Review: More Than This – first Patrick Ness and I’m not disappointed


More Than This by Patrick Ness
Publication date: September 10, 2013 by Candlewick Press
Genres: Science Fiction | Young Adult
Pages: 472
Links to: Amazon | Goodreads

A boy named Seth drowns, desperate and alone in his final moments, losing his life as the pounding sea claims him. But then he wakes. He is naked, thirsty, starving. But alive. How is that possible? He remembers dying, his bones breaking, his skull dashed upon the rocks. So how is he
here? And where is this place? The street seems familiar, but everything is
abandoned, overgrown, covered in dust.

What’s going on? Is it real? Or has he woken up in his own personal hell? Seth begins to search for answers, hoping desperately that there must be more to this life, or perhaps this afterlife…

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I Am Legend – confusing finale but thrilling read

I Am Legend by Richard Matheson
Publication date: January 21st 1999 by Millenium (first published 1954)
Genres: Classics | Horror | Science Fiction
Pages: 160
Links to: Amazon | Goodreads

Robert Neville is the last living man on Earth… but he is not alone. Every other man, woman and child on the planet has become a vampire, and they are hungry for Neville’s blood.

By day he is the hunter, stalking the undead through the ruins of civilisation. By night, he barricades himself in his home and prays for the dawn.

How long can one man survive like this?

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Review: Illuminae – one of the dullest books I’ve ever read

Illuminae (The Illuminae Files, #1) by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff
Publication date: October 20th 2015 by Knopf Books for Young Readers
Genres: Romance | Science Fiction | Young Adult
Pages: 599
Links to: Amazon | Goodreads

This morning, Kady thought breaking up with Ezra was the hardest thing she’d have to do.

This afternoon, her planet was invaded.

The year is 2575, and two rival megacorporations are at war over a planet that’s little more than an ice-covered speck at the edge of the universe. Too bad nobody thought to warn the people living on it. With enemy fire raining down on them, Kady and Ezra—who are barely even talking to each other—are forced to fight their way onto an evacuating fleet, with an enemy warship in hot pursuit.

But their problems are just getting started. A deadly plague has broken out and is mutating, with terrifying results; the fleet’s AI, which should be protecting them, may actually be their enemy; and nobody in charge will say what’s really going on. As Kady hacks into a tangled web of data to find the truth, it’s clear only one person can help her bring it all to light: the ex-boyfriend she swore she’d never speak to again.

Told through a fascinating dossier of hacked documents—including emails, schematics, military files, IMs, medical reports, interviews, and more—Illuminae is the first book in a heart-stopping, high-octane trilogy about lives interrupted, the price of truth, and the courage of everyday heroes.

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Review: Zeroes

Zeroes by Scott Westerfeld, Margo Lanagan and Deborah Biancotti
Publication date: September 29th, 2015 by Simon & Pulse
Genres: Urban Fantasy | Superheroes | Young Adult
Pages: 560
Links to: Amazon | Goodreads

Ethan, aka “Scam,” has a way with words. When he opens his mouth, whatever he wants you to hear comes out. But Ethan isn’t just a smooth talker. He has a unique ability to say things he doesn’t consciously even know. Sometimes the voice helps, but sometimes it hurts – like now, when the voice has lied and has landed Ethan in a massive mess. So now Ethan needs help. And he needs to go to the last people who would ever want to help him – his former group of friends, the self-named “zeros” who also all possess similarly double-edged abilities, and who are all angry at Ethan for their own respective reasons. Brought back together by Scam’s latest mischief, they find themselves entangled in an epic, whirlwind adventure packed with as much interpersonal drama as mind-bending action.

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Review: Jurassic Park

Jurassic Park by Michael Crichton
Publication date: November 13, 1991 by Ballantine Books
Genres: Action & Adventure | Science Fiction
Pages: 416
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A billionaire has created a technique to clone dinosaurs. From the DNA that his crack team of scientists extract, he is able to grow the dinosaurs in his laboratories and lock them away on an island behind electric fences, creating a sort of theme park. He asks a group of scientists from several different fields to come and view the park, but something goes terribly wrong when a worker on the island turns traitor and shuts down the power.

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Review: Red Rising

Red Rising (Red Rising, #1) by Pierce Brown
Published: January 28, 2014 by Del Rey
Genres: Dystopian | Science Fiction | Young Adult
Pages: 382
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The Earth is dying. Darrow is a Red, a miner in the interior of Mars. His mission is to extract enough precious elements to one day tame the surface of the planet and allow humans to live on it. The Reds are humanity’s last hope.

Or so it appears, until the day Darrow discovers it’s all a lie. That Mars has been habitable – and inhabited – for generations, by a class of people calling themselves the Golds. A class of people who look down on Darrow and his fellows as slave labour, to be exploited and worked to death without a second thought.

Until the day that Darrow, with the help of a mysterious group of rebels, disguises himself as a Gold and infiltrates their command school, intent on taking down his oppressors from the inside. But the command school is a battlefield – and Darrow isn’t the only student with an agenda.

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DNF review: These Broken Stars

These Broken Stars (Starbound, #1) by Amie Kaufman, Meagan Spooner
Published: December 10, 2013 by Disney-Hyperion
Genres: Action & Adventure | Science Fiction | Survival StoriesYoung Adult
Pages: 384
Links to: Amazon | Goodreads

It’s a night like any other on board the Icarus. Then, catastrophe strikes: the massive luxury spaceliner is yanked out of hyperspace and plummets into the nearest planet. Lilac LaRoux and Tarver Merendsen survive. And they seem to be alone.

Lilac is the daughter of the richest man in the universe. Tarver comes from nothing, a young war hero who learned long ago that girls like Lilac are more trouble than they’re worth. But with only each other to rely on, Lilac and Tarver must work together, making a tortuous journey across the eerie, deserted terrain to seek help.

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