Category Archives: Sci-Fi/Futuristic

Lockdown: Escape from Furnace, Book 1

Lockdown: Escape from Furnace, Book 1 by Alexander Gordon Smith Beneath heaven is hell. Beneath hell is Furnace.   So begins the Escape from Furnace series, now complete at five books. Lockdown is a great ‘guy read,’ full of injustice, … Continue reading

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2014 California Young Reader Medal Nominees

What’s cool about the California Young Reader Medal is that the books are selected by young readers. So, teens select the winner of the young adult category. In order to vote, you have to read all three of the nominated … Continue reading

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“The Ask and the Answer”

The Ask and the Answer by Patrick Ness  Another can’t-put-it-down, page-turner from Patrick Ness, The Ask and the Answer is the second book in the Chaos Walking trilogy. We find Viola and Todd once they’ve reached Haven—the town they had … Continue reading

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“The Knife of Never Letting Go”

The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness  Most people at some time or another have wished that they could hear the thoughts of a friend, an enemy, or better yet, a frienemy. But what if they could hear … Continue reading

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Banned Books: The Top Ten of the Last Year

I want to say goodbye to Banned Books Week with the most recent list of books that are challenged in schools and communities. Here are the top ten of 2011. I’ve read many and think they are pretty good books. … Continue reading

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Adult Books for Teens: “Fahrenheit 451”

 Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury  Wall-sized televisions that simulate interaction and communication with the person existing within the confines of the ‘living’ room don’t seem much like science fiction anymore, but when Ray Bradbury wrote Fahrenheit 451 in the late … Continue reading

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“A Long, Long Sleep”

   A Long, Long Sleep by Anna Sheehan Yes! A future fantasy/romance/dystopia that that tells a creative story and keeps the pace moving! If you’ve read other reviews of fantasy fiction here, you know that I am hard to please … Continue reading

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“Wither: The Chemical Garden Trilogy”

Wither by Lauren DeStefano   Genetic tinkering has created a population that is super-long lived and healthy. That is for one generation. But as subsequent generations are born, this same genetic mutation causes them to die very young, with tuberculosis-type symptoms … Continue reading

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“The Prisoner of Cell 25” Michael Vey series

The Prisoner of Cell 25 (first in the Michael Vey series)  Three of the scariest guys in school jump Michael as he is hoping to get home without them noticing, and this isn’t the first time they’ve gone after him. … Continue reading

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“Delirium”

Delirium by Lauren Oliver  amor deliria nervosa It’s what Romeo and Juliet had—that infectious disease that often hits first during the teens and causes people to do crazy things to be with someone. Not sleep, not eat, run away—the list … Continue reading

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