Have a great weekend reading.
I have decided to post a couple of pictures that describe my weekend plans perfectly.
Have a great weekend reading.
'Days Like This' by Alison Stewart is a dystopian novel set in Sydney, Australia. Water has become scarce and the Governing Committee has built a wall to protect the privileged members of this new society. Stalling the aging process has become the new religion and the committee will stop at nothing to achieve this goal. An addiction to pills is used to keep everyone in line and if that fails, fear of the Blacktroopers and their twisted fondness of torture will.
Lily, the young protagonist, escapes her home, before she can become harvested to help aid the selfishness of the ruling party. Lily stumbles across a group of young people trying to rescue other teenagers from this exploitation and joins this guerrilla group. Together they try to undermine the committee whenever possible.
Days like this is an exciting read, with the plot working it's way to an explosive ending.
Synopsis: 'I want to go back to the days when life made sense. The days before our parents became strange; before the warming ate away at all the living things in the world; before The Committee and their Blacktroopers. Before the Wall. Lily is a prisoner in her own home. Forced to stay inside by The Committee and guarded by their increasingly distant parents, Lily and her brother Daniel are beginning to ask why. Then, when Daniel disappears just before his seventeenth birthday, Lily knows she is next. She has to escape. But who else is out there? And can anyone survive days like this? '
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This week on Trailer Tuesday, I am sharing with you a TED Talk.TED stands for technology, entertainment and design and is a non profit organisation devoted to spreading ideas through short powerful talks. Today TED covers all topics from science, business to global issues. This talk by Lisa Bu explains how books helped her overcome the shattering experience of not being able to achieve her dream.
'Lisa Bu: How books can open your mind. What happens when a dream you've held since childhood … doesn't come true? As Lisa Bu adjusted to a new life in the United States, she turned to books to expand her mind and create a new path for herself. She shares her unique approach to reading in this lovely, personal talk about the magic of books.'
'Bay of Fires' by Poppy Gee is a home grown murder mystery. The story is set in Tasmania and if it wasn't for the murder of a young back packer and the disappearance a year earlier of another young woman, this bay sounds idyllic. The bay also seems to attract the most quirky characters. From the locals who reside in the bay all year round to the regular holiday makers, the characters and personalities stand out. Sometimes the mystery plays second fiddle to the people in the story. That said the mystery does hold the readers attention, and suspects abound.
This is an easy novel to read and quite enjoyable.
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Synopsis: 'Deep in a national park on the east coast of Tasmania, the Bay of Fires is an idyllic holiday community. There are no more than a dozen shacks beside the lagoon - and secrets are hard to keep; the intimacy of other people's lives is their nourishment. The fact that Sarah Avery has returned, having left her boyfriend and her job, is cause for gossip in itself. Then, the bikini-clad body of a young girl is found washed up on the beach; a year after another teenage girl went missing. Journalist Hall Flynn is sent to the coast to investigate, and all too quickly the close-knit community turns in on itself. As he uncovers long-buried secrets, the delicate balance of their fragile lives is threatened...'
The first book in the Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer is titled 'Cinder'.
Synopsis: 'As plague ravages the overcrowded Earth, observed by a ruthless lunar people, Cinder, a gifted mechanic and cyborg, becomes involved with handsome Prince Kai and must uncover secrets about her past in order to protect the world in this futuristic take on the Cinderella story. Reviled by her stepmother and blamed for her stepsister's sudden illness Cinder finds herself at the centre of a violent struggle between the desires of an evil queen and a dangerous temptation.'
This book may seem familiar as the novel is a modern fairy tale. If you like to read Once Upon a Time stories, then this series is for you. Reserve your copy today.
Book artists are amazing. I know as a librarian I cringe at the sight of someone vandalising a book, (I have trouble coping if someone as so much as cracks a spine),but book sculptures are truly beautiful.
In 2011 between the months of March and November, libraries and other literary locations throughout Edinburgh were anonymously gifted with beautifully crafted book sculptures. Ten in all.Each sculpture present came with a quote.The works of art have toured Scotland and still the artist remains a mystery. See photos of all the book sculptures here.
For more images of amazing book sculptures, check out the blog post on Book Riot, by Nikki Steele.
Book Art is Awesome. Some people are very talented.
Oh and by the way, if anyone around here is feeling extremely generous, we would more than welcome some book sculptures in our library.
This week I am discussing three books not one. I have finally finished reading the 'Maze Runner' trilogy by James Dashner.
Book number one - 'The Maze Runner' had me hooked from the beginning. I enjoyed the suspense, the pace and the action. I was just as lost as the characters, in wondering what was going on and I had to keep reading to find out what this world was all about and why these kids were placed in a maze without a memory of what went life was like before waking up in this strange new world.
Book number two - 'The Scorch Trials' contained even more action and adventure then the first. It also brought the realisation, that whenever you think you might be close to understanding everything, the story shifts and you are back at square one.
Book number three - 'The Death Cure' finally answers most questions. More action, suspense and adventure, but with answers
James Dashner keeps the reader in the dark for most of the series. Some readers may find this frustrating, but this technique kept me intrigued and wanting to find the answers. In other words I had to finish the series to scratch the itch of not not knowing. As with a lot of series, each book becomes darker and more violent. So prepare yourselves for a wild ride. Overall, an entertaining Dystopian series with an intriguing storyline, many plot twists and epic action scenes. Reserve your copy today.
'Fever Crumb' is the first book in a new series by Phillip Reeve. For those who have yet to read Phillip Reeve, his last quartet, the 'Mortal Engines' series, were of the steampunk genre. ('Steampunk is a sub-genre of science fiction that typically features steam-powered machinery, especially in a setting inspired by industrialized Western civilization during the 19th century.') Fever Crumb is another series in the steampunk genre.
Synopsis: 'Fever Crumb is a girl who has been adopted and raised by Dr. Crumb, a member of the order of Engineers, where she serves as apprentice. In a time and place where women are not seen as reasonable creatures, Fever is an anomaly, the only female to serve in the order.
Soon though, she must say goodbye to Dr. Crumb - nearly the only person she's ever known - to assist archeologist Kit Solent on a top-secret project. As her work begins, Fever is plagued by memories that are not her own and Kit seems to have a particular interest in finding out what they are. Fever has also been singled out by city-dwellers who declare her part Scriven.
The Scriveners, not human, ruled the city some years ago but were hunted down and killed in a victorious uprising by the people. If there are any remaining Scriven, they are to be eliminated.
All Fever knows is what she's been told: that she is an orphan. Is Fever a Scriven? Whose memories does she hold? Is the mystery of Fever, adopted daughter of Dr. Crumb, the key to the secret that lies at the heart of London?'
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'Trash' by Andy Mulligan is an eye opener for those of us who have lived very sheltered lives.Our childhood was idyllic compared to the life these children are living. Our own families have food, shelter, clothing and education. These are a given, our expectations, yet the children in this story, have to fight to survive. They don't have a family let alone any source of security. Education is not an option, especially when your next meal is hard to find.
Synopsis: 'Raphael is a dumpsite boy. He spends his days wading through mountains of steaming trash, sifting it, sorting it, breathing it, sleeping next to it. Then one unlucky-lucky day, Raphael's world turns upside down. A small leather bag falls into his hands. It's a bag of clues. It's a bag of hope. It's a bag that will change everything. Soon Raphael and his friends Gardo and Rat are running for their lives. Wanted by the police, it takes all their quick- thinking and fast-talking to stay ahead. As the net tightens, they uncover a dead man's mission to put right a terrible wrong. And now it's three street boys against the world...'
Do not be put off by the thought that this novel is all about poverty and violence. While these themes underline the story, what shines through is courage,friendship,loyalty and honesty. The extremes of poverty and wealth are explored through the journey the 'dump' boys embark upon. While it is easy to feel sympathy for these boys, they themselves do not feel sorry for themselves. The boys find a lot of positive things in their life, a lot, we take for granted.
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