Catching Fire – Suzanne Collins – #2

Against all odds, Katniss has won the Hunger Games. She and fellow District 12 tribute Peeta Mellark are miraculously still alive. Katniss should be relieved, happy even. After all, she has returned to her family and her longtime friend, Gale. Yet nothing is the way Katniss wishes it to be. Gale holds her at an icy distance. Peeta has turned his back on her completely. And there are whispers of a rebellion against the Capitol — a rebellion that Katniss and Peeta may have helped create. Much to her shock, Katniss has fueled an unrest she’s afraid she cannot stop. And what scares her even more is that she’s not entirely convinced she should try. As time draws near for Katniss and Peeta to visit the districts on the Capitol’s cruel Victory Tour, the stakes are higher than ever. If they can’t prove, without a shadow of a doubt, that they are lost in their love for each other, the consequences will be horrifying. (Description taken from the book: Catching Fire. Story — Violence/Scariness — A group of teens/adults have to fight to the death in an arena filled with deadly traps. People are killed in many different realistic ways….

Mars Evacuees – Sophia McDougall – #1
Mars Evacuees , Science Fiction / April 23, 2019

The fact that someone had decided that I would be safer on Mars, where you could still only sort of breathe the air, and sort of not get sunburned to death, was a sign that the war with the aliens was not going fantastically well. I was worried that I was about to be told that my mother’s spacefighter had been shot down, so when I found out that I was being evacuated to Mars, I was pretty calm. And, despite everything that happened to me and my friends afterward, I’d do it all again. Because until you have been chased by invisible aliens, befriended a robot goldfish, and tried to save the galaxy, I don’t think you can say that you’ve really lived. If the same thing happens to you, here’s my advice: always carry duct tape. (Description taken from the book: Mars Evacuees. Story — Violence — Some mild injuries, a broken arm, there is a war against aliens, people fight when all the adults leave, there are dead alien bodies. Language — Characters say damn, hell, bloody, shut up, God, Christ, and bastard throughout the book. Sex/Love — Kids talk about how aliens have five sexes and…

Ignite the Stars – Maura Milan – #1
Ignite The Stars , Science Fiction / April 19, 2019

Across the universe, she’s the monster with many names. But no one realizes that infamous outlaw Ia Cocha is only a seventeen-year-old girl. A criminal mastermind and unrivaled pilot, Ia has spent her life terrorizing the Olympus Commonwealth, the imperialist nation that destroyed her home. When the Commonwealth captures her and her true identity is exposed, they see Ia’s age and talent as an opportunity: by forcing her to serve them, they will prove that no one is beyond their control. Soon Ia is trapped at the Commonwealth’s military academy, desperately plotting her escape. But new acquaintances–including Brinn, a seemingly average student with a closely-held secret, and their charming flight master, Knives–cause Ia to question her own alliances. Can she find a way to escape the Commonwealth’s clutches before these bonds deepen? And outside the Academy, there are forces of evil at work, machinations that even the great Ia Cocha doesn’t know about– things that threaten not only the Commonwealth, but the entire fabric of the universe itself… (Description taken from the book: Ignite the Stars. Story — Violence/Scariness — Ia is tortured till she chooses to join the Commonwealth, some hand-to-hand combat, Ia shoots some people with a taser,…

The Time Machine – (Adapted) H. G. Wells

A young scientist, to the amazement and disbelief of his colleagues and other experts, has perfected a machine that lets him live one of mankind’s oldest dreams — to live in times other than his own. Everyone is skeptical, but he returns not only with the most fantastic story anyone has ever heard, but with actual proof of his travels. (Description taken for the book: The Time Machine (Adapted). Story — Violence/Scariness — The scientist gets some very mild injuries, scientist kills/injures some of the creatures, creatures that live underground and come out at night to capture and eat the ‘humans’ they are described as gorilla-like with pink-red eyes, scientist glimpses a red thing on a table and later realizes it’s one of the ‘future humans’, scientist goes down into the ‘bad place’, some scary pictures. Language — Darned is said once, Filby says “My God!”. Sex/Love — N/A Drugs/Alcohol — Manning tries to light a cigarette but has difficulties because he hasn’t cut the top off. Other Info Title — The Time Machine Author — H. G. Wells (Adapted by Shirley Bogart) Series — N/A Book in Series — N/A Pages — 239 (Every other page is a picture)…