Book Spotlight: Son by Lois Lowry

giver     Everyone remembers The Giver, that dystopian book by Lois Lowry that we all had to read in school? Children receive their lifetime assignments at the ceremony of 12 years.  When Jonas becomes the community's Receiver of memories, he discovers a terrible truth about the community he lives in.  20 years later, Lois Lowry has answered questions about what happened to Jonas and the baby he was protecting in a sequel called Son.

son   In Son by Lois Lowry, Claire has been assigned the job of Birthmother in her small community but unlike the other birthmothers, she becomes attached to her baby and feels a terrible loss when he is taken away.  When things don't go as planned for the child, Claire goes to extreme measures to find and rescue her son.  You can't go wrong with Lois Lowry and this book is well-written, unpredictable, and exciting!  Claire's life has such a roller-coaster of feelings, it is impossible to put the book down.  Read or re-read The Giver first if you can – to better understand Claire's community.

This book was nominated for the YALSA Top Ten books of 2013!

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The Hunt Series by Andrew Fukuda

hunt     1. The Hunt by Andrew Fukuda

     17-year-old Gene has lived alone since he was 10.  His family was killed by vampires who have taken over civilization.  It is only by his careful planning and following of society rules that he has managed to live among them, undetected.  Now he has been selected to participate in a hunt for the few remaining humans in captivity.  This exciting and fast-paced book kept me turning pages and sneaking every chance to read on.  I had to read the sequel, too!

prey     2. The Prey by Andrew Fukuda

     Now Gene finds himself running for his life along with the other humans from the hunt.  Is there anywhere safe from the vampires who have taken over civilization?  Gene and the others find a place that seems like the answer until more and more sinister things keep happening.  I rarely like sequels as much as the first book but this one was just as exciting with lots of plot twists and turns that kept me on the edge of my seat!

trap     3. The Trap by Andrew Fukuda

     This book comes out in November and I can't wait!  I will certainly be buying it for the library and, hopefully, among the first to put a hold on it!  If the first two books in this Trilogy were any indication, this one is bound to be a page-turner and full of surprises.

           

Num8ers series by Rachel Ward

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     Book 1 - Num8ers, 2010: Imagine having to live with the ability to see when anyone you made eye contact with was going to die.  This was the curse that kept 15-year-old Jem from making friends.  Her mother died when Jem knew she would and since then, Jem has bounced around the foster care system never daring to get close to anyone.  That changed when she met Spider and fell in love.

    Book 2 – Num8ers: The Chaos, 2011:  15-year-old Adam has the ability to see death dates just like his mother.  He sees that many people will die around him in London on New Year's Day.  What disaster will strike on New Year's Day?  Can Adam save the people around him?  He knows he has to try to use his gift for the greater good.

    Book 3 – 1nf1n1ty, 2012:  In the aftermath of tragedy in London, Adam is moving between camping in the wilds and refugee camps.  Adam has become quite well known from his efforts to save the people of London and, unfortunately, has attracted the attention of some people who wish to use his unique psychic ability for their own wicked purposes.

 

 

The Return of… the Sequel!

I read an interesting article about books that are being published lately which are sequels to books published 5, 10, even 20 years ago — quite different from the usual publish-one-book-a-year cycle we see lately.  At least one of these (Unwind!) I have been waiting most anxiously for.

Have you read any of these?  Will a new sequel motivate you to go back and read or re-read the first book?

 

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Stuck In Neutral  
published 2001

 

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  Life Happens Next
  published 8/2012

 

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The Giver  
published 1994

 

  

  Son
  publishing 10/2012

 

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Stoner & Spaz  
published 2002  

       

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  Now Playing: Stoner & Spaz 2
  published 8/2011

 

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The Face on the Milk Carton  
published 1990

 

 

  Janie, Face to Face
  publishing 1/2013

 

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The Body of Christopher Creed  
published 2000  

 

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  Following Christopher Creed
  published 9/2012

 

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Unwind  
published 2007  

   

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  UnWholly
  published 8/2012