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Dreamfall – Amy Plum


31371729.jpgI’d read a couple of not so good reviews of this before I started reading, but to be honest, I thought it was a pretty engaging read.

7 teens who have severe insomnia (along with a multitude of other disorders) are brought together for an ‘experimental’ cure. Needless to say, something goes horribly wrong and the 7 are locked in what looks to be coma-like dream state. What the scientists are not aware of though is that the 7 are experiencing each other’s ‘nightmares’.

Enough of a ‘back-story’ was provided (cleverly through the use of a student intern ‘reading’ the case files) to enable me to be invested in wanting to know the outcomes for the characters.

Now I’ll have to read the sequel!

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The Last Beginning – Lauren James


Time travel seems to be flavour of the month, if recent novels are anything to go by – Ben Elton, Jolast-beginninghn Boyne and Stephen King all have recent books dealing with changing the world through time travel.

James’ novel deals with the same theme – changing key events through knowledge acquired through tweaking time.

The complexities of how someone can change their future by changing their past that they didn’t know existed was a little beyond me at times. I’m sure students will find the ‘doomed romance’ and the LGTB themes of interest.

 

Genius! The most astonishing inventions of all time – Deborah Kespert


Genius! tells the stories behind the amazing inventions that helped shape our modern world. Readers are introduced to the technologies developed by thinkers and inventors such as Archimedes, Leonardo da Vinci, Gutenberg, James Watt, the Wright brothers, and Tim Berners-Lee, and the creativity and determination behind their discoveries.

The book is divided into five sections: Pioneers, Communication, Technology, Transport, and Into Space. Read about how the innovators who brought us today’s world of communications, the Internet, fast travel, space exploration, and entertainment faced challenges and dangers as they dared to create new machines and technologies.

Entertaining stories with well-illustrated information on the inventions and their implications, as well as an activities section with mini-experiments for the budding inventor, Genius!brings all the excitement of scientific invention alive for Students growing up in an increasingly technology-oriented world.  A great book to dip into, full of fun and facts. From the Armed Forces to Web browsers.

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