The Martian by Andy Weir

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RATING: 🌕🌕🌕🌕🌕 (5/5 Moons)

Published: September 27, 2012

Publishing: Crown Publishing (Originally self-published on 2011)

Format: audiobook & e-Book

Pages: 387

 


“… every human being has a basic instinct to help each other out.”

SYNOPSIS:

Six days ago, astronaut Mark Watney became one of the first men to walk on the surface of Mars. Now, he’s sure he’ll be the first man to die there.

It started with the dust storm that holed his suit and nearly killed him, and that forced his crew to leave him behind, sure he was already dead. Now he’s stranded millions of miles from the nearest human being, with no way to even signal Earth that he’s alive–and even if he could get word out, his food would be gone years before a rescue mission could arrive. Chances are, though, he won’t have time to starve to death. The damaged machinery, unforgiving environment, or plain-old “human error” are much more likely to get him first.

But Mark isn’t ready to give up yet. Drawing on his ingenuity, his engineering skills–and a relentless, dogged refusal to quit–he steadfastly confronts one seemingly insurmountable obstacle after the next. But will his resourcefulness be enough to overcome the impossible odds against him?

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WWW Wednesday – 05/29/19

Hello friends! How have you been? It’s been a long time since I’ve been active in my blog. Luckily, I’m in the mood to blog and catch up with all my unposted reviews at the moment; and I thought why not participate in today’s WWW Wednesday?

Always thankful to Sam @samannelizabeth for hosting this.

If you want to join, all you have to do is answer these three questions:

1. What are you currently reading?

2. What did you recently finish reading?

3. What do you think you’ll read next?

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In an Absent Dream by Seanan McGuire

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RATING: 🌝🌝🌝🌚🌚(3/5 moons)

Published: January 08, 2019

Publisher: Tor.com

Format: e-Book

Pages: 203

 

 


“… fairness is a subjective thing, not a fixed target.”

SYNOPSIS:

This fourth entry and prequel tells the story of Lundy, a very serious young girl who would rather study and dream than become a respectable housewife and live up to the expectations of the world around her. As well she should.

When she finds a doorway to a world founded on logic and reason, riddles and lies, she thinks she’s found her paradise. Alas, everything costs at the goblin market, and when her time there is drawing to a close, she makes the kind of bargain that never plays out well.

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Beneath the Sugar Sky by Seanan McGuire

 

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RATING: 🌝🌝🌝🌝🌚(4/5 moons)

Published: January 09, 2018

Publisher: Tor.com

Format: e-Book

Pages: 174

 

 


“There is kindness in the world, if we know how to look for it. If we never start denying it the doors.”

 

SYNOPSIS:

When Rini lands with a literal splash in the pond behind Eleanor West’s Home for Wayward Children, the last thing she expects to find is that her mother, Sumi, died years before Rini was even conceived. But Rini can’t let Reality get in the way of her quest – not when she has an entire world to save! (Much more common than one would suppose.)

If she can’t find a way to restore her mother, Rini will have more than a world to save: she will never have been born in the first place. And in a world without magic, she doesn’t have long before Reality notices her existence and washes her away. Good thing the student body is well-acquainted with quests…

A tale of friendship, baking, and derring-do.

Warning: May contain nuts.

 

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In the Afterlight by Alexandra Bracken

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RATING: 🌕🌕🌕🌕🌗 (4.5/5 moons)

Published: October 28, 2014

Publisher: Disney-Hyperion

Format: Hardcover

Pages: 535

 

 


“What I’m trying to get at is, as bad as everything seems, I think, at its heart, life is good. It doesn’t throw anything at us that it knows we can’t handle – and, even if it takes its time, it turns everything right side up again…”

SYNOPSIS:

Ruby can’t look back. Fractured by an unbearable loss, she and the kids who survived the government’s attack on Los Angeles travel north to regroup. With them is a prisoner: Clancy Gray, son of the president, and one of the few people Ruby has encountered with abilities like hers. Only Ruby has any power over him, and just one slip could lead to Clancy wreaking havoc on their minds.

They are armed only with a volatile secret: proof of a government conspiracy to cover up the real cause of IAAN, the disease that has killed most of America’s children and left Ruby and others like her with powers the government will kill to keep contained. But internal strife may destroy their only chance to free the “rehabilitation camps” housing thousands of other Psi kids.

Meanwhile, reunited with Liam, the boy she would-and did-sacrifice everything for to keep alive, Ruby must face the painful repercussions of having tampered with his memories of her. She turns to Cole, his older brother, to provide the intense training she knows she will need to take down Gray and the government. But Cole has demons of his own, and one fatal mistake may be the spark that sets the world on fire.

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Never Fade by Alexandra Bracken

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RATING: 🌕🌕🌕🌕🌕 (5/5 moons)

Published: October 15, 2013

Publisher: Disney-Hyperion

Format: Hardcover

Pages: 507

 

 


“I don’t want to just see someone’s face; I want to know his shadow, too.”

SYNOPSIS:
Ruby never asked for the abilities that almost cost her her life. Now she must call upon them on a daily basis, leading dangerous missions to bring down a corrupt government and breaking into the minds of her enemies. Other kids in the Children’s League call Ruby “Leader”, but she knows what she really is: a monster.

When Ruby is entrusted with an explosive secret, she must embark on her most dangerous mission yet: leaving the Children’s League behind. Crucial information about the disease that killed most of America’s children—and turned Ruby and the others who lived into feared and hated outcasts—has survived every attempt to destroy it. But the truth is only saved in one place: a flashdrive in the hands of Liam Stewart, the boy Ruby once believed was her future—and who now wouldn’t recognize her.

As Ruby sets out across a desperate, lawless country to find Liam—and answers about the catastrophe that has ripped both her life and America apart—she is torn between old friends and the promise she made to serve the League. Ruby will do anything to protect the people she loves. But what if winning the war means losing herself?

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Best of 2018

Another year means another reading year and more books to be added on our TBR pile. I have been doing well with my reading on the first half of the year until I fall into the biggest slump of my life. Even so, I managed to complete my reading challenge in Goodreads.

I read a total of 27 books. Out of 27, I will narrow down my best of 2018 into 5 books. It is because most of the books that I have read this year are series or part of a series. So I will only choose one book if I love that series.

But before anything else, here are the books that I have read this year!

 

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