The Lost World by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle is about a group of explorers who ventured to the deep Amazon jungle in search of a lost species of the extinct dinosaurs. The young journalist, Mr. Malone, in order to impress a young lady named Gladys decided to meet with the famous professor, Mr. Challenger, a grumpy and obnoxious person. The scientist visited inside the land of dinosaurs before, but many people are still skeptical of his discoveries. Professor Challenger refused to go there first and instead sent the expedition with professor Summerlee, Mr. Malone and Lord John Roxton. Upon arrival to the Amazon, the explorers found out that the letter with the instructions was just a blank piece of paper. To everybody’s surprise, Professor Challenger appeared himself. He led the expedition to the remote plateau. To get there, the explorers had to find a very long tree and make a bridge. Once the voyagers crossed the bridge, the two native helpers destroyed the tree and escaped. The adventurers were now stuck on the plateau. They came across many species of plants and animals but the most terrifying discovery was the existence of the ape man tribe, extremely aggressive and hostile. After many tribulations, the adventurers managed to escape the plateau and return to England with a trophy.
I liked this book because it is about natural science and biology. I rate this book four out of five.
Honor Among Thieves by Rachel Caine is one of the best series I ever read. This series is about a futuristic world, where humans have invented intergalactic travel and met a type of aliens called Leviathan. These Leviathan are gigantic aliens that take are living spaceships and they made a program called Honors. In this program, humans are chosen to go on these Leviathan to supposedly explore the outer reaches of space.
Zara Cole, or main protagonist, is a thief and she got recruited into the Honors program for some reason. There, things take a dark turn, and Zara, her copilot, Beatrice, and her ship, Nadim, must try and survive.
I enjoyed this book a lot because it was fast paced and had many interesting plot twists. I would recommend this book to people who enjoy action packed, sci-fi books.
Honor Bound by Rachel Caine is the second book of the series Honors. It follows Zara Cole, a thief who was on Earth, but got put into the Honors program to fight an intergalactic war against a species of aliens called phages who prey upon the living starships. Zara’s starship is called Nadim and her co pilot is Beatriz have to exterminate those creatures.
Due to this book being a sequel, I would recommend reading Honor Among Thieves first so you roughly know what is going on. I enjoyed this book a lot because it was pretty fast paced and it didn’t seem as if one character was just carrying the plot. I would recommend this book to people who like reading action books with a bit of romance.
Monsters of Men by Patrick Ness is the third and final installment to the series, Chaos Walking. This book follows both Todd Hewitt our protagonist, and Viola, a girl he met along the way. In there, it wrapped up the questions of the Ask and the Answer and from The Knife of Never Letting Go. It also showed why Mayor Prentiss acted so insane for some reason and why he kept training his men to say, “I am the circle and the circle is me” as an exercise.
I really liked this book, but the cliffhanger at the end kind of threw me off since I thought that everything would be wrapped up. I would recommend this book to anyone who had read both the Knife of Never Letting Go and The Ask and the Answer because it would be confusing without the previous information.
Ender’s Shadow by Orson Scott Card isn’t exactly a sequel to Ender’s Game. It’s more of a parallel to the book, filling in its gaps from Ender’s friend, Bean’s, point of view. It covers Bean’s backstory and how he got into the space program along with how he eventually got put into Ender’s team. It even covers a lot of coincidences that Ender had been to naïve to realize until too late.
I really enjoyed the book because it had a lot of interesting information that paired well with Ender’s game. I’d recommend this book to whoever who likes Sci-fi with a lot of adventure. Reading Ender’s Game beforehand is optional, since most of the necessary information from Ender’s Game is covered in Ender’s Shadow too.
Supernova by Marissa Meyer is the very epic conclusion to the Renegades. Although the first two books of Renegades were pretty nicely paced, this one was one action-packed book. Each event happens quickly yet is explained quite thoroughly. I think the most thrilling part was when Adrian uses the branding iron on himself in order to remove his abilities of drawing to get rid of Phobia once and for all. In the book, a lot was covered and it filled up a lot of loose ends such as how Max’s power was removed and also who Phobia actually was.
I would recommend this book to the people who have enjoyed Renegades and Archenemies. The conclusion was truly fascinating since it wasn’t like the other generic hero books where one side just wins and the other side is declared as “right.” Once you pick up this book, I can tell you that you are not putting it down until you finish it.
Archenemies by Marissa Meyer is the second book of the Renegades Trilogy. In here, we meet the Sentinel again and find his real identity as nobody other than Adrian. In here, we still follow Adrian and Nova’s story, with Nova trying to keep her hero identity while helping the Anarchists and Adrian trying to do his work as Sentinel while not being found out.
I enjoyed this book a lot and read it roughly three times. It tackled many of the questions about each of the hero’s powers such as if Donna didn’t get all her butterflies, could she still turn human or can Adrian bring a tattoo to life and still have the tattoo. I would recommend this book to anyone who has read Renegades and liked it. It still has the great fight scenes.
Renegadesby Marissa Meyer is a series about a world with powers and heroes that call themselves Renegades. There are also villains called Anarchists and despite their name, their goal isn’t to bring anarchy, it is just to get rid of the Renegade council because they found it corrupt. This story follows a girl called Nova Artino, also known as Nightmare as part of the Anarchists. She is used to infiltrate the Renegades by posing as Nova McLean in order to become a Renegade herself to spy on them and cause havoc. She falls in love with a boy called Adrian, who is known as Sketch as part of the Renegades. The story follows their love and how Nova will manage her split identity.
I enjoyed this story despite the many loop holes such as Adrian never creating a gun to fight with and instead using small gadgets. I would recommend this book to people who like love stories intersecting with cool battle scenes. As I read this, I could feel the excitement of the battles flowing through the pages.
In Ender in Exile by Orson Scott Card, we follow Ender and his sister, Valentine. Although it says that it’s a direct sequel to Ender’s Game, I would recommend against treating it as so because there are multiple books explaining the events between these two books. It also spoils that will happen in Bean’s story arc, so it’s best read after you read this after Ender’s story arc, Bean’s story arc, and Speaker for the Dead. It is about when news of Ender being known as a ruthless assassin spreads because he had accidentally killed two children. He wasn’t allowed to return to Earth, so he spends his time in space and colonizing other planets.
I really enjoyed reading this book despite not finishing Speaker of the Dead because most of the information was lightly covered in the book. It was nice to have closure to Bean’s story as well as knowing what has happened to Ender. I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoyed the Ender’s game series so they can have knowledge as to what happens to the characters.
The Ask and the Answer by Patrick Ness is the second installment of the series Chaos Walking. In the first book, Todd and Viola went to their supposed safe place, but it had already been conquered by their enemy, Mayor Prentiss. In there, they were imprisoned and Todd was forced to learn about the Mayor’s new orders. Bombs also started exploding from another group called the Answer which was made to overthrow the Mayor.
This books showed how easily people are brainwashed by others for a “loyal” cause and also how people can exploit it. The book’s pacing is relatively slow, so I wouldn’t recommend it to people who enjoy fast paced and action filled books. I myself enjoyed it a lot.