by Schwab, Victoria, author.
April 24, 2017
Call Number: YA
What makes a monster a “MONSTER”? In This Savage Song, Victoria Schwab explores the varying shades of grey in a world where almost anyone could be a monster and how to protect yourself from one of them, and better yet how to avoid becoming one.
The Phenomenon plunged the world into chaos and the survivors became prey for the Corsai, mindless shadows with teeth and nails that strike from the darkness, and the Malchai, physical creatures in many respects similar to vampires.
Verity City is one of the largest remaining areas of civilization. It is a city divided: North-... Read Full Review
by Omotoso, Yewande, author.
April 17, 2017
Imagine two women living in the upscale community of Katterijn in Cape Town, South Africa. Marion is the widowed mother of four and a former architect forced to leave her business when she started a family. Hortensia is originally from Barbados, and in the 1960s founded a very successful fabric design firm. Her husband is dying and they have no children. Hortensia is black and refers to Marion as “Marion the Vulture.” Marion is white and calls Hortensia “Hortensia the Horrible.” Both are now in their 80s and they have lived next door to each other for decades, nurturing a shared enmity... Read Full Review
by Walton, Jo, author.
April 10, 2017
I love the creation of worlds that is part of various types of science fiction. I love the way reading science fiction makes you pick up clues about extraordinary places and people, and how to use those clues to re-examine your own life. For example, there’s this moment in A Wrinkle in Time when travelers from Earth realize that children on an alien planet are bouncing balls, the way they do on Earth. But in the novel they are bouncing their balls in time with one another, “playing” with obsessive, rigid uniformity. When one child falls out of rhythm his mother reacts... Read Full Review
by Older, Malka, 1977- author.
April 3, 2017
Imagine a world where the entire globe has agreed to a system of governance. World populations are broken down into groups of approximately 100,000 people, referred to as “centenals,” that are overseen by a specific type of government chosen by the residents. Some are democratic, some are not. If you live in a centenal, you agree to abide by the system of government in place. If you do not agree, you move to a centenal governed in the way you prefer. Or, you convince enough of your neighbors to change the type of government through an election held once a decade. The number of these “micro... Read Full Review
by Kendrick, Anna, author.Reviewed by: Nicholas Beyelia, Librarian
March 25, 2017
Call Number: 812.092 K333
Scrappy Little Nobody is the writing debut of actress Anna Kendrick. Using a series of autobiographical stories Kendrick weaves an engaging and hilarious narrative of lessons learned and wisdom into a funny, honest book about a misfit navigating through life.
Kendrick has been a working actress since she was a child and is best known for the 2012 film, Pitch Perfect. She scored a Tony nomination before she entered her teens, and earned her first Oscar nomination by the age of 25. In spite of these accomplishments, the book makes it obvious that Kendrick has always... Read Full Review
by Bardugo, Leigh.
March 15, 2017
Call Number: YA
In Six of Crows, Leigh Bardugo took readers through the planning and execution of a nearly impossible heist. By the end of the novel readers know how much of the plan succeeds, and the double-cross that leaves the crew of street thieves worse off than before. It is the double-cross and loose threads that form the basis of the con that is at the center of Crooked Kingdom, the sequel to Six of Crows. Kaz Brekker and his crew, Inej, Jesper, Matthias, Nina and Wylan, have managed the impossible. They made it into and out of the Ice Court, the most secure... Read Full Review
by Scalzi, John, 1969-
March 6, 2017
Call Number: SF
Global warming. Climate change. For more than four decades scientists have investigated and warned that human technology and civilization would have dramatic effects on the ecology of our planet. While the science and results are indisputable, some still resist accepting the facts presented and argue for the status quo. In The Collapsing Empire, John Scalzi explores how a discovery about a different type of natural phenomenon could very well be the undoing of the human race once we move out into the stars, and how people respond when the scientists reveal the news.
When the... Read Full Review
by Ide, Joe.Reviewed by: Llyr Heller, Librarian, Teen'Scape
February 27, 2017
In Joe Ide’s wonderful debut novel, readers meet Isaiah Quintabe, a young man whose tragic past has led him not to finish high school and to take odd jobs in order to survive. Living in East Long Beach he sees the police department overwhelmed and not able to solve the mass of crimes that overrun his hometown. In a series of fateful twists, which are shown in emotional flashbacks, he finds himself solving neighborhood crimes, big and small, and being paid for his work in a variety of ways. From money to food, whatever his clients can afford, will suit Isaiah. Although, he meets men and... Read Full Review
by Mastai, Elan, author.
February 21, 2017
Tom Barren lives in a science fiction dream of the future: flying cars, teleportation, moon colonies, and, as soon as his father completes his experiments, time travel. All of these things exist in 2016, not some far-flung 23rd or 24th century. On July 11, 1965, Lionel Goettreider activated an engine that provided the world with a clean, free energy source that made every sci-fi pulp writer’s visions of the future a reality. While this sounds like a utopian fantasy over sixty years in the making made real, for Tom it is every bit as unlivable as our world often is for us. Tom is aimless,... Read Full Review
by Lewis, Michael (Michael M.), author.Reviewed by: David B., Librarian, InfoNow
February 13, 2017
Call Number: 612.82 L675
The Undoing Project: A Friendship That Changed Our Minds by Michael Lewis Journalist Michael Lewis (Moneyball) examines the friendship of two Israeli cognitive psychologists, Nobel laureate Daniel Kahneman and the late Amos Tversky. Kahneman, a Holocaust survivor who lived in hiding as a child, and his younger colleague, Tversky, a war hero, left Israel early in their careers for academic positions in North America. Their work is responsible for the development of the field of behavioral economics.
The hallmark of the academic legacy of Kahneman and Tversky is that... Read Full Review
by Jemisin, N. K, author.
February 6, 2017
Science Fiction and Fantasy novels are full of stories of powerful, but oppressed minorities. As magic users or mutants they haunt the genre. And authors have told powerful and wonderful stories featuring these characters. A. E. Van Vogt's novel Slan, is about a super-powered group of humans, called slans, who are feared and hunted by normal humans. There are also the very accomplished protagonists of Anne McCaffrey’s Talent Universe;... Read Full Review
by Young, Steve, 1961- author.Reviewed by: Janice Batzdorff, Librarian
January 30, 2017
Call Number: 796.271 Y76
A facetious question posed by an NPR radio host lured me into reading Steve Young’s memoir, QB: my life behind the spiral. Did the pro football Hall of Famer receive special treatment at Brigham Young University where he played quarterback because he is the great-great-great grandson of Brigham Young?
With outstanding high school achievements, Young was readily admitted to the university, but the football team listed him as number eight on the depth chart for the quarterback position (future Chicago Bears Super Bowl winner Jim McMahon was number one). The quarterback coach... Read Full Review