Feed by M.T. Anderson

Book Description:

Published: February 23, 2004

Identity crises, consumerism, and star-crossed teenage love in a futuristic society where people connect to the Internet via feeds implanted in their brains.

For Titus and his friends, it started out like any ordinary trip to the moon – a chance to party during spring break and play with some stupid low-grav at the Ricochet Lounge. But that was before the crazy hacker caused all their feeds to malfunction, sending them to the hospital to lie around with nothing inside their heads for days. And it was before Titus met Violet, a beautiful, brainy teenage girl who has decided to fight the feed and its omnipresent ability to categorize human thoughts and desires. Following in the footsteps of George Orwell, Anthony Burgess, and Kurt Vonnegut Jr., M. T. Anderson has created a not-so-brave new world — and a smart, savage satire that has captivated readers with its view of an imagined future that veers unnervingly close to the here and now.

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This brilliantly ironic satire is set in a future world where television and computers are connected directly into people’s brains when they are babies. The result is a chillingly recognizable consumer society where empty-headed kids are driven by fashion and shopping and the avid pursuit of silly entertainment–even on trips to Mars and the moon–and by constant customized murmurs in their brains of encouragement to buy, buy, buy. From Amazon Reviews

I liked this book very much and would have liked it more if Titus and his friends(especially the boys) didn’t  talk like Valley Girls and act like jerks. It’s scary to think that our minds are controlled by something we can’t even see but it’s happening now on all social media sites when we log in or browse and we are bombarded by ads showing us images of all the irresistible things we can’t live without.  I think we should all be a bit more like Violet.

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The Fun House by Dean Koontz

Book Description:

Published: 1980

Once there was a girl who ran away and joined a traveling carnival. She married a man she grew to hate—and gave birth to a child she could never love. A child so monstrous that she killed it with her own hands…Twenty-five years later, Ellen Harper has a new life, a new husband, and two normal children—Joey loves monster movies, and Amy is about to graduate from high school. But their mother drowns her secret guilt in alcohol and prayer. The time has come for Amy and Joey to pay for her sins…

Because Amy is pregnant.

And the carnival is coming back to town.

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I’ve only been to a carnival once or twice but after reading this book I’ll never go again.

Really suspenseful and creepy with well-defined characters and “beasties”and plenty of blood and guts.  Horror at it’s best, written by one of the best.

If you like spooky, this is for you.

 

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Dark Places by Gillian Flynn

Book Description

April 25, 2009
Libby Day was seven when her mother and two sisters were murdered in “The Satan Sacrifice” of Kinnakee, Kansas.” She survived—and famously testified that her fifteen-year-old brother, Ben, was the killer. Twenty-five years later, the Kill Club—a secret secret society obsessed with notorious crimes—locates Libby and pumps her for details.

Was the voice she heard her brother’s? Ben was a misfit in their small town, but was he capable of murder? Are there secrets to uncover at the family farm or is Libby deluding herself because she wants her brother back?

They hope to discover proof that may free Ben. Libby hopes to turn a profit off her tragic history: She’ll reconnect with the players from that night and report her findings to the club—for a fee. As Libby’s search takes her from shabby Missouri strip clubs to abandoned Oklahoma tourist towns, the unimaginable truth emerges, and Libby finds herself right back where she started—on the run from a killer.

She begins to realize that everyone in her family had something to hide that day… especially Ben. Now, twenty-four years later, the truth is going to be even harder to find.

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This book was a real page turner and I had to force myself to periodically put it down when my eyes would start to blur.

The character depictions are so real they jump off the page and although it’s dark and gruesome in parts the unpredictability will keep you guessing to the end.

It is fantastic and I gave it 5 stars *****

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Let The Storm Break (Let The Sky Fall #2) by Shannon Messenger

Book Description

March 4, 2014 
Vane Weston is haunted. By the searing pull of his bond to Audra. By the lies he’s told to cover for her disappearance. By the treacherous winds that slip into his mind, trying to trap him in his worst nightmares. And as his enemies grow stronger, Vane doesn’t know how much longer he can last on his own.But Audra’s still running. From her past. From the Gales. Even from Vane, who she doesn’t believe she deserves. And the farther she flees, the more danger she finds. She possesses the secret power her enemy craves, and protecting it might be more than she can handle—especially when she discovers Raiden’s newest weapon.

With the Gale Force weakened by recent attacks, and the power of four collapsing, Vane and Audra are forced to make a choice: keep trusting the failing winds, or turn to the people who’ve betrayed them before. But even if they survive the storms sent to destroy them, will they have anything left to hold on to?

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This book, the second in the Let The Sky Fall series, is much faster paced and has more action than the first one. We learn more about what it means to be a Sylph and how the can manipulate the winds and also have other powers. Vale and Audra have become closer and must fight together to beat Raiden. I can’t wait for the next book.
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