Whats New Category: Science Fiction

Back to the Future!

If you are a fan of time travel, then you should check out these two books!

TempestTempest by Julie Cross

Jackson Meyer can jump through time.  When we meet him at the beginning of Tempest he is nineteen-years-old in 2009  and is just starting to scratch the surface of his time travelling abilities.  He believes that he can only travel to the past for a short amount of time, but that all changes when one morning a couple of strangers burst into his girlfriend’s dorm room and fatally shoot her while trying to abduct Jackson.  As Jackson holds the dying Holly in his arms, he suddenly travels back in time to 2007.  However, he is stuck in 2007 and has to pretend to be his seventeen-year-old self to try to figure out why he was in danger in 2009.  He also begins to discover the secrets his father has hidden from him about his time travelling abilities.

Tempest is an exciting and action-packed book.  The characters are really fun to read about and I found myself laughing out loud at times.  This is definitely not a dramatic read, but there is a lot of drama with Jackson’s abilities.  The mystery behind Jackson’s time jumping powers is very interesting to read but it is also a bit complicated.  Pick this book up if you are looking for a book that has a lot of mystery, action, and twists and turns.

Ruby RedRuby Red by Kerstin Gier

Gwenyth had grown up knowing that her more sophisticated and prettier cousin Charlotte had the genetic ability to travel through time.  Gwenyth is just a normal sixteen-year-old girl who likes to hang out with her friends, gossip and talk on her phone, and who also happens to be able to see and talk to ghosts.  Charlotte, however, has had extensive lessons and training for different skills that will come in handy when she starts travelling back in time–like fencing, learning German, and even self defense.  It all goes wrong, though, when Gwenyth actually turns out to be the next time traveler in the family.  Once The Guardians, the secret order that protects time travellers, confirms that she is “The Ruby” (the last of the time travellers) she is suddenly thrust into a world that she is very unprepared for.  Will Gwenyth be able to survive travelling through time without the proper training?  Will she uncover the secret of why one of her time travelling relatives ran away and took a precious device with her?  And, most importantly, can she learn to tolerate her time travelling partner Gideon–an older, cuter, and very arrogant descendant of another family with the genetic ability to travel through time.

Ruby Red was a good read.  The great mystery surrounding Gwenyth’s role as “The Ruby” and the missing time travel device are set up nicely in this first book in a planned trilogy.  Be warned, though!  The ending is quite a cliffhanger.  Gwenyth is a fun character to read about, too.  At first I was so frustrated at how immature she was, but I think the author did this so that she could show how much Gwenyth had to grow up when she learned that she had the time travel gene.  One thing to know about this book is that it was translated into English from German, and it takes place in London, both in the current day and also in the past.  It does use British terms and references, but for me this just added to the story.  I am definitely looking forward to reading the rest of the trilogy.

In Honor of Douglas Adams’s 60th Birthday…

HitchhikersDouglas Adams would have been 60 today.  In honor of his birthday, pick up his hilarious sci-fi novel, The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy.   This novel, the first in a series, is a laugh out loud funny account of what happens when the earth is destroyed and earthling Arthur Dent just happens to hitchhike onto to an alien spacecraft right at the end of the world, with his good friend and also alien Ford Prefect.  What follows is the account of Arthur’s journey as he travels the galaxy encountering a crazy cast of characters as well as another earthling, Tricia McMillan, who he also happened to meet at a party and asked out, before the end of the earth.  Click here to find The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy at the Library.

If you have already read The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, did you also know that there was this awesomely well-done movie adaptation of the book?

Click here to find the movie, The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, at the Library.

Also, if you just so happen to be a super fan of The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy (like me) try out this super awesome Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy Infocom Adventure game, found on douglasadams.comClick here to find the game, it’s a role playing game taking cues from the book and you have to try to stay alive, despite the end of the world and hitchhiking your way through the galaxy, just like Arthur Dent.

Saturn Apartments Vol. 1 by Hisae Iwaoka

Saturan Apartments Book CoverSaturn Apartments by Hisae Iwaoka

If you want to dip your toe into the vast pool of Manga out there, then a good place to start is Saturn Apartments.  Many years in the future, Mitsu has just joined the window’s washers guild, which takes care of cleaning the multilevel glass ring 35 kilometers above the earth that everyone now lives in.  Everyone lives in this glass enclosed world because Earth has been deemed environmentally protected.  This new world status isn’t measured by how big your house is, it’s how high up in the ring structure your apartment is located.  Now Mitsu has taken over the window washing position after his father tragically died on the job under questionable circumstances.  As he begins his new job, Mitsu gains a new view of his world, which begins to unlock secrets not just in his life, but in others’ too.

Aliens and UFOs, and did you know Ender’s Game is finally going to be a movie?

If you are a fan of the classic sci-fi book Ender’s Game, then you probably know that it has taken years for a movie to be made based on the book.  In the last few months, however, not only has a release date been announced for the movie (March 2013) but according to The Hollywood Reporter a number of actors have been cast in the film.  This list includes Harrison Ford, Ben Kingsley, Abigail Breslin, Hailey Steinfeld, and Asa Butterfield takes the main lead as Ender.  If you have not read Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card, then click here to find it in the Library.  If you are looking for a list of good reads like Ender’s Game then click here to check out a list of Alien and UFO fiction for Teens and check out a few highlighted titles below:​

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Space Cowboy by Justin Stanchfield

Teenage cowboy Travis McClure is desperate for adventure. He’s bored with life on the remote planet of Aletha Three where he herds cattle all day. But everything changes when he comes face-to-face with a creature that should only exist in nightmares.



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First Day on Earth by Cecil Castelucci

Believing he was abducted by aliens several years earlier during a mysterious three-day disappearance he cannot remember, pensive misfit Mal meets Hooper at an abductee support group and learns otherworldly secrets that reveal profound possibilities for his future.



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Stuck on Earth by David Klass

On a secret mission to evaluate whether the human race should be annihilated, a space alien inhabits the body of a bullied fourteen-year-old boy.