Review: Reached by Ally Condie

Reached (Matched)

Contain Spoilers

Review:

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!

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Review: Independent Study by Joelle Charbonneau

Independent Study: The Testing, Book 2

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Review:

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.

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Series Wrap-Up #Review–Into the Still Blue by Veronica Rossi

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.

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Review: Resist by Sarah Crossan

 

Resist (Breathe)

 

May Contain Spoilers

Review:

I love the concept of this series.  How awful would it be to live in a world where you had to pay for the very air you breathe?  Oxygen is metered and taxed at exorbitant rates meant to keep the haves in power and the have nots  gasping for breath.  It’s hard to stage a rebellion if the ruling class can just cut off your air.  Talk about taking the wind out of your sails!  They will do anything to keep control of the domed city they rule, even destroy the few trees that managed to thrive in the polluted landscape outside.  With no hope for change, the auxiliaries wheeze through one day after another, serving the wealthy and continuing to line their coffers with the taxes they pay to breathe.

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Interview with Tim Lebbon, Author of the Toxic City Series and Giveaway!

 

[Manga Maniac Cafe] Good morning, Tim!  Welcome to the Manga Maniac Café.  Can you please describe yourself in 140 characters or less.

[Tim Lebbon] Writer, father, husband, Ironman, usually all at the same time.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] Can you tell us a little about your Toxic City series?

[Tim Lebbon] It’s set in a near-future world where London has been destroyed in a terrorist attack.  There are, so the authorities claim, no survivors, and the city is toxic.  But in truth, there are survivors.  And some of them are developing strange powers.  The military guards London … and they are also experimenting on those who have managed to survive. 

The novels follow a group of teenagers who infiltrate London in an effort to find missing family members.  But they find a lot more besides.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] How did you come up with the concept and the characters for the series?

[Tim Lebbon] It’s a sort of big-scale siege story, and I love siege stories.  I also like dystopian fiction — I must have wiped out the world many times over.  The idea of a group of teens banding together to search for missing parents and siblings I found quite moving, and as I started to write the first book the characters quickly came to life.  They started to steer events, so much so that my ideas for books 2 and 3 changed drastically during the writing process.  That’s always a good sign!

[Manga Maniac Cafe] What three words best describe Lucy-Anne?

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Interview with Angie Simbert, Author of The Meme Plague and Giveaway!

Please welcome Angie Simbert to the virtual offices this morning! Angie is here to talk about The Meme Plague, and she has an awesome giveaway for you to enter, too!

[Manga Maniac Cafe] Describe yourself in 140 characters or less.

[Angie Simbert] Unrepentant geek who writes semi-cerebral tomboy science fiction and fantasy.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] Can you tell us a little about The Meme Plague?

[Angie Simbert] This book picks up just as school starts, and there’s an election looming where the TFC candidate looks like a shoe-in to win. This is primarily Micah’s story, with the other main narrators being Nora and Velvet. He hears something important about his father that makes him investigate what happened back then. Meanwhile, he and the others are building something that might just thwart TFC’s plans.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] What three words best describe Micah?

[Angie Simbert] Artistic, big-hearted, skater

[Manga Maniac Cafe] If Micah had a theme song, what would it be?

[Angie Simbert] Something with a comic book theme. Maybe “Superman’s Song” by the Crash Test Dummies

[Manga Maniac Cafe] Name one thing Micah is never without.

[Angie Simbert] His sketchpad.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] What three things will you never find in Micah’s pocket?

[Angie Simbert] Food, money, sonic screwdriver.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] What was the most difficult aspect of writing this series?

[Angie Simbert]  The second book! When I wrote Memento Nora, I didn’t have a series in mind. Near the end of the revision / editing process of the first book, my editor scribbled a question in the margins that made me realize that there needed to be a second (and third) one. However, it took me several rewrites (including a major overhaul of the plot and the addition of new characters) to get the Forgetting Curve right.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] What three things do you need in order to write?

[Angie Simbert] Coffee, good chair, post-it notes

[Manga Maniac Cafe] What is the last book that you read that knocked your socks off?

[Angie Simbert] Neil Gaiman’s Ocean at the End of the Lane. I’m really liking the Golem and the Jinni by Helen Wecker, but I haven’t finished it yet.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] How can readers connect with you?

[Angie Simbert] · My author site: www.angiesmibert.com

· Series website: www.mementonora.com

· Twitter: @amsmibert

· Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/MementoNora

· Tumblr: http://angiesmibert.tumblr.com/

[Manga Maniac Cafe] Thank you!

 

Angie is proud to be partnering with Feeding America as part of the launch of THE MEME PLAGUE.  To learn more about this virtual food drive, please visit: http://help.feedingamerica.org/site/TR?pg=fund&fr_id=1140&pxfid=8980

 

About the book:

It begins with the name JONAS W. on the side of a cardboard coffin—right before the funeral procession blows up. Then it’s the whisper in the back of Micah’s head: Your father betrayed his country. You can’t always trust your own brain. Not when you have one of the mayor’s mandatory chips in your skull. Micah knows that the chip developed by TFC (the corporation that runs the Therapeutic Forgetting Clinics) does more than just erase unpleasant memories—it implants new ones. The MemeCast warns citizens to “fight the hack.”

Micah and his friends have each lost something—a parent, a relationship, a home, maybe even their own identities as they remembered them to be. But together, they can make sure some things are never forgotten.

Election Day is coming, and Mayor Mignon is set to be elected to Congress. It’s time to build a new electronic frontier, one that’s not controlled by the mayor and his cronies. It’s time to get out the vote and shake up the system. It’s time to finally say enough.

Buy links:

B & N:  http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-meme-plague-angie-smibert/1115263660?ean=9781477816608

Publisher website:  http://www.apub.com/book-detail?asin=B00CEHQ484

Book Depository:  http://www.bookdepository.com/Meme-Plague-Angie-Smibert/9781477816608

Indiebound: http://www.indiebound.org/book/9781477816608

Book on Goodreads:  http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/14762237-the-meme-plague

Author on Goodreads:  http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/3399621.Angie_Smibert

About the author:

Angie Smibert was born in Blacksburg, a once sleepy college town in the mountains of Southwest Virginia. She grew up thinking she wanted to be a veterinarian; organic chemistry had other ideas. But she always had stories in her head. Eventually, after a few degrees and a few cool jobs—including a 10-year stint at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center—she wrote some of those stories down.

She’s published many short stories, for both adults and teens. (You can read some of them on her website.)

You can also catch her blogging as part of the LEAGUE OF EXTRAORDINARY WRITERS.

Check out her Amazon Author Central page.

THE MEME PLAGUE Giveaway Details:

Angie is giving away the following prizes during the blog tour:

  • Grand prize: (1) Kindle (courtesy of Amazon)—the basic 6” display / wifi one.

  • (1)Complete set of the series. (MN, FC, MP). Signed if in US; unsigned and delivered through Book Depository if outside US.

  • (3) Meme Plague (hard copy) plus swag.

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