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August is a slow month in publishing, so I’m going to jump ahead to September and October. There are some very exciting books coming out then and I can’t wait. Most of the books I picked would qualify as Young Adult and many are Dystopian novels (post- apocalyptic) as well. Anyway, onto the books…..
Steelheart by Brandon Sanderson
“Ten years ago, Calamity came. It was a burst in the sky that gave ordinary men and women extraordinary powers. The awed public started calling them Epics.But Epics are no friend of man. With incredible gifts came the desire to rule. And to rule man you must crush his wills. Nobody fights the Epics… nobody but the Reckoners. A shadowy group of ordinary humans, they spend their lives studying Epics, finding their weaknesses, and then assassinating them.And David wants in. He wants Steelheart—the Epic who is said to be invincible. The Epic who killed David’s father. For years, like the Reckoners, David’s been studying, and planning—and he has something they need. Not an object, but an experience.
He’s seen Steelheart bleed. And he wants revenge.”
I have been excited for this book since I found out it was being written. I absolutely love Brandon Sanderson. I like how he has spread from strictly fantasy, out to Young Adult. His style of writing is interesting to see in settings that aren’t common in “epic fantasy”. Steelheart looks like it’s going to be fast paced and intense, and full of action. If you haven’t read the excerpt yet, I suggest you do. It’s a very good introduction to the world and characters, without giving away too much. This is one of my most anticipated books of the fall!
The Elites by Natasha Ngan
“‘There is a rumour that the Elites don’t bleed.’
Hundreds of years into the future, wars, riots, resource crises and rising sea-levels have destroyed the old civilisations. Only one city has survived: Neo-Babel, a city full of cultures – and racial tension. Fifteen-year-old Silver is an Elite, a citizen of Neo-Babel chosen to guard the city due to her superior DNA. She’d never dream of leaving – but then she fails to prevent the assassination of Neo Babel’s president, setting off a chain of events more shocking and devastating than she could ever have imagined. Forced to flee the city with her best friend Butterfly (a boy with genetically-enhanced wings), Silver will have to fight to find her family, uncover the truth about Neo-Babel and come to terms with her complicated feelings for Butterfly.
Packed full of adventure, romance, exoticism and the power of friendship, The Elites is a highly compelling and beautifully written novel from a supremely talented debut author.”
This books looks interesting, from the unusual setting all the way to the main character being a superhuman. I have the feeling this book will blow my socks off when I finish it. I like the dystopian-futuristic feel of this book and I can’t wait to read it!
The Eye of Minds by James Dashner
“Michael is a gamer. And like most gamers, he almost spends more time on the VirtNet than in the actual world. The VirtNet offers total mind and body immersion, and it’s addictive. Thanks to technology, anyone with enough money can experience fantasy worlds, risk their life without the chance of death, or just hang around with Virt-friends. And the more hacking skills you have, the more fun. Why bother following the rules when most of them are dumb, anyway?But some rules were made for a reason. Some technology is too dangerous to fool with. And recent reports claim that one gamer is going beyond what any gamer has done before: he’s holding players hostage inside the VirtNet. The effects are horrific—the hostages have all been declared brain-dead. Yet the gamer’s motives are a mystery.
The government knows that to catch a hacker, you need a hacker.And they’ve been watching Michael. They want him on their team.
But the risk is enormous. If he accepts their challenge, Michael will need to go off the VirtNet grid. There are back alleys and corners in the system human eyes have never seen and predators he can’t even fathom—and there’s the possibility that the line between game and reality will be blurred forever.”
I read The Maze Runner not so long ago (in anticipation of the movie!) and I was really drawn into to the twisted world the characters found themselves in. I liked seeing how they adapted to situations and how they reacted to change. I really enjoyed that book and I still need to finish the series. His new novel looks like it will be told from a similar perspective as Maze Runner, but most definitely will be more science fiction.
The Burning Sky by Sherry Thomas
“It all began with a ruined elixir and an accidental bolt of lightning…
Iolanthe Seabourne is the greatest elemental mage of her generation—or so she’s being told. The one prophesied for years to be the savior of The Realm. It is her duty and destiny to face and defeat the Bane, the greatest mage tyrant the world has ever known. A suicide task for anyone let alone a sixteen-year-old girl with no training, facing a prophecy that foretells a fiery clash to the death.
Prince Titus of Elberon has sworn to protect Iolanthe at all costs but he’s also a powerful mage committed to obliterating the Bane to revenge the death of his family—even if he must sacrifice both Iolanthe and himself to achieve his goal.
But Titus makes the terrifying mistake of falling in love with the girl who should have been only a means to an end. Now, with the servants of the Bane closing in, he must choose between his mission and her life.”
I’ve been excited for this book for a long time. The cover is absolutely amazing! This book is more fantasy, which is great. The characters look good and Iolanthe is shaping up to be a fine heroine. I can’t wait to get my hands on this one.
Allegiant by Veronica Roth
“One choice will define you.
What if your whole world was a lie?
What if a single revelation—like a single choice—changed everything?
What if love and loyalty made you do things you never expected?
The faction-based society that Tris Prior once believed in is shattered—fractured by violence and power struggles and scarred by loss and betrayal. So when offered a chance to explore the world past the limits she’s known, Tris is ready. Perhaps beyond the fence, she and Tobias will find a simple new life together, free from complicated lies, tangled loyalties, and painful memories.
But Tris’s new reality is even more alarming than the one she left behind. Old discoveries are quickly rendered meaningless. Explosive new truths change the hearts of those she loves. And once again, Tris must battle to comprehend the complexities of human nature—and of herself—while facing impossible choices about courage, allegiance, sacrifice, and love.”
I love, love, LOVE this series so much! The characters, the setting, everything is amazing! I fell in love with the first book, Divergent, and was hooked. Insurgent was stunning and I know that this book will be an explosive and stunning conclusion to this trilogy. I will be sad to see it finish, but I can’t wait to see what Veronica Roth does next. I am SO excited for this book!!!
Inhuman by Kat Falls
“In a world ravaged by mutation, a teenage girl must travel into the forbidden Savage Zone to recover lost artifacts or her father’s life is forfeit.
America has been ravaged by a war that has left the eastern half of the country riddled with mutation. Many of the people there exhibit varying degrees of animal traits. Even the plantlife has gone feral. Crossing from west to east is supposed to be forbidden, but sometimes it’s necessary. Some enter the Savage Zone to provide humanitarian relief. Sixteen-year-old Lane’s father goes there to retrieve lost artifacts—he is a Fetch. It’s a dangerous life, but rewarding—until he’s caught.Desperate to save her father, Lane agrees to complete his latest job. That means leaving behind her life of comfort and risking life and limb—and her very DNA—in the Savage Zone. But she’s not alone. In order to complete her objective, Lane strikes a deal with handsome, roguish Rafe. In exchange for his help as a guide, Lane is supposed to sneak him back west. But though Rafe doesn’t exhibit any signs of “manimal” mutation, he’s hardly civilized . . . and he may not be trustworthy.”
This book looks like a post-apocalyptic quest. I’m hooked already. I like the idea of a “Forbidden Zone” and having people crossing back over, legally and illegally. I really want to see how the author portrays this new futuristic world and the way she describes and explains the mutations.
Frozen by Melissa de la Cruz and Michael Johnston
“Welcome to New Vegas, a city once covered in bling, now blanketed in ice. Like much of the destroyed planet, the place knows only one temperature—freezing. But some things never change. The diamond in the ice desert is still a 24-hour hedonistic playground and nothing keeps the crowds away from the casino floors, never mind the rumors about sinister sorcery in its shadows.
At the heart of this city is Natasha Kestal, a young blackjack dealer looking for a way out. Like many, she’s heard of a mythical land simply called “the Blue.” They say it’s a paradise, where the sun still shines and the waters are turquoise. More importantly, it’s a place where Nat won’t be persecuted, even if her darkest secret comes to light.
But passage to the Blue is treacherous, if not impossible, and her only shot is to bet on a ragtag crew of mercenaries led by a cocky runner named Ryan Wesson to take her there. Danger and deceit await on every corner, even as Nat and Wes find themselves inexorably drawn to each other. But can true love survive the lies? Fiery hearts collide in this fantastic tale of the evil men do and the awesome power within us all.”
Written by the author of the Blue Bloods series, this new book looks like it’s going to be great. Set in a future Las Vegas during an apparent Ice Age, where there is magic? Sign me up! The young female protagonist seems to follow in the footsteps of the Hunger Games and Divergent, and that’s fine. I find the idea of her trying to safely get to “paradise” interesting and I can’t wait to read it.
Vicious by Victoria E. Schwab
“Victor and Eli started out as college roommates—brilliant, arrogant, lonely boys who recognized the same sharpness and ambition in each other. In their senior year, a shared research interest in adrenaline, near-death experiences, and seemingly supernatural events reveals an intriguing possibility: that under the right conditions, someone could develop extraordinary abilities. But when their thesis moves from the academic to the experimental, things go horribly wrong.
Ten years later, Victor breaks out of prison, determined to catch up to his old friend (now foe), aided by a young girl whose reserved nature obscures a stunning ability. Meanwhile, Eli is on a mission to eradicate every other super-powered person that he can find—aside from his sidekick, an enigmatic woman with an unbreakable will.
Armed with terrible power on both sides, driven by the memory of betrayal and loss, the archnemeses have set a course for revenge—but who will be left alive at the end?”
This book looks like it’s going to be different. I am dying to know what happened, what went wrong, and why one of them ended up in prison. I like the idea of older characters, and I hope they aren’t arrogant anymore. I find it hard to read a book with an obnoxious main character, let alone two! I really can’t wait to discover this book!
All Our Yesterdays by Cristin Terrill
“You have to kill him.” Imprisoned in the heart of a secret military base, Em has nothing except the voice of the boy in the cell next door and the list of instructions she finds taped inside the drain.Only Em can complete the final instruction. She’s tried everything to prevent the creation of a time machine that will tear the world apart. She holds the proof: a list she has never seen before, written in her own hand. Each failed attempt in the past has led her to the same terrible present—imprisoned and tortured by a sadistic man called the doctor while war rages outside.
Marina has loved her best friend James since the day he moved next door when they were children. A gorgeous, introverted science prodigy from one of America’s most famous families, James finally seems to be seeing Marina in a new way, too. But on one disastrous night, James’s life crumbles apart, and with it, Marina’s hopes for their future. Now someone is trying to kill him. Marina will protect James, no matter what. Even if it means opening her eyes to a truth so terrible that she may not survive it. At least not as the girl she once was.”
This book looks absolutely amazing! The blurb hints at so much and tells us very little. I want to know more. This book really seems to be aiming at young readers, which is fine, and I wonder if the characters will be easy or difficult to relate to. I like how the stories are connected and I can’t wait to see how it all plays out!
So, that’s all for now. I’ll make another list for the winter (November and December). If there are any that I left off that you can’t wait to read, leave a comment below. Let me know!