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As I do every Friday, I’m participating another Book Tag! This time I thought it might be fitting to do a ‘The End of the World Book Tag’, solely for the fact that it feels like we’re stuck in a dystopian novel at the moment.
So, let’s get past the talking, and get to the questions!
1- Earthquake: What’s your favourite book with mulitple perspectives?
I always want to have new answers for these questions, so although Sarah J Maas is one of my all-time favourite authors, I’m going to pick a different answer for this one. The book that I’m going to choose, that’s incredible, and everyone should go and read it, is by an Australian author. The book is Invisible Boys by Holden Sheppard. It’s a hard-hitting LGBT novel that tackles some hard issues in a really great way. It’s a very important book, but equally heart-wrenching.
Description: In a small town, everyone thinks they know you: Charlie is a hardcore rocker, who’s not as tough as he looks. Hammer is a footy jock with big AFL dreams, and an even bigger ego. Zeke is a shy over-achiever, never macho enough for his family. But all three boys hide who they really are. When the truth is revealed, will it set them free or blow them apart?
Invisible Boys is a raw, confronting YA novel, tackling homosexuality, masculinity, anger and suicide with a nuanced and unique perspective. Set in regional Western Australia, the novel follows three sixteen-year-old boys in the throes of coming to terms with their homosexuality in a town where it is invisible – and so are they. Invisible Boys depicts the complexities and trauma of rural gay identity with painful honesty, devastating consequence and, ultimately, hope.
2- Asteroid: Which book have you read where you saw the plot twist coming?
A book that I wasn’t the biggest fan of (though no hate, you might love it, and that’s the point of art. It creates opinions) is ‘All the Bright Places’ by Jennifer Niven. I just found that it creates a bad image for readers by promoting suicide. I know this wasn’t the author’s intention, but it’s the message that can come across. I also found the ending to be predictable. It just seemed obvious.
Description: Theodore Finch is fascinated by death, and he constantly thinks of ways he might kill himself. But each time, something good, no matter how small, stops him.
Violet Markey lives for the future, counting the days until graduation, when she can escape her Indiana town and her aching grief in the wake of her sister’s recent death.
When Finch and Violet meet on the ledge of the bell tower at school, it’s unclear who saves whom. And when they pair up on a project to discover the “natural wonders” of their state, both Finch and Violet make more important discoveries: It’s only with Violet that Finch can be himself—a weird, funny, live-out-loud guy who’s not such a freak after all. And it’s only with Finch that Violet can forget to count away the days and start living them. But as Violet’s world grows, Finch’s begins to shrink.
3- Epidemic: What book does everyone seem to have that you have no interest in?
Okay, I’m going to pick a duology for this one, and please don’t shower me with hate. I just found that it wasn’t my sort of book. I read the first book, Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo and found that it wasn’t my cup of tea. So, the book that I want to pick for this one would be its sequel, Crooked Kingdom.
Description: Ketterdam: a bustling hub of international trade where anything can be had for the right price—and no one knows that better than criminal prodigy Kaz Brekker. Kaz is offered a chance at a deadly heist that could make him rich beyond his wildest dreams. But he can’t pull it off alone. . . .
A convict with a thirst for revenge
A sharpshooter who can’t walk away from a wager
A runaway with a privileged past
A spy known as the Wraith
A Heartrender using her magic to survive the slums
A thief with a gift for unlikely escapes
Kaz’s crew is the only thing that might stand between the world and destruction—if they don’t kill each other first.
4- Tsunami: Which book has just flooded your thoughts? You can’t stop thinking about it.
A book that I couldn’t help but think about after is a classic at this point. It’s Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell. Having pulled me out of a 2 year long reading slump, Fangirl was the book I needed to pull me back into reading. It’s a contemporary novel I higly recommend to anyone wanting to read a YA book.
Description: Cath is a Simon Snow fan.
Okay, the whole world is a Simon Snow fan..
But for Cath, being a fan is her life—and she’s really good at it. She and her twin sister, Wren, ensconced themselves in the Simon Snow series when they were just kids; it’s what got them through their mother leaving. Reading. Rereading. Hanging out in Simon Snow forums, writing Simon Snow fan fiction, dressing up like the characters for every movie premiere.
Cath’s sister has mostly grown away from fandom, but Cath can’t let go. She doesn’t want to.
Now that they’re going to college, Wren has told Cath she doesn’t want to be roommates. Cath is on her own, completely outside of her comfort zone. She’s got a surly roommate with a charming, always-around boyfriend, a fiction-writing professor who thinks fan fiction is the end of the civilized world, a handsome classmate who only wants to talk about words… And she can’t stop worrying about her dad, who’s loving and fragile and has never really been alone.
For Cath, the question is: Can she do this? Can she make it without Wren holding her hand? Is she ready to start living her own life? Writing her own stories?And does she even want to move on if it means leaving Simon Snow behind?
5- Alien Invasion: What is your favourite Sci-Fi novel?
Easy pick, Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff. Another fantastic pair of Aussie authors! Although I’ve only read the first one, I know it’s a series I will love! It’s just so unique with how it’s written, not the mention the humour!
Description: Kady thought breaking up with Ezra was the worst thing she’d ever been through. That was before her planet was invaded. Now, with enemy fire raining down on them, Kady and Ezra are forced to fight their way onto one of the evacuating craft, with an enemy warship in hot pursuit.
But the warship could be the least of their problems. A deadly plague has broken out and is mutating, with terrifying results; the fleet’s AI, which should be protecting them, may actually be their biggest threat; and nobody in charge will say what’s really going on. As Kady plunges into a web of data hacking to get to the truth, it’s clear only one person can help her bring it all to light: Ezra.
Told through a fascinating dossier of hacked documents–including emails, schematics, military files, IMs, medical reports, interviews, and more–Illuminae is the first book in a heart-stopping, high-octane trilogy about lives interrupted, the price of truth, and the courage of everyday heroes.
6- Artificial Intelligence: What’s your favourite book that you’ve read on technology instead of an actual book?
I’m going to count audiobooks in this question, in which I’m going to pick Black Witch by Laurie Forest because it’s just plain AMAZING. A very long series, but incredibly worth it!
Description: Elloren Gardner is the granddaughter of the last prophesied Black Witch, Carnissa Gardner, who drove back the enemy forces and saved the Gardnerian people during the Realm War. But while she is the absolute spitting image of her famous grandmother, Elloren is utterly devoid of power in a society that prizes magical ability above all else.
When she is granted the opportunity to pursue her lifelong dream of becoming an apothecary, Elloren joins her brothers at the prestigious Verpax University to embrace a destiny of her own, free from the shadow of her grandmother’s legacy. But she soon realizes that the university, which admits all manner of people—including the fire-wielding, winged Icarals, the sworn enemies of all Gardnerians—is a treacherous place for the granddaughter of the Black Witch.
As evil looms on the horizon and the pressure to live up to her heritage builds, everything Elloren thought she knew will be challenged and torn away. Her best hope of survival may be among the most unlikely band of misfits…if only she can find the courage to trust those she’s been taught to hate and fear.
7- End of the World Movies: Which book adaptation are you most excited about?
The book adaptation that really had my tyres turning this year has already been released, and that’s P.S I Still Love You by Jenny Han, which is the sequel to the absolutely adorable, To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before.
Description: To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before is the story of Lara Jean, who has never openly admitted her crushes, but instead wrote each boy a letter about how she felt, sealed it, and hid it in a box under her bed.
But one day Lara Jean discovers that somehow her secret box of letters has been mailed, causing all her crushes from her past to confront her about the letters: her first kiss, the boy from summer camp, even her sister’s ex-boyfriend, Josh.
As she learns to deal with her past loves face to face, Lara Jean discovers that something good may come out of these letters after all.