“Red Rising”

Darrow is a Red, a member of the lowest caste in the color-coded society of the future. Like his fellow Reds, he works all day, believing that he and his people are making the surface of Mars livable for future generations.

But Darrow and his kind have been betrayed. Soon he discovers that humanity already reached the surface generations ago. Vast cities and sprawling parks spread across the planet. Darrow—and Reds like him—are nothing more than slaves to a decadent ruling class.

Surprisingly I found this to be a very good read.  I’m not usually into futuristic books but did enjoy this one.  Think along the lines of The Hunger Games.

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This Month’s New Books

Head to the Learning Commons to check out the new books that have been added (all from Canadian authors):

 

They Desire a Better Country – Lawrence ScanlanImage result for maple leaf

 

All Good Children – Catherine AustenImage result for maple leaf

 

Billboard Express – Sigmund Brouwer & Cindy MorganImage result for maple leaf

 

 

 

River Traffic – Martha Brack MartinImage result for maple leaf

 

A Dark Truth – Jeff RossImage result for maple leaf

 

A Murder for Max – John Lawrence ReynoldsImage result for maple leaf

 

 

 

Enough – Mary Jennifer PayneImage result for maple leaf

 

Race Against Time – Gail Anderson-DargatzImage result for maple leaf

 

At the Edge of the World – Kari JonesImage result for maple leaf

 

 

 

 

From Above – Norah McClintockImage result for maple leaf

“Laughing at My Nightmare”

With acerbic wit and a hilarious voice, Shane Burcaw’s Laughing at My Nightmare describes the challenges he faces as a twenty-one-year-old with spinal muscular atrophy. From awkward handshakes to having a girlfriend and everything in between, Shane handles his situation with humor and a “you-only-live-once” perspective on life. While he does talk about everyday issues that are relatable to teens, he also offers an eye-opening perspective on what it is like to have a life threatening disease.

This is a fantastic read.  Following Shane through his day to day life and the complications he encounters leaves one wondering just how he does it.  Shane is a great role model for all, young and old.  If you read this book you will be hooked on him.  If you google him you will find links for his non-profit organization, his twitter account, his blog, his facebook account, numerous videos on youtube, etc.  Follow him and see what is happening in his life.

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More New Books

The Learning Commons has more new books for your enjoyment.  Head to the Learning Commons and sign-out one of these new acquisitions:

Suicide Notes From Beautiful Girls – Lynn Weingarten

The Nightingale – Kristin Hannah

Three Dark Crowns – Kendare Blake

 

 

 

 

The Metis – George & Terry GouletImage result for maple leaf

The Accident Season – Moira Fowley-Doyle

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them – J. K. Rowling

 

 

 

Little Prisoners – Casey Watson

Away Running – David Wright & Luc BouchardImage result for maple leaf

After the Woods – Kim Savage

 

 

 

 

Lies My Girlfriend Told Me – Julie Anne Peters