Wednesday, 23 December 2015

Exposure

'Exposure' is one of Mal Peet's soccer novels, featuring the sports journalist Paul Faustino.

Don't worry if, like me, you are totally clueless about soccer. Keep reading this amazing book!

Otello is a South American soccer player who has been transferred from a northern team to play for the well known southern team, Rialto for a price - fifty million dollars. The stakes are high. He meets and falls in love with Desmeralda, a singer with a mega star notoriety. The pair marry but their marriage attracts enemies. There are those who wish to use this multi-racial superstar couple for their own ends and who wish to ultimately destroy them.

Paul Faustino is a cynical but likeable character who has been following Otello's journey and he becomes embroiled in a scandal that takes him far out of his depth.

'Exposure' is original and engaging. I couldn't put this book down. Once I had finished I then began to read  Mal Peet's other young adult novels which are also outstanding.

I was saddened when I recently discovered that Mal Peet died earlier this year (2015) so it is fitting to acknowledge the wonderful contribution he has made to teen fiction.

~ Ann

Wednesday, 28 October 2015

The Flywheel

'The Flywheel

' is the debut novel of Sydney writer, Erin Gough.
It's a snapshot of life seen through the eyes of seventeen year old Delilah.

Due to a myriad of circumstances (parents have recently separated, father is currently on holidays, current manager of cafe has returned to Ireland) Del ends up running her father's cafe, the Flywheel. The situation is unstable and precarious; she hires Hamish who is lazy and uncooperative. 'Clearly my recruitment skills need some honing' bemoans Del.

On top of this Del is still at secondary school where she is bullied mercilessly for being gay.
Del is quite a character though-largely resilient and able to rise above the belittling attitudes of her school peers. Which is just as well.

And then there's the 'flamenco girl'-the beautiful Rosa who dances flamenco at the tapas bar across the road. Del has been watching Rosa for a long time but doesn't know how to approach her. Is it possible for her to confide her feelings for Rosa without the situation ending in disaster?

'The Flywheel' is a wonderful rollercoaster of a journey and as a reader you will get behind Del as she battles through the many obstacles that stand in her way. 

Recommended teen fiction.

-Ann

Nowhere Boys

'Nowhere Boys' by Elise McCredie is based on the hit TV series and soon to be released movie in 2016.

It's a terrific book that will appeal to many teenagers.

The story involves four teenagers.
Felix dresses in black, plays guitar and writes his own music.
Jake is popular and athletic and is something of a bully.
Sam seemingly has the perfect life: the ideal family situation and the gorgeous girlfriend.
Andy is the science nerd.

The four boys are grouped together for a school outdoor orienteering excursion.
Then weird things begin to happen. The become lost, and when they return to their homes things are not the same.
People can see and hear them but no one seems to know who they are. They begin to wonder if their families are better off without them.
Magic and supernatural events are at hand and it up to the boys to try and try and solve whatever is happening.

 After seeing part of the TV series and reading the book I can hardly wait for the much anticipated film release.

Highly recommended viewing and reading.

-Ann


  

Thursday, 3 September 2015

The Maze Runner Lock In Night

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The Maze Runner Movie lock in night- for teens aged 12-18 years

Come and get locked in the library!

Popcorn and Pizza provided
BYO cushion or bean bag.
Includes Maze Runner trivia and door prize.

All movie goer- YOU MUST COMPLETE THE REGISTRATION FORM (emailed with ticket)- this is your key to entry.

This movie is rated M. If you are under 15 years of age, parental permission is required.




Tuesday, 25 August 2015

Voting Open for Inky Awards

Voting is now open for the 2015 Inky Awards!

The shortlist, announced yesterday at a special Melbourne Writers Festival event, includes five Australian books, nominated for the Gold Inky Award, and five international books, nominated for the Silver Inky Award.

Young readers (aged 12–20) are invited to vote online for their favourite book in each category, before 5pm  on Sunday 27 September.

The winners will be announced at the official Inky Awards ceremony on Tuesday 13 October.

Gold Inky Award shortlist:
The Incredible Adventures of Cinnamon Girl by Melissa Keil
Razorhurst by Justine Larbalestier
Laurinda by Alice Pung
The Intern by Gabrielle Tozer
The Protected by Claire Zorn

Silver Inky Award shortlist:
Bird by Crystal Chan
Spark by Rachael Craw
We Were Liars by E. Lockhart
Since You've Been Gone by Morgan Matson
Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

Follow the Link and Reserve your copy now!!

Risk


Title: Risk
Author: Fleur Ferris

Two friends meet a boy in a chat room online, Taylor is captivated by Jacob and can't believe they seem to have so much in common! Before she knows it though, her friend Sierra has arranged to meet this boy downtown the following day. Taylor is devastated that her best friend can do that to her. What follows is a tragic story. S
ierra wants Taylor to cover for her and say she is staying overnight at her place, as her Mum has effectively grounded her. Taylor agrees, but Sierra doesn't come home and is still missing 2 days later.
When Taylor finally tells Sierra’s mum that her daughter is missing, Taylor and her friends are thrown into a dark world they never even knew existed. The deep web, where predators are waiting for girls like Sierra.
This book should be compulsory reading by all young people who are out there chatting on the web - beware, all is not what it appears. Also the families of the two girls and the effect this situation has is so sad.
This book is a debut novel by an ex policewoman and had me captivated from the start. It is set in Melbourne so the landmarks will be familiar to all who read it. I encourage everyone to read this amazing book, and take on board the situation within, and think twice before befriending someone online who is not what you think they appear to be.
5 stars from me!

Janine K - Endeavour Hills Library


Tuesday, 4 August 2015

Atlas


Title: Atlas
Author: RuFuS

This C.D has 11 songs on it. The light/dark deluxe edition of Atlas has 2 discs on it. The second disk has the same songs but some of the songs are remixes.
The lead vocal in in RUFUS is: Tyrone Lindqvist. I would give the song called 'Take Me' a: 10/10.
The library doesn't have Atlas, but you can buy the C.D at JB- HIFI.
How good was it? Fantastic


Sam 
Age: 11

Hi Sam we do have the CD at the Library - click on "Atlas" and follow the link.

Thursday, 30 July 2015

Simon vs the homosapien agenda

Simon Spier is just another typical teenage boy with a few of problems. Problem one, he’s gay and while being gay is not a problem to Simon, nor to those around him the ‘big deal’ of being gay and ‘coming out’ is a problem; Simon just can’t deal with the fuss everyone will make. So Simon is effectively in the closet. Problem number two, he’s in love. Once again it’s not so much the being in love that is the problem but rather than he is in love with a boy he has never met and only knows as Blue. Problem three, friends. Boy girl relationships are making his social life harder and Simon just doesn’t know how to deal. Problem four, Simon is being blackmailed help the class clown get a date with his friend or have his sexuality and secret love life revealed to the whole world. Life is a balancing act and Simon is about to learn that sometimes you’ll drop the ball.

A funny and heart-warming coming of age story. I absolutely loved this book, it was wonderful. While it had many elements of a coming of age/ love story I was really hooked into this book by the mystery of Blue; a mystery that was deepened by the fact that like Simon I had no clue who he was either. Simon is a beautiful character (well done to Albertalli for writing a realistic gay male protagonist-we need more male protagonists in YA) who just jumps out of the page and into your heart. He is smart, endearing, and honest. I really found him to be so relatable and at points was shaking my head in agreement with his assessments. The mystery of Blue was also a intriguing plot line that kept me turning the pages as well as the fact that in the end Simon falls in love with the personality of Blue rather than the physical person Blue. My only critique would be that I would have loved to have seen more exploration of the character Leah; she as a character really stood out to me and I felt there was a lot to explore in terms of her relationship with Simon. However this critique is nit-picking.

A feel good read, Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda will leave you smiling. It’s a wonderful mix of teen angst, romance, mystery and blackmail that is difficult to put down. Great characters mixed with a seamless plot this book is one NOT to miss, it will definitely be a Best Read of 2015.


Courtney :)

Friday, 17 July 2015

An Abundance of Katherines

An Abundance of Katherines’ was published in 2006 by John Green. The general plot of the novel is the protagonist Colin, who is a prodigy, has only ever dated girls by the name of Katherine. His most recent girlfriend broke up with him, and he basically couldn’t stop wallowing. His best friend, Hassan, decides that the best way for him to get his mind off of his Katherine problem, is to go on a road trip. When they arrive in the small rustic town of Gutshot, they have adventures; make memories, so on and so fourth.

Now, I have read John Green’s other work. The fault in our stars, Paper towns and looking for Alaska, but for some reason, I much preferred this book above all the others. I completely enjoyed An Abundance of Katherines and I actually regard it as one of my favourite novels. Colin is one of those main characters that you hate because he’s so egotistical, yet in the end you’re still rooting for him anyways because he’s the good guy. I really enjoyed the humour in the novel and it actually ended up being very educational; I learned a lot of things about The Arch Duke Franz Ferdinand that I wasn’t aware of before. But the one liners and character development are really great and the book had just enough romance to make me happy.

By the end of the book I was feeling so many different emotions, but I was quite satisfied by the ending. Definitely a recommended read.
Shannon, 15
NAR, Work Experience Student


Friday, 10 July 2015

Paper Towns


If you loved the John Green book Paper Towns check out the clip for the movie below.






Wednesday, 8 July 2015

Batman Endgame


Title: Batman Endgame
Author/Artist: Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo

Tell us about it: It is an awesome story! A sequel to the Batman: Death of the Family story and refers back to the Court of Owls. There are exciting appearances to most of the Justice League (Superman, Wonder Woman, the Flash and Aquaman). This enthralling story also reveals a few secrets about the one and only Joker.

You might like this if you like......: Batman, Scott Snyder's work, Greg Capullo's art and like great experiences.


Wasiul

Friday, 19 June 2015

Kill All Enemies

I have long been a fan of English author Melvin Burgess, and 'Kill All Enemies
' is yet another powerful teen novel to add to his name.

The three main characters in this novel are Billie, Chris and Rob. Initially it is difficult to find anything likeable about any of them.
Billie is a violent adolescent girl who has been through five schools in two years.
Chris is thoroughly obnoxious and disruptive. He hates school and makes it clear that it is beneath him.
Rob is a large, awkward adolescent who is caught between being bullied and bullying others.

But as you read on you become aware of their circumstances, mostly family circumstances, that in many ways explain their situations.
Billie's mother, for instance, is an alcoholic and neglectful parent.
Rob has an abusive step-father and a weak, incapable mother.
And Chris's situation becomes apparent, too.

Throughout the novel the three teens become associated and intertwined.
The question for the reader is what happens when you put these three explosive personalities together?

Melvin Burgess is a master storyteller and his characters are gritty, at times funny and believable.
Although there is much pessimism and darkness in this novel, there is one shining light in particular and that is Hannah, the social worker.
Hannah is soon alert as to what is going on with these teens.
'Right,' she says.....and then she takes charge.
Good for Hannah.

-Ann

Tuesday, 16 June 2015

To Kill a Mockingbird

To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee is an exploration of prejudice, victimisation and oppression. If you’re anything like me you’re probably sceptical about reading a book which the curriculum demands we read, however the book is not as bad as you think.

 Sure, it’s not a mainstream book written by John Green or J.K Rowling but expand your reading list!!!You know all that rap music most of us listen to? Yeah well most rap artists are of an African-American decent, they rap about the struggles they face because of the colour of their skin. To Kill a Mockingbird is based around the same issues and how these problems affect our world.

The text in this book is easy to read, nothing like Shakespearian writing and the characters are relatable. Lee wrote this book in an important point in time. This book sparked revolutions and prominent African-Americans to speak out, these figures include Martin Luther King, Rosa Parks the Black Panther Party and many more. All these people methodically and peacefully campaigned for equality.

This book shows how far society has come but also shows the unjust treatment of the African-American race that is still present. You’ll become educated regarding race related issues, you’ll find out why some people in today’s society have deep rooted racism for those with a skin colour differing from white.

I highly recommend that all teenagers read this novel because like it or not we are the future of the world, we need to make sure that we do not make the same careless mistake as the generations before us did. I hope you all read To Kill a Mockingbird, or even a page of it, whatever you read I hope you enjoy it!

By Himaya, 15
Work Experience Endeavour Hills Library

Tuesday, 9 June 2015

Temptation series

I LOVE this series; I have read it twice plus random parts in all three books. The setting and the story its self is quite beautiful! As result these books have further ruined my expectations for romance… I really should stop but Noah….

Book one: Temptation
The Cameron’s are new in the sleepy, idyllic farming community of Meadow-view, having moved from the city after a tragic event.
Before they even have the chance to settle in there is a knock at the front door- here you meet Amos, Jacob and Noah, three members from the large family up the road that also happen to be Amish!
When Rose and Noah first see each other it is literally love at first sight. Neither of them can keep the other out of there minds and both of them are longing to get to know each other better. But of course it wasn't going to be easy; in fact it was going to be fair. A stunning first book.

Book two: Belonging
Due to some devastating events at the end of Temptation. Rose has decided that the only way she could possibly ever be with Noah was if she become Amish! Trials and strict rules were what greeted Rose, instead of the warm embrace of her boyfriend. But much to Noah's distress Rose befriends the ‘rebel’ girls of the community and starts hanging out with them. Which of courses doesn't work in her favour? And then there’s her dad- during this book he annoyed me so much, I want to slap him and make him see that it was true love not foolishness! But no he didn't see that he just had to go get the police involved didn't he?
Rose and Noah’s journey continues in this sequel!

Book three: Forever
More secrets and betrayal are up head for these star crossed lovers! In this mind blowing finial, it’s now or never for Rose and Noah.
As if the situation wasn't complicated enough- now there’s a new addition on the way, how will these two families cope and deal with the news that Rose is pregnant with Noah’s child? And on top of that a devastating disaster is about to tear this quint Amish community right down the middle.
But more importantly with Rose and Noah-
say I do?


Mikaela (NAR work experience student)


Thursday, 21 May 2015

All I know now

Carrie Hope Fletcher is a popular youtuber with over 550,000 subscribers. Through her wildly successful YouTube channel “itswaypastmybedtime” and her blog she has become an ‘honorary big sister’ to quite a number of young people around the world. Carrie has used her YouTube and blog to give advice and provide a safe place for teens to express their worries, hopes and dreams. She decided to gather up all her ramblings and thoughts into a book called ‘All I know now’ – wonderings and reflections of growing up gracefully.

The book offers advice on topics such as broken hearts, bullying, body image and how to be happy and content with being you. Carrie is an actress and has been
in many theatre shows such as Les Mis, as a nod to her acting background she has structured her book like a play, with the programme at the front of the book listing the prologue, overture and the acts. At the back of the book she has a props section full of websites and helplines around the world that deal with the issues she has spoken about.

The book itself is wonderfully written. She uses wit and references to well known movies to help her connect to her audience and she tells stories from her time as a teenager, so you can hopefully ‘learn from her mistakes’.

Although this book is geared towards teenage girls, which Carrie  does imply throughout the book, I think that anyone would genuinely enjoy this collection of witty advice and wisdom.

-          
            Chloe, work experience

Monday, 11 May 2015

Mind Games

Second life has become first life
And no one lives in the real world anymore
That is except Luna
Just what will they do to pull her in…
And chain her down?

In a future world where second life has become the first life for much of the population, Luna stands out as a Refuser of technology. Determined to keep her secrets hidden from the controlling corporation PareCo, Luna does all she can to stay under the radar. However it seems her attempts have failed when PareCo invites Luna as one of the select few to participate in ‘The Test’; a means for PareCo to filter out the best and brightest of each generation. But not everything nor everyone is as it seems; with hidden agendas everywhere Luna must be careful who she trusts and how she plays the game, for one wrong move will be deadly.

As a fan of Teri Terry and dystopian fiction in general I was really excited to read this; the concept I felt had a lot of leeway in which direction the story would go and based on her previous works I knew that Terry could take it exciting places. I was however disappointed, for while I loved the character of Luna, with her fighting and rebellious spirit (and also being named after one of my favourite book characters Luna Lovegood) and was intrigued by the mystery of her world, the plot was somewhat lacking. It was perhaps the pace, too slow in the beginning and too fast in the end, that perhaps put me off but I finished this book feeling somewhat unsatisfied. 

What this story needed to be was more character driven, with a greater focus on the internal journey Luna was travelling rather than the external one. The strong focus on ‘second life’, which included long descriptions of each ‘world’, certainly distracted from the characters and the conspiracy which they were embroiled in. However I will say I loved the unpredictability of the plot and the way it surprised me, for me it just needed to be more character-driven. Mind games does intrigue with its many mysteries and its characters while not central enough in the story are likeable and engaging. This read is for anyone looking for something a little different in the dystopian genre.

Courtney :)


The Crossover

Kwame Alexander is an award winning teenage author.
'The Crossover' has won the Newbery Medal in the United States.

Basketball is a central theme in this original novel, and the style and rhythm of the book conveys all the tension and action of a fast-moving basketball game.

'At the top of the key, I'm MOVING & GROOVING, POPping and ROCKING -Why you BUMPING' raps basketball enthusiast, Josh Bell.

Josh and his twin brother Jordan are talented basketball players, and are egged on by their enthusiastic father.
But as the basketball season unfolds more is revealed about their lives. Josh is jealous of Jordan's new girlfriend and their father has an increasingly worrying health problem.

This novel is a great contribution to teen fiction. The movement contained in each line practically leap off the page-

'See when I play ball, I'm on fire. When I shoot, I inspire. The hoop's for sale, and I'm the buyer.

Josh is at the top of his game!

-Ann

Friday, 8 May 2015

Heaven is for Real


Title: Heaven is for Real
Type of story: Other

Tell us about it: This book is about a boy named Colten Burpo having to go to the hospital because his appendices exploded. when he is at the hospital about to die his parents ( Todd and Sonja Burpo ) are praying for him. Surprisingly God answered their prayers. Not only did God answer the prayers he even took Colten with him into heaven. Colten says that he went out of his body to heaven explaining what he did and saw in heaven. And everything that the boy said he saw matches the bible exactly.

How good was it? Fantastic

Jordan
Age 12

Weightless

Blurb:
"When Carolyn Lessing moves from New Jersey to Alabama with her mother, she rattles the status quo of the juniors at Adams High. Gorgeous, stylish, a great student and gifted athlete without a mean  bone in her body, Carolyn is gobbled up right away by the school's cliques. She even begins dating a senior, Shane, whose on again/off again girlfriend Brooke becomes Carolyn's bitter romantic rival. When a make-out video of Carolyn and Shane makes the rounds, Carolyn goes from golden girl to slut in an instant, with Brooke and her best friend responsible for the campaign.

Carolyn is hounded and focused on, and becomes more and more private. Questions about her family and her habits torture her. But a violent confrontation with Shane and Brooke in the student parking lot is the last attack Carolyn can take."

My View:
Wow, this book should be compulsory reading for all parents and teenagers!
It tells the story of the typical "new girl" at high school. Carolyn has just moved into the area and doesn't know anyone at the local high school. She is a bright, talented student, who is just keen to fit in and make some friends. Unfortunately she befriends the ex-boyfriend of one of the clique of girls, and from there on she goes from being a normal girl to a victim of unfounded gossip. The clique even stalks her Facebook account and their comments and posts about her grow legs with each entry. It shows just how social media has changed things these days, sometimes not for the better.

The novel is told from the first person plural. "We" are not named throughout the novel but that is not important to the story. This book should make teenagers think before they make assumptions about people, and how dangerous their actions can be, both to the person they are talking about, and the consequences for themselves as well.

Weightless had me hooked from the beginning and I would highly recommend reading it. It's a debut novel by Sarah Bannan and is one author to watch out for. It would make an excellent Book Club read as well. The library has it available to borrow as a book or as an e-book through Bolinda Digital.

You might like this if you like......: Pretty Little Liars, The Lying Game

Janine



Friday, 1 May 2015

Avengers: Age of Ultron



“Avengers: Age of Ultron”, the sequel to Marvel’s 2012 hit, had a monumental task in living up to its predecessor. It did not disappoint.
The sequel sees the titular team up against an artificial intelligence (the ominously named Ultron (James Spader)) attempting to save the human race by wiping it out, because who’s going to hurt people if there are no people left? Complicating matters is the fact that Ultron is a creation of the team’s own Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr) and Bruce Banner (Mark Ruffalo), and the involvement of the mysterious Maximoff twins Pietro (Alan Taylor Johnson) and Wanda (Elizabeth Olsen).
The film is darker and more personal than the original while maintaining director Joss Whedon’s trademark wit, and is stuffed with fantastic action sequences. Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner) takes a far more central role this time around and is a stand out amongst the already tremendous cast, and Andy Serkis leaves quite an impression in his brief role as South African smuggler Ulysses Klaue. Marvel newcomer James Spader is incredible as the villainous android Ultron, being completely terrifying in some scenes and utterly hilarious in the next, and is more entertaining and, strangely, more human than most of the villains that Marvel has had to offer so far.
Thor (Chris Hemsworth) has his own intriguing subplot that clearly was for the most part abandoned on the cutting room floor, and Captain America (Chris Evans) is far more interesting as a character thanks to his characterization in his last solo outing. Paul Bettany is clearly loving his upgrade from voice (Iron Man’s AI JARVIS) to Vision, who has some of the best moments in the film despite not appearing until the last thirty minutes. Olsen and Johnson similarly revel in their vaguely European accents, and their powers are visually astonishing.
The only thing really holding the film back was a ham-fisted romance between Banner and the Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson) which felt incredibly forced, and sacrificed the fantastic characterizations the fan-favourites from the first film had in order to slap them together in what can only be described as way too much way too soon. That’s not to say the duo didn’t act their hearts out, because they did do an amazing job, but it wasn’t quite enough to save the poor writing.
Overall, the film was entertaining and some truly amazing action sequences and effects, with a creative and exiting finale that leaves the first film’s alien invasion dead in the water, and worked well by itself as well as setting up the plots for movies for years to come. It’s fast moving and had so much stuffed into it that a repeat viewing or two is definitely necessary, but sits high on the list of Marvel’s triumphs regardless.
Highly recommended, 8.4/10
-Marcus

Saturday, 18 April 2015

Mountain Wolf

'Mountain Wolf ' is a stunning novel by Rosanne Hawke.
Fourteen year old Razaq lives in a mountainous region of Pakistan.
The story begins with a devastating earthquake which kills his family.
His dying father tells Razaq to find his uncle Javaid who lives in the city.
Razaq is offered assistance by a man who is a stranger to him. The man, known as Ikram, lures Razaq to the city and offers him work and money. It soon becomes clear that Ikram has evil intentions.
Razaq has to use all his wits to survive. He enters a world of exploitation and child sex slavery. Against all odds he stays true to his upbringing and beliefs.

There are moments of grim reality and horror in this novel, but they are also balanced by the kindness of many people whom Razaq encounters.
And does he find his uncle?  You will need to read 'Mountain Wolf' to find the answer.

Rosanne was employed as an aid worker in Pakistan and she captures the harsh beauty of the landscape and its people.
'Mountain Wolf' takes us on an incredible journey to another country.
Highly recommended.

-Ann

Friday, 27 March 2015

New - Harry Potter Illustrated Edition!


I'm very excited to share the cover of 
Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone Illustrated Edition by J.K. Rowling, illustrated by Jim Kay.


"Bloomsbury reports that it will be "published globally on 6th October 2015 this will be the first fully illustrated edition of J.K. Rowling’s original Harry Potter novel. The hardback edition will include ribbon marker, head and tail bands, illustrated endpapers and colour artwork on every spread. It is set to be the landmark publishing event of 2015."

Thursday, 19 February 2015

Nona and Me

If you are looking for a smart and intelligent teenage novel, then 'Nona and Me' by Clare Atkins may be the book for you!

Rosie is a white teenager who lives with her mother on an Aboriginal community.
As a child, she was best friends with Nona, an Aboriginal girl, and they were brought up as sisters or 'yapas' due to strong family connections.

But Rosie hasn't seen Nona in years and is now ensconsed with her best friends Selena and Anya and is developing a relationship with Selena's brother. Selena is bright and bitchy and peer group pressure is well evident as the girls go 'fridging' (stealing alcohol) before a party. Rosie is uncomfortable but goes along. It is also evident that Selena has little time for Rosie's Aboriginal friends and connections and Selena could easily write her off.

'Nona and Me' is set in the era of the Northern Territory intervention in 2007, when the Australian Government sought fit to send in the Army to bring about an overhaul in Aboriginal health and education.
Was this action good or bad? Positive or negative? Nothing is simple and there are differing and complex ways of looking at these issues. Many Aboriginal people were terrified and felt that the intervention would bring about another era of the Stolen Generation.
In many respects Rosie lives in two different worlds. Can she find a path through for herself?

Strong and capable writing that gives the reader an insight into race relations, peer pressure and modern communities.

-Ann

Wednesday, 14 January 2015

Day 21: Kass Morgan

Humans left the earth as it plunged into an eternal darkness
Now as their home in the sky crumbles,
100 have returned…but things are not as they expected.
They've survived 21 days…
But the days to come will be the hardest yet…

Twenty-one days have passed since the 100 landed on Earth. They have loved and lost, grieved and enjoyed. They have survived. But now the hardest days are ahead of them. A mystery illness is striking them down as well as an unknown enemy. Wells struggles the keep those left united while dealing with the burdens of leadership and the loss of Clarke. Clarke strikes out with Bellamy to find his sister and perhaps others while back on the ship Glass faces the consequences of Wells ill-thought actions. Things are not as they appear; secrets will come to light and the 100 will learn the only way to survive is together.


Day 21 is the pulsating edge of your seat sequel to the The100; while I did find the plot of this novel to be a bit more predictable that the first but Day 21 doesn't disappoint. What drives this novel are the characters, their diversity in both physical traits and personality engage the reader into the lives of the characters and the plot as well. In this sequel the reader not only gets to watch these characters develop as the face their own shortfalls and those of the people around them but you also get to witness the complexity of that age between childhood and adulthood in perhaps the most extreme circumstances. What I really enjoy about this series are the characters, I enjoy bouncing between the characters perspectives, not only does it add different dimensions to the overall plot but it also makes for a refreshing read; the next chapter is always a new voice, a new personality to tell their part of the tale. My one criticism of this book is that it ended rather abruptly; one minute the plot is moving along and the next it is going full pelt, everything happens at once and then the story is over. So while I was a bit disappointed with the ending I enjoy the concept of the tale as well the characters enough to come back next time and do it all again. The hundred series is for those who enjoyed watching Lost and reading the Hunger games; no-one knows what’s going on and survival is what will be what counts in the end. 

Also check out the screen adaptation- first season is available on DVD from the library. 




Courtney :)

 
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