Wednesday, November 14, 2012

The Apocalypse. Book Style.

I love the smell of old books. Their slightly yellowed, worn pages. Some dog eagered at a favorite spots, some kept lovingly in mint condition, some with cracked bent spines, some without their jackets. All exuding the love their previous owners held for the tale. Even more I love standing in a bookstore and running my fingers over the spines and walking along the shelves. Leathery spines, glossy spines, papery spines. The texture, the contrast, the letters, the size... It's all slightly fascinating to me.

I suppose it would come as no surprise then that I'm the type of person who will stay up until 3 am when I have class at 8:50 the next morning just so I can finish the book I picked up at the library that afternoon. I'm such a bibliophile. Book lover. Do you think I could get paid to read books all day? 'Cause I think that'd be my dream job. In any case, here's what I've been reading lately along with my personal rating.

Graceling by Kristen Cashore
The story is about Katsa, a young warrior, and her journey of self-discovery as she seeks to unravel the mystery of who is behind the kidnapping of an elderly noble.
YA Fantasy
Rating: 2.5/5

Under the Never Sky by Veronica Rossi
The book follows two teens, a girl that has always lived within a protected city and a boy that has the powers of a seer, as they attempt to survive.
Rating: 4/5

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
16-year-old Katniss Everdeen lives in the post-apocalyptic nation of Panem. The Capitol, a highly advanced metropolis, exercises political control over the rest of the nation. The Hunger Games are an annual event in which one boy and one girl aged 12–18 from each of the twelve districts are selected by lottery to compete in a televised battle to the death.
Rating: 4.5/5

Birthmarked by Caragh O'Brien
In a future world baked dry by the harsh sun, there are those who live inside the wall and those, like sixteen-year-old midwife, Gaia Stone, who live outside. Gaia has always believed it is her duty, with her mother, to hand over a small quota of babies to the Enclave. But when Gaia’s mother and father are arrested by the very people they so dutifully serve, she is forced to question everything she has been taught to believe.
Rating: 3/5

Clearly I've got a theme going on. Post apocalypse. I dunno. It's just fascinating. And I will prolly devote an entire post to my reactions of The Hunger Games series at some point. But for now, a nice short list that may have something to catch your eye. Enjoy!