Thunderhead by Neal Shusterman – Book Review

Thunderhead by Neal Shusterman – Book Review

In case you don’t already know, Neal Shusterman is one of my favourite authors ever. I’ve read most of his books and he’s definitely one of the highest on my list of auto-buy authors. So when I finished Scythe last year, I couldn’t WAIT to read the sequel, Thunderhead!

Thunderhead by Neal Shusterman

The dark and thrilling sequel to Scythe, the New York Times sci-fi bestseller.

The stakes are high in this chilling sci-fi thriller, in which professional scythes control who dies. Everything else is out of human control, managed by the Thunderhead. It’s a perfect system – until it isn’t.

It’s been a year since Rowan went off-grid. Hunted by the Scythedom, he has become an urban legend, a vigilante snuffing out corrupt scythes in a trial by fire. Citra, meanwhile, is forging her path as Scythe Anastasia, gleaning with compassion. However, conflict within the Scythedom is growing by the day, and when Citra’s life is threatened, it becomes clear that there is a truly terrifying plot afoot.

The Thunderhead observes everything, and it does not like what it sees. Will it intervene?

Or will it simply watch as this perfect world begins to unravel?

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The Martian by Andy Weir – Favourite Book Ever?

The Martian by Andy Weir – Favourite Book Ever?

I’ll dive straight in: The Martian is one of my favourite books of all time. I love everything about it.

I went to see the film adaptation of The Martian in the cinema, kind of on a whim. My sister and I went because there was nothing much on, and my friends said it was great. Oh, how glad I am that I went to see it! I loved the film – every second of it – and I bought the book a couple of weeks later. I can’t believe how obsessed I am with it!

A mission to Mars. A freak accident. One man's struggle to survive. The Martian by Andy Weir is one of my all-time favourite books - here's my review!

A mission to Mars. A freak accident. One man’s struggle to survive.

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 nearly kills him and forces his crew to evacuate the planet while thinking him dead, Mark finds himself stranded on Mars’ surface, completely alone, 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.

But Mark’s not ready to quit. Armed with nothing but his ingenuity and his engineering skills—and a gallows sense of humor that proves to be his greatest source of strength–he embarks on a dogged quest to stay alive, using his botany expertise to grow food and even hatching a mad plan to contact NASA back on Earth.

As he overcomes one seemingly insurmountable obstacle after the next, Mark begins to let himself believe he might make it off the planet alive.

But Mars has plenty of surprises in store for him yet.

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Review: Challenger Deep by Neal Shusterman

Review: Challenger Deep by Neal Shusterman

Often, when reviewing a book I absolutely adored, it can be the hardest review to write. It’s difficult to put a review into words when you just want to gush and rave about how amazing it was, while still trying to remain objective. That’s the case with Challenger Deep by Neal Shusterman. I loved this book so much that I could probably write an essay about it, but I’ll try my best to keep it a decent length!

listened to Challenger Deep by Neal Shusterman as an audiobook on Audible, read by the incredible Michael Curran-Dorsano. Here's my 5-star review!

Caden Bosch is on a ship that’s headed for the deepest point on Earth: Challenger Deep, the southern part of the Marianas Trench.

Caden Bosch is a brilliant high school student whose friends are starting to notice his odd behav
ior.

Caden Bosch is designated the ship’s artist in residence, to document the journey with images.

Caden Bosch pretends to join the school track team but spends his days walking for miles, absorbed by the thoughts in his head.

Caden Bosch is split between his allegiance to the captain and the allure of mutiny.

Caden Bosch is torn.

A captivating and powerful novel that lingers long beyond the last page, Challenger Deep is a heartfelt tour de force by one of today’s most admired writers for teens.

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Review: On The Edge by Richard Hammond

Review: On The Edge by Richard Hammond

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Title: On The Edge: My Story
Author: Richard Hammond
Publication Date: 29th May 2008
Publisher: Orion Publishing

Synopsis

Richard Hammond is one of our most in-demand and best-loved television presenters. In September 2006, he suffered a serious brain injury following a high-speed car crash. ON THE EDGE is his compelling account of life before and after the accident and an honest description of his recovery, full of drama and incident.

An adrenalin junkie long before his association with Top Gear, Richard tells the story of his life, from the small boy showing off with ridiculous stunts on his bicycle to the adolescent with a near-obsessive attraction to speed and the smell of petrol.

After a series of jobs in local radio, he graduated to television and eventually to Top Gear. His insights into the personalities, the camaraderie and the stunts for which Top Gear has become famous, make compulsive reading. It was whilst filming for Top Gear that Richard was involved in a high speed crash, driving a jet-powered dragster. His wife Mindy tells the story of the anxious hours and days of watching and waiting until he finally emerged from his coma. In an extraordinarily powerful piece of writing, she and Richard then piece together the stages of his recovery as his shattered mind slowly reformed. The final chapter recounts his return home and his triumphant reappearance in front of the cameras.

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Top 5 Wednesday: Books I Wish Had a Sequel

Top 5 Wednesday: Books I Wish Had a Sequel

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It’s Wednesday, which means it’s time for another Top 5 Wednesday! This week’s challenge is to name five books that I wish had sequels. This was so difficult but I’ve (just about) managed to think of 5 – okay, one of them isn’t technically a sequel and more of an alternative universe version, but I’ve thought about it for years so I had to include it. Let’s go!

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