The Martian

martianAndy Weir
2014
FICTION W425m

Great action-packed book about an astronaut, Mark Watney, who gets stuck on the Planet Mars all by himself after a mission goes awry. And how he survives for a year and a half. How will he survive without water and food? And how will he be able to go back home to Earth? You won’t believe how ingenious he is. A fun and savant read (brush up on your chemistry, physics and bilogy).

The Bone Season

bone _seasonSamantha Shannon
2013
FICTION S528b

This is an action-packed science-fiction novel, the first in a proposed series. It is a mix of Hunger Games and Harry Potter as it features a young heroine named Paige who lives in a dystopian version of London where clairvoyants and people with a variety of sixth senses are ostracized and eliminated from society. Paige is a Dreamwalker, a very rare sort of clairvoyant and she gets kidnapped and brought to a penal colony where she is enslaved by Warden, a powerful Rephaite, a kind of non-human clairvoyant. Paige will have to use all her powers and skills to escape from this prison. Ghosts, spirits, and poltergeists contribute to the Harry Potter feel of the novel.
This book was the first pick for the morning show «Today»’s book club and has the Chatelaine book club seal of approval. I can’t wait to read the next book.

When you reach me

whenyoureachmeRebecca Stead
2009
FICTION S799W

Twelve-year-old Miranda, a latchkey kid whose single mother is a law school dropout, narrates this complex novel, a work of science fiction grounded in the nitty-gritty of Manhattan life in the late 1970s. Miranda’s story is set in motion by the appearance of cryptic notes that suggest that someone is watching her and that they know things about her life that have not yet happened. She’s especially freaked out by one that reads: “I’m coming to save your friend’s life, and my own.” Over the course of her sixth-grade year, Miranda details three distinct plot threads: her mother’s upcoming appearance on The $20,000 Pyramid ; the sudden rupture of Miranda’s lifelong friendship with neighbor Sal; and the unsettling appearance of a deranged homeless person dubbed “the laughing man.” Eventually and improbably, these strands converge to form a thought-provoking whole. Stead (First Light ) accomplishes this by making every detail count, including Miranda’s name, her hobby of knot tying and her favorite book, Madeleine L’Engle’s A Wrinkle in Time . It’s easy to imagine readers studying Miranda’s story as many times as she’s read L’Engle’s, and spending hours pondering the provocative questions it raises. Ages 9–14. (Publishers Weekly)

A Canticle for Leibowitz

canticle_LeibowitzWalter M. Miller
1997
M652a

First published in 1959 to critical acclaim and enduring popularity, the classic novel follows the struggle of the Monks of the Order of Saint Leibowitz to preserve the remnants of civilization after a nuclear war and wield them against tyranny. [NoveList]