Synopsis: Intense is the word for Ender's Game. Aliens have attacked Earth twice and almost destroyed the human species. To make sure humans win the next encounter, the world government has taken to breeding military geniuses--and then training them in the arts of war...The early training, not surprisingly, takes the form of "games"...Ender Wiggin is a genius among geniuses; he wins all the games...He is smart enough to know that time is running out. But is he smart enough to save the planet?
Why This Is A Favorite: I haven't read the whole series yet, but I love this book! It is absolutely brilliant. The war strategies used are extremely creative, and the character development is excellent. I'm not much of a fan of war stories, but I thought this book was fantastic. This is definitely one Orson Scott Card novel you don't want to miss!
Synopsis: It’s an ordinary Thursday lunchtime for Arthur Dent until his house gets demolished. The Earth follows shortly afterwards to make way for a new hyperspace bypass and his best friend has just announced that he’s an alien. At this moment, they’re hurtling through space with nothing but their towels and an innocuous-looking book inscribed with the big, friendly words: DON’T PANIC. The weekend has only just begun…
Why This Is A Favorite: This is part of a series, but I've only read the first book more than once, and it's toootally my kind of humor! Random, weird, and absolutely hilarious! Just thinking about my favorite parts is making me want to read this again....
Synopsis: Melanie Stryder refuses to fade away.
Our world has been invaded by an unseen enemy. Humans become hosts for these invaders, their minds taken over while their bodies remain intact and continue their lives apparently unchanged. Most of humanity has succumbed.
When Melanie, on of the few remaining "wild" humans, is captured, she is certain it is her end. Wanderer, the invading "soul" who has been given Melanie's body, was warned about the challenges of living inside a human: the overwhelming emotions, the glut of senses, the too-vivid memories. But there was one difficulty Wanderer didn't expect: the former tenant of her body refusing to relinquish possession of her mind.
Wanderer probes Melanie's thoughts, hoping to discover the whereabouts of the remaining human resistance. Instead, Melanie fills Wanderer's mind with visions of the man Melanie loves-- Jared, a human who still lives in hiding. Unable to separate herself from her body's desires, Wanderer begins to yearn for a man she has been tasked with exposing. When outside forces make Wanderer and Melanie unwilling allies, they set off on a dangerous and uncertain search for the man they both love.
Why This Is A Favorite: I used to be a huge fan of The Twilight Saga, so when this book first came out, I naturally fell in love with it as well. While my obsession for Twilight has long since fizzled away, my love for this story still remains. It is a creative sci-fi romance, and totally worth a look.
Synopsis From Book One: In the ruins of a place once known as North America lies the nation of Panem, a shining Capitol surrounded by twelve outlying districts. The Capitol is harsh and cruel and keeps the districts in line by forcing them all to send one boy and one girl between the ages of twelve and eighteen to participate in the annual Hunger Games, a fight to the death on live TV.Sixteen-year-old Katniss Everdeen regards it as a death sentence when she steps forward to take her sister's place in the Games. But Katniss has been close to dead before--and survival, for her, is second nature. Without really meaning to, she becomes a contender. But if she is to win, she will have to start making choices that weigh survival against humanity and life against love.Why This Is A Favorite: This trilogy took a while to grow on me. At first I was impressed, but not all that into it. Surprisingly, it was the movies that made me love these books more. Something about seeing the trilogy on film as well as in book form really made this story more impressive and thought-provoking.
Synopsis: Six days ago astronaut Mark Watney became one of the first people to walk on Mars.
Now he's sure he'll be the first person to die there.
After a dust storm forces his crew to evacuate the planet while thinking him dead, Mark finds himself stranded on Mars's surface, with no way to signal Earth that he's alive. And even if he could get word out, his supplies would be gone years before a rescue could arrive.
Chances are, though, Mark won't have time to starve to death. The damaged machinery, unforgiving environment, or plain old "human error" are much more likely to kill him first.
Armed with nothing but his ingenuity, his engineering skills--and a gallows sense of humor that proves to be his greatest source of strength--Mark embarks on a dogged quest to stay alive. But will his resourcefulness be enough to overcome the impossible odds against him?
Why This Is A Favorite: OMG this book blew me away! I ended up reading this 3 times in one year. The first line is one of the best parts: "I'm pretty much fucked."
This book is exciting, funny, and just sit-on-the-edge-of-your-seat intense! Totally worth it!
Synopsis: This Hugo Award-winning graphic novel chronicles the fall from grace of a group of super-heroes plagued by all-too-human failings. Along the way, the concept of the super-hero is dissected as the heroes are stalked by an unknown assassin.
One of the most influential graphic novels of all time and a perennial best-seller, Watchmen has been studied on college campuses across the nation and is considered a gateway title, leading readers to other graphic novels such as V for Vendetta, Batman: The Dark Knight Returns and The Sandman series.
Why This Is A Favorite: I've read comic books when I was a kid, but this is the first graphic novel that I've ever read that actually read like a novel. I loved the intricacy of the story, along with the themes, the symbolism and the plot twist. It's really the most creative graphic novel I've ever read.