Saturday, December 29, 2012

A Good American by Alex George

This was a good book.  The story of two German immigrants who settle in Missouri and try to be 'good Americans'. They open a restaurant, have kids, have grandkids, go to war.   It was interesting and a good read. 

Chaos Walking Trilogy by Patrick Ness

GO GET THESE BOOKS NOW.  This is a post-apocalyptic series not unlike the Hunger Games or the Maze Runner trilogies.  Here's the storyline:  Todd lives on a distant planet.  His people arrived there to be farmers.  They encountered an alien species that they slaughtered.  Also on this planet, everyone can hear each other's thoughts or 'noise'.  Well, except for the women.  They are quiet, which leads to a lot of problems.  In Todd's town, which is completely isolated from any other settlements, all the women are dead.  And then Todd meets a girl.  They flee trying to save themselves and the future.  SO GOOD.  Also, suitable for teen readers. :)

The titles are The Knife of Never Letting Go, The Ask and The Answer, and Monsters of Men.

True Sisters by Sandra Dallas

I am obsessed with religious beliefs.  Also, I (head bowed in shame) watch Sister Wives.  So this book was FASCINATING to me.  I knew some of the story of Mormon history.  Brigham Young, Joseph Smith, the trek across the country.  I did not know that hundreds of Mormons traveled halfway across the country PUSHING HANDCARTS.  Elderly, ill and pregnant women, little kids, walking day after day, allowed 17 pounds of belongings, pushing handcarts.  Through the heat, the snow, without adequate medical supplies, food, or clothing.  This is the story of 4 women who made the journey.  It was good but emotionally difficult to read. 

Monday, December 10, 2012

Pure by Julianna Baggott

If you liked the Maze Runner or the Hunger Games, you should read this book.  It's the first in a planned trilogy about life in a post apocolyptic world divided into those who live outside of the dome and those who live within, the Pures.  The second book is scheduled to be released February 2013.