ella means Sam and The Kid must cross the forbidden zone. And what awaits them there is more terrifying than any of the horror they’ve suffered so far .

Charlie Higson’s The Sacrifice holds all the scares, suspense, and gore of this bloody slaughter-like series, but this story also shows readers that surviving may not be enough. What we have to sacrifice day to day to survive in life plays a big part of this journey and a huge reason why I love Mr. Higson so much. Review by Laura Good Reads

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May 16, 2013 Posted by | Dystopian Fiction, Great series, Horror, Suspense | | Leave a comment

Matched (Matched #1) by Ally Condie

 

Matched is the first book in the series, the second is Crossed and the third book in the series is Reached. 

Cassia has always trusted the Society to make the right choices for her: what to read, what to watch, what to believe. So when Xander’s face appears on-screen at her Matching ceremony, Cassia knows with complete certainty that he is her ideal mate… until she sees Ky Markham’s face flash for an instant before the screen fades to black.

The Society tells her it’s a glitch, a rare malfunction, and that she should focus on the happy life she’s destined to lead with Xander. But Cassia can’t stop thinking about Ky, and as they slowly fall in love, Cassia begins to doubt the Society’s infallibility and is faced with an impossible choice: between Xander and Ky, between the only life she’s known and a path that no one else has dared to follow.

Follow this link to the author’s official website: http://www.matched-book.com/

Watch the Book Trailer for Matched:

 

March 14, 2013 Posted by | Dystopian Fiction, Great series, Romance | Leave a comment

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

September 20, 2012 Posted by | Dystopian Fiction, Science Fiction | , | 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

1.4 by Mike Lancaster

THE FUTURE IS WHAT YOU MAKE IT

Sequel to 0.4

In the far future, people no longer know what to believe…Did Kyle Straker ever exist? Or were his prophecies of human upgrades nothing more than a hoax?

Peter Vincent is nearly 16, and has never thought about the things that Strakerites believe. His father — David Vincent, creator of the artificial bees that saved the world’s crops — made sure of that.

When the Strakerites pronounce that another upgrade is imminent, Peter starts to uncover a conspiracy amongst the leaders of the establishment, a conspiracy that puts him into direct conflict with his father. But it’s not a good idea to pick a fight with someone who controls all the artificial bees in the world.

“This sequel is even better than the first book. I don’t want to spoil anything for those who have not read the first book. So not much of a review but this series is thought provoking and action packed. You won’t be disappointed with this series if you like your books fast paced but also some conspiracy and mystery. ” Review by Duchovney

August 20, 2012 Posted by | Dystopian Fiction, Great series, Science Fiction | | Leave a comment

0.4 by Mike Lancaster

I’TS A BRAVE NEW WORLD

 

It’s a brave new world. In the far future, people no longer know what to believe…Did Kyle Straker ever exist? Or were his prophecies of human upgrades nothing more than a hoax

The Millgrove talent show has the same performances as any other small town: a cheesy ventriloquist, off-key karaoke singers, and bad dance routines. But after Kyle Straker is hypnotized as part of his friends mysterious new act, Millgrove will never be the same again.

When Kyle and the other volunteers awaken, the entire audience, the entire town, and possibly the entire world, is frozen still. Telephones, radios, televisions, and computers no longer work: only a strange language flashes across the screens.

When everybody suddenly wakes up, it becomes clear that they have changed and that Kyle is now an outsider, one of the 0.4.

Is Kyle still under hypnosis, or is this chilling new world real? Will he awaken from a dream to roars of laughter, or is there something much more sinister happening?

One of the last of his kind, Kyle records his story on a series of cassette tapes, describing the shift, and what it means for the future of mankind.

That story is told from the viewpoint of a fifteen-year-old boy called Kyle Straker, who records his terrifying experiences onto audiotapes.

The book is a transcription of those audiotapes by a person far in the future, who adds his own comments to explain some of Kyle’s cultural references.

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August 20, 2012 Posted by | Dystopian Fiction, Great series, Science Fiction | Leave a comment