Science Fiction

The Soldier

Wednesday, September 19, 2018
Neil Asher
The Soldier

Jeremy E., Reference is reading...The Soldier

Nyxia Unleashed: The Nyxia Triad, Book 2

Monday, August 20, 2018
Scott Reintgen
Nyxia Unleashed: The Nyxia Triad, Book 2

Defy the Stars

Saturday, June 17, 2017
Claudia Gray
Defy the Stars

This is a teen science fiction story that I found very enjoyable.  It appears to be the first book in the series and I’m looking forward to the next one.  Neomi is a young soldier defending her planet from Earth.  Abel is a one of a kind “mech” or robot who was left behind for 30 years in an abandoned space ship.  They meet as a result of a battle and start on an adventure to save her planet by sacrificing Abel.   Along the way they learn about the politics of the solar system as well as themselves.  There’s plenty of adventure, just a bit of romance and an ending that leaves you waiting for more.  Check our catalog

Laura G., Youth Services

 

Learning to Swear in America

Monday, August 29, 2016
Katie Kennedy
Learning to Swear in America

Yuri, a 17-year-old physics prodigy from Russia, is on his way to America to help save California from a big bad asteroid—a very big, very bad asteroid that could take out Japan with a tsunami. His knowledge of English is very good but he doesn’t know how to swear in English. Many of the much older physicists don’t believe this kid has any knowledge that can help this very serious situation. Yuri meets Dovie, a normal teenage girl and he learns what it’s really like to be a teenager. You will laugh out loud, cry a bit, and cheer on this pair of teens that could, might, maybe save the world.

An extra bit of knowledge: Ms. Kennedy is from the U.P. of Michigan and this is her first novel. I am hoping for many more.

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Jeanne S., Youth Services

Noggin

Thursday, June 9, 2016
John Corey Whaley
Noggin

I read this young adult book on my iPad using Overdrive. The book is about a 15-year-old boy, Travis Coates, who dies of leukemia. His head is cryogenically preserved in anticipation that, one day, medical science will progress to the point where he will be given a new body. Much to everyone’s surprise, technology progresses much more rapidly than anticipated and he is brought back to life only five years after his passing.

Okay, sounds all sci-fi and what-not, but really this book is more about how Travis copes with the fact that his best friend and his girlfriend are suddenly five years older than him, have gone on with their lives while he “slept,” and how disorienting it is to go to sleep, wake up, and have the world pass you by.

It’s told completely from Travis’ point of view and is both funny and sad. I was surprised at how much I really enjoyed reading this book and how much I sympathized with Travis’ situation. It was a sweet story. Good for young adults and older teens.

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Peggy G., Circulation

These Broken Stars

Tuesday, December 22, 2015
Amie Kaufman & Meagan Spooner
These Broken Stars

These Broken Stars has a little bit of everything in it:  science fiction, romance, steampunk…  The story begins aboard a massive luxury spaceliner (think Titanic) which quickly encounters disaster.  Two very different people are the only survivors.  They land on a beautiful but, apparently, deserted planet.  Lilac and Tarver are forced to rely on each other to survive and find a way home.  I thought the book was well written and enjoyed reading it.  I’m looking forward to the next one. Check our Catalog

Laura G., Youth Services

These Broken Stars

Monday, October 5, 2015
Amie Kaufman & Meagan Spooner
These Broken Stars

These Broken Stars has a little bit of everything in it:  science fiction, romance, steampunk…  The story begins aboard a massive luxury spaceliner (think Titanic) which quickly encounters disaster.  Two very different people are the only survivors.  They land on a beautiful but, apparently, deserted planet.  Lilac and Tarver are forced to rely on each other to survive and find a way home.  I thought the book was well written and enjoyed reading it.  I’m looking forward to the next one.   Laura G., Youth Services           Check our Catalog

The Lost Fleet: Dauntless

Tuesday, September 8, 2015
Jack Campbell
The Lost Fleet: Dauntless

I came upon this book when I was searching for another book by the same name and was intrigued enough to borrow it through MelCat.  It is classified as Science Fiction but is not typical science fiction.  It is more a tale of military strategy and how it would play out in Space.  One reviewer compares it to the Horatio Hornblower stories - which I do enjoy. 

The premise of the story is that a naval captain who has been in suspended animation for 100 years is found and revived.  Through a sudden loss of all superior officers, he finds himself in command of an entire fleet.  He soon learns that 100 years of fighting a space war has led to a loss of knowledge about  critical battle strategy and the rules of engagement for war.  The main character is likable and honorable this was an enjoyable book and not too "science fictiony" for my personal taste.

This is the first book in a series.   Check our Catalog  It is available on MeLCat



Peggy G., Circulation

Archetype

Tuesday, March 18, 2014
M.D. Waters
Archetype

Set in the future, this is an adult dystopian science fiction novel.  Emma wakes up in a hospital as a blank slate.  Her husband tells her she was in an accident.  As she is relearning how to live, other memories start popping up that are not in agreement with what her husband and doctor are telling her.  The plot unfolds in surprising ways.  This book grabbed me from the first and kept me reading. Check our Catalog

Laura G., Youth Services

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