What’s a fun way to post between book reviews? Tags, of course! I found this one on Katytastic’s YouTube channel (she’s awesome!)—it was created by her and a few friends. As soon as I saw the questions, I knew it was going to be right up my alley (the one with shiny metal, futuristic lighting and teleporters). So I’ll start off by also tagging anyone who wants to do this: sci-fi lovers, people who need post ideas, anyone who just likes tags… you get the idea!
All right, let’s get on with the books. 🙂
1: Space: Name a book that is out of this world—that takes place in a world different from our own.
When I went looking through my “Read” bookshelf, this was actually harder to find than I thought. I didn’t count post-war earth settings or anything like that. The story I chose actually begins on our world; however, more than 90% of its storyline takes place outside of it! For this one, I’m going with The Ultimate Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy.
Douglas Adams’ imagination and world building are delightful. From ugly monsters who recite the worst poetry known in creation, to a 5-star restaurant where one can witness the end of the universe—every night—Adams’ story is filled with so many different planets and peoples you’ll have to make a chart to keep track. I think he’s safely my best selection for this prompt.
2. Black Hole: Name a book that completely sucked you in.
Unsurprisingly, engaging series tend to become popular, regardless of how well their quality is continued. One thing I love about YA (and dystopian in general) is the amount of creativity with which authors introduce readers to a new society. Veronica Roth’s Divergent sucked me in with its narration, the factions (societal categories seem to be a trend in YA books– Hunger Games, Percy Jackson, etc; perhaps this is in part because readers wonder where we’d fall), and the consistent action pacing.
While I can’t say the same about the end of the series, its beginning was captivating and fun to immerse myself in.
3. Light speed: Name a book you are anticipating so much that you wish you could travel at light speed to get to it.
This one was fun. This book is the fifth in a series that similarly captured my attention early on for some of the same reasons as Divergent—intriguing world, established objectives, competition, and colorful detail. Kiera Cass’ Selection series, while a bit of a guilty pleasure, has an intriguing ending in store. It will end with the May 3rd release of The Crown. The cover is beautiful and I’m looking forward to seeing how the last Selection ends.
4. Nebula: Name a book with a beautiful cover.
Speaking of beautiful covers. For this one, I’m going with one of the new hardbacks I got with Christmas money a few months ago. Leigh Bardugo’s Six of Crows, a story about a team of outcasts collaborating to pull off the most impressive of heists, has a sharp, eye-catching cover.
There’s texture to it. As if the front wasn’t enough, all my edition’s page edges are dyed black—that’s something I’ve never seen done around the entire page before. Simply put, it’s striking.
5. Multiverse: Name a companion set or spinoff series you love.
I didn’t expect to feature one series twice in a tag post; but I also didn’t expect to enjoy Four, the companion novel to the Divergent series, so much.
Actually, I prefer this to both Insurgent and Allegiant. Four brought back that freshness to Roth’s dystopian world by introducing things from the title character’s perspective: areas of Dauntless we couldn’t have seen without him. The action was ramped up, characters dynamically matured, and the pacing was done well. Overall, great addition to the series.
6. Gravity: Name your favorite romantic pairing that seems to have a gravitational pull to each other.
Now, to avoid the basic, popular fictional couples (we’ve had enough KatnissXPeeta, TrisXFour, GusXHazel for quite a while), I’m going to pick one that stands out to me as a definite strong point of an entire series. If you got through that sentence, thanks for sticking with me! My couple for this tag is Malencia Vale and Tomas Endress from The Testing by Joelle Charbonneau.
Malencia (Cia) and Tomas compete together in a deadly program designed to filter out suitable university students. Needless to say, we’d have a drastically lower college attendance if this was our world. But getting to the point, the two of them are caring people, and they have chemistry with one another. They’ve known each other since they were children and it’s obvious there’s interest that’s remained unexplored until interaction is necessary. Tomas is quickly protective of Cia, befriending and teaming up with her once they begin testing. Cia, likewise, cares for Tomas and doesn’t leave him behind in times that she could. I started rooting for them to get together real early.
7. The Big Bang: Name the book that got you started on reading.
Easy—Gregor the Overlander by Suzanne Collins. Her lesser known first series hooked me in middle school and I was all over fantasy and fiction in general from then on. Those were my first experiences with the excitement of the next installment coming out, and the bittersweet feeling of finally finishing a series.
Plus, let’s be honest: we all wanted a personally-matched, huge bat to ride around on and bond with, too.
8. Asteroid: Name a short story or novella that you love.
This prompt turned me to a literary journal I’ve been a fan of for the past year or so—The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction. In their March/April 2015 edition, they published a dystopian story called “Things Worth Knowing” by Jay O’Connell. Connell’s short piece features an everyman security guard/proctor for an outdated study facility named Stanley. Stanley befriends a young prodigy named Joel who has to decide which institution he wants to sign with. Violent action ensues.
What I love about this story are the little details: imagery, setting, the workings of a futuristic lab, and how everything still has a familiar, outdated feeling to it. The setting details especially intrigued me: wire-caged clocks, stun sticks, and study areas grouped by grade. Definitely worth the read, if you’re able to find it.
9. Galaxy: Name a book with multiple POVs (Points of View)
This was another prompt where I fought not to choose something obvious like Allegiant. Then I remembered that in my YA Lit class last year, we read Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein: it’s an incredible story about two female friends trying to survive in World War II Europe.
There’s secrecy, hidden messages, nighttime escapes, and the synopsis’ promise that only one of them has “a chance at survival,” which isn’t fulfilled in the expected way. This novel did a great job of using the perspective switches to conceal information and push the action forward to the intense ending.
10. Spaceship: Name a book title that would be a great name for a spaceship.
Yaay, this one! Last but not least. I looked through a bunch of tough, intimidating-sounding titles—things you’d expect an empire or fleet to name their flagship if they wanted to create a reputation. But none of those struck me as unique for that very reason. So, for this one, I’m going with Prodigy by Marie Lu.
I’ve yet to read this book, but it’s the second in the Legend trilogy, and it’s got a pretty cover, which is also textured. I’d like to name my spaceship (if I had one, of course) this because it bespeaks promise while hinting at yet-unearthed potential. A prodigy’s not finished growing yet, just as we aren’t. Of course, that’s getting all psychologically projective with spaceship names…I could have chosen Champion. Or Legend. But they just didn’t appeal to me as much. 🙂
Aaaand that’s it! I hope you guys enjoyed this tag post. Once again, anyone who wants to do this is hereby tagged—and hey, comment below if you do so I can read yours, too! 🙂