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From a Certain Point of View (Star Wars) by Renee Ahdieh - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780345511478
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Published: Del Rey Books - October 3rd, 2017

"You will find that many of the truths we cling to depend greatly on our own point of view" Obi-Wan once told Luke Skywalker, who was devastated that he had been lied to about his father's fate. This new collection of short stories set in that galaxy far, far away explores other events in the Star Wars universe, both large and small. Many of the authors featured in this hefty collection have never before published Star Wars stories, so each new tale is a breath of fresh air, even for fans who have read everything in the ever-expanding universe. ~ Reviewed by Chris Linendoll


The Power by Naomi Alderman - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780316547611
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Published: Little Brown and Company - October 10th, 2017

The social construct is turned upside down when girls discover they have the power of electricity at their fingertips— literally. With thrills and frights, The Power examines the age old chicken and egg dilemma, with power and corruption at its crux. If women were suddenly the dominant sex, would anything be better? ~ Reviewed by Hanna Yost


The Power by Naomi Alderman - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780316547611
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Published: Little Brown and Company - October 10th, 2017

When girls and women acquire a devastating new power to hurt and kill men, the results are thrilling, threatening, and terrifying. Gender roles and rules are starkly altered as the newfound power corrupts, and liberates. ~ Reviewed by Mike Hare


Machine Learning: New and Collected Stories by Hugh Howey - Book Review

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ISBN: 9781328767523
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Published: John Joseph Adams/Mariner Books - October 3rd, 2017

The Silo Series by Hugh Howey is one of my favorite sci-fi discoveries of the past 5 years. If I could go back and read any book for the first time, Wool would certainly be it. This new collection of previously-released (mostly online) work contains 3 new stories set in the Silo Universe. I loved every single second of them. Howey is a majorly talented writer, and his other stories in this collection show that he's not just a one-hit wonder. ~ Reviewed by Chris Linendoll


14 by Peter Clines - Book Review

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ISBN: 9781618684981
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Published: Permuted Platinum - April 29th, 2014

A mystery novel that straddles dimensions? Yes, please! Clines' irreverent humor combined with his fast-paced storytelling make this a sci-fi title not to be missed. ~ Reviewed by Cheryl Cornwell


Artemis by Andy Weir - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780553448122
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Published: Crown Publishing Group (NY) - November 14th, 2017

Here we have the first city on the moon, Artemis. Unfortunately, civilizations cannot run away from societal problems such as poverty and greed. Artemis, as much as it tries to keep crime out completely, has actually been structured in a way to create the same issues found on Earth regarding corporations and money, and the need to smuggle black market goods to meek (EKE) out a living. Our protagonist, Jazz, finds herself stuck with these issues herself for reasons that end up surprising and touching.

Fortunately, this is a hell of a fun read as Jazz is sarcastic, hilarious, courageous, and no-bullshit. Weir fans will strongly recognize Mark Watney from 'The Martian', as Jazz is basically Mark Watney but female this time. One could supposedly complain that his protagonists are essentially the same person, but they have such a unique and insanely strong personality while keeping jokes flowing that I'm glad that he doesn't change anything.

Jazz finds herself in deep trouble about halfway through due to her smuggling adventures leading to a heist with a potentially huge reward. Large amounts of this trouble are actually due to her own doing, and she repeatedly finds incredibly clever ways out of it, or very stupid ways out of it that work out through persistence. The narrative is full of action once trouble heats up (this book needs to become a movie) which makes it nearly impossible to put down. There are a satisfying amount of explosions, and the plot twists in ways unexpected enough that they make you wish you could pull aside the nearest stranger and exclaim, "I cannot believe what just happened!" You might as well just hand them the book when you're done as it's that good. ~ Reviewed by Lindsey Duval


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