From Dean, Teen Book Reviewer
author: Card, Orson Scott
Ender’s Game: Battle School
Ender’s Game: Battle School by Orson Scott Card is an extremely short graphic novel, but that doesn’t make it uninteresting. I read it in about 30 minutes, so you could consider it to be like a TV show. The story, which takes place in the distant future, is about a 6 year old boy named Ender, who has been recruited into a military training facility. This one is more about when he first gets recruited and learns to deal with all the hardships, after all he is only 6 years old. I would strongly recommend this book to action and sci-fi fans. It has a lot of references to things such as null gravity, virtual reality and much more. As for action, this book packs a punch, whether it’s Ender taking out a bully old fashion style or laser action fight scene, it’s jam packed. I strongly recommend this book to anyone who wants a quick sci-fi action comic book.
From Mathew, Teen Book Reviewer
author: Card , Orson Scott
“Ender’s Game” takes placed entirely in the future. In this book’s future, there’s a bug-like, alien race called the Buggers. We are at war with the Buggers since they have attacked Earth two times in the recent past. Since we are at war, the Government has to select the brightest and toughest kids to train for the epic battles with the Buggers. Six year old Ender Wiggin is one of those lucky chosen kids after he won a nasty and really bloody fight with a schoolmate. It was after this fight that the Government thought, after much consideration, that little Ender Wiggin could defeat the evil Buggers. Ender was thought to be the perfect hero because he had two of the best traits that ran in his family. He had the violence and hatred of his brother, Peter, and the empathy and kindness of his sister, Valentine. As the book progresses, Ender launches off with other kids on a ship to Battle School, which is in outer space. Ender finds Battle School to b e an entertaining place, especially the game room, where the team battles happen. You’ll learn about the Game Room, and it’s rules, as you read through “Ender’s Game”, so it won’t be confusing. Ender gets put in the absolute beginners group (team), the Launchies. Ender is teased and made fun of at first, but, because of his abilities, he later becomes respected and befriended by the other kids. The Government advances Ender extremely quickly through Battle school since they want him to be isolated from the other kids and be prepared for battle as quickly as possible. The result is Ender becomes lonely and overworked. Those problems make Ender want to quit Battle School forever. Will Ender quit Battle School? If he stays, will he be the hero that he’s supposed to be? Find out those answers, and more in “Ender’s Game”.
From Andrea Kalinowski
author: D’Arc, Bianca
Once bitten, twice dead
Zombies, zombies everywhere just in time for Halloween. The first Bianca D’Arc novel to introduce the reader to this newly revived character was “Once bitten, twice dead” followed by “Half past dead” which contains two novellas, one of which is Bianca D’Arc’s “Simon says”. The latest installment of zombies is contained within “The Beast within” and the novella is entitled “Smoke on the water”. The military wanted to make their soldiers indestructible but something went horribly wrong and they became zombies. Some of the scientists, those for whom the term “evil genius” was coined, are interested in using the zombies for personal gain. One of the scientists uses the zombies to enact revenge against her adulterous husband and his new love interest. The books are fun and a little hair-raising. The battle between good and evil is featured and
thankfully, for humankind anyway, the zombies and their evil creators are temporarily halted but the next installment of the battle is due soon inthe book “A Darker shade of dead”. Will evil triumph over good, avarice over sacrifice? Stay tuned …
From Chris Garland
author: Krakauer, Jon
Where Men Win Glory : The Odyssey of Pat Tillman
The odyssey of Pat Tillman is a uniquely American tragedy. After the attacks of 9/11 he felt compelled to defend his country. He left a loving wife and a lucrative career as a professional football player to join the military, only to die in a friendly fire incident in Afghanistan.
Tillman was not your typical jock. He challenged himself intellectually as well as physically. He lived by a set of principles that money or love could not supplant. Jon Krakauer (author of previous bestsellers “Into the Wild” and “Into Thin Air”), merges the history of the United States
adventures in Iraq and Afghanistan with Tillman’s life, creating a compelling story.