Friday, July 12, 2013

Ten Visions of the Future

I've selected ten books to represent different visions of the future. Some of these are children's books, some are YA, some are adult.

Fahrenheit 451. Ray Bradbury. 1953. Random House. 190 pages.

First sentence: It was a pleasure to burn.

Unwind. Neal Shusterman. 2007. Simon & Schuster. 336 pages.

First sentence: "There are places you can go," Ariana tells him, "and a guy as smart as you has a decent chance of surviving to eighteen."


Rash. Pete Hautman. 2006. Simon & Schuster. 272 pages. 

First sentence: Gramps, who was born in 1990, once told me that when he was my age the only way to wind up in prison in the USSA (back when it had only one S) was to steal something, kill somebody, or use illegal drugs.

Wool Omnibus. Hugh Howey. 2012/2013. Simon & Schuster. 528 pages.  [Review coming very soon!!!]

First sentence: The children were playing while Holston climbed to his death; he could hear them squealing as only happy children do.


Surviving Antarctica: Reality TV 2083. Andrea White. 2005. HarperCollins. 336 pages.

First sentence: What chance did Stephen Michael have of winning his Toss? In the year 2080 there were so many fourteen-year-old kids and so few scholarships. And if he lost--he hated to think about his choices then.

Uglies. Scott Westerfeld. 2005. Simon & Schuster. 432 pages. 

First sentence: The early summer sky was the color of cat vomit.

Never Let Me Go. Kazuo Ishiguro. 2005. 288 pages. 

First sentence: My name is Kathy H. 


Among the Hidden. Margaret Peterson Haddix. 1998. Simon & Schuster. 160 pages.

First sentence: He saw the first tree shudder and fall, far off in the distance.



Fatherless. James Dobson & Kurt Bruner. 2013. 448 pages.

First sentence: I didn't expect the person killing me to yawn in boredom.



The Book of Revelation. Adapted by Matt Dorff. Translated by Father Mark Arey and Father Philemon Sevastiades. Illustrated by Chris Koelle. 2012. Zondervan. 192 pages.

First sentence: Indeed He sent signs through His angelic Messenger to His servant John...who declared his faith in God's word and in the testament of Jesus Christ..bearing witness to all that he saw.



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I am interested in reviewing books and audio books. This blog focuses on books written for middle grade on up (essentially 10 to a 110). I review middle grade fiction and young adult fiction (aka tween and teen).

I also review adult books.

I read in a variety of genres including realistic fiction, historical fiction, mystery, romance, science fiction, fantasy, literary fiction, and chick lit. (I've read one western to date.)

I read a few poetry books, a few short story collections, a few graphic novels, a few nonfiction books.

I am especially fond of:

  • Regency romances (including Austen prequels/sequels)
  • Historical fiction set in the Tudor dynasty
  • Historical fiction and nonfiction set during World War II
  • Jewish fiction/nonfiction
  • dystopias
  • apocalyptic fiction
  • science fiction (especially if it involves time travel and alternate realities)
  • fantasy
  • multicultural books and international books

I am not a fan of:

  • sports books
  • horse books
  • dog books if the dog dies (same goes with most pets actually except maybe fish)
  • westerns (if it's a pioneer story with women and children, then maybe)
  • extremely violent books with blood, blood, and more blood

I am more interested in strong characters, well-written, fleshed-out, human characters. Plot is secondary to me in a way. I have to care about the characters in order to care about the plot. That being said, compelling storytelling is something that I love. I love to become absorbed in what I'm reading.

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