Author: M. P. Kozlowsky
Published: October 11, 2016
Reviewed By: Kim
Kim’s Rating: 5 stars
Being human is her greatest strength.
Sixteen-year-old Frost understands why she’s spent her entire life in an abandoned apartment building. The ruined streets below are hunting grounds for rogue robots and Eaters.
She understands why she’s never met a human besides her father. She even understands why he forbids her to look for medicine for her dying pet. But the thing is, it’s not her real father giving the orders…
It’s his memories.
Before he died, Frost’s father uploaded his consciousness into their robot servant. But the technology malfunctioned, and now her father fades in and out. So when Frost learns that there might be medicine on the other side of the ravaged city, she embarks on a dangerous journey to save the one living creature she loves.
With only a robot as a companion, Frost must face terrors of all sorts, from outrunning the vicious Eaters…to talking to the first boy she’s ever set eyes on. But can a girl who’s only seen the world through books and dusty windows survive on her own? Or will her first journey from home be her last?
Another zombie book! And of course I didn’t realize there were zombies till I got about halfway through. But this one is an easy 5 stars. I couldn’t put it down! It never lagged, there wasn’t any of that pretentious fluff that authors throw in to prove what amazing writers they are. Frost is a character that you can’t help but love and care about. She’s sheltered and innocent but with that streak of rebellion that is based out of her love for others. She’s willing to sacrifice everything for her best friend. She refuses to be influenced by the skepticism from Flynn and his father, all while being confronted by an attraction to Flynn. In a world of evil, she never loses faith. And the end is a doozy! I’ll admit that I didn’t see it coming and I loved it!! I absolutely recommend this to anyone who enjoys a good action book or an apocalyptic thriller. And this is for teens and adults alike.
Author: Ernest Cline
Published: August 16, 2011
Reviewed By: Kim
Kim’s Rating: 5 stars
In the year 2045, reality is an ugly place. The only time teenage Wade Watts really feels alive is when he’s jacked into the virtual utopia known as the OASIS. Wade’s devoted his life to studying the puzzles hidden within this world’s digital confines—puzzles that are based on their creator’s obsession with the pop culture of decades past and that promise massive power and fortune to whoever can unlock them. But when Wade stumbles upon the first clue, he finds himself beset by players willing to kill to take this ultimate prize. The race is on, and if Wade’s going to survive, he’ll have to win—and confront the real world he’s always been so desperate to escape.
I loved this book SO much! I listened to it on audio and Wil Wheaton was the narrator . . . the ultimate nerd for the ultimate nerd book! I wasn’t born until the very end of the 80’s, 1988. I was more a 90’s kid than an 80’s kid, but I’ve seen enough movies and TV shows, listened to enough music, and experimented with enough fashion that I know a bit about the 80’s.
Unfortunately, I didn’t start with gaming until the Nintendo 64 came out, and I got into serious gaming when Ivan and I started dating. The thing that I love about this book is that you can be someone who never once watched an 80’s movie, never heard a single 80’s song, and never played a game one day in your life, and you would still feel like you knew exactly what Cline was talking about.
This book is so nostalgic, even if you never lived during the time described, even though this book is set in the future. I couldn’t wait to get into the car just so I could listen more. Wade/Parzival is a likeable character that you root for from the very first page. James Halladay may be a computer geek recluse, but you can feel his brilliance leap off the page. The OASIS is a place that I would totally love to immerse myself in! I doubt I’d have made a very good hunter, but the hunt for Halladay’s easter egg was so amazing!!!! And if I had friends like Art3mis and Aech, I’d just live my life in a constant state of geeked out.
There were some places near the beginning where Cline skirted the line of being too political, but he managed to bring the story back so it wasn’t a problem. There was language, but it didn’t ruin the book at all for me. I would absolutely recommend this book to any gamer. And even those who don’t game, I think they’d still like it a lot!
Jessica here: The movie comes out Friday and here is the trailer. I have not read the book, but the beginning of this trailer has a creepiness with that Willy Wonka song! OMG!!! And did I see The Iron Giant and King Kong!?!?![Top]
Author: Marie Lu
Published: September 12, 2017
Reviewed By: Jessica
Dates Read: February 11-27, 2018
Jessica’s Rating: 5 stars
For the millions who log in every day, Warcross isn’t just a game—it’s a way of life. The obsession started ten years ago and its fan base now spans the globe, some eager to escape from reality and others hoping to make a profit. Struggling to make ends meet, teenage hacker Emika Chen works as a bounty hunter, tracking down Warcross players who bet on the game illegally. But the bounty-hunting world is a competitive one, and survival has not been easy. To make some quick cash, Emika takes a risk and hacks into the opening game of the international Warcross Championships—only to accidentally glitch herself into the action and become an overnight sensation.
Convinced she’s going to be arrested, Emika is shocked when instead she gets a call from the game’s creator, the elusive young billionaire Hideo Tanaka, with an irresistible offer. He needs a spy on the inside of this year’s tournament in order to uncover a security problem . . . and he wants Emika for the job. With no time to lose, Emika’s whisked off to Tokyo and thrust into a world of fame and fortune that she’s only dreamed of. But soon her investigation uncovers a sinister plot, with major consequences for the entire Warcross empire.
In this sci-fi thriller, #1 New York Times bestselling author Marie Lu conjures an immersive, exhilarating world where choosing who to trust may be the biggest gamble of all.
Kim recently reviewed Warcross and her review is here. Her review piqued my interest in the novel. I would have never picked it up on my own. I’m not a gamer and the only game I have recently played is a mobile game called Ingress which is a location based, augmented reality game. I played it with my husband. It is a great way to get out and learn the area where you live or wherever you may go. I’m ‘retired’ from Ingress now, as I have a new pastime: this site!
I listened to the audio version of Warcross. I liked Emika (Emi) who is totally relatable: She is a regular girl with real struggles we all face. She does what she has to do to survive. She’s a bounty hunter too!
Warcross is a beyond popular game worldwide and people live for this game. It is all some people live and breathe. There is a ‘Hunger Games-ish’ feel to it with the popularity of Warcross. To summarize the description Emi finds herself in Tokyo with the creator of Warcross. She is offered a job that could earn her a lot of money, more than enough to take care of herself. Emi finds herself in the game’s final tournament and she makes discoveries: Things are not what they seem.
There is a romantic subplot that occurs that I cannot go into details about,as it involves, but I felt it was inappropriate, though you knew it was coming. But, for the YA audience that this novel is geared towards, it was hot!
As I am not a gamer, I did find myself losing interest in the novel when Emi was playing Warcross. Everything else had me pulled in! I wanted to know what was going to happen next! I did figure out the twist as to who Zero was: To me it was obvious. But then Lu had that final twist that I did NOT see coming! OMG, I need the next book now!!!!
Warcross could be read as a standalone and it may make you wonder if our world is heading toward this as reality: Will the virtual world become more important than the real world? It seems like we are heading that way as we are all attached semi permanently to our phones.
Warcross is very highly recommended and I am very much anticipating the sequel![Top]