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Zeroboxer

Wednesday, April 25th, 2018

20320562by Fonda Lee, Grades 8 and up

In the future genetic modification is the norm. We have made so many advancements that humans have been modified to be able to live on Mars without domes or special suits. In fact, every human gets a genetic package when they are born a bit like a vaccination – including anti-disease stuff, straight teeth, average height and weight etc. If you have money you can get super-packages to increase strength, height, beauty, intelligence… etc. Of course, if you are an athlete you are not allowed to have additional genetic modification, or at least that is the common perception, a little like our “no-doping” rules for athletes today.

Carr is an earth human who comes from poor family; he is a rising star in a sport called Zeroboxing. Zeroboxing is a fight in a caged “boxing ring” up in zero gravity. It is wildly popular and a big money-maker; the best boxers are super-celebrities. Carr is rising so fast that he has been assigned a brandhelm – a sort of personal director of marketing, PR and social media – named Risha Ponn. Carr and Risha, a genetic Martian, quickly fall for one another, so when a terrible secret emerges they are not sure how to overcome it. This secret could have devastating effects on Carr’s career, both of their futures and their potential relationship as well. Will the choices they make ruin everything?

If you enjoy science fiction adventures you might also like: Killer of Enemies, by Joseph Bruchac, Ender’s Game, by Orson Scott Card or Divergent, by Veronica Roth.

Illuminae

Friday, January 27th, 2017

23395680by Amie Kaufman, 599 pages, Grades 7 and up

Ezra and Kady are stationed on the same planet when it is attacked by BeiTech Industries. In the chaos of people fleeing they find themselves on different ships in the escaping fleet. Just as they are leaving they see one ship being hit with a mysterious biological weapon cloud which turns out to be a lethal biotech that turns its victims into violent zombie-like aggressors and the virus is contagious! The escaping fleet is trying to contain the biological attack, escape BeiTech and on top of all that one of the ship’s Artifical Intelligence systems has taken on a life of its own. Al says he is working for the good of the fleet, but it’s hard to tell if what Al thinks is good is really best for the human’s relying on his help.

This book is also interesting because of its format. It feels like reading a novel, a graphic fiction book and a magazine all rolled into one. Some pages are formatted like reports, some are formatted artistically to add to the context of the text.

If you enjoy books that use format to help tell their story you might also like Revolution, or Countdown, by Wiles.

If you enjoy books about space travel you might also like the Ender’s series by Orson Scott Card.