Book Review (ARC): Waking Gods (Themis Files, #2) – Sylvain Neuvel

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By: Sylvain Neuvel
Expected Date of Publication: April 4, 2017 by Del Rey
Format: eARC courtesy of NetGalley
Pages: 320
Genres: Science Fiction, Adult
Rating: ★★★½

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Summary:
As a child, Rose Franklin made an astonishing discovery: a giant metallic hand, buried deep within the earth. As an adult, she’s dedicated her brilliant scientific career to solving the mystery that began that fateful day: Why was a titanic robot of unknown origin buried in pieces around the world? Years of investigation have produced intriguing answers—and even more perplexing questions. But the truth is closer now than ever before when a second robot, more massive than the first, materializes and lashes out with deadly force.

Now humankind faces a nightmare invasion scenario made real, as more colossal machines touch down across the globe. But Rose and her team at the Earth Defense Corps refuse to surrender. They can turn the tide if they can unlock the last secrets of an advanced alien technology. The greatest weapon humanity wields is knowledge in a do-or-die battle to inherit the Earth . . . and maybe even the stars

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Book Review (ARC): All Our Wrong Todays – Elan Mastai

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By: Elan Mastai
Expected Publication Date: February 7, 2017 by Dutton
Format: eARC courtesy of NetGalley
Pages: 384
Genres: Adult, Science Fiction
Rating: ★★★★½

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Summary:
You know the future that people in the 1950s imagined we’d have? Well, it happened. In Tom Barren’s 2016, humanity thrives in a techno-utopian paradise of flying cars, moving sidewalks, and moon bases, where avocados never go bad and punk rock never existed . . . because it wasn’t necessary.

Except Tom just can’t seem to find his place in this dazzling, idealistic world, and that’s before his life gets turned upside down. Utterly blindsided by an accident of fate, Tom makes a rash decision that drastically changes not only his own life but the very fabric of the universe itself. In a time-travel mishap, Tom finds himself stranded in our 2016, what we think of as the real world. For Tom, our normal reality seems like a dystopian wasteland.

But when he discovers wonderfully unexpected versions of his family, his career, and—maybe, just maybe—his soul mate, Tom has a decision to make. Does he fix the flow of history, bringing his utopian universe back into existence, or does he try to forge a new life in our messy, unpredictable reality? Tom’s search for the answer takes him across countries, continents, and timelines in a quest to figure out, finally, who he really is and what his future—our future—is supposed to be.

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Book Review: Gemina (The Illuminae Files, #2) – Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff

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By: Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff
Published: October 18, 2016 by Knopf Books for Young Readers
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 659
Genres: Sci-Fi, Young Adult
Rating: ★★★★☆

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Summary:
Hanna is the station captain’s pampered daughter; Nik the reluctant member of a notorious crime family. But while the pair are struggling with the realities of life aboard the galaxy’s most boring space station, little do they know that Kady Grant and the Hypatia are headed right toward Heimdall, carrying news of the Kerenza invasion.

When an elite BeiTech strike team invades the station, Hanna and Nik are thrown together to defend their home. But alien predators are picking off the station residents one by one, and a malfunction in the station’s wormhole means the space-time continuum might be ripped in two before dinner. Soon Hanna and Nik aren’t just fighting for their own survival; the fate of everyone on the Hypatia—and possibly the known universe—is in their hands.

But relax. They’ve totally got this. They hope.

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Penguin Random House Canada Fall Preview

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This past weekend, I had the opportunity to spend a fun afternoon at the Penguin Random House Canada‘s head office in Toronto (which was beautiful), and watch a presentation about some of their most anticipated Fall/Winter releases.

There were so many books that sounded amazing, but there were a few mentioned that I was particularly excited about. So, I wanted to share the summaries of those books to spread the word!

The first book is the one that I’m most anticipating, and the rest are listed by date of release. I hope some of these sound good to you, too!

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