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Christian College Geelong Senior Library: Lovers of literature

If you liked Carousel… You’ll love beyond Carousel by Brendan Ritchie

 

Beyond Carousel : Carousel - Brendan Ritchie

All of us wanted to survive whatever was happening. Maybe even escape it somehow. But more than that – we wanted to know what it was.

 

Nox, Taylor and Lizzy have just escaped a nightmare. After months of being trapped inside a shopping centre they are finally free. Free to roam the streets of Perth and free to solve the mystery of what happened outside the doors of Carousel.

 

But the city is not like it once was, and the dangers are far from over. Loots lurk in the empty streets and packs of dogs are never far behind. Saving those they love will mean risking everything – and time is running out.

 

This is the thrilling sequel to Carousel.

 

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October 28, 2016 Posted by | Adventure, Boys' read, Survival | Leave a comment

One Thousand Hills by James Roy and Noel Zihabamwe

The world Pascal knows is about to change forever!

Pascal and his family live in Rwanda, where his father works in Ruthengeri, the nearest town to their small village, Agabande. His  eldest brother is studying in Belgium, and it is in a secondary school in Belgium that the novel begins. It is 1999, and Pascal is being interviewed by a counsellor, to whom he relates his experiences. He recalls his calm and normal life until April, 1994. Pascal plays with his friends, annoys his little sister, Nadine, and is teased by his older brother. There is something going on the radio about cockroaches, but Pascal does not realize what is happening. All he understands is that his teacher is in tears more often, Half way through the novel , catastrophe strikes  Pascal and Nadine.

The attacks in Rwanda on the Tutsi people by the Hutus were reported across the world, but the horror was largely ignored. There was no intervention by foreign forces, despite eight hundred thousand deaths. The novel shows us how terrible it was for the survivors.

Initially the action is less than arresting, although the picture of Rwandan life may appeal to the more contemplative reader. When the crisis arrives, so does compassion, although the source of the hatred between Tutsis and Hutus is never explained or its history revealed.

The joint author of One Thousand Hills was a witness to the genocide, and his story needs to be told. What could have been done?How could this terrible happening have been avoided? There are no answers given here, but plenty of room for discussion.

Reviewed by Stella Lees,  Reading Time, Retrieved February 26th, 2016, http://readingtime.com.au/one-thousand-hills/

February 25, 2016 Posted by | Survival, War | , | 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

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 “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

Legend by Marie Lu

Full of nonstop action, suspense and romance.

Marie Lu has written an exhilarating first novel that is sure to move readers as much as it thrills !!! 

What was once the western United States is now home to the Republic, a nation perpetually at war with its neighbors.

 Born into an elite family in one of the Republic’s wealthiest districts, fifteen-year-old June is a prodigy being groomed for success in the Republic’s highest military circles.

 Born into the slums, fifteen-year-old Day is the country’s most wanted criminal. But his motives may not be as malicious as they seem.

From very different worlds, June and Day have no reason to cross paths—until the day June’s brother, Metias, is murdered and Day becomes the prime suspect.

Caught in the ultimate game of cat and mouse, Day is in a race for his family’s survival, while June seeks to avenge Metias’s death. But in a shocking turn of events, the two uncover the truth of what has really brought them together, and the sinister lengths their country will go to keep its secrets.

review by Good Reads

May 11, 2012 Posted by | Relationships, Survival, Suspense | | Leave a comment

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

With the much awaited hype surrounding the premier of the

 movie The Hunger Games why not find out what all the fuss

is about and read the book first!

Do you love a book full of rip-roaring action, a book that will have you on the edge of your seat and one that you can not put down. Throw in great characters and a bit of romance and you have The Hunger Games.

Winnning will make you famous. Losing means certain death. Let the Hunger Games begin!

In the ruins of a place once known as North America lies the nation of Panem, a shining Capitol surrounded by twelve outlying districts. The Capitol is harsh and cruel and keeps the districts in line by forcing them all to send one boy and one girl between the ages of twelve and eighteen to participate in the annual Hunger Games, a fight to the death on live TV.

Sixteen-year-old Katniss Everdeen, who lives alone with her mother and younger sister, regards it as a death sentence when she steps forward to take her sister’s place in the Games. But Katniss has been close to dead before—and survival, for her, is second nature. Without really meaning to, she becomes a contender. But if she is to win, she will have to start making choices that will weigh survival against humanity and life against love.

March 22, 2012 Posted by | Adventure, Film tie in, Great series, Survival, Suspense | | Leave a comment

No time for fear: how a shark attack survivor beat the odds by Paul de Gelder

Improvise………………Adapt………………..Overcome

These three words – the mantra of the Australian Army – resonated with Paul de Gelder the first time he heard them.  Paul chased adventure wherever he could find it, from his wild ride as a hoodlum teen and his drug-and-alcohol fuelled stint working in a strip club to hauling his way up to the elite echelons of the defence forces.

But trouble hunted him down in the form of a brutal shark in February 2009.  Paul lost two limbs, and his career as a daredevil navy clearance diver was flung into jeopardy.  Drawing on everything his eventful life had taught him, Paul left nothing to chance in his recovery.  He fought through excruciating pain, smashing challenge after challenge, and amazing the medical staff with his will to succeed.  His inspiring story takes ‘never say die’ to a whole new level.

May 19, 2011 Posted by | Biographies, Survival | | Leave a comment