Half Way Home by Hugh Howey: A Half Way Good Read

October 22, 2015 | Posted in LGBT THEMES, SCIENCE FICTION, YOUNG ADULT | By

Half Way Home by Hugh Howey.

In the future, there is no faster-than-light travel, no wormholes to speed the exploration and colonization of other worlds. Instead, nations send out colony ships filled only with 500 blastocysts, ready to be nurtured into life if a planet is found to be hospitable to human settlement…

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The Band Never Dances by J. D. Landis – Book Review

June 17, 2015 | Posted in YOUNG ADULT | By

"The Band Never Dances" by J. D. Landis.

Judy Valentine has always loved music, and long felt a connection to rhythm, the beat, and the drums. Growing up she is closest to her older brother Jeffrey, whom no one in her family realizes is deeply troubled until he shockingly commits suicide…

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Andrew Smith’s “Grasshopper Jungle”: Where male adolescence meets an insect apocalypse

April 2, 2014 | Posted in LGBT THEMES, YOUNG ADULT | By

Grasshopper Jungle by Andrew Smith

When the best-developed and most sympathetic female character in a novel is the narrator’s mute Golden Retriever, I don’t think it’s unreasonable to say a work has some serious issues with sexism…

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