Published: August 11, 2011 (First published May 01, 2005)
“… most supposed miracles were either natural or the result of human intervention.”
Elantris was built on magic and it thrived. But then the magic began to fade and Elantris began to rot. And now its shattered citizens face domination by a powerful Imperium motivated by dogged religious views.
Can a young Princess unite the people of Elantris, rediscover the lost magic and lead a rebellion against the imperial zealots?
Brandon Sanderson’s debut fantasy showed his skill as a storyteller and an imaginer of baroque magical systems to be fully developed from the start.
“When we allow ourselves to explore, we discover destinations that were never on our map.”
When Earth intercepts a message from a long-extinct alien race, it seems like the solution the planet has been waiting for. The Undying’s advanced technology has the potential to undo environmental damage and turn lives around, and Gaia, their former home planet, is a treasure trove waiting to be uncovered.
For Jules Addison and his fellow scholars, the discovery of an alien culture offers unprecedented opportunity for study… as long as scavengers like Amelia Radcliffe don’t loot everything first. Mia and Jules’ different reasons for smuggling themselves onto Gaia put them immediately at odds, but after escaping a dangerous confrontation with other scavvers, they form a fragile alliance.
In order to penetrate the Undying temple and reach the tech and information hidden within, the two must decode the ancient race’s secrets and survive their traps. But the more they learn about the Undying, the more their presence in the temple seems to be part of a grand design that could spell the end of the human race…
“… they had forgotten the most crucial point of life – that it wasn’t meant to be lived for the past, or even the future, but for each present moment.”
In one devastating night, violin prodigy Etta Spencer loses everything she knows and loves. Thrust into an unfamiliar world by a stranger with a dangerous agenda, Etta is certain of only one thing: she has traveled not just miles but years from home. And she’s inherited a legacy she knows nothing about from a family whose existence she’s never heard of. Until now.
Nicholas Carter is content with his life at sea, free from the Ironwoods—a powerful family in the colonies—and the servitude he’s known at their hands. But with the arrival of an unusual passenger on his ship comes the insistent pull of the past that he can’t escape and the family that won’t let him go so easily. Now the Ironwoods are searching for a stolen object of untold value, one they believe only Etta, Nicholas’ passenger, can find. In order to protect her, he must ensure she brings it back to them—whether she wants to or not.
Together, Etta and Nicholas embark on a perilous journey across centuries and continents, piecing together clues left behind by the traveler who will do anything to keep the object out of the Ironwoods’ grasp. But as they get closer to the truth of their search, and the deadly game the Ironwoods are playing, treacherous forces threaten to separate Etta not only from Nicholas but from her path home… forever.
Dystopian/dystopia has been a popular genre back in the year 2010 to 2012. But for me, it reached its peak in 2012. A lot of great dystopian books came out in the past years and I remember reading some of the most popular series/trilogy in this genre. But these past 4 or 5 years, the new releases for this genre does not peaked my interest because I feel like most of the good tropes or plot has already been written and the other books are just footnotes or an afterthought. So with that mindset, I plan to read the older dystopian books that was also popular and making a hype back in The Hunger Games era. (Yeah that’s what I call it.)
I am a self-proclaimed dystopian lover and I want to do a blog where I could recommend or rank dystopian books. However, I am aware that the books that I have read is not even half of the popular books in this genre. So I did some research and picked 9 books that I planned to read. The books that I picked are the books that I have been hearing back in the days that I haven’t gotten around to. I list them down in a piece of paper and ranked them by their Goodreads rating. I am reading it from the lowest to the highest ranking books. In addition to that, I am only reading the first book in the series/trilogy and that will be the deciding factor if I will continue on with this series.
So I will not make this intro much longer than it should have and let’s get into the books!
Happy first Wednesday of the month my friends! The days are surely passing by so fast. And I am quite proud of myself for reading these many books in the start of the year. I just wished that I will continue to read like that for the whole year.
Time surely flies by so fast. We’re already on the third month of the year. Almost a quarter of the year done.
It’s sad to say that my reading rush has died down because I started re-watching my favorite anime, Detective Conan, again. So my reading time was consumed by my watching time. But still I managed to read a descent amount of books this month.
So without further ado, let’s dive into the books!