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The Expatriates by Corinne O’Flynn

The Expatriates by Corinne O’Flynn

The Expatriates by Cornne O'Flynn This book was fun. It took me a while to get into it, especially after the scene at the carnival. I thought it was just going to be about a boy who spoke to animals and I thought "traveling circus and talking animals"? I'm here for that. So after THE SCENE I figured out it was a different book entirely.

 

They told him his world was destroyed.
And they were the last to escape.
They thought he was safe.
They were wrong.

Seventeen-year-old Jim Wales can communicate with animals, but that’s not why he lives with a traveling carnival. Turns out his family’s been hiding him there since he was little, since someone started hunting all the scholars. Jim is a scholar–someone who can manipulate energy using magic–and he has no idea.

When a message arrives from Jim’s father–who supposedly died twelve years ago–Jim’s whereabouts are discovered, their carnival is attacked, and his mother is kidnapped. On the run with a strange glass map and a single coin, Jim finds himself racing to reclaim the father he thought he’d lost, plotting to save his mother, and discovering the truth about who he is.

But going home isn’t the same as being safe, and trust is everything.

This book was fun. It took me a while to get into it, especially after the scene at the carnival. I thought it was just going to be about a boy who spoke to animals and I thought “traveling circus and talking animals”? I’m here for that. So after THE SCENE I figured out it was a different book entirely. For fans of The Maze Runner and maybe Percy Jackson, who like boy adventures with reluctant heroes.

Did I mention talking animals? Yeah throw in a bit of Dr Doolittle. I need a talking tiger. “Jim ok?” “Bak hungry.”

There is language so if you’re concerned about that, I’d say ages 13/14+.

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It’s K day!! woooot!!!

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I only have one book for you today; but I think it’s a good one. It’s called Kill Order by James Dashner

Unconventional Librarian Kill Order

I’m sure you know as well as I do, that YA books are great for series.  We all want to get into a book and know that we get to see our beloved friends again and again.  What confuses me, however is the whole prequel, sequel, sub series thing.  But I still get confused by what day it is.  The Kill Order, by James Dashner, is mart of the Maze Runner series.  Goodreads says this:

Before WICKED was formed, before the Glade was built, before Thomas entered the Maze, sun flares hit the earth and mankind fell to disease.

Mark and Trina were there when it happened, and they survived. But surviving the sun flares was easy compared to what came next. Now a disease of rage and lunacy races across the eastern United States, and there’s something suspicious about its origin. Worse yet, it’s mutating, and all evidence suggests that it will bring humanity to its knees.

I don’t know about you but it sounds pretty good, right?  To be sure, reviews were kind of mixed but can I tell you that I sell the heck outta this book at work?  This series appeals to both teen boys and girls, which is difficult to do.  So, while adults may be all “this prequel didn’t do enough for me” obviously teens think something else.  And ultimately? Isn’t this who the series is for?

So, once I figure out how the series, prequel and sequel thing works, I’m so adding this series to my list!

What about you? Got any books for K?