Thursday, March 31, 2016

A Crucible of Souls

By: Mitchell Hogan
Location: FIC HOG
Genre: Epic Fantasy    
Series: Sorcery Ascendant Sequence #1 

A rollicking good old fashioned fantasy!  A big fat epic fantasy with touches of Tolkien, Williams, Eddings, Jordan, and Feist!

Raised by monks after the death of his family in a suspicious fire, Caldan receives an excellent education and magical training. Upon reaching adulthood he leaves the monastery to make his own way, and try and find out who his family was, and who he really is. 

Life in Anasoma is nothing that Caldan's sheltered upbringing prepared him for, and he soon finds himself homeless and penniless. In desperation he seeks and gains an apprenticeship with the Sorcerer's Guild, despite being several years older than the rest of the apprentices.

While Caldan begins to settle down into his new life, make friends and investigate the mystery of his parents, an ancient evil is stirring, and soon will lay siege to Anasoma, once again throwing Caldan into the middle of chaos.

"This book was a very classic fantasy novel, and by that I mean there were the expected fantasy tropes. For example, “A poor boy grows into a hero and he will overcome all odds and face a great threat”- that kind of thing. Let me just say that novels like this are like comfort food on a cold winter day, they are wonderful and familiar and you read the entire thing in one or two sittings. Say what you like, but there’s nothing like opening up a book and losing yourself in it for a few hours or a whole day and that’s exactly what you can do with A Crucible of Souls." Rebecca

M is for Autism

By: Vicky Martin and the students of Limpsfield Grange School
Location: FIC MAR
Genre: Real

Why do I feel so different to everyone else?
I'm just trying to be normal.
How do I get normal?

I have worked beside amazing students who have autism, you see their struggles, their confusions and their constant awareness that somehow they are unaware. I am so thankful for the training I have had in learning how to communicate and understand these students, some of who volunteer in our library. But if I didn't- this book, a great colleague to Dog at Midnight- would be a huge help in giving me an awareness of how are friends see, or don't see the world.

"M. That's what I'd like you to call me please. I'll tell you why later."

M is for Autism is a book about a teenage girl with Autism written by teenage girls with Autism. The concept of this book is brilliant and the story is bravely and beautifully written. It has pages  that are enhanced with colors, textures, and non-traditional print, giving readers a glimpse of how loud and distracting the world can be, these images are clever and poignant
With complete honesty,  M  narrates the daily trials of desiring to be normal, feeling overwhelmed and anxious about unexpected situations, and trying to figure out who she is. M's experiences at school and home are described through her self-talk, meetings with her counselor and her thoughts. She talks about anxiety and how it makes her feel when others tell her to calm down, it is not that easy. She has difficulty making friends, keeping the ones she has and dealing with her mother. It talks about the disintegration of the family due to one parent not being able to deal with their child. .

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Pretending to be Erica

By: Michelle Painchaud
Location: FIC PAI
Genre: Feamle POV, Mystery Young adult

We Were Liars meets Heist Society in a riveting debut!

“Dear God, forgive me for my sins. I'm pretending to be a girl who went missing thirteen years ago. A girl who's rich.
A girl who's dead.”

Seventeen-year-old Violet’s entire life has revolved around one thing: becoming Erica Silverman, an heiress kidnapped at age five and never seen again.

Violet’s father, the best con man in Las Vegas, has a plan, chilling in its very specific precision. Violet shares a blood type with Erica; soon, thanks to surgery and blackmail, she has the same face, body, and DNA. She knows every detail of the Silvermans’ lives, as well as the PTSD she will have to fake around them. And then, when the time is right, she “reappears”—Erica Silverman, brought home by some kind of miracle.

But she is also Violet, and she has a job: Stay long enough to steal the Silverman Painting, an Old Master legendary in the Vegas crime world. Walking a razor’s edge, calculating every decision, not sure sometimes who she is or what she is doing it for, Violet is an unforgettable heroine, and Pretending to be Ericais a killer debut.
"This is a brilliant book. This is what literature should be. Here we have an author who knows how to tell a story, write characters that not only give you a gut punch of feeling, but openly, deeply breathe feeling themselves. I loved this book." Erin from


By: Scott Westerfield
      Margo Lanagan
      Deborah Biancotti
Location: FIC WES
Genre: Urban paranormal fantasy

Don't call them heroes. But these six Californian teens have powers that set them apart 

Filled with high-stakes action and drama, Zeroes unites three powerhouse authors for the opening installment of a thrilling new series.

Within these pages you will meet six unique teens.

Nate/Bellwether (aka Glorious Leader) has the ability to bend the will of crowds, to make them follow him.

Chizara/Crash can crash anything electronic, hence the name. But the downside to her power is that even being near electronics hurts her to her very bones, makes her brain itch.

Riley/Flicker is blind, but can see through the eyes of others.

Thibault/Anonymous finds it incredibly easy to disappear, but the flip side of this is that no one can remember him unless they’re looking at him. If any more than five people are present, he becomes downright invisible. Ironically, one of the most memorable characters.

Ethan/Scam can open his mouth and let another voice take over. Another voice which knows truths about the people it’s speaking too, truths he would have no way of knowing. But it gets him into trouble.

Kelsie/Mob can affect the mood of a crowd, making them feel better, happier, more alive. But it can also have a negative affect, redoubling anxious or fearful emotions.

It sounds like a really interesting combination of people, a really interesting story. It sounds like it could be mind blowing and fascinating. It sounds like it could be a book of the year.

Thursday, March 24, 2016

Keanu the movie.. meow!!!

 A movie that will make you smile! Enjoy


By: Jenny Downham
Location: FIC DOW
Genre: LGBGT- Family life- Alzhiemers 

A sensitive family portrait wrapped up in secrets and misunderstandings.

Unbecoming is Jenny Downham's third novel. Set in the town of Bisham, we meet seventeen year old Katie, her mother Caroline, and her younger brother Chris. She's never met her maternal grandmother but Mary has come to live with them after her mother was called as the emergency contact. Mary has dementia but despite this Caroline does not want her to live with them. It's a subject that she chooses not to discuss, but she was abandoned by Mary at a young age and brought up by her aunt. Katie on the other hand finds Mary delightful and the two instantly bond. Katie sets about writing down the stories Mary tells her and keeps them in a book to use as a way to remind Mary of who she is.

I assumed because there were three women in this story, that there would be three perspectives, but there are only two, Katie's and Mary's. I think it was a clever way to approach the story as Caroline is not a likeable character on first meeting her, but she's also in the dark about a lot of her early childhood and as she learns about it so does the reader, this bring us closer and allows us to have more empathy towards her.

I adored Katie, she's a wonderful girl but she feels trapped by her mother's rules and by her secret - she thinks she's a lesbian and is terrified of her mother finding out. Already she's being teased at school by her former best friend, but having Mary in her life allows her to grow and discover who she doesn't want to be.

Mary was lovely and her story was so sad. She's confused about who she is, why she's come to stay with her daughter and grandchildren, but takes pleasure in telling Katie stories of her younger years.

Jenny Downham really knows how to write an emotional story, and Unbecoming is no exception, I felt so much for this family and really loved the time spent reading about their lives. The ending was beautiful, full of hope yet tinged with sadness too.

This is a YA book that could easily be enjoyed by adults as well, it's a realistic coming of age story combined with historical fiction.
All in all a wonderful book about family
Review by Mands -

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

The Singing Bones

By: Shaun Tan
Location: NF 730 TAN
Genre: Its weird, clay models of fairy tales. Grimm x Tan!

After looking through this stunning book of Shaun Tan sculptures,I can see why the fairy tales he so stunningly captures in these sculptures are by the GRIMM brothers.
They are grim, this book is one to look at, really look at.

Exquisitely strange little sculptures - absolutely stunning publication.

A unique and alluring art book showcasing Shaun Tan's extraordinary sculptures based on the timeless and compelling fairy tales of the Brothers Grimm.

In this beautifully presented volume, the essence of seventy-five fairy tales by the Brothers Grimm is wonderfully evoked by Shaun Tan's extraordinary sculptures.

Nameless princes, wicked stepsisters, greedy kings, honourable peasants and ruthless witches, tales of love, betrayal, adventure and magical transformation: all inspiration for this stunning gallery of sculptural works. Introduced by Grimm Tales author Philip Pullman and leading fairy tale scholar Jack Zipes, The Singing Bones breathes new life into some of the world's most beloved fairy tales.

'These little figures of clay, with their simplified features, their single attributes, are perfect realisations of the strangeness of the characters they represent.'
Amazing! Absolutely inspired interpretations of fairy tales in sculpture form. 

The Next Together

By: Lauren James
Location: FIC JAM
Genre: Time Travel, Historical Fiction and Love!
Series: Yep its the first and more to come

This cover is stunning!

A powerful and epic debut novel for teenagers about time-travel, fate and the timelessness of first love. The Next Together is told through a mixture of regular prose, diary entries, letters, "original" historical documents, news reports and internet articles

How many times can you lose the person you love? 

“She didn't know if she was crying for Matt, this Matthew, or for every Matthew she'd known and lost. All throughout history they had been doing this, finding and loving each other and then being ripped apart before they even had a chance to live. Why did Matthew always leave her alone?

Why did it always end? Why did it always even start?”

Katherine and Matthew are destined to be born again and again, century after century. Each time, their presence changes history for the better, and each time, they fall hopelessly in love, only to be tragically separated. 

Spanning the Crimean War, the Siege of Carlisle and the near-future of 2019 and 2039 they find themselves sacrificing their lives to save the world. But why do they keep coming back? What else must they achieve before they can be left to live and love in peace? 

Maybe the next together will be different...

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Radiance of Tomorrow

By: Ishmael Beah
Location: FIC BEA
Genre: War- fiction. Africa, the hope and the struggle!

A haunting, beautiful first novel by the bestselling author of A Long Way Gone - the story of a boy Soldier.

This book is a brutal fairy tale.

Africa- a place close to my heart, I have not been to places ravaged by civil war, destroyed by greed or aligned by sectarianism. But I have spent time with African people who dream dreams, who hope, who know that education and a strong village life is what will build nations within the continent. Sierra Leone has not been so lucky as the nations I have visited and this story unpacks just how difficult it is to bring healing and hope to a fissured and broken world.  Then when the capitalists move in with their mines  a different corrupt war starts! This book deals with it all!

“We must live in the radiance of tomorrow, as our ancestors have suggested in their tales. For what is yet to come tomorrow has possibilities, and we must think of it, the simplest glimpse of that possibility of goodness. That will be our strength. That has always been our strength.” 

At the center of Radiance of Tomorrow are Benjamin and Bockarie, two longtime friends who return to their hometown, Imperi, after the civil war. The village is in ruins, the ground covered in bones. As more villagers begin to come back, Benjamin and Bockarie try to forge a new community by taking up their former posts as teachers, but they're beset by obstacles: a scarcity of food; a rash of murders, thievery, rape, and retaliation; and the depredations of a foreign mining company intent on sullying the town's water supply and blocking its paths with electric wires. As Benjamin and Bockarie search for a way to restore order, they're forced to reckon with the uncertainty of their past and future alike.

“Who can ever know what path to walk on when all of them are either crooked or broken? One just has to walk.”

Timeline- A visual history of our world.

By: Peter Goes
Location: NF 909 GOE
Genre; Look at it all day and see stuff that makes you go "a ha"

Written by a kiwi!!! Highly recommended for the curious and lovers of quizzes!

This illustrated journey through our world’s culture and events travels from the Big Bang to the iPod and into the future.

This is a trip through time, past dinosaurs, Vikings, Aztecs and spaceships. It looks at wars and disasters; introduces artists, explorers and leaders; shows us living in castles, yurts and skyscrapers. And it does not neglect the imagination—here too are dragons, mythical figures and TV characters, alongside world-changing inventions borne from the imaginations of scientists and explorers. Each scene puts global events in perspective, in space and time.

Monday, March 21, 2016

Stitching Snow

By: R.C.Lewis
Genre: Snow White  Sci Fi
Location: FIC LEW

"'Snow White' gets an upgrade in this clever, surprisingly gritty science-fiction version."
-Kirkus Reviews

If you like sci-fi, kick-ass heroines, plot twists, action, romance...basically all the things that make fiction worth reading...then add this to your to-read list, pronto. This is such a clever spin on the Snow White fairy tale. Loved it!- MELISSA

Princess Snow is missing.

Her home planet is filled with violence and corruption at the hands of King Matthias and his wife as they attempt to punish her captors. The king will stop at nothing to get his beloved daughter back-but that's assuming she wants to return at all.

Essie has grown used to being cold. Temperatures on the planet Thanda are always sub-zero, and she fills her days with coding and repairs for the seven loyal drones that run the local mines.

When a mysterious young man named Dane crash-lands near her home, Essie agrees to help the pilot repair his ship. But soon she realizes that Dane's arrival was far from accidental, and she's pulled into the heart of a war she's risked everything to avoid.

In her enthralling debut, R. C. Lewis weaves the tale of a princess on the run from painful secrets . . . and a poisonous queen. With the galaxy's future-and her own-in jeopardy, Essie must choose who to trust in a fiery fight for survival.

The day I Lost My Superpowers

By: Michael Escoffier
Location: PIC ESC
Genre; Heroines and superpowers

My kids know I have superpowers. I have superpowers on the hockey field and superpowers making curry. When they were little they thought I had super- super powers, then they grew up.
But some days- they thought they had them as well and they tried to exhibit them in stunning styles with hilarious results, I have video evidence even!. I swear my kids wrote this book- well all kids everywhere over all time....

Childhood is a magical time when even the stuff of the day-to-day is exciting and the ordinary often seems extraordinary. A part of this magic is that with just a little imagination, we all might be found to possess true superpowers!This isn't the first or last book where a child delightedly discovers her own superpowers. But it may be just about the driest, funniest, and sweetest, where the discovery is handled with humor and charm.

One of the book's true pleasures is that it's a girl who discovers her own extraordinary abilities, and when her powers fail, as they must, she discovers them in her mum.

Friday, March 18, 2016



This is the story of a child born under the Nazi "Lebensborn" program, which was essentially a program to breed pure Ayran babies who would be the future leaders of the Third Reich. Max is born on April 20, 1936, making him the first baby to roll off the production line. He is also the narrator of this story which covers not just the Lebensborn program but also the abduction and "germanification" of suitably Ayran children from other countries and the lives of ordinary Germans as the war drew to a close. Real people and events are woven into the story.

Max is a lively narrator who is initially very euphoric about all things Nazi and who can't wait to grow up and fight for the Fatherland. While he never knows his mother, he understands that she was selected and rigorously examined to ensure that she was a perfect Ayran specimen. He is indoctrinated in all things Nazi from infancy and therefore is very matter of fact about the abduction of Polish children - in his eyes they are lucky to be receiving a German upbringing. However things become murkier when he befriends Lukas, a blonde and blue eyed Pole who is secretly Jewish. Gradually his enthusiasm will wane and his disenchantment will grow over the course of the war.- Julia

A work in progress

By: Connor Franta
Location: 920 FRA
Genre: You tubers memoir

"Who are you? Answer; you are who you are in this given moment. Label-less. Limitless. Remember that from this day forward."

Connor Joel Franta is an Internet sensation and global trendsetter with millions of followers on YouTube and many other social media platforms.

He is the founder of Common Culture Coffee and works closely with The Thirst Project, a charity that provides clean drinking water in Africa, for which he raised more than $230,000 in thirty days. 

He also curates music from up-and-coming bands for his Common Culture compilation albums.
  Rachel says this about this book
"Connor Franta is one of my inspirations. As much as I'd love to say his personal journey - his struggles with image and sexuality - hit close to home, I would be lying. Connor's voice is what I love. His energy, his creativeness, his humour, his lively, bubbly personality inspires me every time I watch one of his videos. And I am probably one of millions around the world with this to say but Connor just gets it - being a kid, being a teenager, the hell of high school, the struggles of independence. Maybe that seems a little silly to say but I've seen countless generic bloggers with their fake smiles plastered on and nothing new to offer to the world. Connor is fresh and open, he's honest in a casual way with none of the fake bullshitty drama stuff. His style is open and frivolous but raw - and his book is exactly the same."

Thursday, March 17, 2016

The Marvels

By: Brian Selznick
Location: Fic Sel
Genre: Historical fiction- graphic novel, art!

The writer of The Invention of Hugo Cabret  has done it again. This book is stunning, the art amazing and the story  full and touching. It is totally a book that hooks you to your seat!

In The Marvels, Selznick tells two separate stories that take place multiple centuries apart. He begins with nearly four hundred pages of drawings telling one story, followed by two hundred pages of text telling the other. Though this strayed from his usual layout, it served to make the novel even more powerful as a whole.

Beautiful book about a family of actors and their theatre in London. The illustrated half of the story about the Marvel family is excellent - the whole history of 200 years of a family conveyed in drawings. The second text half focuses on Joseph and his uncle Albert who lives in a time capsule historical house. Joseph's curiosity is overwhelming for Albert who has to decide whether to tell Joseph the truth.
There's a lot in this book - stereotypes from literature, historical details, snippets of other books, and some real life issues that sneak in. Beautifully crafted
  says Helen


By: Jandy Nelson
Location: FIC NEL
Genre: Contemporary Youth fiction. LGBGT  

"A resplendent novel- Art and wonder fill each page"  SLJ Review

"Structurally brilliant"  Kirkus Reviews

" The heart doesn't listen to reason. It doesn't abide by laws or conventions or other people's expectations either. "
― Jandy NelsonI'll Give You the Sun

 John Green fans this one is for you...
 Its poetic, its witty, it artistic, its emotional, it has stunning metaphors, the writing is very creative . Miss Featonby and Miss Bichan- this one is definitely one for you.

“And why do English people sound smarter than the rest of us? Like they should be awarded the Nobel Prize for a simple greeting?” 
― Jandy NelsonI'll Give You the Sun

At first, Jude and her twin brother are NoahandJude; inseparable. Noah draws constantly and is falling in love with the charismatic boy next door, while daredevil Jude wears red-red lipstick, cliff-dives, and does all the talking for both of them. 

Years later, they are barely speaking. Something has happened to change the twins in different yet equally devastating ways . . . but then Jude meets an intriguing, irresistible boy and a mysterious new mentor. 

The early years are Noah’s to tell; the later years are Jude’s. But they each have only half the story, and if they can only find their way back to one another, they’ll have a chance to remake their world. 

This radiant, award-winning novel from the acclaimed author ofThe Sky Is Everywhere will leave you breathless and teary and laughing—often all at once. 

Printz Award Winner
Stonewall Honor Book

“Or maybe a person is just made up of a lot of people,” I say. “Maybe we’re accumulating these new selves all the time.” Hauling them in as we make choices, good and bad, as we screw up, step up, lose our minds, find our minds, fall apart, fall in love, as we grieve, grow, retreat from the world, dive into the world, as we make things, as we break things.” 
― Jandy NelsonI'll Give You the Sun

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Nowhere but Here

By: Katie McGarry
Location: FIC McG
Genre: Young adult, romance, death and bad bikers!

An unforgettable new series from acclaimed author Katie McGarry about taking risks, opening your heart, and ending up in a place you never imagined possible.

Sizzling, suspenseful and unputdownable. A gripping story about finding freedom, forgiveness and love.

At seventeen, Emily lives a pretty quiet life with her family and friends in Florida… but when she was ten she found out that the man she calls Dad isn’t her biological father and every year she tolerates his one visit to see her but never really digs deeper because he made the choice to give her up. Her mum raised her by herself and that means more to her than someone who shows up in her life suddenly claiming to want to know her. 

An email from her father turns her life into a tailspin. Someone has died and that means the family is heading back to the town that her mother fled when she found out she was pregnant.

But Emily hasn’t been let in on a lot of what really happened in her mother’s past and ultimately hers. The story her mom told her may not be exactly how everything went down and it turns out that the only person Emily seems to find herself trusting is Oz… 

Emily’s real father is the leader of the bike club, Reign of Terror. They aren’t exactly like some of the clubs out there… Most of the members work with the security company the club runs and Oz is bound and determined to be patched into both the club and the security detail. But Eli, Emily’s dad, decides to have him watch over his daughter instead of work with the team out on the roads, and what starts as merely tolerating each other starts to grow into much more.

“Running is still running. It doesn't matter if it's a physical move from one place to another or if it's to within yourself.” 
― Katie McGarryNowhere But Here

Stephen King- we needed more

Three titles:
Bazaar of Bad Dreams
Finders Keepers
Mr Mercedes
Location: FIC KIN
Genre: Scary horror whodunnits

I never will read these, I like to sleep and I like my "fitbit" heart rate to stay normal, but because I am the provider of your requests I have bought three new titles for your scaryment! Don't blame me if you cant sleep and are totally unable to concentrate the next day- it is not my fault, you issued these and you read them!!!!

So why does Mr King write what he does, he explains

I saw lots of horror films when I was a kid (you probably guessed that).

I was an easy target, and most of them scared me to death. It was dark, the images were so much bigger than you were, and the sound was so loud that the scares continued even when you shut your eyes. On TV, the scare quotient tended to be lower. There were commercials to break the rhythm of the thing, and the worst parts were sometimes snipped out to avoid giving complexes to any little shavers who might be watching (alas, already too late for me; I’d seen the dead woman rising out of the tub in Diabolique). As a last resort, you could always go into the kitchen and grab a Hires out of the fridge, lingering until the scary music was replaced by some local huckster screaming, “Cars, cars, cars! No credit check! We’ll sell to ANYONE!”

One film I saw on TV did the job, however. At least the first hour or so of its seventy-seven-minute run did; the denouement wrecked the whole thing, and to this day I wish somebody would remake it and carry its hair-raising premise right through to the end. That film has perhaps the best horror-movie title of all time: I Bury the Living.

I was thinking of that movie when I wrote this story.
So that is how he writes. Why cant he write about nice fluffy kittens or romantic sunsets on a seaside boulevard, or true love....... 

Friday, March 11, 2016


By: Renee Knight
Location: FIC KNI
Genre: Psychological Thriller 

"I loved this atmospheric, beautifully written novel, a real page turner and an intriguing and often twisty plot with some terrifically well drawn characters."  Liz

“It is extraordinary how much strength anger gives one.” 
― Renée KnightDisclaimer

Catherine and Stephen have a good life and stable marriage, but all that is about to change. Their son Nicholas has recently moved out and although he hasn’t achieved all they hoped, he seems stable and happy in his work. It’s then that Catherine reads a book which mysteriously appears on the bedside of their new home. The book disclaimer has a neat red line through it ‘Any resemblance to persons living or dead….’ Catherine only appreciates the significance of this as she reads on!

Catherine finds that she is the main character in the book and that it reveals a secret that she thought only she could now know. This is where it begins and we are off on a rollercoaster of a ride as Catherine’s world falls apart. I loved this psychological thriller as it played with my head as the story unfolded. I was never sure whose side I was on and not quite sure where my sympathy’s lay. 

I found the plot was well written and the story kept me hooked right to the end of the book. Disclaimer is a damn good thriller which I can thoroughly recommend says David

“He cried, and she cried too but their tears were travelling in parallel lines. It was too late. They should have cried together years ago.” 
― Renée KnightDisclaimer

Arcadia Series

By: Kai Meyer
Location: FIC MEY
Genre: Urban fantasy, Mythology, Shapeshifter
Series: #1 Arcadia Awakens
           #2 Arcadia Burns
           #3  Arcadia falls

New series and all three arrived at once, so no waiting for the next installment. Its FRIDAY- come and grab all three and read a series for the weekend!

This is written by a German Author which is not to common in New Zealand libraries especially in youth fiction.With millions of books sold worldwide, Kai Meyer is one of Germany's most successful authors. His novels have been translated into 27 languages including English, Spanish, French, Italian, Japanese, Russian and Chinese.

Kai Meyer was born in 1969 in northern Germany. He began college at the University of Bochum, Germany, where he studied film, theatre, and philosophy. 
Kai wrote his first novel in his early 20s, and it was published when he was just 24 years old. He has been a full-time novelist since 1995. To date, Kai has written nearly 50 books – some for adults, some for teenagers. Kai’s books are mostly historical with strong fantastical overtones. There are over 1.5 million Kai Meyer books in print in Germany, and he is quickly gaining popularity in other countries as well
When troubled teenager Rosa escapes her life in New York to stay with family in Sicily, she stumbles into a sinister Mafia underworld of murder, corruption and bitter, generations-old rivalries. How is handsome, mysterious stranger Alessandro involved? And why is Rosa so powerfully drawn to him?
When Rosa and Alessandro uncover an ancient conspiracy intent on destroying both clans, they will do anything to stop it. Racing to put the pieces together, evading their relatives' murderous feud, and learning what it means to control the most influential families in all of Sicily--the two teens must risk everything to love each other and survive.
On the run from their adversaries and searching for answers, Rosa and Alessandro begin to unravel the secret behind the conspiracy to keep them apart: an ancient prophecy that predicted the destruction of all Arcadia.
As the clock ticks down to their own destruction, it's a race against time for the young lovers as they evade murderers, track down clues, and avoid a showdown with the man who wants them dead.
The pair must find out the truth behind Arcadia once and for all—but will it be the key to unlocking their freedom and future together, or the final step in bringing them to their knees?

Wednesday, March 9, 2016

The Three-Body Problem

By: Cixin Liu
Location: FIC LIU
Genre:  Chinese Sci Fi

The Three-Body Problem: Particle physics, the rise and fall of civilizations, and alien contact

The Three-Body Problem is the first chance for English-speaking readers to experience this multiple award winning phenomenon from China's most beloved science fiction author, Liu Cixin.

This book is bursting with fascinating ideas about the rise and fall of civilizations, virtual-reality gaming, mind-blowing particle physics, the lonely life of scientists and intellectuals, the madness of the Chinese Cultural Revolution, and alien contact as well.

Set against the backdrop of China's Cultural Revolution, a secret military project sends signals into space to establish contact with aliens. An alien civilization on the brink of destruction captures the signal and plans to invade Earth. Meanwhile, on Earth, different camps start forming, planning to either welcome the superior beings and help them take over a world seen as corrupt, or to fight against the invasion.

The Three-Body Problem is split into three main narratives:

1) The backstory of scientist Ye Wenjie, who grew up during the madness of the Cultural Revolution and saw her father killed for his scientific ideas. She ends up grudgingly working at a secret military facility in the 1970s dedicated to making alien contact, but never has trust in humanity after suffering various betrayals.

2) The modern-day story of Wang Miao, a scientist studying nano-fibers, who is dragged into an investigation of a string of mysterious suicides among prominent particle physics researchers. His tale takes up the bulk of the book, and for much of the novel both he and the reader are in the dark as to what is going on. The further he gets involved with the secretive group The Frontiers of Science, the more he realizes that there are numerous conspiracies occurring, all involving scientists, alien contact, and a mysterious game called Three Body.

3) The virtual reality game called Three Body, in which players can observe and try to influence the course of an alien civilization in a far-off world that has three suns orbiting in a non-stable configuration. Because of the suns’ irregular behavior, the planet’s civilizations must struggle to advance during brief stable eras before the suns approach or recede and usher in chaotic eras, destroying all life. To survive this, the aliens develop the ability to dehydrate and wait until the next stable era. However, these eras are so unpredictable that 180 civilizations have already been destroyed, but still they try to advance their scientific knowledge in order to solve the Three-Body Problem.
Stuart- Goodreads

“It was impossible to expect a moral awakening from humankind itself, just like it was impossible to expect humans to lift off the earth by pulling up on their own hair. To achieve moral awakening required a force outside the human race.” 
― Liu CixinThe Three-Body Problem