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From our September 2014 Newsletter:
Actual Release Date: 09/16/2014
Following the harrowing events of The 5th Wave, Cassie, Sammy, Zombie, Ringer, and their
comrades are struggling to survive. The human world has been devastated. Billions
are dead. Mankind is on the way out. Or is it? Hope, though but a tiny spark,
still exists. Like our young heroes, the remnants of humanity watch the falling
skies, praying that the edge of tomorrow doesn’t bring them oblivion. I can’t
give you much (no spoilers!), but I can tell you that The Infinite Sea takes The 5th
Wave ball and runs with it, and then jams it down your baby sister’s
throat. Take all of the augmented teen angst you can handle, and then add a
sprinkle of good old fashioned betrayal, a few enigmatic aliens, and the end of
the world as you know it. Oh, and let us not forget rats of all kinds. It’s
always about the rats.
From our July 2014 Newsletter:
All of the little children and adults are gone. The Sickness
took them. Now it's Lord of the Flies
and the City, New York City. Tribes of teenagers fight over what's left. It's a
dog eat cat eat rat world, The Young
World. When one such tribe’s resident Brainbox uncovers the possibility of
a cure, it’s time for a grand quest … starting at the New York Public Library.
That’s right, sports fans, the library. Actual books! Then the fun really
Acclaimed film writer/director Chris Weitz brings all of his
talent to bear on the end of the world as we know it … and adds all kinds of
teen angst. Seems most of YA today is Apocalyptic. Why? Why not? Because it’s
awesome. Deal with it, and read this book. The
Young World is the perfect summer read, and it cries out for a sequel.
Bring it on!
Tsarpunk and conflict and power reach an epic and
satisfying and costly conclusion in Ruin & Rising, the final
installment in Leigh’s Grisha Trilogy, as Alina – Sun Summoner, Saint, orphan,
and fulcrum for the fate of her world – and her allies marshal their limited
forces in a final confrontation with the Darkling. My friend Molly helped me
coin the term “Darklinghosen” to describe Ruin & Rising –
meaning “so good and with just the right amount of tragedy and
From our Summer 2014 Reviews Newsletter:
has had a rough time of it at home in Detroit. Her mother does not believe her
stepfather is abusing her. After his accidental death at Daphne’s hands, she
decides to move in with her Aunt and Uncle in the small town of Carbon County,
Wyoming. She has fond memories of visiting there when she was a child. But
times are tough in Carbon County and she finds her relatives, along with the
entire town, struggling to get by.
Strange occurrences are happening; beginning with the sounding of
trumpets the day Daphne arrives. The town is caught in a religious fervor,
convinced the “End Times” are coming. Daphne’s family discovers oil on their
land and all hell breaks out, imagined riches and feuding neighbors adding fuel
to an already incendiary atmosphere. A mysterious boy, Owen, and his sister
Luna, arrive, drawn to Carbon County by an unknown force visualized in their
recurring dreams. A war between good and evil seems to be brewing and Daphne
and Owen need to decide where they stand as the town heads straight for the
Apocalypse. Daphne, a downtrodden girl in search of love and acceptance, grabs
your sympathy and support from page one. Please note that End Times is
the first in a series, leaving you wanting the next book ASAP.
Django Wexler's The Forbidden Library is filled with magic,
marvelous and whimsical, the sort you wished for as a child. Untimely
orphaned, Alice Creighton finds herself living in a strange library, a
labyrinth of mysterious extent, whose books are magical, such that the
contents of the books bleed into reality, so that shelves can give way
to trees, mysterious houses, and odd and dangerous creatures. Alice
learns she can even cross directly into the world of the book, and live
inside its pages.
But magic always has its price, its shadow. The magical books are
actually prisons, and Alice discovers she can't get out again, not
until she pays a terrible price. Once escaped, she learns she is a pawn
in a larger game of sorcerers. The world against her, Alice is sets out
to prove what a smart and resourceful heroine, armed with magic, can do.
A wildly imaginative and completely engaging book. Highly recommended!
Millennia from now Mister Zog, an extraterrestrial of unknown origin,
discovers a diary written by an Earth girl, Tania Deeley, beginninig in
the year 2049. At this time in Earth's history, human births are rare
and Tania is a very wanted child. For those unable to conceive,
androids are rented from the Oxted Corporation for eighteen years -
"growing" from infancy to late adolescence over that time frame. Read
along with Mister Zog as Tania's life progresses from a naive
eleven-year-old interacting with human and android friends, to a
knowledgeable young adult with a life-altering decision to make in a
world where the human population is declining. In this science fiction
debut novel, William Campbell Powell presents a thought-provoking
scenario of what it means to be human and if whatever makes us human can
duplicated. This is a book for anyone who likes androids, journaling
and space creatures.
In the not-so-distant future a very dire world exists
because a hormone called Scarpanol was released into the American beef
population. Fifty million women died and only very young girls and vegetarians
are left in a world ruled by powerful men who compete for the young women who
can become their wives and produce the next generation. Avie Reveare is one of
those young women. She wants to go to
college, fall in love, and be in charge of her own life. But her world comes
crashing around her when she becomes a part of a business deal that her father
has brokered to save his firm, and she is now contracted to become the wife of
a very powerful and rich man. Avie is 16 years old. There are not many options
open to her and the question becomes, can she be fearless enough to fight for
her future? The answer is an amazing journey … for both us and Avie.
From our Sring 2014 Reviews Newsletter:
is one of the most unusual and craziest books I have ever read, and
I mean that in a good way. It’s hilarious, sexy, weird, unexpected, and
poignant. This sci-fi/coming-of-age story centers around sixteen-year-old
Austin, who is obsessed with chronicling everything that’s happening to him,
and there is a lot happening to him. He lives in Ealing, Iowa,
the city known for the most decapitations, where he hangs out with his best
friend, Robby Brees, and his girlfriend, Shann. Austin spends a great deal of
the story struggling with who he loves most. This is in addition to saving the
world from the Unstoppable Soldiers which are basically six-foot-tall
grasshoppers who are horny and extremely hungry. This story certainly isn’t for
everyone; there is plenty of cursing and sex. But for those who are ready for
two-headed babies and genetically-modified corn, this is a brave and painfully
First contact occurred two years ago. Cara Sweeney is
grateful for the L’eihr technology that came with the alien encounter. Her
mother’s cancer was cured. Now Cara and her family will be hosting a L’eihr
exchange student. She envisions her future as bright and shiny, with her blog
going through the roof and colleges vying for her attention. Still, she will
have to share her home (and bathroom) with an alien.
When Aelyx shows up, she’s confused about her feelings. Sure, he’s the cutest
guy she’s ever seen, human or alien, but he’s also cold and annoyingly smart.
Soon the town, along with Cara’s classmates, begins an anti-L’eihr campaign,
threatening violence toward Aelyx, Cara and her family. Cara and Aelyx are
drawn to each other and soon find themselves falling in love. But a plot to
have the earth-alien alliance fail threatens not only Cara and her family, but
also the future of the entire planet. It’s up to Cara to figure out how to save
mankind and the L’eihr’s future too.
Appealing to science fiction and YA readers, a plot with a forbidden love theme
involving intergalactic exchange students allows Landers to discuss important
issues such as teen romance, peer pressure, trust and acceptance of those a
little bit different from ourselves.