May Contain Spoilers
Yeah! I managed to knock another series off my TBR pile! Graduation Day picks up right where Independent Study left off. Cia has just been forced to kill a rival classmate, and she is suffering from guilt. She is terrified of being caught. She doesn’t know who she can trust. When she stumbles across a bigger plot to bring down the President, she’s not sure she can carry out the mission she’s been given. Her task, handed to her by the President? Kill the ardent supporters of the Testing in order to end the cruel tradition once and for all. Read more
May Contain Spoilers
I love a good dystopian, so when I saw A Girl Called Fearless, I thought I’d give it a shot. The premise seemed interesting, and I was curious about how the world would look through the protagonist’s eyes. Ten years ago, a chemical used in cattle feed was found to be the cause of a deadly cancer that killed every woman in their child bearing years. Only young girls and old women were spared, as well as a handful of women who had already suffered, and been cured, of reproductive cancers. With so many victims of the disease, and medications to treat it in short supply, men were forced to stand by as their wives and daughters succumbed to the deadly tumors invading their bodies. Read more
A Girl Called Fearless is the debut novel by Catherine Linka. It looks awesome, and I’ll have a review next week. Check out the blurb; it hits shelves tomorrow.
Avie Reveare has the normal life of a privileged teen growing up in L.A., at least as normal as any girl’s life is these days. After a synthetic hormone in beef killed fifty million American women ten years ago, only young girls, old women, men, and boys are left to pick up the pieces. The death threat is past, but fathers still fear for their daughters’ safety, and the Paternalist Movement, begun to “protect” young women, is taking over the choices they make. Read more
Today, Isaac Solomon is visiting with a guest post about terrorism and social media. What do you think? What are your thoughts on social media and what’s the impact on organizing social rebellion?
“How terrorists will utilize social media in the World of Emanuel Stone in 2024.”
By Isaac Solomon
EMANUEL STONE AND THE PHOENIX SHADOW
In the dystopian world of 2024 with widespread lawlessness, social, political and economic chaos, terrorists will have ‘ramped’ up the use of social media in all its forms to further their sickening agenda. The effectiveness of mass communication for evil is documented in recent history; the Arab Spring, the UK riots and dozens of conflicts internationally are galvanized simply by the use of social media. Read more
Please give Bethany Hagen a warm welcome to the virtual offices!
[Manga Maniac Cafe] Describe yourself in five words or less.
[Bethany Hagen] Sleepy, drinky, fangirly, karate-doing librarian.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] Can you tell us a little about Landry Park? Read more
One of my New Year’s Resolutions is to finish what I started. There are so many series that I have started, enjoyed, but never revisited and read subsequent volumes. It’s rather depressing, really, how far behind I’ve fallen. I loved Matched, liked Crossed, and so I decided to wrap-up Ally Condie’s Matched trilogy. After a short wait on the hold list, my borrowed copy arrived at the library. How did I like the final volume of the series? Read on to see! Read more
Independent Study: The Testing, Book 2
This series reminds me of both The Hunger Games because the dystopian leaders pit the brightest and best young adults against each other with often fatal results, and Matched, because of the narrative style. The tone can be so dry and unemotional, so it took me a while to get caught up in the story. Once I had consumed a good chunk of the book, though, I had a hard time putting it down. Read more
Contains many spoilers, so read at your own risk
This year, I am making a concerted effort to finish up series that I have started, and then allowed to wallow by the wayside. I loved Under the Never Sky by Veronica Rossi, but due to time constraints, wasn’t able to read the follow up, Through the Ever Night. Then it was on sale for the Kindle (after I had already purchased the hardcover), and because I would be sitting on plane for a few hours, I snapped it up. Reading it made me remember why I enjoyed the first book so much. I love the characters, and enjoyed catching up with them. Aria, Perry, Roar, Cinder – I even developed a new appreciation for those that I disliked at first. Soren? Who would have possible thought I could learn to like Soren? He’s kind of the one that got this whole adventure started. While there were still times that I wanted someone to clock him, he grew as a character and turned into someone I just might be able to like. Maybe. Read more