15721624Orleans by Sherri L. Smith
Release Date: March 7, 2013
Publisher: Putnam Juvenile
Source: Library
Rating: starstarblank_starblank_starblank_star
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After a string of devastating hurricanes and a severe outbreak of Delta Fever, the Gulf Coast has been quarantined. Years later, residents of the Outer States are under the assumption that life in the Delta is all but extinct… but in reality, a new primitive society has been born.

Fen de la Guerre is living with the O-Positive blood tribe in the Delta when they are ambushed. Left with her tribe leader’s newborn, Fen is determined to get the baby to a better life over the wall before her blood becomes tainted. Fen meets Daniel, a scientist from the Outer States who has snuck into the Delta illegally. Brought together by chance, kept together by danger, Fen and Daniel navigate the wasteland of Orleans. In the end, they are each other’s last hope for survival.

Sherri L. Smith delivers an expertly crafted story about a fierce heroine whose powerful voice and firm determination will stay with you long after you’ve turned the last page.

Review:

While I enjoyed this book at the same time it did nothing for me. From very early on it was clear to me that this book was a case of “it’s not you, it’s me.” Solid world building, amazing writing. But I just couldn’t wait for it to end. Nothing sucked me in about this book sadly.

10222362Mila 2.0 (MILA 2.0 #1)by Debra Driza
Release Date: March 12, 2013
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books
Source: Personal Copy
Rating: starstarstarstarblank_star
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Mila 2.0 is the first book in an electrifying sci-fi thriller series about a teenage girl who discovers that she is an experiment in artificial intelligence.

Mila was never meant to learn the truth about her identity. She was a girl living with her mother in a small Minnesota town. She was supposed to forget her past—that she was built in a secret computer science lab and programmed to do things real people would never do.

Now she has no choice but to run—from the dangerous operatives who want her terminated because she knows too much and from a mysterious group that wants to capture her alive and unlock her advanced technology. However, what Mila’s becoming is beyond anyone’s imagination, including her own, and it just might save her life.

Mila 2.0 is Debra Driza’s bold debut and the first book in a Bourne Identity-style trilogy that combines heart-pounding action with a riveting exploration of what it really means to be human. Fans of I Am Number Four will love Mila for who she is and what she longs to be—and a cliffhanger ending will leave them breathlessly awaiting the sequel.

Review:

This is an amazing debut. I enjoyed this book so much in the sense that I started it and couldn’t put it down. I did put it down for sleeping and school, but trust me, I tried to work through both of those to finish this book. I couldn’t stop reading it. Mila was a fascinating character to learn about and then ending left me with the right mix of satisfied and wanting more. Plus Driza is a strong world building author.

ashfallAshfall (Ashfall #1) by Mike Mullin
Release Date: October 11th 2011
Publisher: Tanglewood Press
Source: Library
Rating: starstarstarstarblank_star
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Many visitors to Yellowstone National Park don’t realize that the boiling hot springs and spraying geysers are caused by an underlying supervolcano, so large that the caldera can only be seen by plane or satellite. And by some scientific measurements, it could be overdue for an eruption.

For Alex, being left alone for the weekend means having the freedom to play computer games and hang out with his friends without hassle from his mother. Then the Yellowstone supervolcano erupts, plunging his hometown into a nightmare of darkness, ash, and violence. Alex begins a harrowing trek to search for his family and finds help in Darla, a travel partner he meets along the way. Together they must find the strength and skills to survive and outlast an epic disaster.

Review:

This book caused me so many feels and while I debated doing a whole review for this book, but I was full of so many feelings on this book that the full review was never fully complete. It was full of “OH MY AND ON THIS PAGE” and “SO WHEN THIS HAPPENED.”  Ashfall is one of those books like The Hunger Games. It is really, really good but wow is it depressing. My heart went out for Alex throughout this whole novel.  This is a novel in which Alex fights for survival the whole story, not just against others, but also for a time, himself. I cannot recommend this book enough.