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The Fireman by Joe Hill (16 years and over)

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Title: The Fireman. 

Author: Joe Hill.

Year of Publication: 2016 (UK).

Publishers: Gollancz (UK).

Website: www.joehillfiction.com

Cost for Paperback (RRP): £7.99 (UK).

Format: Available in paperback, audiobook, and as an ebook.

Age Range: 16 and over. If you are younger than this then I suggest asking your parents first.

 

A deadly virus has been released upon the world. Some say it is Islamic terrorists who let it loose, while others say it is Christian fundamentalists. No one knows for sure, and while the people on TV debate its origins the world is burning. 

When school nurse Harper Greyson see’s what happens when people burn in the schoolyard, it doesn’t really matter who released the virus. The only thing that matters is keeping her unborn baby safe. So, Harper is forced to survive anyway she can, but when the apocalypse arrives in a ball of flame, how exactly do you survive with sacrificing everything that you are?

This has been a fantastic book; one that I have not wanted to put down. I stayed up until 3am to finish it, though I felt very tired the next day. It is certainly a great book, and I will be reading more from this author.

 

When you reach the end of your rope, tie a knot in it and hang on.” Franklin D. Roosevelt. 

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Title: Four.

Author: Veronica Roth.

Year of Publication: 2014 (UK).

Publishers: Harper Collins Children’s Books (UK).

Website: http://www.veronicarothbooks.com

Cost for Paperback (RRP): £7.99 (UK).

Format: Available in paperback, audiobook, and as an ebook.

Age Range: 12 and over. If you are younger than this then I suggest asking your parents first.

This is an accompanying book in the Divergent series.

 

This is a collection of four short stories following Tobias, otherwise known as ‘Four’. He may not be the main character in the main books of the series, but he is very important to the story, because without him Tris’s story wouldn’t have happened the way it did. The stories follow Tobias in the events that lead up to him meeting Tris, and how it affected the choices that he made. I really enjoyed reading things from his perspective, as it adds a new dimension to the whole story, and it makes a change to see someone other than a main character take centre stage.

Thanks to Demelza for suggesting this series.

 

“You cannot shake hands with a clenched fist.” Indira Gandhi.

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Insurgent by Veronica Roth (12 and over) SPOILER ALERT! DO NOT READ UNTIL YOU HAVE READ THE PRECEADING BOOKS IN THE SERIES!

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Title: Insurgent.

Author: Veronica Roth.

Year of Publication: 2012 (UK).

Publishers: Harper Collins Children’s Books (UK).

Website: http://www.veronicarothbooks.com

Cost for Paperback (RRP): £7.99 (UK).

Format: Available in paperback, audiobook, and as an ebook.

Age Range: 12 and over. If you are younger than this then I suggest asking your parents first.

This is the 2nd book in a series called Divergent.

 

Tris and her friends are on the run after the events of the first book, and are trying to find a safe place to hide. Only there is nowhere safe to hide, and there are enemies everywhere. So after running from place to place, never being able to fully trust anyone, Tris hands herself over, and is subjected to simulations, which end in her being sentenced to death.

Luckily Tris receives help and manages to escape, and discovers a planned insurgency has taken place, which ends with her being but in hand cuffs and labelled a traitor. But she manages to pass on some vital information that will be vital. The book ends with a new force emerging, that is promising peace and freedom, but will things work out the way Tris and her friends hope?

The next book in the series is called Allegiant.

Thanks to Demelza for suggesting this book.

 

“Be happy for this moment. This moment is your life.” Omar Khayyam.

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Divergent by Veronica Roth (12 years and over)

Title: Divergent.

Author: Veronica Roth.

Year of Publication: 2011 (UK).

Publishers: Harper Collins Children’s Books (UK).

Website: http://www.veronicarothbooks.com

Cost for Paperback (RRP): £7.99 (UK).

Format: Available in paperback, audiobook, and as an ebook.

Age Range: 12 and over. If you are younger than this then I suggest asking your parents first.

This is the 1st book in a series called Divergent.

 

In the future, the world is ruined, and a new way of running things will determine who you are and your place in the world. Society is divided into factions, and your place in one of these is decided by a test at the age of 16.

Beatrice has never felt like she fits into her parents faction, but little does she now that she doesn’t really fit into any of them. Her test was inconclusive, making her a ‘Divergent’, something that she must keep to herself, for they are feared. She choses to be a soldier, and must complete their initiation or become factionless. Only her faction is forced into attacking her parents faction, and her being a Divergent is the only thing that stops her succumbing to a mind controlling serum and doing so.

Beatrice is forced to make a stand, but what will the cost be?

 

“Three things cannot be long hidden: the sun, the moon, and the truth.” Buddha.

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Ace of Spiders by Stefan Mohamed

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Title: Ace of Spiders.

Author: Stefan Mohamed.

Year of Publication: 2016 (UK).

Publishers: Salt Publishing (UK).

Website: http://www.stefmo.co.uk

Format: Available in paperback, and as an ebook.

Cost for Paperback: £7.99 (UK).

Age Range: 14 and over. If you are younger than this I suggest asking your parents for permission before reading.

This is the second book in a series called Bitter Sixteen.

 

Stanly has set himself up as London’s protector, and has found himself bogged down with the day-to-day life of being a superhero. That is until someone tries to kill him, and he once again feels the thrill of adventure. With his new friends, and growing power, Stanly is in a much better place to deal with whatever is thrown at him. But with enemies coming at him from all sides, will it be enough to keep him alive and save the day?

There will be a book three, but I am not sure what it will be called or when it will be released.

 

“Nothing is impossible, the word itself says ‘I’m possible’!” Audrey Hepburn.

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Masks by Robert J. Crane (16 years and over) SPOILER ALERT! DO NOT READ UNTIL YOU’VE READ THE OTHER BOOKS IN THE SERIES!

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Title: Masks.

Author: Robert J. Crane.

Year of Publication: 2016 (UK).

Publishers: Revlen Press (UK).

Website: http://www.robertjcrane.com

Cost for Paperback (RRP): 9.99 (UK).

Format: Available in paperback and as an ebook.

Age Range: 16 and over. If you are younger than this then I suggest asking your parents first.

This is the 9th book in a series called Out of the Box.

 

Sienna a her team are settling into their jobs as freelance superheros for hire nicely, so she doesn’t think twice when a friend in the police force asks for her help. Even when forced to fly on a plane, and not allowed to carry a gun, Sienna isn’t concenrned, after all she beat has proven she can beat Meta-humans even when her powers have temporarily been taken away.

What she finds is web of murder, deciet, and lies as a criminal tries to hide her crimes and keep a hold on her power. But it seems Sienna isn’t the only one on the case. Insipred by Sienna, New York has two new Meta-human ‘superheros’ prottecting the city, but only one of them actually wants to do any good. And this earns the new kid in town a place on the bad guys hitlist.

Sienna and her new Meta-human friend must team up before one of both of them end up dead, but it leads to Sienna looking deep into a dark pit as she contemplates returning to her own brand of stopping the bad guys.

The tenth book in the series is called Prisoners, and is due to be released in October 2016.

 

“One must always be careful of books,” said Tessa, “and what is inside them, for words have the power to change us.” Cassandra Clare, Clockwork Angel.

The Marked Girl by Lindsey Klingele

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Title: The Marked Girl.

Author: Lindsey Klingele.

Year of Publication: 2016 (UK).

Publishers: Harper Collins (UK).

Website: http://www.lindseyklingele.com

Cost for Paperback (RRP): 12.99 (UK).

Age Range: 14 and over. If you are younger than this I suggest asking your parents before reading.

This is the first book in a series called Marked Girl.

 

When the Crown Prince Caelum and some of his cloesest friends (including his future wife) have fallen foul of a traitor, and found themselves transported through time and space into modern day LA. They they find Liv, a girl in foster care with a passion for film making, who helps them find a way back home. But the more she helps them, the more she starts to question her own ideas of where home really is, and her own place in the world. For she has a bigger part to play in a much bigger story than just helping her new friends return home.

I’ve really enjoyed reading this book; I read it in just a couple of days, and I can’t wait for the next book to be released. The characters feel very real, and the story has a really good mix of everything you want in a story.

 

“The great pleasure in life is doing what people say you cannot do.” Walter Baghot.

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