Archive for the ‘futuristic fiction’ Category

It has been four years since The Maze Runner was published, and to this day, all 12 of  my library’s copies are checked out with “holds” on the book.  The two sequels, The Scorch Trials and The Death Cure, are going home with students who will be buying antacids at the local  stores.  Such tension-filled books!  There is no relief in the prequel to the trilogy.

Sun flares have scorched the earth and melted people.  Our teen hero and heroine, Mark and Trina, are surviving as best they can.  They join forces with a no-nonsense military man, Alec, who saves their hides so many times that they will never pay him back.  There are horrors everywhere in New York City, and they finally find a way to escape to the Appalacian Mountains hoping that the countryside is cooler and calmer.  Instead they land in the middle of the kill order that makes no sense, and that goes extremely wrong, which you will understand upon reading.

If you want a fluffy read, John Dashner is not your author and this book will not be your pleasure.  If you can handle dystopian dysfunction, mayhem and disease, read on!  It is riveting.

Locke and Kara’s intelligences have been kept in high-tech black boxes for 260 years, long after Jenna Fox was reconstructed into a minus-0%-original human being. They have been BioPerfect specimens for a year now, Locke is new and improved with even his cowlick missing. Kara is even more beautiful, but angry. Once they discover that they are prototypes for rich customers, and that their “shelf life” is undetermined, they stage a bloody escape. Locke to reuniten with Jenna. Kara to find Jenna to revenge the years spent in a box. The book stands on its own even if you have not read The Adoration of Jenna Fox. High tension, inventive technological future, great characters, and an America I hope is not part of our future. What is the inheritance?

ENDERS’ Rating: *****

Mary E. Pearson’s Website



Alright! Another author making the world dangerous for young people. Wait! Our world is dangerous for young people, but not in this way….

In this page-turning suspense/science fiction/action novel Thomas wakes up to find himself in a lift, aka, elevator. He can remember…his first name. He is welcomed by a group of boys who have developed their own society of lost boys with amnesia. A newbie arrives monthly. Food and supplies appear every two weeks. They are surrounded on every side by a gigantic maze with gigantic doors that shut every night against the horrors in the darkness of the maze. Their main objective: to find a way OUT! Thomas feels like he knows this strange place. Stranger things happen. The lift delivers a shocking surprise and everything changes.

A sequel is due in October, The Scorch Trials. I would tell you to read slowly, but you won’t.

ENDERS’ Rating: *****

James Dashner’s Website



In this companion novel to The Forest of Hands and Teeth, we join Mary and her daughter Gabriella (Gabry) about sixteen years after Mary is found by the lighthouse employee almost drowned on the shore of Vista. Mary is now the lighthouse keeper and Mudo destroyer for the beach, rather ironic that her dream location has become the juxtaposition of her dreams and nightmares. Gabry likes the security of her home, the constancy of her mother, the borders protecting Vista. Then she and her mother argue, and Mary leaves to go to her village in the Forest.

But there is this boy. Gabry likes him. He wants to jump the Barrier into the deserted amusement park. With his friends. With Gabry. Common sense never rules in this situation. With some of their friends dead, others captured by authorities, Gabry and Catcher (the boy) take off through the Forest to find her mother.

If you thought the first book was creepy-good, you want to read this book!

Carrie’s website has some cool extras that you can download and print.

ENDERS” Rating: ****

Carrie Ryan’s website and blog

Last June I “played fan” and asked Neal for a photo with me at the ALA Conference. I almost posted that photo, but this one is better of him.

Of all of the 2010 Evergreen nominees, Unwind could ruin your sleep. After the great Heartland Wars between the Pro-life forces, Pro-choice forces and the military, fetuses/babies were no longer aborted. In an ironic compromise, it was agreed that parents could submit their teenagers for “unwinding” between the ages of thirteen and eighteen. At eighteen they were finally safe. The fates of three Unwinds, Risa, Lev and Connor, are chronicled in this riveting and revolting story. You cannot finish it without a visceral response!

If you went for GEM X, you will want to read Unwind.

ENDERS Rating: Haunting, prophetic

Neal Shusterman’s Website Facebook