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YA book review- The 100 by Kass Morgan

**This book is not expected to be published until September of 2013 so you have plenty of time to get excited about it**

Humans have been living on a space stationĀ  far above the earth for three hundred years. They abandoned the planet because nuclear war contaminated everything with radiation and it was no longer safe to inhabit. Living on a space station was only supposed to be a temporary solution, and now that the station is starting to fall apart, the people in charge need to figure out how to save the last of the human race. That’s where 100 teenaged prisoners come in: in order to wipe their sentences clean and help save their race, they are being sent to Earth to see if the planet is once again safe for human’s to inhabit. Told from the point of view of four of these incarcerated teens, this book explores the new world humans have created and the old world we once dominated. Is Earth any safer than a dying space station?

This book is intense and is definitely the first in a series. Romances abound, but they are strained by the turmoil spreading throughout the population of human beings who have no idea what lies ahead for them. Pick this up if you like science fiction, dystopian stories, and teenage romances. Also, this book is the inspiration for the CW’s new TV show by the same name!

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YA Book Review- Ender’s Game

This book is science fiction and dystopian of some of the best kind. The movie based on this book is due out in November of this year, so grab it in print before you enjoy it in theaters!

I’m going to let the Goodreads description tell you the details:

“In order to develop a secure defense against a hostile alien race’s next attack, government agencies breed child geniuses and train them as soldiers. A brilliant young boy, Andrew “Ender” Wiggin lives with his kind but distant parents, his sadistic brother Peter, and the person he loves more than anyone else, his sister Valentine. Peter and Valentine were candidates for the soldier-training program but didn’t make the cut–young Ender is the Wiggin drafted to the orbiting Battle School for rigorous military training.
Ender’s skills make him a leader in school and respected in the Battle Room, where children play at mock battles in zero gravity. Yet growing up in an artificial community of young soldiers Ender suffers greatly from isolation, rivalry from his peers, pressure from the adult teachers, and an unsettling fear of the alien invaders. His psychological battles include loneliness, fear that he is becoming like the cruel brother he remembers, and fanning the flames of devotion to his beloved sister.
Is Ender the general Earth needs? But Ender is not the only result of the genetic experiments. The war with the Buggers has been raging for a hundred years, and the quest for the perfect general has been underway for almost as long. Ender’s two older siblings are every bit as unusual as he is, but in very different ways. Between the three of them lie the abilities to remake a world. If, that is, the world survives.”

If you like to read about aliens, futuristic space wars, kids saving the day, or even if you like video games, definitely pick this up.

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YA Book Review- Requiem by Lauren Oliver

**Please note: This review contains spoilers of Delirium and Pandemonium, the first two books in this trilogy. Read ahead with caution!**

Lena and Julian have escaped the kidnapping and torture of the Scavengers, who they now know are working for Deliria Free America. Julian’s father, the founder of the DFA, is dead. And much to Lena’s agony, the boy she loved and thought she lost is broken but alive, and traveling with her friends. There is no time to dwell on heartbreak, though: the resistance is taking over the country and war against the controlling anti-love government is imminent. Meanwhile, in Portland, Lena’s best friend Hana is now cured and about to be married to the Mayor. She is perfectly content- or is she?

This series is a total thrill ride, with this final installment being no different. The format alternates chapters between Hana and Lena’s Point Of View, which really helps to see the plot development from all sides of their society. Anyone interested in the title should definitely read the first two books of the series- this is a great series for lovers of sci-fi, romance, dystopia, and thrillers!

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YA Book Review- Rebel Dawn by A.C. Crispin (Han Solo Trilogy Book 3)

This final book of the trilogy packs in all of Han Solo’s life from the minute he joins the huge gambling tournament in Cloud City up until the moment he meets Luke Skywalker in Episode IV: A New Hope.

Han Solo does not believe he is an especially good gambler, but he takes a chance and uses all of his money to play in a giant sabacc tournament. His friend Lando Calrissian is there, and much to Han’s surprise they are the last two in the game when Lando throws his ship, the Millenium Falcon, in to the pot- not a smart move for Lando. After winning a ton of credits and the ship of his dreams, Han is off to the Corporate Sector to spend his fortune and build up his ship. Meanwhile in the galaxy, Han’s old girlfriend Bria is a leader in the Rebel Alliance and is working hard to unite worlds against the evil Emperor. The Hutt’s are also facing a lot of turmoil as one Hutt clan is pitted against another in endless devious schemes, most resulting in grizzly murder. When Bria approaches Han to rally his smuggler friends and help her lead a Rebel attack against the slave world Ylesia that once owned her, the promise of a fortune is something he can’t resist.

One really fun thing about this book, for all of the Star Wars fans out there, is that the very last line nicely sets up the scene where we first meet Han in the movies. A great, thrilling ride, this is definitely worth picking up if you like science fiction of any kind.

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YA Book Review- The Hutt Gambit by A.C. Crispin (Han Solo Trilogy Book 2)

To continue with the Han Solo Trilogy, this week we bring you book #2! If you thought the first book was exciting, brace yourselves for this action-packed title.

Last we saw Han, he was preparing to entire the Imperial Academy. When this book begins, it’s five years later and Han has just been ejected from his post as an officer in the Imperial Navy for standing up for a Wookiee slave named Chewbacca. Chewie swears a “life debt” to Han, beginning the long friendship that everyone know from the Star Wars movies. The two of them start a successful life on Nar Shadaa, the Smuggler’s Moon which is overseen by Hutt crime lords, and go on quite a few adventures. Everything seems to be going as well as it can go for two smugglers until they discover that the Empire has targeted their new home world for total destruction. The residents of Nar Shadaa are devastated, but they are a tough group- they band together to thwart the Empire’s attack! Meanwhile, Han’s old love Bria is working very hard to begin with rebellion that Star Wars fans know will eventually bring down the evil Emperor Palpatine and his minion Darth Vader.

Fans of Star Wars should definitely try and read this whole trilogy, but those of you who are only interested in Han’s life after his attempt at the Imperial Navy should not have a problem starting the story with this book.

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YA Book Review- The Paradise Snare by A. C. Crispin (Han Solo Trilogy Book 1)

This is the first book in a trilogy written to chronicle the life of everyone’s favorite Star Wars outlaw, Han Solo. Despite the fact that this trilogy is not by any means new, it is a great read for all of you Star Wars fans who want some background on the characters in the films.

Han Solo is a young man living on a smuggler’s ship when the story opens. Despite the fact that he was found an orphan and raised to be a thief, he has aspirations to be a great pilot and longs to attend the Imperial Academy. From the second the story opens, you get the kind of great action sequences that fans have come to expect from Star Wars. Join Han as he escapes one treacherous situation after another and manages to charm his way through most of them. This story covers the years that Han is about 19 and 20 years old, and leads up to his entrance in to the Imperial Academy. You will get a ton of backstory here, including his alliance to the Wookiees, his knowledge of many languages, and some of the reasons that he is so independent and hard-hearted.

Hand this book to fans of the original Star Wars films, and any sci-fi lover.

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YA Book Review- Scarlet (#2 of the Lunar Chronicles) by Marissa Meyer

 

Last week’s post was about the first book in this futuristic series featuring famous fairy tale characters. This book, which is due to be published this February, stars none other than Red Riding Hood. Life on her quiet farm in a small French town never seemed out of the ordinary to Scarlet. That is, until her grandmother mysteriously disappears and no one will help Scarlet find her. Throw in a dangerous, surly stranger that goes by the name of Wolf and the reappearance of her once charming but now deranged father and you can quickly see that her life will never be the same. Expect to see the return of some of your favorite characters from the first book, including Cinder herself. I won’t reveal too much here so I don’t give away anything important, but Marissa Meyer sure knows how to write a story.

Once again, this book is great for sci-fi lovers, fantasy enthusiasts, action seekers, and also romance fans.

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