Breaking the Spine and features books that we just can't wait to get our hands on!
This week's picks:
Katana by Cole Gibsen
"Seventeen-year-old Rileigh Martin wanted to spend her summer hanging out with friends, shopping, and working at a hair salon...too bad fighting ninja is a full time job in itself."
Well, it's a short summary but I always have a soft spot for books with Japanese themes. We haven't seen ninjas much in YA recently so that's fresh, and the cover is fun — the red really pops and I like the combination of modern with traditional.
Article 5 by Kristen Simmons
"New York, Los Angeles, and Washington, DC have been abandoned.
The Bill of Rights has been revoked, and replaced with the Moral Statutes.
There are no more police — instead, there are soldiers. There are no more fines for bad behavior — instead, there are arrests, trials, and maybe worse. People who get arrested don’t usually come back.
17-year-old Ember Miller is old enough to remember that things weren’t always this way. Living with her rebellious single mother, it’s hard to forget that people weren’t always arrested for reading the wrong books or staying out after dark. That life in the United States used to be different.
In the three years since the war ended, Ember has perfected the art of keeping a low profile. She knows how to get the things she needs, like food stamps and hand-me-down clothes, and how to pass the random home inspections by the Federal Bureau of Reformation. Her life is as close to peaceful as circumstances allow. That is, until her mother is arrested for noncompliance with Article 5 of the Moral Statutes. And what’s worse, one of the arresting officers is none other than Chase Jennings…the only boy Ember has ever loved."
I know, the dystopian genre is getting saturated, but I do like the scarily realistic sound of this one. If she remembers what the U.S. used to be like, then it really is set soon in the future. And the dilemma set up with Ember being in love with one of the officers who arrests her mom makes it all the more interesting...
What books are you waiting on?