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Infinity Son by Adam Silvera.

January 11, 2020 Comments off

infinity sonInfinity Son by Adam Silvera. Pub. Simon & Schuster, 2020.

This novel is mind blowing. Sometimes it reads like one of those super hero action stories when total chaos reigns, at other times it is a family story of brothers and kin.

The start is confusing as the reader is introduced to a New York world that is totally bizarre. The general human population are called Celestials and everybody is totally connected through social media. It’s how everybody follows the news and tries to earn a living.

Celestials aspire to have super powers and there are beings called Blood Casters who use an Alchemy like science by using blood of various creatures like the Phoenix and the Hydra to creature super power creatures called Specters and Spell Walkers. A gang like battle wages through New York between these creatures.

Then things come to a crisis. A new Constellation swims into the Earths skies called the Crowned Dreamer and weird things start happening. Twins Emil and Brighton are about to turn eighteen. Brighton is successful as a Social Media star and Emil has always dreamed of being a super hero.

In the middle of a weird battle Emil while under considerable pressure sees total rage and displays fire creating skills of a Spell Walker with Phoenix blood. His display is seen by everybody on Social media and he is an immediate star and all the groups want him.

It turns out that he is possibly the reincarnation of the man who created the Spell Walkers centuries ago and he is destined to play a critical role in the battles that are to come.

But that’s not all. He is gay. I can tell you no more, read it for yourself.

I was fascinated by it all, struggled to get a grip in parts but the action and the story is compelling. For senior students and young adults. It is like nothing I have read before.

 

HERO by Michael Grant.

October 10, 2019 Comments off

heroHERO by Michael Grant. Pub. Electric Monkey, Imprint HarperCollins, 2019.

This work is like a Marvel or XMen comic written as a novel, and that is a good thing because it allows the reader to use his or her own imagination to view what is going on not someone else’s.

It is the third and final part of a spin off series of the GONE series, some of the characters are in there, so is the gore and mind blowing action.

Eight years ago a meteor hit Perdido Beach and everybody disappeared except those that lived within a dome created by an alien virus. The rock that the meteor was made of contained a virus that turned people into monsters.

The dome helped create the Rockborn gang – Dekka, Shade, Cruz, Malik and Armo. They are mutants, have special powers and can morph and demorph into super heroes at will. They kept the world from disintegrating in the last book, live in Las Vegas, and now they have a new challenge.

Another asteroid with the same virus is orbiting the Earth and is projected to hit New York. They Nuke the thing but large rocks and dust still crash into the city. Those hit by the dust are isolated, taken out into the country and slaughtered at the behest of the Federal Government in case they turn into monsters like Perdido. This clashes with the will of New York City.

Four people allegedly survive and one is newly infected Bob Markovic whose invisibility is covered with stinging bees and insects. A new kind of monster. As a human he was a capitalist whose philosophy is “morality and profit do not walk hand in hand”. See how he handles being a monster.

The Rockborn gang are brought in to sort it out and they are having doubts as to who they really are and what type of world are they living in. Are they living in an AI sim as comic book super heroes or is it the real world?

Check it out for yourself. I thought it was brilliant but not for everybody. The gore and the action hits you in waves.

Secondary and young adult but adults who like horror and sci/fi will devour it. Superbly written in short chapters to keep you up with the pace.

The Invicibles Pt2. Short Circuit by Peter Millett, illus. Myles Lawford.

September 7, 2019 Comments off

Short circuitThe Invicibles Pt2. Short Circuit by Peter Millett, illus. Myles Lawford. Pub. Scholastic, 2019.

Book 2 in this series about five super charged kids who play for the same rugby team. They where hit by lightning which gave them super powers but only when they connect together and only for 80 minutes the same time it takes to play a game of rugby.

This last part was questioned by a boy in a class I was talking to about this book. He rightly pointed out that there is 10 minutes for half time and did they lose their powers during this time? What do you think?

Well a short circuit has reduced all Invincibles to inch high and they are targets of wetas and magpies. Tricky Ricky has a plan to steel the gold medals of the All Greats World Cup medals and the Invincibles have to stop him

See if they can but you might have to go down the toilet to follow them.

Lots of laughs with ‘O for awesome” getting a good run and “winning ugly” getting in there too. Illustrations are a star again, check out the magpies.

For reluctant readers of intermediate and primary school level. A good laugh. Part 1 is also review elsewhere on this blog.

Zeroes by Scott Westerfeld, Margo Lanagan, & Deborah Biancotti

January 13, 2017 Comments off

img_20170112_0002Zeroes by Scott Westerfeld, Margo Lanagan, & Deborah Biancotti. Pub. Allen & Unwin, 2015.

There is a saying that says  you can go from hero to zero in a matter of moments. You could say that about the six teenagers with special powers who are the main characters in this first of three novels for teens. The teenagers have super powers but there is a price to pay.

The group are loosely connected and haven’t seen each other for about a year due to Ethan aka Scam. He has a voice inside him that reflects his wants and desires but with incredible knowledge about anybody he speaks to. He knows them intimately and can disarm and enrage them in one conversation and can con his way out or into anything.

It is Scam who prompts all the action after conning a drug thug out of a duffle bay full of money then being in a bank robbery while trying to deposit the money. Scam calls on Nate Bellwater called Glorious Leader because of his power to organise and placate things, to help him out.

Nate calls on Chizara aka Crash to spring Scam from jail with her powers to shut down any electronic software in a building. She is assisted by Flicker a blind girl who can see through other peoples eyes and together they create chaos.

Scam needs to hide and does so with Thibault or Anonymous who has the power to be forgotten by anyone who connects with him.

The last of the Zeroes is Kelsie who has the power to take control over crowds. She is aware of her powers but has not met the other Zeroes and they are not aware of her.

Thrilling action as the Zeroes get together. Three authors and you cannot tell which of them is writing which parts. All three are great writers and while this is a long book it is easy to read in short sharp chapters with great dialogue and fast moving action.

A totally unique idea with a sequel titled Swarm already out and a third part Nexus out this year. Readers of action will love this series.