It is nearly the mid-way point to this week and the weather is just not being very positive. Here in Ohio it has turned rather cold, only reaching 56 degrees and it is still September. I doubt if I could remember a September as odd as this one. I will say that I rather be cold than hot. Luckily here we can just crank the thermostat or throw on a sweater. I chose a sweater for today. I hope you are all enjoying the weather. I’ve been searching for a good book to read after a whirlwind of summer reading, I seem to be all out of books, novel anyways, to read. I have so many school books to read right now anyhow, but I was wondering if anyone knows of a good novel. I’ve been on a kick about books that are about the end of the world “as we know it.”
To begin the summer with Susan Beth Pfeffer’s “Moon Crash Trilogy,” Life As We Knew It (2006). The book follows a young girl and her family’s ability to cope with the disasters that followed a Meteor hitting the moon knocking it into a closer and more destructive orbit with the Earth. This is an amazing tale of survival for young teens and as an “adult,” I found this most interesting and appealing. Then I read the next book in the series The Dead and the Gone, which deals with the same situation only centering on a teen boy in inner-city New York and his ability to deal with the disaster when his family is broken and he becomes the guardian figure of his two younger sisters. This was an inspiring and a little more graphic than I expected for a teen book about the trials and realities of a disaster hitting close to home. The final book of the series was next on my list called, This World We Live In, this was an exciting young-romantic book that brought the two stories from the previous books together. I will say nothing more because I highly recommend this series! This series was a totally understandable and easy read to say the least, but nevertheless a very emotional and climatic book that kept me turning the pages one after another.
Then I found another series by critically acclaimed sci-fi writer Stephen Baxter. This was another disaster series of course (my theme for the summer). The first book is called Flood. You guessed it a flood grips the entire world, brought about by Earth’s internal oceans seeping into the oceans around the world raising the Sea Level by thousands of feet. The world is gripped by gigantic floods that ultimately spread across the entire planet. The wealthy and somewhat smart idealistic men that the book and series ultimately center around conceive of a plan to save humanity, though it is not fully realized until the second edition of the book in Ark. These books are incredible, but really dense. The books travel through important events that can at times be separated by more than five years, setting the stage for the ultimate end of the world as we know it today. I found it challenging, but interesting and a valid idea. Baxter certainly did his research and in so doing provided many credible story lines followed by information describing the new technology to the point that makes you feel like the whole story is true and realistic. Again, I highly reccommend these books to your collection. They were great to read, but very long for most readers, it took me nearly a month to read it through due to the density of the book and the content therein.
All of these books are available at Amazon, Barnes & Nobel, or Borders bookstores…and no, I was not paid to say that. I’m just trying to help my readers find these books:D
So what is next on my book shelf?
Currently I am reading Someone Named Eva by Joan M. Wolf, an novel about the Holocaust; and I am also attempting read George Orwell’s 1984, but I’ll have to let you know how these turn out. So far so good. Any ideas on further readings? Drop me a line! Well that is all for tonight. I’m off to dream land and hopefully a nicer day tomorrow! Take care and have a lovely evening!