Saturday, January 23, 2016

Booklist: If you like Star Wars, you should read...

I have to admit to you now that I (sinfully) have not seen the new Star Wars movie yet. I'm planning on waiting until it hits the "dollar" theater asap. When that happens, you can bet that I will be posting a review. It will probably be full of spoilers, since everyone else in the world has (1) already seen it and (2) already spoiled it for me :( Part of me has been super excited to see it, and apparently a bigger part is very wary. Everyone that has seen it says that it's awesome, and that gives me very high expectations. 

Anyway, enough of my rantings. Here are ten books to fill the void until Star Wars Episode VIII. 

1. Avalon by Mindee Arnett
Seventeen-year-old Jeth Seagrave, the leader of a ragtag team of teenage mercenaries, skirts the line between honor and the law in an attempt to win freedom for his sister and himself in the form of their parents' old spaceship.

2. A Confusion of Princes by Garth Nix
Battling aliens, space pirates, and competitors, Prince Khemri meets a young woman, named Raine, and learns more than he expected about the hidden workings of a vast, intergalactic Empire, and about himself.

3. Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff
The planet Kerenza is attacked, and Kady and Ezra find themselves on a space fleet fleeing the enemy, while their ship's artificial intelligence system and a deadly plague may be the end of them all.

4. Pathfinder by Orson Scott Card
Thirteen-year-old Rigg has a secret ability to see the paths of others' pasts, but revelations after his father's death set him on a dangerous quest that brings new threats from those who would either control his destiny or kill him.

5. Red Rising by Pierce Brown
A tale set in a bleak future society torn by class divisions follows the experiences of secret revolutionary Darrow, who after witnessing his wife's execution by an oppressive government joins a revolutionary cell and attempts to infiltrate an elite military academy.

6. This Shattered World by Amie Kaufman and Megan Spoones
Flynn, leader of the rebellion on Avon, captures Jubilee "Lee" Chase, captain of the forces sent to crush the terraformed planet's rebellious colonists, but later saves her and the two, caught between sides in a senseless war, flee together.

7. Ship Breaker by Paolo Bacigalupi
In a futuristic world, teenaged Nailer scavenges copper wiring from grounded oil tankers for a living, but when he finds a beached clipper ship with a girl in the wreckage, he has to decide if he should strip the ship for its wealth or rescue the girl.

 8. Legend by Marie Lu
In a dark future, when North America has split into two warring nations, fifteen-year-olds Day, a famous criminal, and prodigy June, the brilliant soldier hired to capture him, discover that they have a common enemy.

9. Across the Universe by Beth Revis
Teenaged Amy, a cryogenically frozen passenger on the spaceship Godspeed, wakes up to discover that someone may have tried to murder her.

10.  Darth Vader and Son & Vader's Little Princess
I couldn't leave these off the list. In this comic reimagining, Darth Vader is a dad like any other-- except with all the baggage of being the Dark Lord of the Sith.

(All summaries from Novelist library database)

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