Book Spotlight: The Knife of Never Letting Go

The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness

Review by Kathy, Northwest Branch

What would it be like if you couldn't hide your thoughts from others?

Young Todd is to become a man, soon, but has so many questions:  Why are there no women in his village?  And what happened to his mother?  What is so important about him "becoming a man?"  And why is he the only boy left in his village?

If you liked Hunger Games, you may enjoy this adventure trilogy.  Beings with The Knife of Never Letting Go, continues with The Ask and the Answer and concludes with, Monsters of Men.

I found the series which I listened to fascinating.

Going Viral

Are you a fan of forensic anthropology?  How about Kathy Reichs, bestselling author of the Temperance Brennan series?  Ok, ok, how about the TV show Bones?

If you answered yes to any of the above questions, then you should definitely check out Kathy Reichs' latest book, which is also her first book for a teen audience.

Virals, released in late 2010, is a spinoff of Reich's well-known series — its main character is Tory Brennan, who is the niece of forensic anthropologist Temperance Brennan.   In this first book of the series, 14-year-old Tory and her pack of science-geek friends get infected by a mysterious virus that makes them slowly develop wolflike senses.  It's a fun story — kind of a cross between a mystery-thriller and a science fiction story, with lots of neat technology, genetically modified DNA, and of course a murder to solve!









Click this link to read a cool interview with the author– she talks about her inspiration for the book, her love of forensic science, and even a sneak peek into the sequel coming out this summer!

Book Spotlight: The Ask and The Answer

ask.jpgChaos Walking Trilogy Book 2: The Ask and The Answer by Patrick Ness
Review by Rachel, Library Associate, Healdsburg Branch
If you haven’t read Book One in the Chaos Walking Trilogy, The Knife of Never Letting Go, stop reading this right now and read that book. If you have not read The Knife of Never Letting Go, this second book in the trilogy, The Ask and The Answer, will make absolutely no sense. If you have read the first book, the sequel is a must read. The previous book left readers at a tremendous cliff hanger moment where the next book picks up. The city now known as New Prentisstown is in a shambles as the new mayor takes control. Todd and Viola are wrenched apart, forced into separate worlds as they fight to find each other. Violent, gripping, disturbing, with heart pounding tension, this sequel doesn’t let up one bit. It’s hard to talk about the plot of this book without giving anything away – suffice to say that if you enjoy books that ask, “What if?” – books that distort your perceptions, that make you think and question what motivates people, the Chaos Walking series is for you.

Science Fiction Series for High School Readers

Hitchhiker’s Guide by Douglas Adams
Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy
Foundation Series by Isaac Asimov
Ender’s Saga by Orson Scott Card
Ender’s Game
Foreigner Universe by C.J. Cherryh
Foreigner:  a novel of first contact
Chaos Walking by Patrick Ness
The Knife of Never Letting Go
The Hungry City Chronicles by Philip Reeve
Mortal Engines
Succession by Scott Westerfeld
The Risen Empire
Uglies Trilogy by Scott Westerfeld

Science Fiction for Middle School Readers

Do you enjoy science fiction?  These books may be for you! 

Star Wars:  Jedi Academy by Kevin J. Anderson
     Jedi Search 
Giodeon Trilogy by Linda Buckley-Archer
    Gideon the Cutpurse 
Tripods by John Christopher
     When the Tripods Came (prequel)
Among the Hidden by Margaret Peterson Haddix
     Shadow Children
Maximum Ride by James Patterson
     Maximum Ride:  the Angel Experiment
Hungry City Chronicles by Philip Reeve
     Mortal Engines