Illuminae

The year is 2575, and two rival megacorporations are at war over a planet that’s little more than an ice-covered speck at the edge of the universe. Too bad nobody thought to warn the people living on it. With enemy fire raining down on them, Kady and Ezra—who are barely even talking to each other—are forced to fight their way onto an evacuating fleet, with an enemy warship in hot pursuit.

But their problems are just getting started. A deadly plague has broken out and is mutating, with terrifying results; the fleet’s AI, which should be protecting them, may actually be their enemy; and nobody in charge will say what’s really going on. As Kady hacks into a tangled web of data to find the truth, it’s clear only one person can help her bring it all to light: the ex-boyfriend she swore she’d never speak to again.

When I read the overview of this book I thought it sounded like a pretty good book.  But I’m not going to lie, when I started it, my thought was, this is going to be a long and painful read as sci-fi, space ships and computer hacking are not my thing.  I kept reading (mostly because I felt I had too, it’s my job) and can honestly say it did improve.  There is a lot of action with a really good story line.  The book is a series of email discussions, thought processes, observations and spaceship schematics which make it a more interesting read (although some may find this confusing).  In the end a good book especially if you are into spaceships, intergalactic travel and wars.

Here is a fantastic trailer for this book, enjoy:

Reading Week is Coming

Reading Week is coming so here are some fantastic new reads to sign out:

 

“My (not so) Perfect Life” by Sophie Kinsella

 

“Invictus” by Ryan Graudin

 

“Tragedy Girl” by Christine Hurley Deriso

 

 

 

 

“Everyone’s a aliebn when ur a aliebn too” by jomny sun

 

“Disconnect” by Lois PetersonImage result for maple leaf

 

“Plank’s Law” by Lesley ChoyceImage result for maple leaf

 

 

 

 

“The Memory Jar” by Elissa Janine Hoole

 

“To Look a Nazi in the Eye” by Kathy Kacer with Jordana LebowitzImage result for maple leaf

Just in Time for Christmas Vacation

Here are some great new books that have arrived in the Learning Commons just in time to be taken out for reading over the holidays.  ENJOY!

Good reads

 

“A Long Walk to Water”  by Linda Sue Park

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“The Way I Used to Be”  by Amber Smith

Good reads

 

“Go Set a Watchman” by Harper Lee

 

 

 

Good reads

 

“Turtles All the Way Down” by John Green

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“The Sun is Also a Star” by Nicola Yoon

Good reads

 

“One Dark Throne” by Kendare Blake

 

Rodent

Just when Isabelle thinks her life can’t get any worse, something happens to her at school that makes her wonder how she can continue to look after her younger siblings, Evan and Maisie, work at the local mini-mart and deal with her alcoholic mother. It’s more than any sixteen-year-old should have to bear, but Isabelle can’t think of a way out that won’t hurt her brother and sister.

When Isabelle punches a girl at school, only one teacher sees past Isabelle’s aggressive behavior. Challenged to participate in a group writing project, Isabelle tentatively connects with a boy named Will and discovers an interest in (and talent for) the only kind of drama she can control–the kind that happens on the page.

I really enjoyed this book.  It has great examples of dysfunctional families and how the behaviour is perpetuated as well as issues of bullying.  Isabelle is the main character who has to deal with all of these issues and her strength of character is to be commended.  These are issues which quite often are hidden and those who are living it are not always provided the assistance they need to break the cycle.  This is a great book for anyone to read with a strong teenage lead.

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