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The Diabolic – S J Kincaid


Yet another dystopian sci fi fantasy!

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Set in the far distant future the known universe has expanded BUT many planets are seen as being unsafe places to live and only the space station that supports the Emperor and his supporters is seen as a safe haven.

Genetically modification is the ‘norm’ and diabolics are bodyguards created to protect the young of the senate, human looking but devoid of independent human thought or emotion – or so it seems!

The first in a new series. Complex, but I’m sure fantasy fiction lovers will enjoy.

 

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Asking for it – Louise O’Neill


This not an easy book to read – not because of the level of language or the style 30965521.jpgof writing, but by the very confronting content.

BOOK OF THE YEAR AT THE IRISH BOOK AWARDS 2015. The award-winning, bestselling novel about the life-shattering impact of sexual assault, rape and how victims are treated.

Online bullying, slut-shaming, gang rape and the aftermath of are not easy issues to read about, and more than likely not easy to write about.

Definitely a book for senior or more mature readers.

You can read more about it here – spoiler alert though!

 

 

 

The Museum of You – Carys Bray


This was certainly a very different kind of novel and one that I quite enjoyed. 26889460.jpgThe most difficult thing I found was the main character’s name – Clover! Despite being chosen for have ‘love’ in the middle of it.

Clover’s mother died shortly after she was born. Her father has hidden away all memories of her, but Clover wants to know more.

Her mission is to create a museum for her Mum, of all the things she finds and catalogues in their home. The truth is not always what we expect.

Unusual, interesting and very readable.

 

Darkest Minds – Alexandra Bracken


A society where every c10576365hild who survived the ‘mystery illness’ has a been given colour code, dependant upon the level of ‘powers’ that they now have.  A society where any level of power is viewed with fear by all adults, including parents. A society where under 16s are placed in detention centres and the most powerful ones are ‘cleansed’. That is the world of that Ruby exists in.

Fast paced and action packed. A new dystopian vision – where Ruby’s gift challenges her basic need for friendship and companionship – where she has to make some very difficult choices.

Definitely written for a sequel and very readable.

OCD Love Story – Corey Ann Haydu


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The title says it all – Bea and Beck both suffer from OCD – Obsessive Compulsive Disorder – due to childhood trauma. They meet at their counsellor’s offices and their worlds collide. Bea stalks males that cross her path, drives at a snail’s pace and sees herself as normal. Beck does everything in mutliples of 8 – washes hands, goes to the gym, opens doors, takes showers for eight minutes at a time  – everything in multiples of 8. How could they possibly ‘fit ‘ each other?

A bitter sweet look into the world of a teenage obsessive – humorous at times – just outright sad and scary at others.

Very readable.

The tragedy paper – Elizabeth Laban


 

 

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This book reminded me very much of Donna Tartt’s  ‘Secret History‘ – a book that I found fascinating – part thriller, part mystery, part ‘coming of age’….

Set in an exclusive boarding school in NY State, the story begins to be narrated by Duncan. But this soon switches to the voice of Tim, left behind on a number of CDs for Duncan to find, as the next inhabitant of the room at the end of the hallway.

Tim, a senior the previous year, was sent there to finish his final year before heading to college. As an pure white albino, Tim has always found it hard to fit in – not helped by the fact that he is meant to wear extremely obvious protective glasses – meant to prolong the life of his hyper sensitive eyes.

Each year, the seniors organise ‘the game’ – a prank meant to be bigger and than the year before’s one (very American!) All of this is set against the pressure of writing the notorious ‘tragedy paper’ for their Senior English class.

The multiple narrative voices cleverly recount the events of the past and present.

A good read. You can view a very beguiling book trailer for it here 

 

Half brother – Kenneth Oppel


Ben is turning thirteen and for his birthday, his father brings home a pet chimp, a pet that part of a  scientific experiment.url

The problem is that this chimp is is part of a larger experiment investigating the development and  use of ‘language’. Is he just an experimental guinea pig?

What happens when  the 13 year old comes to see the chimp as a brother?

What if a chimp can develop the ability to sign and fully communicate?

What happens when  scientist can no longer fund his experiment? What happens to the specimens?

Half brother provides a challenging look at what it means to be human and just what is a family. An interesting and unusual look at the some of difficulties of being a teenager.