science fiction

Origin

Jessica Khoury
5
Friday, Jul 29, 2016

Pia grew up in a secret laboratory hidden in the rainforest, completely cut off from the outside world. She was raised by scientists to be the first of a new immortal race. But one night, she discovers a hole in the fence separating her from freedom, and sneaks out. She meets Eio, a boy from a local village, and together try to discover the dark and sinister story of her origin.

Origin is a beautifully told, shocking new way to look at an age-old desire: to live forever, no matter the cost. I loved...

Burning Midnight

Will McIntosh
4
Wednesday, Aug 3, 2016

One day, brilliant colored spheres showed up, hidden all over the world. No one knows where they came from, but they make you have special abilities. Burn a pair and they make you a little bit better, whether making you an inch taller or better looking. The rarer a sphere, the more expensive it is, and the better improvement. When Sully teams up with Hunter, a girl skilled at finding spheres, they never expected they would find a gold, a color no one has ever seen. But when a tycoon in the business of selling them finds out, he will stop at nothing to take it away from them, using all of...

Planetfall

Planetfall

Emma Newman
3
Rated by
Megan C.
Wednesday, Jan 25, 2017

Secrets abound in Planetfall. Since establishing a colony on a distant planet, no one has seen the leader of the mission, Suh-Mi, who has gone to live in a strange network of tunnels called God’s City. The protagonist, Renata, believes in the supernatural, but has her doubts about the religion that has formed around the leader’s disappearance into God’s City. A stranger arrives at the colony, but no one knows how he got there.

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Cloud Atlas

Cloud Atlas (dvd)
4
Rated by
Diane H.
Saturday, Oct 15, 2016

Cloud Atlas is a movie that, for me, gets better with every watching. Fortunately, I had been forewarned that it is confusing; otherwise I might have turned it off after the first few minutes. While I got the gist of the plot with the first viewing – several lives interweaving and affecting each other through time – with each subsequent viewing I was able to catch more detail and see layers I had missed before.

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Illuminae

Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff
5
Rated by
Diane H.
Monday, Feb 8, 2016

Illuminae is one of the most enjoyable books I’ve come across recently. I don’t know what it would be like to read the book, but the audio was marvelous to listen to. The different voices encapsulate the personalities and essences of the different characters, making the story richer and adding depth.

Mr. Nobody

Jaco Van Dormael
4
Rated by
Megan C.
Saturday, Dec 5, 2015

There are so many fantastic things about Mr. Nobody that I would definitely recommend it, but there are also many annoying things that could turn someone off. So here is my endorsement, with caveats.

Extant, The First Season

Steven Spielberg
4
Rated by
Megan C.
Monday, Nov 23, 2015

It’s been a month since I watched the first season of Extant, but it’s still with me. It’s that quiet place I go to when I’m zoning out. The set design offers a vision of a gentler, more organic future, where technology is less obtrusively integrated into our daily lives than perhaps it is now. It’s the silent actor that sets a tone of calm, but there are tensions, to be sure. The introduction of a life-like android prototype into the functions of everyday life invites antagonism from many fronts, including a militant anti-technology group.

Redshirts

John Scalzi
4
Rated by
Brian B.
Thursday, Oct 30, 2014

Redshirts is a thoroughly engaging read, with interesting characters, snappy dialogue, and a plot that transports from comedic to thought-provoking at will. The story follows the adventures of a group of "Redshirts" as they fight for survival and try to unravel the mystery of a curse that plagues their ship.

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Landry Park

Bethany Hagen
5
Rated by
Diane H.
Wednesday, Feb 5, 2014

If you liked the dystopian themes in Kiera Cass' The Selection, Ally Condie's Matched or Gennifer Albin's Crewel, then ​

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Vicious

V. E. Schwab
5
Rated by
Bethany T.
Thursday, Jan 2, 2014

Victor Vale and Eli Cardale are brilliant calculating risk-takers and the smartest pre-med students at their prestigious university; they also happen to be best friends. For a class project, Eli decides to research the so-called E.O.'s--extraordinary people who seem to demonstrate abnormal abilities not unlike superpowers. What's more, during his research, Eli realizes that he might be able to synthesize an E.O., and he wants to try it on himself. What happens next leave both him and Victor changed forever.