Yet another dystopian adventure…. This book follows on from “The Hunt” by Andrew Fukuda. This novel sees main character, Gene, and a group of humans struggling to survive in the Vast, an inhospitable wasteland, whilst also trying to remain safe from the predators hunting them. As if life isn’t difficult enough, Gene is haunted byhis memories of the girl he left behind, and is struggling to define his new relationship with the human girl he is running with. Refuge seems to come in the form of a group of very regimented humans they discover in the hills, led by a group of elders. However, as they “settle” into their new haven, questions still abound. Where are all the young men, and why are rules and punishments so rigid? Can it be that their new found safety is not what it seems? Check out the website here.
This is great book. Only three people in the world know the recipe for Coca Cola, and when they are kidnapped, Fizzer Boyd is called upon to help out. Fizzer’s ability to tell one soft drink from another has never appeared to have any significance until now. Interested? Read the first chapter here. This is an original adventure, with the search for the kidnapped experts becoming a matter of life and death. Brian Falkner’s website features this book and others, as well as cool facts and reviews.
If you like Adrian Mole, be sure to give “Socks are not enough” by Mark Lowery a go. This humorous tale follows the fortunes of one Michael Swarbrick, aged 14, whose life changes dramatically when he discovers that his parents are nudists. This discovery sparks a series of embarrassing events for Michael, which ultimately sees him forced into counselling and then referred on to a University lecturer from the 60s, Chas. Chas is able to sort through the adolescent debris in Michael’s life to find out why “socks are not enough”. This is a summation of the trauma and humour of being a teenage boy.
I’ve read many novels set in a dystopian world, but this one has a fresh and exciting feel. The setting is a post war world. 16 year old Callie and her little brother have lost their parents, and the thriving industry of the time is the rental of teen bodies by seniors through a company known as Prime Destinations. However, Prime Destinations shields another much darker enterprise and Callie finds that her body has been rented to carry out crimes including murder, and the only thing standing in the way of this is her mind. She must will herself not to carry out these deeds. This is an action packed book with a very strong female protagonist in Callie. View the book trailer here.
Dow Amber is finally sailing aboard the battleship the Chloe. His place amongst the Ship Kings is questionable yet as he is an outsider and an enemy. He finds himself sailing to the frozen north, with treachery surrounding him. Is Ignella friend or enemy? Will he ever truly take his place amongst mariners? And what vast and unexplored lands lie beyond the Barrier? This is the second book in the Ship Kings series, by Andrew McGahan, who conjures for us a cold and sometimes desperate setting as the backdrop to Dow’s adventures. More information about the series, background information and the author can be found at the Ship Kings website
When Cora and her little sister Mimi are sent to live with their great aunt Ida, who they have never met before, they quickly come to realise that they are not welcome. Already in a difficult situation, with an absent mother and a father who is too busy to care for them, they must also deal with their eccentric aunt and an enormous, intimidating and ruinous old house which holds many secrets, which Cora in particular comes to realise will become a direct threat to their safety. Without the kind attention of their neighbours, their stay would be intolerable. Why is it that village children are not permitted to go anywhere near the old church, and why is it that Aunt Ida insists that all doors and windows in the house are bolted and never opened? Why too does she insist that Mimi must never be left alone? As Cora and her friends delve deeper into these mysteries, they uncover an age old secret that has threatened the safety of village children for generations. It is a malevolent threat that is alive even to the present day. As danger creeps closer and closer, many of the main characters attempt to thwart the growing threat, with varying degrees of success. What follows is a gripping finale, sure to rattle the boldest reader.