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Jumper Series by Steven Gould

Posted in Science Fiction Reviews with tags , , , , , , , on May 3, 2013 by teensreadteenbooks

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One of the series I love that is not well-known and not a best seller is the Jumper series. You may or may not have seen the movie Jumper starring Hayden Christensen. It’s based off of the first book that I’m about to talk about, but it definitely takes a different spin on the plot. If you want to see the movie trailer, click this: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JMasdjup_JU&feature=youtube_gdata_player

There’s three books in the series. In order, they go Jumper, Reflex and Impulse. All written by Steven Gould, the stories follow David, a man who can teleport wherever he wants, whenever he wants.

In the first book, David ends up escaping his abusive father, moves to NYC, and begins robbing banks. Eventually, David meets Millie, a girl from Oklahoma who he falls in love with. Despite his happiness, everything eventually catches up with David as his mother is killed, and the NSA consistently attempt to capture him in order to use his abilities for their own use.

In the second book, Reflex, the reader finds that David married Millie. Also, David occasionally works for the NSA on cases he deems morally sound. While on a mission, David is kidnapped by a powerful criminal organization with influence of American agencies and Brian Cox, David’s NSA handler, is killed. While David is tortured and experimented on, Millie figures out a way to rescue her husband.

And in the last book, Impulse, which just recently was released, David and Millie are helping people in need all around the world. Alongside them is their teenage daughter, Cent. Like a teenager, Cent wants a normal life with friends and a school and a boyfriend. She has been forced to live in hiding her whole life because of the men who tortured her father and other agencies looking to manipulate them. Eventually, Cent discovers she can jump like her father. With this revelation, her parents agree to put Cent in a small town high school in the middle of nowhere. She meets friends, takes of snowboarding, and even falls in love. But that doesn’t come without trouble. Cent also takes on the bullies in town which ultimately brings attention to herself. Cent tries to balance her jumper life with the one she’s always wanted, but it ends up being harder than she originally thought.

In this series, Steven Gould creates amazing stories with David and his family. Each book progresses perfectly as David builds a family and matures into a man. The relationships Gould builds between his characters help the reader understand the situation they’re in. Likewise, the science fiction aspect of the book is great. Who would have thought to make a book about a teleporting man? The overall series captivates the audience and makes it hard for the reader to set it down.

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The Heroes of Olympus Series by Rick Riordan

Posted in Science Fiction Reviews with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on May 2, 2013 by teensreadteenbooks

Yes, I admit it. I’m a Percy Jackson fan. I can’t help myself when I hear another Percy novel will be out soon. I get pretty pumped. It started with the five book series taking place in the greek camp, Camp Half-Blood. I’d say Percy, Annabeth and Grover definitely went on their fair share of heart-racing, intriguing adventures which included saving the world many times. Lets just say, I have a crush on Percy (and he’s a book character). He’s the son of Poseidon which is so much cooler than being a child of Zeus. But thanks to this series, I’m obsessed with greek mythology. If you haven’t yet read the Percy Jackson and the Olympians series, I recommend that book series first. Click here to see the books in that series. To see the Percy Jackson: the Lightning Thief Trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rNhV8dk6W2M

But that’s not the focus of my blog today. I want to talk about the Percy Jackson spin-off series, the Heroes of Olympus. The books in order include the Lost Hero, the Son of Neptune, and the Mark of Athena. The next book to be released next fall will be named the House of Hades.

Within this series, not only are the greek characters brought back, but Rick Riordan introduces a whole new set of characters just as interesting as the old. This includes Jason Grace, Piper McLean and Leo Valdez, young demigods from the Roman Camp. Seeing that there’s a Greek Camp and a Roman Camp, the God’s separated the two because the camps initially hate each other’s guts. Similar to the camps, each God also has a Roman side and Greek side. The Roman side is more war based, while the Greek side is more artsy. As the books continue, Percy finds himself in the Roman Camp while Jason finds himself in the Greek camp. Both guys have similar cases of amnesia, so neither of them know where there from or who’s looking for them. Nonetheless, each camp’s quests lead the two groups to finally meeting, leading to elevated tensions. The only thing that stops an all-out war from breaking out is Percy and Jason, the two mediators who have been to both camps. The two groups eventually set aside their differences and go out on a quest together, using each others’ strengths to offset their weaknesses.

Rick Riordan has an amazing gift of creating characters his readers can connect with. He makes us fear for their lives in the greatest danger while also making us wish we were friends with each one of them. The dialogue between characters helps his audience fully understand each individual’s personality. Likewise, Riordan’s knowledge of greek mythology impresses me beyond words. He intermingles the major Gods like Zeus, Poseidon, and Hades with the minor ones which names escape me at the moment, hence minor gods. In addition, the action scenes within each novel are thrilling and always test his character’s lengths. He makes his audience root for his heroes no matter the challenge.

Anyone who liked the Percy Jackson Series in general would like Rick Riordan’s other book series, the Kane Chronicles. In the series, Riordan switches focus from greek/roman mythology to egyptian mythology. Check it out!

Gone Series by Michael Grant

Posted in Science Fiction Reviews with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on May 1, 2013 by teensreadteenbooks

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If you are into darker novels about 400 pages in length, the Gone Series is perfect for you. Over the six books, there’s death by murder, plague, starvation, and by accident. It’s a book of survival of the fittest, definitely one of my favorites by far.

The book consists of several main characters, mainly focusing on Sam, a teenager who lives with his mother. Sam and the rest of the kids in Perdido Beach, California find themselves alone as all adults in the area disappear before their eyes. Along with this mystery, a grey dome appears around the town, making escape not an option for the kids. Scared out of their minds, the kids must work together and survive many unnatural adventures that they only knew existed in science fiction movies. Many of the characters are revealed to have mutations that give them an upper hand in the strange world they live in. Nicknamed the “FAYZ” (Fallout Area Youth Zone), Perdido Beach sees friendships develop into intimate relationships, normal boys turn into monsters, and eventually, babies being born to darkness.

The Gone Series maintains an interesting plot that’s complex and mind-boggling at the same time. Grant intertwines all of his character’s destinies to make sure he keeps his audience on the edge of their seats. Likewise, Grant makes sure the reader understands his characters’ strengths and weaknesses. For example, Sam has one of biggest weapons in town in the palm of his hand (ironic if you read it), but he doesn’t want to lead the other kids. The action scenes in the series are suspenseful, intriguing, and ultimately, make the books so much better!

I recommend this book for anyone into more dark, somewhat violent books. Anyone who likes the ominous feel to this series would like Witch and Wizard by James Patterson and the Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken.

If you like to see the book trailer for the first book of the Gone Series , click this link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uf8B3FM1L8c

 

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