Tag: sci fi

Warcross

Author: Marie Lu
Published: September 12, 2017
368 pages

Reviewed By: Kim
Kim’s Rating: 4 stars

Book Description:

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’s Review:

I have been putting Warcross off for months. I saw it on EpicReads, Margot Wood recommended it, booktubers recommended it . . . and I fought it! I’m not a sci-fi kinda person. Yeah I’m a gamer, but I don’t get into gaming fiction. I’m not even in to the Asian-inspired fiction. I just didn’t want to read it! But then, I got it for Christmas. Margot Wood talked about it more in depth in one of her videos and sang its praises . . . so I decided to just read it. Best. Decision. Yet. This. Year. I love Warcross!!!

And who knows how long I have to wait for the sequel since Goodreads doesn’t have a publishing date!!!! Warcross sucked me in like few books do. Many times, I tend to skim. Obviously, I pick up details and read enough to fall in love with characters and enjoy stories, but this book drew me in and refused to let me go. I was immersed in this future world where our brains create the details of the game and virtual reality becomes actual reality.

Emi is a relatable character that goes through the story as a real person, who struggles with everyday things like money and job security and rent, and when faced with the separate world of wealth and privilege, reacts like all of us regular peasants would. She never loses sight of real life or her skillset just because of some fancy gifts from a rich dude. The story kept me turning page after page, barely registering the passage of time. I’m incredibly proud to say that I called one of the twits at the end! BOOM! Yet I was still surprised and excited and annoyed and frustrated . . . the ending was really good ok! The reasons I’m giving it 4 stars instead of 5 is 1. because of the similarities to Hunger Games that I just couldn’t get out of my head. I’m not going to insult Marie Lu by saying that her story is unoriginal, I’ll just say that Hunger Games has such a huge cultural influence, that even great books like Warcross show unintentional similarities. 2. I had a hard time getting past some of the practical issues of the Neurolink glasses. I couldn’t tell if you had to move in order to make your avatar move, as in tapping the table to get a keyboard to appear or using a hand to pick a door, or does the mind control the avatar since you can’t really run around the room all while trying to make your avatar fly and climb buildings and defeat huge animals. And 2. is super weird because I’m not that practical of a person! Other than that, I loved this story! I can’t wait for the sequel to come out! There are some language and a very tiny “adult” scene that isn’t really that “adult” since it doesn’t really go into detail, but I think this is the perfect book to get middle and high schoolers into reading. I absolutely recommend this book to everybody!

Purchase Links:

Amazon US
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Star Trek: Spock Reflections


Author: Scott Tipton and David Tipton
104 Pages
Published: July 19, 2012

Reviewed By: Kim
Kim’s Rating: 5 Stars

Description from Amazon: A Vulcan, on Romulus? Absurd! Or is it? In the follow-up collection to the smash hit Star Trek: Countdown movie prequel, we discover what could drive a man to abandon all he knows and go to live with the Federation’s sworn enemy, his real motivations, and how he looks back at what brought him to this place in his life.

Kim’s Review:

My second graphic novel and I do believe that I am now a fan! I never used to think that graphic novels were “real reading,” but I was wrong! Of course they’ll never replace novels, but graphic novels are a fun easy way of enjoying a story. I saw Spock- Reflections at a pawn shop for only $3, so I said, “what the heck” and bought it. I read it in one sitting and was nearly in tears by the time I finished. I’ve been a life-long trekkie. My dad started us on the original series back when we were in elementary school and I as I grew up, the other parts of the franchise, movies, TNG, DS9, etc., seeped in and expanded my fandom. Then I married a Star Wars fan who had never seen anything other than the remake movies . . . yeah that has been interesting! ?

I really loved this book. Spock has always been my favorite character and I was devastated when Leonard Nimoy passed away. As dramatic as this is going to sound, Spock Reflections actually gave me some closure. I got to see many different portions of Spock’s life that I hadn’t actually known before. And this story was centered around the death of James T. Kirk and Spock’s reaction to it. Spock has always struggled to reconcile his human half with his Vulcan half and this book showed that reconciliation in such a beautiful way. I don’t think this is the graphic novel to start with if you’re not a Star Trek fan, I would definitely recommend watching the original series and, at least, the first three original Star Trek movies before reading this book. But, for the Trekkies out there, this is an awesome graphic novel, even if you’ve never tried them before.

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Standalone Sunday: The Host

Standalone Sunday was started by Megan over at Bookslayer Reads.

What is Standalone Sunday?

Each Sunday bloggers feature a standalone book (one that is not part of a series) that they loved or would recommend. The standalone can also be one you want to read. There is so much focus on books that are part of a series that standalone books seem to be forgotten. They can be just as great as book series!

Here is my selection for the week:

The Host

Book Description:

Melanie Stryder refuses to fade away. The earth has been invaded by a species that take over the minds of human hosts while leaving their bodies intact. Wanderer, the invading “soul” who has been given Melanie’s body, didn’t expect to find its former tenant refusing to relinquish possession of her mind.

As Melanie fills Wanderer’s thoughts with visions of Jared, a human who still lives in hiding, Wanderer begins to yearn for a man she’s never met. Reluctant allies, Wanderer and Melanie set off to search for the man they both love.

Featuring one of the most unusual love triangles in literature, THE HOST is a riveting and unforgettable novel about the persistence of love and the essence of what it means to be human.


The Host is supposed to be the first in the series, but it has been many years since Stephenie Meyer has written it.  Who knows if the series will actually continue.  This is a long book that is over 600 pages. I have not personally read it, but I do own it. I have seen the film and liked it.

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