The reckoners

Brandon Sanderson
2013
FICTION S216r

How far would you go for revenge if someone killed your father?
If someone destroyed your city?
If everything you ever loved was taken from you?
David Charleston will go to any lengths to stop Steelheart. But to exact revenge in Steelheart’s world, David will need the Reckoners—a shadowy group of rebels bent on maintaining justice.
And it turns out that the Reckoners might just need David too.

Steelheart is book one of a trilogy. Book two is Firefight and book three is Calamity.

 

Ender’s game

Orson Scott Card
1992
FICTION C266e

In order to develop a secure defense against a hostile alien race’s next attack, government agencies breed child geniuses and train them as soldiers. A brilliant young boy, Andrew « Ender » Wiggin lives with his kind but distant parents, his sadistic brother Peter, and the person he loves more than anyone else, his sister Valentine. Peter and Valentine were candidates for the soldier-training program but didn’t make the cut–young Ender is the Wiggin drafted to the orbiting Battle School for rigorous military training.

Ender’s skills make him a leader in school and respected in the Battle Room, where children play at mock battles in zero gravity. Yet growing up in an artificial community of young soldiers, Ender suffers greatly from isolation, rivalry from his peers, pressure from the adult teachers, and an unsettling fear of the alien invaders. His psychological battles include loneliness, fear that he is becoming like the cruel brother he remembers, and fanning the flames of devotion to his beloved sister.

Is Ender the general Earth needs? But Ender is not the only result of the genetic experiments. The war with the Buggers has been raging for a hundred years, and the quest for the perfect general has been underway for almost as long. Ender’s two older siblings are every bit as unusual as he is, but in very different ways. Between the three of them lie the abilities to remake a world. If the world survives, that is.

Winner of the Hugo and Nebula Awards.

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.

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]

The Year of the Flood

The Year of the FloodMargaret Atwood
2009
FICTION A887y

When a natural disaster predicted by God’s Gardeners leader Adam One obliterates most human life, two survivors trapped inside respective establishments that metaphorically represent paradise and hell wonder if any of their loved ones have survived. [NoveList]

The Host

hostStephenie Meyer
2008
FICTION M613h

A member of a species that takes over the minds of human bodies, Wanderer is unable to disregard his host’s love for a man in hiding, a situation that forces both possessor and host to become unwilling allies. [NoveList]