Andy Weir’s debut novel The Martian has taken the science fiction world by storm, or rather by a dust storm. Weir originally self-published the novel only to have Crown Publishing Group purchase the rights in 2014 after hearing the story pitched as “Apollo 13 meets Castaway.” True to his pitch, Weir takes his reader’s on a journey through space and survival.
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The Girl with All the Gifts take readers on a different aspect of the apocalyptic zombie ran world. M.R. Carey brings readers to the edge of their seats in showing a different perspective from the minds of young zombies who are not as black and white as they originally seemed. Carey has written captivating literature that will keep him in the lead of the science fiction genre and zombie literature.
Usually when I read a book, I know exactly how I feel about it, what I liked and what I didn’t like, which bits made me thing, and which I found maddeningly cliched. But this book was different, somehow. I was unable to come down on one side or the other, to decide whether I loved it or just wanted to throw it out the window. Either way, I couldn’t stop reading. And the very fact of my indecision, which I cared enough to be indecisive, meant it was one of the more interesting works I’d read in a while.
The Hunger Games Mockingjay is the last book in Susanne Collin’s Hunger Games trilogy, a wildly successful young adult franchise that NPR’s official ranking placed second only to the Harry Potter series in terms of both commercial and popular success. While the first two books, do have political elements, they are, for the most part, pretty traditionally formatted examples of the genre.
The book opens in the wake of the 74th Hunger Games, in which Katniss and her fellow District 12 tribute have been declared joint victors. The game makers had initially announced that two tributes would be allowed to survive the games, leading Katniss and Peeta to ally, becoming a team of young lovers that goes on to victory thanks to a historically unprecedented decision by the game makers that allows them both to live rather than die by suicide when they threaten to eat poisonous berries in the game's’ climactic moments. Katniss not sure if she’s in love with Peeta, but she know’s she’d do anything to save him, and makes a lucky bet that the capitol won’t let them both die.
The popularity of Martin’s A Game of Thrones has surpassed books and television as it has become a cult phenomenon. The success of these characters and plot works stems from the triumph of the first book in the series of A Song of Ice and Fire. It is this storyline that is told from various perspectives that weave a tale unlike any other.