Science Fiction

As Timeless as Stone by Maeve Alpin

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As Timeless as Stone by Maeve AlpinAs Timeless as Stone by Maeve Alpin

Rating: 1 of 5 stars/DNF

Though society stands in their way, can love transcend time with the aid of robotics and ritual?

In peril for her life, the Priestess Seshat turns herself to stone in ancient Egypt. Centuries later, Ricard, a dashing nineteenth century Frenchman, repairs a broken statue and reads its incantation–unprepared for the gorgeous flesh and blood woman who steps forth.

Seshat is drawn to the brass robots Ricard creates and the glamor of the Victorian age, and most of all to Ricard himself. But the society of his day cannot accept a woman like her. How far will Ricard go to secure her happiness? Is their love strong enough to transcend time itself?

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Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins

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Catching Fire by Suzanne CollinsCatching Fire by Suzanne Collins

Series: The Hunger Games #2

Rating: 2 of 5 stars

Sparks are igniting.
Flames are spreading.
And the Capitol wants revenge.

Against all odds, Katniss has won the Hunger Games. She and fellow District 12 tribute Peeta Mellark are miraculously still alive. Katniss should be relieved, happy even. After all, she has returned to her family and her longtime friend, Gale. Yet nothing is the way Katniss wishes it to be. Gale holds her at an icy distance. Peeta has turned his back on her completely. And there are whispers of a rebellion against the Capitol – a rebellion that Katniss and Peeta may have helped create.

Much to her shock, Katniss has fueled an unrest she’s afraid she cannot stop. And what scares her even more is that she’s not entirely convinced she should try. As time draws near for Katniss and Peeta to visit the districts on the Capitol’s cruel Victory Tour, the stakes are higher than ever. If they can’t prove, without a shadow of a doubt, that they are lost in their love for each other, the consequences will be horrifying.

In Catching Fire, the second novel in the Hunger Games trilogy, Suzanne Collins continues the story of Katniss Everdeen, testing her more than ever before…and surprising readers at every turn.

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Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins

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Mockingjay by Suzanne CollinsMockingjay by Suzanne Collins

Series: The Hunger Games #3

Rating: 1 of 5 stars

Katniss Everdeen, girl on fire, has survived, even though her home has been destroyed. Gale has escaped. Katniss’s family is safe. Peeta has been captured by the Capitol. District 13 really does exist. There are rebels. There are new leaders. A revolution is unfolding.

It is by design that Katniss was rescued from the arena in the cruel and haunting Quarter Quell, and it is by design that she has long been part of the revolution without knowing it. District 13 has come out of the shadows and is plotting to overthrow the Capitol. Everyone, it seems, has had a hand in the carefully laid plans — except Katniss.

The success of the rebellion hinges on Katniss’s willingness to be a pawn, to accept responsibility for countless lives, and to change the course of the future of Panem. To do this, she must put aside her feelings of anger and distrust. She must become the rebels’ Mockingjay — no matter what the personal cost.

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Dead Girls, Dead Boys, Dead Things by Richard Calder

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Dead Girls, Dead Boys, Dead Things by Richard CalderDead Girls, Dead Boys, Dead Things by Richard Calder

Series: Dead #1, #2, #3

Rating: 4 of 5 stars

For starters, I want to establish that I haven’t completed the whole series; however, that is not an accurate gauge of my reaction to this trilogy. It’s just that I bought the thing in its entirety instead of individually (as I prefer to read books in the same series) and tried to tough it all out in one go.

It’s taken me long enough to get to Dead Things, and the backlog of books I have lined up for myself has become daunting. So, on that note, I retire this series until sometime a little later down the line.

On to the juicy parts.

This extraordinary trilogy depicts a future gender war that crosses the boundaries of software, wetware, time, and reality itself in its imaginative leaps and bounds. Only love holds the future together in this tale of star-crossed teens whose transformations defy description or imagination.

To read this trilogy is to behold a strange new world, one unlike any other.

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