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Survivor meets James Bond! Read Kalahari by Jessica Khoury

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When an educational safari goes wrong, five teens find themselves stranded in the Kalahari Desert without a guide. It’s up to Sarah, the daughter of zoologists, to keep them alive and lead them to safety, calling on survival know-how from years of growing up in remote and exotic locales. Battling dehydration, starvation and the pangs of first love, she does her best to hold it together, even as their circumstances grow increasingly desperate.
But soon a terrifying encounter makes Sarah question everything she’s ever known about the natural world. A silver lion, as though made of mercury, makes a vicious, unprovoked attack on the group. After a narrow escape, they uncover the chilling truth behind the lion’s silver sheen: a highly contagious and deadly virus that threatens to ravage the entire area—and eliminate life as they know it.

 

http://www.jessicakhoury.com/kalahari-2

September 6, 2016 Posted by | Adventure, Boys' read, Science Fiction | Leave a comment

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/

 

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

Disruption by Jessica Shirvington

What if a microchip could identify your perfect match?

what if it could be used against you and the ones you love?

Eight years ago, Mercer Corporation’s M-Bands became mandatory. An evolution of the smartphone, the bracelets promised an easier life. Instead, they have come to control it.

Two years ago, Maggie Stevens watched helplessly as one of the people she loves most was taken from her, shattering her world as she knew it. 

Now, Maggie is ready. And Quentin Mercer – heir to the M-Corp empire – has become key to Maggie’s plan. But as the pieces of her dangerous design fall into place, could Quentin’s involvement destroy everything she’s fought for? 

In a world full of broken promises, the ones Maggie must keep could be the most heartbreaking.

For those who have read Jessica’s first series  THE VIOLET EDEN CHAPERS Disruption is the first novel  in a new series called Between the Lives.

April 28, 2014 Posted by | Science Fiction | 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

The rise of nine (Loirien Legacies #3) by Pittacus Lore

IN THE BEGINNING WE WERE A GROUP OF NINE……Nine aliens who left our home planet of Lorien when it fell under attack form the deadly Magodorians.

“THE RISE OF NINE delivers. Not only are there intense action scenes where every Lorien (if you can keep them straight in your brain) plays an important role, there is also more insight into the background and potential future of their mission.” Teen Reads

Until the day I met John Smith, Number Four, I’d been on the run alone, hiding and fighting to stay alive.

Together, we are much more powerful. But it could only last so long before we had to separate to find the others. . . .

I went to Spain to find Seven, and I found even more, including a tenth member of the Garde who escaped from Lorien alive. Ella is younger than the rest of us, but just as brave. Now we’re looking for the others–including John.

But so are they.

They caught Number One in Malaysia.
Number Two in England.
And Number Three in Kenya.
They caught me in New York–but I escaped.
I am Number Six.
They want to finish what they started.
But they’ll have to fight us first.(less)

October 11, 2012 Posted by | Great series, Science Fiction | 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

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

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

Divergent by Veronica Roth

For the fans of The Hunger Games who are looking for another captivating series to read then look no further  here. Divergent has been described as fascinating,with heart pounding action that keeps you in constant suspense and never short on surprises.

During the highly competitive initiation that follows, Beatrice renames herself Tris and struggles to determine who her friends really are—and where, exactly, a romance with a sometimes fascinating, sometimes infuriating boy fits into the life she’s chosen. But Tris also has a secret, one she’s kept hidden from everyone because she’s been warned it can mean death. And as she discovers a growing conflict that threatens to unravel her seemingly perfect society, she also learns that her secret might help her save those she loves . . . or it might destroy her.    Harper Collins

If you read Divergent and loved it then the second book in the trilogy Insurgent is already out and Detergent, the final book in the trilogy is scheduled for release in 2013. For more details go to Veronica’s website http://veronicarothbooks.blogspot.com.au/

May 28, 2012 Posted by | Dystopian Fiction, Science Fiction, Suspense | | Leave a comment