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Capture the Flag by Kate Messner

Dontcha love a book that references other books?  It’s the BEST!  Capture the Flag by Kate Messner does this and I love it.  One of the heroes in the story carries around his Harry Potter collection and often quotes from them.  Like so:

The boy held up a copy of Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, whose pages appeared to be on the verge of spilling out all over the terminal.  The cover was worn and torn, loved to death like Anna’s copy of Harriet the Spy.  The boy grinned.  “This one’s my favorite.”

 

To be sure, I have well-loved books like that too.  Not a feeling you can replicate with an electronic book.  Or can you?

Anyway, I was SO excited to share my review with you that I made a video!

Like to see it?

 

Do you have a fave well-worn book? What is it?

Maybe Capture the Flag will be MINE!

I give this book 4 paws for positive multicultural characters in an interesting and totally believable setting.

 

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Books Diversity Reading Challenge

CYBILS Finalist: The Six by Mark Alpert

I’ll admit I had real trouble with The Six by Mark Alpert.  I thought the book was going to be like a younger Ready Player One sorta kinda.

The Six by Mark Alpert

 

Unfortunately, when I got into the book, I found I didn’t enjoy it very much. The government and the military are performing experiments on teens who are fatal illnesses. The kids will use their brains to become robots. And these robots will help defeat the Soviets.  It’s all very artificial intelligence and war gamesy, which, if you’re into, then you will love.

The bit that I absolutely loved about the book is that the main character has muscular dystrophy. I’ve never read anything about muscular dystrophy so I had an opportunity to research the disease which made for a nice side project. The brain still works but the body is unable to cooperate and most patients become unable to walk, feed, or care for themselves.

If you like robots then this is the book for you. There are so many robots and artificial intelligence  geekery that you will cheer for flying drones and zooming bombs.  Let your geek flag fly high!

Due to the main character’s muscular dystrophy, The Six is a great title for the Diversity Reading Challenge under physical disability. It’s a fast read.

Geeks unite!

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Books Young Adult

Hotlight Spotlight:The Eye of the Minds by James Dashner

Hotlight Spotlight

Today’s Hotlight Spotlight comes from an author you’ve probably already read or are thinking about reading. If you’re a dystopian fan like I am, then you’re aware of the Maze Runner series.  James Dashner’s latest series could prove to be quite as successful.  The series is called The Mortality Doctrine.  The first book in the series is The Eye of the Minds.

james dashner

The Mortality Doctrine, a series set in a world of hyperadvanced technology, cyberterrorists, and gaming beyond your wildest dreams . . . and your worst nightmares.

Michael is a gamer. And like most gamers, he almost spends more time on the VirtNet than in the actual world. The VirtNet offers total mind and body immersion, and it’s addictive. Thanks to technology, anyone with enough money can experience fantasy worlds, risk their life without the chance of death, or just hang around with Virt-friends. And the more hacking skills you have, the more fun. Why bother following the rules when most of them are dumb, anyway?

But some rules were made for a reason. Some technology is too dangerous to fool with. And recent reports claim that one gamer is going beyond what any gamer has done before: he’s holding players hostage inside the VirtNet. The effects are horrific—the hostages have all been declared brain-dead. Yet the gamer’s motives are a mystery.

The government knows that to catch a hacker, you need a hacker. And they’ve been watching Michael. They want him on their team.
But the risk is enormous. If he accepts their challenge, Michael will need to go off the VirtNet grid. There are back alleys and corners in the system human eyes have never seen and predators he can’t even fathom—and there’s the possibility that the line between game and reality will be blurred forever.

Sounds great, right?? I love that gamers are FINALLY getting their come up (comeuppance?) and are appreciated for their advanced skills.  I mean, who doesn’t need computer help from time to time? Ok so he’s a hacker. He’s a hacker the government wants.

That’s gotta be good.

Can’t wait to read it!

Have you read it? Tell me what you think.

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Books Children Reviews

Capture the Flag by Kate Messner

Dontcha love a book that references other books?  It’s the BEST!  Capture the Flag by Kate Messner does this and I love it.  One of the heroes in the story, carries around his Harry Potter collection and often quotes from them.  Like so:

The boy held up a copy of Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, whose pages appeared to be on the verge of spilling out all over the terminal.  The cover was worn and torn, loved to death like Anna’s copy of Harriet the Spy.  The boy grinned.  “This one’s my favorite.”

 

To be sure, I have well-loved books like that too.  Not a feeling you can replicate with an electronic book.  Or can you?

Anyway, I was SO excited to share my review with you that I made a video!

Like to see it?

 

Do you have a fave well worn book? What is it?

Maybe Capture the Flag will be MINE!

I give this book 4 paws for positive multicultural characters in an interesting and totally believable setting.