science fiction


Review: Otherworld

Title: Otherworld (Otherworld #1)
: Jason Segel & Kirsten Miller
Publisher: Delacorte Press
Release Date: October 31st 2017
Pages: 368
Genre(s): Young Adult, Science Fiction
Source: Netgalley
Purchase: The Book Depository

The company says Otherworld is amazing—like nothing you’ve ever seen before. They say it’s addictive—that you’ll want to stay forever. They promise Otherworld will make all your dreams come true.

Simon thought Otherworld was a game. Turns out he knew nothing. Otherworld is the next phase of reality. It’s everything you’ve ever wanted.

And it’s about to change humanity forever.
Welcome to the Otherworld. No one could have seen it coming.

Netgalley provided me with a free copy in exchange for an honest review. Otherworld is a book that is interesting from beginning to end and that features an amazing concept. It’s definitely worth buying once it comes out at the end of October! Continue reading


Review: The Martian


Title: The Martian
AuthorAndy Weir
Publisher: Crown
Release Date: February 11th 2014
Pages: 369
Genre(s)Science Fiction
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❝ Six days ago, astronaut Mark Watney became one of the first people to walk on Mars. Now, he’s sure he’ll be the first person to die there. After a dust storm nearly kills him & forces his crew to evacuate while thinking him dead, Mark finds himself stranded & completely alone with no way to even signal Earth that he’s alive—& even if he could get word out, his supplies would be gone long before a rescue could arrive. Chances are, though, he won’t have time to starve to death. The damaged machinery, unforgiving environment or plain-old “human error” are much more likely to kill him first. But Mark isn’t ready to give up yet. Drawing on his ingenuity, his engineering skills—& a relentless, dogged refusal to quit—he steadfastly confronts one seemingly insurmountable obstacle after the next. Will his resourcefulness be enough to overcome the impossible odds against him?  ❞
I’m one of many who are stuck in the middle of the spectrum when it comes to The Martian. I did not hate it, but I did not really love it either.

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Review: The 100

Title: The 100 (The Hundred #1)
Author: Kass Morgan
Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
Release Date: September 3rd 2013
Pages: 323
Genre(s)Young Adult, Science Fiction
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❝ In the future, humans live in city-like spaceships orbiting far above Earth’s toxic atmosphere. No one knows when, or even if, the long-abandoned planet will be habitable again. But faced with dwindling resources and a growing populace, government leaders know they must reclaim their homeland… before it’s too late. Now, one hundred juvenile delinquents are being sent on a high-stakes mission to recolonize Earth. After a brutal crash landing, the teens arrive on a savagely beautiful planet they’ve only seen from space. Confronting the dangers of this rugged new world, they struggle to form a tentative community. But they’re haunted by their past and uncertain about the future. To survive, they must learn to trust – and even love – again.❞

So this was a disappointment. I realize now that I should not have started reading The 100 with the expectation that it would be nearly as good as the TV adaptation. Because it is not, not even close. However, for reviewing purposes, I’ll focus solely on the book.

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Review: The Death Cure

978-0-385-73877-4Title: The Death Cure (The Maze Runner #3)
Author: James Dashner
Publisher: Delacorte Books
Release Date: October 11th 2011
Pages: 325
Genre(s): Young Adult, Science Fiction
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❝ WICKED has taken everything from Thomas: his life, his memories, and now his only friends—the Gladers. But it’s finally over. The trials are complete, after one final test.

What WICKED doesn’t know is that Thomas remembers far more than they think. And it’s enough to prove that he can’t believe a word of what they say. Thomas beat the Maze. He survived the Scorch. He’ll risk anything to save his friends. But the truth might be what ends it all.  The time for lies is over. ❞

I feel like The Death Cure was a decent enough book to end the trilogy. I finished it in one day, so needless to say I liked it. The thing is though, I did not love it, even if it was somewhat better than The Scorch Trials.

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Review: The Scorch Trials

The_Scorch_Trials_coverTitle: The Scorch Trials (The Maze Runner #2)
Author: James Dashner
Publisher: Delacorte Books
Release Date: October 12th 2010
Pages: 368
Genre(s): Young Adult, Science Fiction
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❝ Thomas was sure that escape from the Maze would mean freedom for him and the Gladers. But WICKED isn’t done yet. Phase Two has just begun. The Scorch.

There are no rules. There is no help. You either make it or you die.

The Gladers have two weeks to cross through the Scorch—the most burned-out section of the world. And WICKED has made sure to adjust the variables and stack the odds against them. There are others now. Their survival depends on the Gladers’ destruction—and they’re determined to survive. ❞

The second book in The Maze Runner series wasn’t as good as the first one in my opinion.  Some of the decisions Dashner made in this book concerning characterization and plot do not sit right with me.Continue reading