BY SCOTT KELLY
Endurance is the autobiography of the retired astronaut, Scott Kelly. The thing that
makes this book really interesting is that it covers Scott Kelly’s extraordinary year on the ISS -International Space Station- and also his past, from when he was a young boy and hated school to when he signed himself up for the #yearinspace program.
This book is extremely interesting and detailed. When I was reading parts of it, I could
see through the eyes of the narrator and see the things that Scott Kelly did on the space station and his view of earth from the “CUPOLA” -a room made of windows so that the occupants can see the earth and other areas of space. I found the book very personal as Scott writes a lot about his home life as well as his life in space and as a test pilot. At times the language was slightly confusing as I do not know a lot about space stations. When he was talking about piloting different planes and jets it was especially confusing but Scott Kelly explained most of what he was talking about.
While we are reading we can see the stress that being sent into space, from the danger of flying into space junk, the spaceship exploding, or the thing that Scott feared most; the danger of something happening while he is away and he being unable to help. This book makes you fear for the people who are featured in it, even though we know it has already happened and it touched me to read about it from one of the two people who actually had to spend the year in space.
By Pierre Boulle
(Yes this is a book, not just a movie!)
This story is a story within a story. It is of two characters called Jinn and Phyllis, who are traveling in a spaceship at the speed of light. When Jinn and Phyllis rescue a manuscript from outer space and read it for us to hear, we see the second story. The manuscript was written by a man called Ulysse Mérou who is traveling to another planet, also at the speed of light. Crash landing on an inhabited planet far from his home in France on Earth he finds himself in the company of primitive humans and… What is that in the distance? Ah yes, a gorilla in a donkey jacket, hunting the humans for sport! Wait, what? Yes readers, he finds himself on a planet inhabited by civilised apes!
I really enjoyed reading this book because, being a planet of the apes fan myself, I could connect different characters to the 1968 movie and also the reboot franchise! This book had twists around every corner and didn’t let me put it down until I had finished. I would recommend it for 12s and upwards and to anyone who has an interest in alternate realities, different worlds and especially anyone who has watched the Planet of the Apes movies, either the 1968 movies or the 2011 ones!
BY MALORIE BLACKMAN
Sephy Hadley is a Cross. Callum McGregor is a nought. The Crosses are all powerful. And the noughts can’t walk down the street without being stopped by the police. And what if a nought and a cross love each other so much that they would throw away their peaceful lives to be together? That’s just impossible! A nought and a Cross? Together? In love? It’s simply unheard of!
But Callum and Sephy are different. Their families and friends won’t stop them from being together. Or will they? When Callum’s world gets rough and Sephy fears she is losing him for good they both have to look inside themselves and decide if they believe that the world they live in isn’t right and what they are going to do about it but how can two teenagers defeat a world a prejudice and hate?
Noughts and Crosses is a book aimed at young adults and rightly so. It is an amazing book full of twists and turns and touched my heart more than once, before viciously breaking it. I connected with these characters and went through their journey with them. I became them emotionally and though I have connected with characters before, not many books have made my heart break into more than two pieces while still letting me love it so I must congratulate Malorie Blackman on that achievement.
SORRY FOR NOT WRITING FOR A WHILE BUT I WAS WORKING ON A BLOG ABOUT MY FAVOURITE MOVIES OF ALL TIME: THE PLANET OF THE APES FRANCHISE! I HOPE YOU CAN GIVE IT A LOOK AND FORGIVE ME FOR TAKING A BREAK FROM THIS BLOG.
IF YOU HAVE HEARD OF THIS FRANCHISE I WOULD RECOMMEND MY MOST RECENT POST: PLANET OF THE APES 4?
IF YOU ARE SITTING THERE THINKING “WHAT THE HELL?” OR “PLANET OF THE WHAT?” THEN I WOULD RECOMMEND THESE THREE INTRODUCTIONS TO EACH OF THE MOVIES THREE MOVIES:
RISE OF THE PLANET OF THE APES,
DAWN OF THE PLANET OF THE APES,
WAR FOR THE PLANET OF THE APES!
THANKS FOR TAKING THE TIME TO READ THIS AND STICKING WITH MY BLOG!
Everyone loves back stories to the characters we have become attached to and Fever Code was made to be loved. It is, in my opinion, an amazing piece of writing. It is the second prequel of the Maze Runner. The first was introducing us to the Flare -a terrible disease that wiped out half the population- and this one introduces us to the characters and the maze.
It gives us information about the characters such as SPOILER ALERT: Thomas our hero (who tore down the maze and saved everyone) was the one who made the maze in the first place. It tells us about Newt’s family and Teresa’s influence in many of the decisions made in WICKED.
It is an amazing story that keeps us on the edge of our seats and makes us laugh and cry as we remember what happens to these characters in the future.
By JRR Tolkien
The final book of the Lord of the Rings trilogy, the Return of the King is a heart-wrenching tale of the battle against Sauron and Sarumon. Like books one and two, this book is in two parts: part one and part two. Both parts are extremely enjoyable and made me gasp as I read them.
Part one consists of the battle inside Gondor and outside it. We meet old characters once more such as Gandalf, Merry, Pippin, Aragorn and Faramir. We see feats of bravery never seen before and we see old friends and enemies fall. This part is a bit boring at first but once you get into it, you won’t be able to put the book down.
Part one ends with a nice cliffhanger and brings us into part two which is based mostly around Frodo, Sam, and Gollum (or Smeagol.) It answers some of our most urgent questions such as: “will Sam rescue Frodo” and “will they ever get back to bag end” yet by the end it leaves us with more questions than ever! It shows us sacrifices and leaves us crying during the last few pages because there we will never read it in the same way again.
By Jonas Jonasson
Most people look forward to their birthday parties more than any other day of the year. They are the centre of attention, they get to eat cake and friends and relatives give them presents. Allan Karlsson, sitting quietly in his room in the old people’s home, is waiting for a party he doesn’t want to begin. His hundredth birthday party to be precise. He knows that soon everyone would be sitting downstairs in just a few hours waiting for the birthday boy but they would get quite a shock when they realise that he doesn’t turn up.
The centenarian jumps out the window, landing in the flower bed and escaping into the night. The chase that follows is confusing yet quite hilarious. It definitely shows you that you’re never too old for an adventure. And so Allan begins his unlikely journey involving criminals, murders and a case full of money. As his escapades continue, we are shown some of his history and find that he was involved in some of the most momentous events of the twentieth century.
This book makes you laugh yet sometimes you would have to reread parts of it as you would not believe what you are reading. I found that at times it could be quite confusing and would recommend it for older readers who want a good laugh.