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Reviews by Category: Science Fiction

Teen Review
Landry Park by Bethany Hagen
Bethany Hagen
Reviewer's Rating: 
4
Thursday, Jun 4, 2015

Madeline Landry is the heiress of Landry Park, the richest estate in the country, which has been in her family for generations. However, as she starts to doubt her father, she meets David Dana, who is more than meets the eye.

I thought this book was extremely well written. It was impressive that Bethany Hagen managed to make this novel stand out in a sea of dystopian YA fiction. Although it is dystopia, Hagen adds a complexity to her characters, and she keeps...

Staff Review
The Alex Crow by Andrew Smith
Andrew Smith
Reviewer's Rating: 
5
Thursday, May 7, 2015

The promotional tour Andrew Smith undertook with the release of this book was dubbed "Keep YA Weird," with an accompanying online campaign and fun images. And on the general continuum of stories books tell, The Alex Crow does indeed tilt toward the stranger side--

Consider, for instance:

Staff Review
The Fifth Wave by Rick Yancy
Rick Yancey
Reviewer's Rating: 
5
Friday, Apr 17, 2015

On a day like any other day, the Others arrived. Their mothership lit up the sky and the human race was forever changed. The Others came in waves taking away electricity, bringing upon the world a plague, sending out evil drones to take care of the survivors, and now, they have taken on the form of humans. The idea of trust (or lack thereof) and the depths that humans will sink to survive are constantly replayed over and over through the actions of the multiple protagonists that Yancey introduces in the story.

Staff Review
Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard
Victoria Aveyard
Reviewer's Rating: 
3
Friday, Apr 17, 2015

Mare Barrow's fate is sealed. She is a lowly red, born to work hard and serve the ruling silvers. With her birthday approaching and no job prospects, Mare will be conscripted in to the army like her older brothers. Fighting in an endless war, Mare will surely die on the battlefield. Desperate and out of options, Mare takes a big risk to sneak into the castle for a chance to pick pocket from the rich and powerful silvers that hold her fate in their hands. Stealing from silvers isn't as easy as it sounds as each is gifted with an ability due to their silver blood.

Staff Review
Book Cover
C. Taylor-Butler
Reviewer's Rating: 
4
Monday, Apr 13, 2015

Combining world travel, video games, puzzles, archaeology, advanced technology, mysterious parents, growing danger, and a group of ambitious teenagers, this is quite the adventure.

Staff Review
The cover of the book Love in the Time of Global Warming which shows a silhouette of a girl withe Monarch butterflies hovering around her head and waves engulfing houses below her neck
Francesca Block
Reviewer's Rating: 
3
Friday, Jan 2, 2015

Penelope has lost everything in the Earth Shaker that destroyed the Los Angeles area. Her home by the sea is in ruins, her family gone. There is no one left in the neighborhood. Penelope is trying to survive on what little food and water she can find in what remains of their basement pantry.  Then suddenly three men appear at her home.  She hides, knowing that they will kill her if they find her.  But one does find her and surprisingly he offers her secret help and a bit of hope.

Staff Review
The cover of the book Aviary Wonders Inc.
Kate Samworth
Reviewer's Rating: 
5
Wednesday, Sep 24, 2014

The full title of this amazing book is Aviary Wonders Inc. (Spring Catalog and Instruction Manual) Renewing the World's Bird Supply Since 2031.  The narrator of this story first developed his passion for birds and bird watching while working at his family's logging business (the irony is intentional.)  He is no longer logging; he now runs a company that builds birds.  After searching out the best engineers, biologists and artists to work for him, he launched the company in 2031 and they have struggled to keep up with demand ever since.

Staff Review
cover of Red Rising by Pierce Brown
Pierce Brown
Reviewer's Rating: 
5
Tuesday, Jun 24, 2014

Darrow has the most dangerous job on Mars. He is the helldiver of Lycos, running the drill deep underground that mines Mars for valuable natural resources. Helldivers to not generally live long lives, like his father who died when he was a child. But Darrow has other plans, he is going to make something of himself, and his clan. But he can only rise so far, the caste system of society keeps his people down. They are Reds, deemed to be good at nothing but hard labor. They are ruled over by the Blues, Greys, and at the top...the Golds, the apex of human evolution. 

 

Staff Review
Lexicon by Max Barry
Max Barry
Reviewer's Rating: 
4
Friday, Mar 14, 2014

This story starts with a bang! Wil Jamieson is grabbed by two guys in an airport bathroom. They stick a needle in his eye, ask him a bunch of questions and tell him if he wants to live he has to come with them. Wil gathers from their conversation that he in an important piece in a war they are fighting. Wars have casualties, and before they escape the airport one kidnapper and Wil's girlfriend are dead. Barely trusting Eliot, Wil takes off cross country as a fugitive, trying to discover what makes him so special.

Staff Review
These Broken Stars by Amie Kaufman & Meagan Spooner
Amie Kaufman & Meagan Spooner
Reviewer's Rating: 
4
Friday, Jan 31, 2014

The Icarus is the largest and most technologically advanced ship in the universe. Traveling across space in hyper-drive, the ship is transporting valuable cargo, Lilac LaRoux, daughter of the richest man in the universe...in fact her father built the ship. Tarver Merendsen is a young war hero, recently elevated to the rank of Major. An unlikely pair, the two are thrown together when the Icarus is violently pulled out of hyper-drive ripping the ship to pieces.

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