The original book that started it all: Ender’s Game. It tells the story of Ender Wiggin, who’s the best of the best in a school that’s designed to train children to become military commanders. But what Ender’s Game does not tell is the story of Ender’s partner, strategist and best friend – Bean. In the companion novel Ender’s Shadow, Bean’s childhood is unwrapped to reveal his horrifying ancestry and his life growing up homeless. I really enjoyed Ender’s Shadow because while the novel took place at the same time as Ender’s Game, the story was seemingly different because of the different perspective and angle. While Ender’s Game made Ender sound like a kid simply trying to make it through Battle School, Ender’s Shadow depicted Ender as a god, with all the students practically worshipping him for his feats. Ender’s Shadow provides an insanely fresh new outlook on the story of Ender’s Game.
By Aaryaman Akhouri
Have you ever read a book that is so good that the moment you finish it, you want to read it again? Have you ever read a book that constantly surprises you with writing as sharp as a tungsten needle? If you haven’t, then I would like to introduce Gone Girl. Before I talk about why Gone Girl is one of the best books ever published, I will go over some background information. Gone Girl is a neo-noir thriller written by Gillian Flynn that was released in 2012.
The book is about the sudden disappearance of the main character’s wife, and how the media and people react to the disappearance. Gone Girl is a book with dark and complex characters, a sophisticated story with many twists and turns, and a jaded tone that acts as icing on a cake. Out of all the modern themes in the book such as deceit, the largest one is gender equality. It gives an ugly yet cerebral portrayal of both men and women. Also, it provides a brilliant satire of the media and the news. Gone Girl is a book that plays with your feelings and consistently makes you feel jumpy and jittery. I’ve said it before, and I’m happy to say it again, Gone Girl is one of the best books ever written and published. I would give it a rating of 9.6/10.
By Ashley Huang
Kami Glass is your average British teenager. She has a best friend named Angela, writes for the school newspaper, and has two rowdy younger brothers who keep her busy after school. But, what makes Kami stand out is that she loves a boy who doesn’t even exist. Jared is a voice that has been in Kami’s head since birth. The pair grew up sharing secrets and telling each other jokes without even knowing what the other looked like. Everything changes the day a strange family from America moves into town, and Kami finds out that Jared is her new neighbor. Now, Kami isn’t sure if she likes Jared anymore. He’s the exact opposite of what Kami thought he’d look like. To make matters worse, Jared and his family radiates an eerie magic that casts fear upon the entire town. Finally, Kami and her best friend Angela team up to write an article that delves down deep into the reason why Jared’s family is so strange, and in the process, Kami learns the deepest, darkest secrets about Jared ever imaginable.
Black Panther has a lot on his plate these days. Not only must tackle the threat of a new terroist group but also the widespread corruption infecting his kingdom. Written by National Book Award-winner T-Nehisi Coates (Between the World and Me) and illustrated by Brian Stelfreeze (Shadow of the Bat) , A Nation Under Our Feet is the beginning of the next Black Panther epic.
Six months. That is how much time we have until the world ends. So when Peter Zell is found dead in an apparent suicide, no one cares, except for detective Hank Palace.
Book by Erin Hunter.
Novel by Andy Weir.