Review || Secondhand Origin Stories, by Lee Blauersouth


Title: Secondhand Origin Stories
Author: Lee Blauersouth
Genre: Young Adult, Science Fiction
Copy: Digital
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Opal has been planning to go to Chicago and join the Midwest’s superhero team, the Sentinels, since she was a little kid. That dream took on a more urgent tone when her superpowered dad was unjustly arrested for protecting a neighbor from an abusive situation. Now, she wants to be a superhero not only to protect people, but to get a platform to tell the world about the injustices of the Altered Persons Bureau, the government agency for everything relating to superpowers.

But just after Opal’s high school graduation, a supervillain with a jet and unclear motives attacks the downtown home of the Sentinels, and when Opal arrives, she finds a family on the brink of breaking apart. She meets a boy who’s been developing secret (and illegal) brain-altering nanites right under the Sentinel’s noses, another teenage superhero-hopeful who looks suspiciously like a long-dead supervillain, and the completely un-superpowered daughter of the Sentinels’ leader. Can four teens on the fringes of the superhero world handle the corruption, danger, and family secrets they’ve unearthed?

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Review || Princess of Tyrone, by Katie Hamstead


Title: Princess of Tyrone
Author: Katie Hamstead
Genre: Young Adult, Science Fiction, Fantasy, Romance
Copy: Digital
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Apolline is happy hunting magical creatures on her pirate infested outer-perimeter planet. She is a fantastic shot, and doesn’t flinch at the blood and guts of her kills. Never once did she consider she could be the missing Princess of Tyrone.

All her life, she has heard the story of the Princess, cursed to sleep for eternity, unless her betrothed, the Prince of Oran, gave her true love’s kiss. Although Apolline knows she is betrothed, she thinks her fairy guardians arranged it out of ignorance of human ways. The thought she could be a princess is inconceivable.

Then Allard appears. Handsome, charming—but he’s not hers to have. He’s betrothed, too. Her guardians warn her against her newfound friendship, but she and Allard meet in secret anyway. Despite her rough exterior, he sees beyond her gun-slinging bravado and their love blossoms.

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Review || Red Rising


Title: Red Rising
Author: Pierce Brown
Genre: Young Adult, Science Fiction
Copy: Digital
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Darrow is a Red, a member of the lowest caste in the color-coded society of the future. Like his fellow Reds, he works all day, believing that he and his people are making the surface of Mars livable for future generations.

Yet he spends his life willingly, knowing that his blood and sweat will one day result in a better world for his children.

But Darrow and his kind have been betrayed. Soon he discovers that humanity already reached the surface generation ago. Vast cities and sprawling parks spread across the planet. Darrow – and Reds like him – are nothing more than slaves to a decadent ruling class.

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Review || Aaru


Title: Aaru
Author: David Meredith
Genre: Young Adult, Science Fiction
Copy: Paperback
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How much would our history and current understanding of the world change if Isaac Newton or Rosalind Franklin lived a couple more decades? If creative minds like Vincent van Gogh or Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart were able to produce much more of their art? Imagine a world where the essence of the most brilliant of minds can be preserved in a virtual reality that stretches indefinitely. Imagine a world impervious to death.

This is exactly the premise that the Elysian Industries dedicated itself to as they worked to develop Aaru, a virtual arcadian paradise where people can live forever without worrying about pain, illness, or death. It is through 16-year-old cancer patient Rose Johnson’s participation that the Aaru system is finally perfected and ready to be deployed for public consumption.

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Review || Warcross (+ Giveaway)


Title: Warcross
Author: Marie Lu
Genre: Young Adult, Science Fiction
Copy: Paperback
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For the millions who log in every day, Warcross isn’t just a game—it’s a way of life. The obsession started ten years ago and its fan base now spans the globe, some eager to escape from reality and others hoping to make a profit. Struggling to make ends meet, teenage hacker Emika Chen works as a bounty hunter, tracking down players who bet on the game illegally. But the bounty hunting world is a competitive one, and survival has not been easy. Needing to make some quick cash, Emika takes a risk and hacks into the opening game of the international Warcross Championships—only to accidentally glitch herself into the action and become an overnight sensation.

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Review || The Other Side of Gravity


Title: The Other Side of Gravity
Author: Shelly Crane
Genre: Young Adult, Science Fiction, Romance
Copy: Digital
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My name is Maxton and I’m a trader.

I live on a soulless planet where gravity, oxygen, and everything else are sold to the highest bidder on the black market. People are sold on the black market, too. You have to work really hard not to become one of those people. Pay your taxes, keep your friends and family close, and more than anything else—don’t get caught by the Militia. But all the rules changed for me the day I found her.

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Review || Titanborn


Title: Titanborn
Author: Rhett Bruno
Genre: Adult, Science Fiction, Thriller
Copy: Digital
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I received a digital Advance Reading Copy (ARC) of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review. Thank you, Rhett Bruno!

After a massive meteorite nearly wiped out the human population to the point of extinction, mankind shifted its focus towards human expansion, actively seeking out means to safely inhabit other celestial bodies in the universe.

The story begins three hundred years after the meteorite hit. At this point, several places in the solar system—such as Luna (the moon), Mars, Europa (one of Jupiter’s moons), and Titan (one of Saturn’s moons)—are now populated by man. Those who are born on Earth are referred to as Earthers whereas everyone else is called as off-worlders. Additionally, the old forms of government all collapsed and have been replaced by the United Sol Federation (USF). However, the USF is actually a structure without real power due to the existing, prevalent corporate politics. Private corporations—namely Pervenio and Venta—are truly the ones in control.

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