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review 2017-06-26 01:03
No Ordinary Star - Frank M. Turner

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"He doesn't look like a Drone at all. He looks...he looks like a Felix. He looks like something only he could be in the entire One World, in the universe. All people used to look like that, once, her father had told her. They used to be like that."



No Ordinary Star was a very interesting read! Set in the year 2524, where things are much different than they are now. Boys and Girls grown in labs rather than being born to parents, and being raised separately from one another, each into their predetermined gender roles in life. In a world where there is no hunger or illness anymore, but there's also no wonder, no family, no love.



is this real life



"It doesn't enter his mind right then that he's been robbed of all of this, of beauty, of life, of the very world for seventeen years."



Felix, an impressive soldier in the Chairman's Army, Astra, a rebel on the run, and Ursa, maybe the last polar bear in existence, band together as reluctant comrades to figure out what is really happening in the world around them, and what has brought them all to this deserted Clockmaster's home full of secrets, treasures, and hopefully answers.



"She knows what they are; at least she thinks she does. They're the most dangerous weapons, and none are supposed to have survived the Revision. But the Rebels had a couple of them, caked in the mud of decades and half burned -they'd been salvaged from the Revision burnings- still she's fairly certain that's what they were.




"Oh," she gasps.


In here there are thousands of them. A room full of weaponry -illegal weaponry."



book magic



I really enjoyed the dystopian world that Frank has created! I am curious to find out even more about it. I feel like we've only just had a glimpse of it here. I like the coming together of these radically different people like Astra and Felix. Astra has been raised by rebels and has a lot more insight into how messed up this world is and exactly what drones like Felix have been missing out on. On the flip side, Felix has been a good little soldier and quickly climbed the ranks of the chairman's army and his knowledge of the inner workings of the whole system is vast. I can't help but think that this will come in very handy later on in the series. Survival in the harsh elements of the Clockmaster's home has kind of forced them to rely on one another just to make it. But there was definitely a sense by the end that they were forming, at least a shaky sort of alliance.  





"Why does it feel like it's the greatest felony of all, the biggest crime in the Planet, that this smart, animated little person who's managed to keep herself as well as him alive for days, isn't able to put letters together to read a simple phrase?"


This was a quick read that set an intriguing foundation for this kind of frightening futuristic dystopian world. I am looking forward to seeing how things proceed from here! Also has to be said that this cover is so GORGEOUS!! I might just have to pick up the physical copy to add to my shelves!





I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.


**This book (and its sequel) is currently only $0.99 on Amazon for the Kindle copy right now!

If you're interested, you can get your copy here: https://goo.gl/A4hzKY

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review 2017-06-25 21:58
Tage der Ewigkeit - Solarian-Saga (6) | Martin Langner (Thariot)
170625 Solarian6


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Inhaltsangabe (Amazon):

A.D. 2232 Von der Erde blieben nach dem Krieg nicht mehr als verbrannte Erinnerungen.
12 Millionen Menschen leben noch. Unfähig ihr Schicksal zu akzeptieren. Bedroht durch einen Feind, den sie nicht kennen.

Solarian – Tage der Ewigkeit

Scott hat neue Freunde gefunden und ist gemeinsam mit Istari weiter von der Erde weg als je Menschen zuvor.
Leonie hat einen Fehler gemacht. Den letzten in ihrem Dasein.
Auch Tara hat den Kampf verloren. Ihr bleibt nicht mehr, als auf den Tod zu warten.
Das Ende beginnt. Jetzt.

Meine Meinung:

Fulminanter Abschluss


Die Bücher von Martin Langner, die ich bisher gelesen habe, haben alle eines gemeinsam: interessante Ansichten von Planeten/Sonnen/Sternen im Cover. Sie spielen in der Zukunft, im All und auf der Erde wie fremden Planeten. Sie sind durchweg spannend und lassen sich schlecht aus der Hand legen.


Im Abschlussband der Solarian-Reihe geht es wie gewohnt mächtig zur Sache. Wurmlöcher werden geöffnet, sehr große Distanzen fast mit Lichtgeschwindigkeit zurückgelegt, Verhandlungen geführt, Intrigen gesponnen, dazu gelernt, Freundschaften geknüpft und Ermittlungen geführt. Wir treffen all unsere alten Bekannten wieder, stehen ihnen während ihrer Aktionen zur Seite und hoffen auf ein gutes Ende.


Mehrere Handlungsstränge lassen uns zwischen den einzelnen Schauplätzen hin und her springen und vor Spannung fast platzen. Martin Langner schreibt detailreich, vermittelt ein großes Wissen, ohne abgehoben zu klingen und ist dabei dennoch leicht und flüssig zu lesen. Ich bin mitten im Geschehen und nun am Ende doch fast traurig, dass die Saga schon zu Ende ist. Sie hat mir ausgezeichnet gefallen.


Die Protagonisten sind hier nicht von Anfang an Helden. Scott McSweetbody zum Beispiel begann als Frauen vernaschender und schmuggelnder Deserteur, Tara Bagian aus den Slums vor Johannisburg war gerade mit ihrer Ausbildung fertig. Doch sie entwickeln sich in jedem Buch weiter, machen Fehler, stehen wieder auf und kämpfen weiter, setzen sich für andere ein und sind im Endeffekt die Menschen, die etwas verändern können. Ein wunderbares Konstrukt und Mut machend.


Es gibt absolut nichts zu meckern. Ich war von Anfang an fasziniert, kann die komplette Reihe jedem Sci-Fi-Fan nur empfehlen und gebe die volle Punktzahl.



“Geschwindigkeit bei 0.005c. Tendenz weiter fallend. Wir haben unsere Ausrichtung verloren. Energie auf dem Heckdeflektor bei 237 Prozent im roten Bereich. Deflektor fällt aus. Kontakt! Wir haben Sedimente an der Außenhülle. Integrität der Hülle gebrochen…”
Pos. 4367

Aus Atomen entstehen Moleküle, die dann mit Hilfe von DNA-Informationen Zellen erblühen ließen, die wiederum einen Menschen zu dem machten, was er war. Ein Lebewesen.
Pos. 5369



Bücher des Autors


1. Genesis. Die verlorene Schöpfung – beendet 24.01.2016 – 11/10 Punkte
2. Genesis. Brennende Welten – beendet 15.03.2016 – 10/10 Punkte
3. Genesis. Post Mortem – beendet 21.04.2016 – 11/10 Punkte
4. Next Genesis – beendet 19.07.2016 – 10/10 Punkte




1. Solarian. Tage des Aufbruchs – beendet 30.07.2016 – 08/10 Punkte
2. Solarian. Tage der Asche – beendet 14.08.2016 – 10/10 Punkte
3. Solarian. Tage der Stille – beendet 08.09.2016 – 10/10 Punkte
4. Solarian. Tage der Rache – beendet 03.11.2016 – 10/10 Punkte
5. Solarian. Tage der Suche – beendet 06.05.2017 – 10/10 Punkte
6. Solarian. Tage der Ewigkeit – beendet 25.06.2017 – 10/10 Punkte


Solarian. Tage der Ewigkeit: Der Abschlussband der Serie (Solarian-Saga 6) - Thariot 

Source: sunsys-blog.blogspot.de/2017/06/gelesen-tage-der-ewigkeit-thariot.html
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review 2017-06-24 21:03
Zombies, Vampires, Shapeshifters, Conspiracy, and A fight for the people...you could say this has it all.
Gods of Anthem - Logan Keys




Book Title:  The Last City

Author:  Logan Keys

Series:  The Last City #1

Genre:  Dystopian, Zombie, YA

Publisher:  Le Chat Publishing

Setting:  Florida (I think) and Sweden

SourceI received an ARC via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review


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Book Theme Song

(this link will take you to my tumblr post with video)

Heroes by Generdyn Music ft. Zayde Wølf  -- I seriously don't know how I came across this, nor have I ever heard of this Generdyn or Zayde Wolf...but really this goes with the book really well has all the feels for it.  It's very inspiring and quite intriguing.♫






3.8/5 STARS



My Thoughts


The Last City formerly known as Gods of Anthem reads like two separate stories.  One is Liza's and the other is Tommy's.  Alternating between the two every so often, not necessarily at chapter breaks.  Which maybe made the story more confusing for me, at least for first 2/3rd of the book.  Although, I did prefer Liza's story over Tommy's because it was a little less complicated. 


Oh yeah…there's zombies in this as well…which I'm usually freaked out by them, because they give me nightmares.  These zombies, though, are sorta kept behind the walls so to speak, at least most of the time.  The zombie theme is not overly prevalent, which I did like, because, I didn't have any sleepless nights while reading this.



Ultimately, though, The Last City feels more like a prequel because of it's rather anti-climatic ending.  I felt like the story only became engaging within the last few pages.  I think the series has the potential to be exceptional, I just don't know if the Author can pull it off, at least for me.



Ratings Breakdown


Plot:  3.8/5

Main Characters:  3.8/5

Secondary Characters:  3.8/5

The Feels:  3.5/5

Addictiveness:  3/5

Theme or Tone:  4/5

Flow (Writing Style):  3/5

Backdrop (World Building):  3.3/5

Originality:  4/5

Book Cover:  4/5 My Cover is the one that says The Last City

Ending:  3.8/5 Cliffhanger:  Yes, pretty much


Will I continue this series?  I already have the arc of La La Land, and I feel like theirs potential for this to be a great story…so…yeah.


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review 2017-06-24 04:34
When Technology and Nature collide...
The Wild Robot - Peter Brown


We are geese,

And geese keep going.


We're a strange family.

But I kind of like it that way.


Ahh, this book. I didn't think I was going to like this one. I read it because it's a Sunshine State nominated book for the 2017-18 school year, and it fit the talking animals BLopoly space that I landed on.


The name of the robot is Roz and she has a lot of knowledge, but she doesn't know how to survive on this island. Roz is having difficulties until she realizes that she can learn from the animals. Once Roz realizes the animals are talking, she also realizes she can communicate with them. One day, Roz accidentally destroys a goose nest and can save only one egg. This leads to some pretty amazing and heart-warming moments that I really enjoyed. The ending is a bit sad but hints at the sequel which is coming out later this year.


The story is more than a bit quirky, but that's what makes it so much fun. I think it will be a big hit with our 3rd - 5th graders this coming school year. Though I'm sure it will appeal to older kids and adults as well.


Oh, and the illustrations really bring it all together.




I read this book for the Fantasyland 7 space, and this is my first book after the big shakeup. At 277 pages it is worth: $6.00



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review 2017-06-24 02:42
The Darklights by Michaelbrent Collings
    This novel moved a little slower than I normally care for, and slower than the last book I read by Michaelbrent Collings; The Longest Con. However, in saying that, I do love Collings' first person, and it was the interest I developed early in the novel of the character (Gerrold) that kept me going.
     Another thing that kept me reading was his near flawless transition through "then" and "now" chapters. I do love when authors step away from tradition storytelling to lay out their stories for us.
     I loved the world; the sci-fi, setting Collings leads the reader through is indeed well built and engaging. Speaking of engaging, Gerrold's tale is full of love, hate, betrayal, and revenge. There are many twists and turn, thing I didn't think were possible, became possible, and what I thought was really going on . . . well, let's just say I couldn't have been further from the ending. A solid and fitting resolution, I assure you.
     The Darlights is another book by this author that I enjoyed, and reminds me that I need to read more of his work. 
__________B O O K__D E T A I L S__________

T I T L E: The Darklights
A U T H O R: Michaelbrent Collings
P U B L I S H E R: Michaelbrent Collings
P U B L I S H--D A T E: June 5, 2017
Sci-fi, Thriller

FROM INTERNATIONAL BESTSELLER MICHAELBRENT COLLINGS comes a new venture into deepest space and darkest fear...

When the Company has a problem - a factory gone under, books that need auditing, or a rebellious planet to be destroyed - I'm there, and I take care of it.

I'm the most successful FixIt in Company history, and I have never failed to punch a ticket.

TF-653 is different.

The staff and crew of a terraforming installation on a planet so strange it cannot be described have disappeared. It's my job to get there, to find the problem, and to stop it.

Or kill it.

But some things can't be killed. Because some things are already dead.

And some things... are even worse. Because some things can only be seen in THE DARKLIGHTS.
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