Posts Tagged ‘Futuristic’

The safe lands (Book 1)
By Jill Williamson


Just following on from my discovery of Blink YA books here is another series which is sure to be a hit. Definitely for the upper end of young adult readers but every review is so positive and the reviewers are hanging out for book two.
I must say I am very impressed with the quality of the trailers being produced for these books.
The trailer for this book is no exception.

Set in the future, most people have been infected or wiped out by a plague. There are groups of survivors living a somewhat happy existence but things are about to change. The act of one brother’s betrayal costs them dearly. Levi (18 years old) returns to his village after a scavenger hunt to find that his fiancee has been taken captive. He is determined to find her but the struggle for survival may prove deadly for some.
Heaps of adventure, thriller, action and struggle to exist, in a very dystopian future.

When we wake
By Karen Healey

Little Brown

Tegan, is falling in love for the first time and having fun. It is the year 2027 when at 16 Tegan dies.
She wakes up some 100 years later in a government facility with no knowledge of how she got there or why.
She is the first person to be cryonically frozen and then successfully revived. Such success brings celebrity but all she wants is a normal life – whatever that is.

For your chance to win a signed copy of this book pop on over to Zac’s My best friends are books blog
New Zealand and Australia only. You can also read his review of this great book too.

by Elsie Chapman

This is a very cool trailer and I love the lighting. Sets the scene up for some intense action.

Publishers Weekly had this to say;

“Stylish, frenetic, and violent, Chapman’s debut is the textual equivalent of a Quentin Tarantino movie.”

Safety in the city of Kersh has a price. A very high price.
I have taken the Goodreads blurb as it really is a great description of the book. I have already marked it as “Want to read” and I know once you have read the blurb, you will too. Very scary thought. Glad I am not a twin!

“The city of Kersh is a safe haven, but the price of safety is high. Everyone has a genetic Alternate—a twin raised by another family—and citizens must prove their worth by eliminating their Alts before their twentieth birthday. Survival means advanced schooling, a good job, marriage—life.

Fifteen-year-old West Grayer has trained as a fighter, preparing for the day when her assignment arrives and she will have one month to hunt down and kill her Alt. But then a tragic misstep shakes West’s confidence. Stricken with grief and guilt, she’s no longer certain that she’s the best version of herself, the version worthy of a future. If she is to have any chance of winning, she must stop running not only from her Alt, but also from love . . . though both have the power to destroy her.

By Patrick Carman

This book isn’t even out yet but all the reviews from people lucky enough to have read reading copies have been very favourable and reviewers are raving about it. It is the first book in a new trilogy.

It is the year 2051 and Faith lives in the empty wastelands while others live a better life in the quarantined states. On the outside there are rebels and danger but it is there that Faith learns of her new ability. Faith discovers she can move things with ther mind but it is this ability that puts her in the most danger.
” From Goodreads “Patrick Carman’s Pulse trilogy is a stunning, action-filled triumph about the power of the mind—and the power of love”
Definitely one to watch out for and one I will be adding to my own list.

By Sarah Crossan

“Oxygen is essential for most living things. For 2.5 billion years, it was the most abundant chemical element on Earth. Until the Switch.”

Breathe is a young adult dystopian novel set in a future where oxygen and the domes that saved humanity, are all owned by a corporation called Breathe. There are no trees and the oceans have died.
The poor Auxiliary class cannot afford the oxygen tax which supplies extra air for doing things like dancing or sports. The rich Premiums on the other hand live strong healthy lives. Those that oppose the regime are considered to be a threat and are sent from the Pod to die.
Sixteen-year-old Alina is one of those that oppose the order and belongs to a secret resistance, but when a mission goes wrong she is forced to escape from the Pod. Outside the Pod she has only enough oxygen for two days. There are rumours she has heard of rebels and a mythical Grove, a place offering safety. So begins her search for a place which may or may not exist and time is running out.

I recently enjoyed reading Sarah Crossan’s first book The weight of water, a delightful coming of age verse novel so am looking forward to getting Breathe and diving in especially as all the reviews have been so good.

The killables
By Gemma MalleyHachetteAustralia

Evil has been eradicated and a new City has been established. Citizens are only permitted to enter after having the ‘evil’ part of their brain removed. According to how ‘good’ they are, as judged by The System, people who show any sign of emerging evil are labelled K’s.
But who knows what that means? The only sure thing is that people labelled K’s disappear and are never seen again.
This futuristic novel is on my list. Very intriguing and the reviews so far make this a must read.

Yey! Went shopping today!
By Michael Grant
“the ultimate battle is for sanity. Losing is not an option when a world of madness is at stake”
“Freedom or slavery? Death or madness?” Having heard so much about this book I just couldn’t resist buying it. Thank goodness for gift vouchers!

I also bought another much anticpated and just published book today.

A confusion of princes
By Garth Nix

I just have to quote directly from the blurb.
“I have died three times and three times been reborn though I am not yet twenty in the old earth years by which it is still the fashion to measure time. This is the story of my three deaths, and my life between. My name is Khemri”.
How can you not be intrigued by this passage? Below are the two quick trailers on this book.


Posted: December 29, 2011 in Secondary
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I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas, wherever you are.
I wish everyone a happy and prosperous new year. For those of us in Christchurch, I hope the horrible and very scary aftershocks stop happening soon. I also hope your homes and families are safe. These are awful days but kia kaha and happy new year.

By Marie Lu

It is the year 2130, June is a 15 year old prodigy born for success in milatary circles. Day is a 15 year old fugitive, the prime suspect for the murder of June’s brother. It is a time of war and survival. When June and Day’s paths cross, life changes forever.
I have so many good books to read that the pile just keeps growing and growing. So does my reserve list at the library. Another one to add to the list.


Posted: November 18, 2011 in Secondary
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Book 1
By Catherine Fisher
Hodder Childrens Books

Incarceron is a futuristic prison. It has strange technology but medieval dungeons and chains. It is steampunk and dystopian all in one. Finn believes there must be something outside Incarceron and he even believes he was once on the outside. With the help of a crystal key which he finds, he is able to talk to Claudia, a girl on the outside. It is with her, that he plans his escape.

Book 2

The chemical garden triology
Book 1
By Lauren DeStefano

Genetic engineering, villains, romance and just how far will you go or just what will you do to survive when you are destined to die at 20. Rhine is 16 and time is running out.


Posted: September 23, 2011 in Secondary

By Robert Wasserman

To save their daughter from certain death Lia’s parents allow her brain to be transplanted into a “mech”; a machine.


Posted: September 23, 2011 in Secondary

By Daniel H. Wilson

Artificial intelligence takes over and the war begins. No longer under our control but taking over everyone and everything; transportation, defence and communication! What is left?