Plague by Michael Grant

Image result for plague michael grantImagine a world in which everyday people gain supernatural abilities. A world without any adults or rules. A world where animals are starting to mutate horribly. A world surrounded by an impassable barrier, stopping anyone from entering… or getting out. Welcome to Michael Grant’s FAYZ, or Fallout Alley Youth Zone.

Every human above the age of 15 have disappeared, leaving the kids in a world that’s theirs for the taking. In this fourth installment of the Gone series, Drake has returned, bringing with him a terrifying concept of the perfect killing machine: beetles. They start off as invisible threats, but the true horror begins when you see a small pair of mandibles poking through the inside of your skin. They slowly begin to grow and emerge from your body, secreting a numbing liquid as they do so. When incubation is complete, they burst from inside you and eat your remains.

As if this and Drake weren’t bad enough, kids are coughing up a lung… literally. A plague is wiping out the population of Perdido Beach, a sickness that nothing can heal. Tensions are high as the fight for survival sweeps up some new faces and old, exposing new problems, and new solutions.

-Luke D.

Plague by Michael Grant is available for checkout from the Mission Viejo Library

Series Review: Endgame by James Frey & Nils Johnson-Shelton.

endgame_jamesfreyA long time ago, they came. Founding humanity and then leaving, they said they would come back. They would come back for Endgame, the game that would shape humanity’s future. Civilization was divided into 12 lines. In each line, players are highly trained from each generation; this has been going on for thousands of years. Finally, the time has come to play and a player from each line has been chosen to Play. The game is simple:twelve participants compete against each other to find three keys hidden on Earth. The player to find all three keys before the rest wins protection from “The Event.”

In the first book, The Calling, the reader is introduced to each of the players. These characters exist all over the world and some decide to form alliances. The first book is all about the Players competing to get Earth key. The second book, Sky Key, continues where the first book left off and finds the players searching for the titular Sky key. The third book, Rules of the Game, is going to be released in October.

The books have non-stop action that will keep the reader engaged to the end. If the first two books are page-turners, the third one should be as well. Another great aspect of the book is how the chapters are written from the perspective of each character. By doing this, the authors give the reader deeper insight into the characters. Despite being highly trained and ruthless killers, each Player has his or her insecurities. Some may feel the book is too highly detailed, but these details make the book better. A mix of genres is what makes the book a great read for everyone.

Endgame by James Frey is available for checkout from the Mission Viejo Library

-Anmol K.