Posts Tagged ‘Science fiction’

The Quiet at the End of the World

By Lauren James

ISBN 9781406375510

Walker Books


I’m not a huge fan of Science-fiction but I was more than pleasantly surprised at how much I enjoyed this read. Totally got in to the story, characters and even the belief that everything in this Young Adult novel, could very well happen one day. That is a scary thought.

Lowrie and Shen are the youngest people on earth. A catastrophic virus caused global infertility and babies have not been born for many years. They are protected by elders but the elders have secrets; serious secrets they want to keep from the two teenagers. When the secret is eventually uncovered, everything changes and Lowrie and Shen have an impossible choice to make. Life as it exists could change forever.

I listened to the audio of this book and was hooked thinking of all the possibilities. I was in the Thames mudlarking, searching for treasure with them. I was with them when the secret came out and with them as they realised what the future would hold.  I was with them all the way and that to me, is a good book. Thoroughly enjoyed it and totally recommend it to YA readers.

A Wrinkle in Time

By Madeleine L’Engle

Loved this book as a child. SO excited it has been made in to a movie. Love the fact that parts of it were filmed right here in New Zealand.

It was a dark and stormy night; Meg Murry, her small brother Charles Wallace, and her mother had come down to the kitchen for a midnight snack when they were upset by the arrival of a most disturbing stranger.

“Wild nights are my glory,” the unearthly stranger told them. “I just got caught in a downdraft and blown off course. Let me sit down for a moment, and then I’ll be on my way. Speaking of ways, by the way, there is such a thing as a tesseract.”


Copyright for this trailer of course belongs to Disney. Can’t wait for this to come out next year but I do encourage you to read the book first – as always!

Carve the mark 

By Veronica Roth

ISBN: 9780008157821


This is one I am looking forward to when it is published next month. A well-produced and atmospheric book trailer has me already intrigued.

Surely just reading the publisher’s blurb below and knowing how successful the author’s Divergent, Insurgent and Allegent books have been, then it is safe to bet this will be fantastic too.

On a planet where violence and vengeance rule, in a galaxy where some are favoured by fate, everyone develops a currentgift, a unique power meant to shape the future. While most benefit from their currentgifts, Akos and Cyra do not – their gifts make them vulnerable to others’ control. Can they reclaim their gifts, their fates, and their lives, and reset the balance of power in this world?Cyra is the sister of the brutal tyrant who rules the Shotet people. Cyra’s currentgift gives her pain and power – something her brother exploits, using her to torture his enemies. But Cyra is much more than just a blade in her brother’s hand: she is resilient, quick on her feet, and smarter than he knows.Akos is from the peace-loving nation of Thuvhe, and his loyalty to his family is limitless. Though protected by his unusual currentgift, once Akos and his brother are captured by enemy Shotet soldiers, Akos is desperate to get his brother out alive – no matter what the cost.When Akos is thrust into Cyra’s world, the enmity between their countries and families seems insurmountable. They must decide to help each other to survive – or to destroy one another.

Spark Trilogy

By Rachael Craw

Published by Walker Books Australia

Rachael Craw

I was thrilled to meet author Rachael Craw today who was in Christchurch particpating in the Word Festival.

Rachael popped in to The Original Children’s Bookshop and happily signed books and chatted. Rachael also kindly gave some bookmarks and posters for both the shop and the high school I work in at nights. I love the wee story samples of  Shield (book 3) which Rachael also gave us. Shield will be out on September First.

Stray (book 2) was the winner in the New Zealand Book Awards for Children and Young Adults  Children’s Choice category for YA this year. This is fantastic! If you want more information about Rachael or her books then do then check out her website by clicking on her name above.

Thank you so much Rachael for stopping by. I will treasure my own signed copy of Spark.


Rachael holding her book Spark.



Death by design.

Evie doesn’t have a choice. One day she’s an ordinary seventeen year old, grieving for her mother. The next, she’s a Shield, the result of a decades-old experiment gone wrong, bound by DNA to defend her best friend from an unknown killer. The threat could come at home, at school, anywhere. All Evie knows is that it will be a fight to the death. And then there’s Jamie. Irresistible. Off-limits.


It’s hard to remember hating anything as much as I hate Affinity; a bone-deep loathing for the faceless unknown and the concrete walls of my own DNA. Evie is a Shield: designed to kill in order to protect, and the Affinity Project have finally come for her. But Evie isn’t ready for the sinister organisation to take control of her life, her body, her mind. She isn’t ready to follow their rules about who may live and who must die – not when it condemns the innocent. She has one option: risk losing everything and everyone – including Jamie – and run.


Evie is out of options. She must comply with the Affinity Project – obey their rules, play their deadly games, give up Jamie. And her losses keep growing. When she decides to help a small group of Shields trying to affect change, Evie finds herself in the firing line. Counsellor Knox is intent on revealing her secrets and shackling her to the Affinity Project for life. To protect her family, Evie must betray those closest to her.

The Partials
By Dan Wells

Often a stand alone book or the first book in a new series will have a trailer made. It isn’t often that a series has multiple trailers made. The Partials sequence is an exception with three trailers, shared below.

After a war with the Partials (a group of engineered organic beings who are identical to humans) the human race has been pretty much decimated. There are some survivors but danger is always close. RM is a weaponized virus which has wiped out so many and only a few are immune. However, no babies since, have been born immune to RM.
Sixteen year old Kira is a medic in training and desperate to try and save the human race.
Reviews for this series are very good and the pace and thrill of the story are captivating.
I can’t tell you about the second and third book without ruining the first so grab the first and just keep reading.

Book 1

Book 2

Book 3

By Lissa Price

For those of you who loved Starters then you really do have to get hold of a copy of the sequel Enders.
We meet Callie and her younger brother Tyler and friend Michael in Starters not long after the spore wars has wiped out most of the Middles (middle aged people). Enders (old people) with all their money and might are able to rent out the bodies of young people, the Starters.
Tyler suffers from poor health and with their mother dead from the wars and their father missing, presumed dead, Callie is desperate to get money and a warm, safe place to live. She decides to rent out her body at Prime Destinations. For this rental to happen, a chip is placed inside Callie’s head, just like so many other Starters. This allows the “mind transfer” to happen. Her rental is to an Ender called Helena but it isn’t long before Callie realises Helena isn’t ready to give up her rental. Helena has other plans. And there is a voice inside Callie’s head slowly taking control. Heaps of action and such an intriguing concept. Lots of questions at the end. Who is “the old man”? Who is the voice? Loved Starters.

Enders kept me going just the same. Without giving too much away, Helena is no longer a problem. Callie has left Tyler at a safe house so she, Michael and the mysterious Hyden can find a way to have the chip removed and find other starters and rescue them from those in control. They are all being hunted down. There is again, a heap of action, and heap of guessing who to trust. The chip inside her head can now be controlled leaving her with no options but to do as the controller requires and that just might mean murder!
As Callie is told “trust no one but yourself, and then question that”.
If you are wanting a sci-fi thriller set in a not to distant future with just a little hint of romance these books really are a top read.
Sharing the trailer again, even though I posted this sometime ago. Always great to see this.

Machine Wars
By Michael Pryor

This upcoming book by Michael Pryor isn’t due to be published for a couple of months yet but as soon as I saw the trailer today I just knew I had to share it straight away. What a great trailer. Hooked me in immediately. With the robotic voices, the soundtrack and the graphics, this trailer is the whole package, including the atmospheric creepiness especially at the end. Very good trailer which certainly has me waiting for the release date.

“The Bourne Identity meets The Terminator in this fast-paced technothriller for boys aged 10 to 14”.

Bram’s mother, a high-level computer scientist has discovered that superintelligence exists and because it knows she knows, it is now out to get her. This superintelligence can control any machine connected to the net and will use whatever it can to gain control of the whole world. It will eliminate anything in its way, including Bram’s mother, who is already in hiding, and Bram himself.
For Bram and his friend Stella, that means not only trying to find his parents but being hunted by every machine in the world. Nowhere is safe. Nowhere!

The fall of five
Book four of the Lorien Legacies
By Pittacus Lore

I popped in to the local mall the other day to grab a few groceries on my way home from work and stopped in my tracks. The fall of five stood on a shelf staring at out at me from the book shop and I could not resist. So much for getting groceries, I just had to buy the book. I am now convinced I am a bookaholic but I don’t need help. Just time to read the books I keep buying.
I have never really been a sci-fi fan but this series is different and I love it.
We have the Garde (good guys) and the Mogadorians (the bad). The Garde do have legacies (special abilities) though they are not strong enough yet and will it ever be enough to defend themselves against the vicious Mogadorians. How much longer can they survive, fight after fight?
There were nine Garde from the planet Lorien but only six remain.Their only hope is to find each other and beat the Mogadorians.
“John Smith—Number Four—thought that things would change once the Garde found each other. They would stop running. They would fight the Mogadorians. And they would win.
But he was wrong.”
The first three were killed and while some have found each other there is one missing. One they have to find before it is too late.
“Time is running out, and there’s only one thing we know for certain: we need to find Number Five before they do”.
If you enjoy a good fast-paced sci-fi series with heaps of action and just a little romance then do give this series a chance. I thoroughly enjoyed the pace of the first three books and can’t wait to get stuck in to this one.
I am number four Book 1
The power of six Book 2
The rise of nine Book 3

By S. F. Said

Illustrated by Dave McKean

“The supernova is coming … one boy alone can save the galaxy”

I confess I have not read any of S. F. Said’s books before but I am lining up for this one and I have already checked that the local library has it on order. I will be checking my local bookshops too as it is due out very soon. What attracted me first to this book was that it had been illustrated by the Dave McKean. I love his illustrations. They are at times dark, weird and wonderfully atmospheric. The trailer to this book is different to most and indeed stunning. The narrator has the voice of the old traditional storytellers. I just wanted to sit back and listen to the rest of the story.
I began reading the story here courtesy of Random House Children’s Publishers and I thoroughly enjoyed it.

Lucky thinks he’s an ordinary Human boy. But one night, he dreams that the stars are singing – and wakes to find an uncontrollable power rising inside him.

Now he’s on the run, racing through space, searching for answers. In a galaxy at war, where Humans and Aliens are deadly enemies, the only people who can help him are an Alien starship crew – and an Alien warrior girl, with neon needles in her hair.

Together, they must find a way to save the galaxy. For Lucky is not the only one in danger. His destiny and the fate of the universe are connected in the most explosive way . . . ”

Trailer created by Dave McKean

In the after
By Demitria Lunetta

“They hear the most silent of footsteps.
They are faster than anything you’ve ever seen.
And They won’t stop chasing you…until you are dead.”

Amy is watching TV when the world is attacked by Them. They are vile creatures which are devouring mankind so quickly that most of the population is overtaken. Somehow Amy manages to escape but as she does she finds and rescues a toddler. Together they struggle to survive and avoiding “Them” is difficult but deadly if they are caught. Eventually, as in years later, they are rescued by others and taken to a colony of survivors at New Hope which is inside a former government research compound. At first all seems too good to be true but the reality is something quite different. How will she save herself and keep the child with her safe?
The cover of this book alone gets a five out of five. Hanging out!

I often wonder how much money goes in to the production of book trailers and if the sales are worth the time, money and energy. The trailers I tend to watch and promote here would have me spend all my money buying books and this one is no exception. It is another quality trailer and yes – I want to go and read this book now! Unfortunately it isn’t out here yet but it is coming and I will be watching out for it.

The testing
By Joelle Charbonneau

Great site to find out more and read a prequel to the series.

“Keep your friends close and your enemies closer. Isn’t that what they say? But how close is too close when they may be one in the same?

The Seven Stages War left much of the planet a charred wasteland. The future belongs to the next generation’s chosen few who must rebuild it. But to enter this elite group, candidates must first pass The Testing—their one chance at a college education and a rewarding career.

Cia Vale is honored to be chosen as a Testing candidate; eager to prove her worthiness as a University student and future leader of the United Commonwealth. But on the eve of her departure, her father’s advice hints at a darker side to her upcoming studies–trust no one.”

The premise of this story does have a Hunger Games quality to it but I am looking forward to reading this new dystopian trilogy. I think fans of YA dystopian, futuristic, survival stories will be hooked.

The Program
By Suzanne Young

Suicide has reached epidemic proportions and the only cure is The Program. The only trouble with that is once you enter, everything changes.
Everything you have ever done, and anyone you have ever loved is forgotten. You leave the Program as a clean slate with no memories of the past. Sloane knows that in order to stay out of the Program she has to stay strong, and she must never cry. Getting caught crying could seal her fate in the Program. The only person to help is her boyfriend who promises to keep her safe. But how long can they last, how long can they avoid the epidemic.
Everywhere they go they are being watched and the Program is just waiting for them.

Teen suicide is a very real issue and while I accept this book is not about curing depression nor is it making light of something so awful I do intend to look out for this book as soon as it reaches our shores as it just might get people talking. The Program offers a YA, almost science-fiction, dsytopian government conspiracy novel which is sure to get a lot of people talking. It may prove to be a controversial book but that is just another reason why I want to read this book.

The 5th wave
By Rick Yancey

Penguin Young Readers

“They are coming for us. All of us”.

“After the 1st wave, only darkness remains. After the 2nd, only the lucky escape. And after the 3rd, only the unlucky survive. After the 4th wave, only one rule applies: trust no one.

Now, it’s the dawn of the 5th wave, and on a lonely stretch of highway, Cassie runs from Them. The beings who only look human, who roam the countryside killing anyone they see. Who have scattered Earth’s last survivors. To stay alone is to stay alive, Cassie believes, until she meets Evan Walker. Beguiling and mysterious, Evan Walker may be Cassie’s only hope for rescuing her brother—or even saving herself. But Cassie must choose: between trust and despair, between defiance and surrender, between life and death. To give up or to get up.”

You can download and start reading the first few pages here. I have and it is very exciting. Can’t wait until May!
And here, not one but two trailers to promote this book.

Galaxy Zac

By Ray O’Ryan
Illustrated by Colin Jack

I am so looking forward to this series reaching New Zealand. It is ideal for those children just off the reading colour wheel and reading their first chapter books.

Read what Galaxy Zack says on his own site.

“It is the year 2120 and Zack Nelson and his family are making the big move from Earth to the planet Nebulon. Zack is already nervous about starting school and making new friends, but it only gets worse when he dreams that his classmates are slimy aliens with tentacles, pizza comes covered in gross bugs, and he can never communicate with his Earth friends again! When Zack arrives at Sprockets Academy for his first day of school, he meets and befriends Drake Tucker, a Nebulite boy who also loves to explore and learn about the planets. All of the differences between Earth and Nebulon begin to pile up and make Zack miss his home in Dubbsville, Texas, even more. But things start to look up when he receives a mysterious surprise. What could it possibly be? ”

These are the titles coming soon:
Hello Nebulon
Journey to Juno
Prehistoric planet
Monsters in space

This is definitely a series I will be looking to add to my school library. In fact I know just which set of boys will be lining up for them early.

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
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