“…You can always tell the particles apart, in principle–just paint one of them red and the other one blue, or stamp identification numbers on them, or hire private detectives to follow them around. But in quantum mechanics the situation is fundamentally different: You can’t paint an electron red, or pin a label on it, and a detective’s observation will inevitably and unpredictably alter its state, raising doubts as to whether the two had perhaps switched places”
–David J. Griffiths Intro to Quantum Mechanics 2nd Ed. page 204
The picture that science presents to us is, in some sense, uncomfortable. We evolved as human beings a few million years ago on the savannah’s in Africa and we evolved to escape tigers, or lions, or predators. What makes sense to us is the world on our scale…we didn’t evolve to understand quantum mechanics.
Lawrence M. Krauss | theoretical physicist and cosmologist; Foundation Professor of the School of Earth and Space Exploration at Arizona State University
To accompany this quote from Professor Krauss, evolutionary biologist Richard Dawkins describes science as “the poetry of reality.” But not everyone feels this way, or understands science enough in a general sense to appreciate the patient researchers who - through the arduous process of the scientific method - are hindered by the anti-science rhetoric being perpetuated by those outside of the very process of research and discovery itself.
“Now I know grief is a whetstone that sharpens all your love, all your happiest memories, into blades that tear you apart from within. Something has been torn out from inside me that will never be filled up, not ever, no matter how long I live. They say “time heals,” but even now, less than a week after my father’s death, I know that’s a lie. What people really mean is that eventually you’ll get used to the pain. You’ll forget who you were without it; you’ll forget what you looked like without your scars.”
You deserve every star in the galaxy laid out at your feet and a thousand diamonds in your hair. You deserve someone who’ll run with you as far and as fast as you want to. Holding your hand, not holding you back. ― Jay Kristoff, Amie Kaufman, Illuminae
Any book recs with enemies to friends to lover tropes in them?
bloodlines richelle mead (ya lit, fantasy, series)
legend marie lu (ya lit, sci-fi, series)
shatter me tahereh mafi (ya lit, dystopian, series)
carry on rainbow rowell (ya lit, fantasy, standalone)
falling kingdoms morgan rhodes (ya lit, fantasy, series)
captive prince c.s. pacat (adult, fantasy, series)
daughter of smoke and bone laini taylor (ya lit, fantasy, series)
lumatere chronicles melina marchetta (ya lit, fantasy, series)
monsters of verity victoria schwab (ya lit, fantasy, series) *** not an enemies to lovers but enemies to friends. i’ve included it here because it’s so rare to see a male & female character care so strongly for each other but don’t get into a romantic relationship in ya lit nowadays. and also just read all of victoria’s writing in general it’s magic,,, book 2 is being released in 10 days go do yourself a favor & pick up this savage song :D
Full disclosure: Neal Shusterman is my favorite author, so I’m clearly biased (although it’s worth pointing out that this isn’t my favorite series of his). But this series is a heck of a ride.
In case you haven’t read any of these books (it goes Unwind, then UnWholly, UnSouled, and finally UnDivided), the premise is that in the not too far-off future, the battle over abortion in the U.S. has led to a civil war. It got so bad that schools were closed down and teenagers were running amok with nothing to do, and due to a combination of recent technological advancements made in the medical field, the public’s fear of the “feral teens,” and the desire to find some sort of resolution to the war, the Unwind Accord was signed, which made abortion illegal but allowed parents the ability to “unwind” a child between the ages of 13 to 18. Unwinding is the process by which 100% of a person’s parts are surgically separated and donated off to other people. Think organ donation, only the whole body, and the person is alive the entire time. Eerie, right? And the books delve into the philosophical issues arising from unwinding, such as, what is a soul, what happens to our souls when we’re unwound, etc.
So that’s the premise, and the series follows some amazing characters who were sent off to be unwound at the beginning of the first book. Shusterman wrote the first one as a stand-alone, so you can read just that one and be all set (thank goodness, because I hate when there’s not much resolution at the end of the first book of a series). The idea for the rest of the series came to him years later, and he started writing it when he had developed the idea well enough that he felt it was a story worth telling.
I’ve already made this review long enough, so I’m not going to go into much further detail, but suffice it to say, if you haven’t read any of this series, GIVE IT A SHOT. Shusterman takes a really unbelievable premise and makes a really believable world out of it. If you’ve read the first or second book of the series, I highly encourage you to continue it. The fourth book in particular gave me so many chills.
Shusterman is a master storyteller, and he’s really, really good at making the stakes really high and throwing as many obstacles as possible at the characters. None of these books felt predictable. With as many teen dystopian books out there today as there are, I really think this series stands out. Highly recommend!
The fact that so many people are turning toward these dire visions of the future may seem like cause for worry, but it is also a sign of hope. Great dystopian works like The Handmaid’s Tale and 1984, in the words of one defender of dystopian fiction, can serve as self-defeating prophecies helping us to recognize and prevent the dark worlds they depict. Put another way, The Handmaid’s Tale actually is an instruction manual, meant to teach us what we must fight to avoid.
This fic has a super cool start. Major sci-fi lit vibes. Go give that writer some love!
Forty years ago, humanity found out that it is not alone in the galaxy. Twenty years ago, the Wall was completed and Earth divided itself between “Those Who Left”, and “Those Who Stayed”. Rey is a young engineer with a knack for finding and fixing the problems that no one else can in the Wall system, until outside forces come to Earth bent on conquest.
Disclaimer about this ‘review’–I’m about half way through this novel, but I am just bursting to talk about it NOW. So–
Everyone…read this book.
Do you want a practical, intellectual, empathic, believable teenage black girl as your heroine?
Do you want unnervingly plausible near-future dystopian sci-fi with a deep philosophical undercurrent that makes The Hunger Games look like marshmallow fluff*?
Do you want a WOC writer who is arguably one of the greatest science fiction authors of the last century?
READ THIS BOOK
*Not knocking The Hunger Games. Those books are great. But Suzanne Collins is…shall we say…somewhat heavy-handed with her metaphors. Octavia Butler is subtle and profound and just fucking brilliant. This book gives me the same sort of creeping antiauthoritarian dread-bordering-on-terror in the pit of my stomach that I experienced in middle school when I first read 1984 and
Fahrenheit 451 and We. I haven’t had such a visceral reaction to a book in a long, long while. At the same time, I also haven’t been this excited about discovering a new (to me) author in years (ok not so much “discovered”–I know who Octavia Butler is. I’m not a barbarian. But It’s taken me forever to read any of her books because I am an idiot). Ultimately, Butler’s vision of the future is hopeful and incredibly inspiring–although we have to tread through hell first to get there. It’s really an extraordinary work, in so many ways a progressive and necessary departure from the other distopian genre novels I just mentioned. It’s beautiful and amazing and I love it.
I was so impressed by the well-organized, yet unpredictable direction of the plot. Since I read a lot of YA sci-fi/fantasty, I can usually guess what is going to happen. Not this time though– Zenith had great twists that actually advanced the plot in addition to the shock factor.
One of my favorite things about this book was how the authors respected the readers. When I say this I mean that they didn’t have to shove everything right in our faces. There was almost no info-dumping even though this was a pretty complicated world. For the first few chapters, instead of a slow, dry exposition, the reader is just placed directly into the action and the world. The authors let us figure everything out as the story progresses.
I know this sounds like no big deal… that’s how novels should be anyway. But (at least in my experience) it is so rare that this is actually executed! So yes, there were some great shocking plot twists PLUS there were twists where the reader could logically put two and two together over time. This just helped the urgency of the story even more because a lot of the time I would figure something out before the characters would and I’d be just sitting here flailing in a pit of anxiety.
That being said, I think Zenith really stands on its own. I mention these other titles so that fans of those other books and series can see that this is a book they should keep their eyes out for. Zenith contains a lot of my popular tropes like a badass female protagonist, political entanglements in fictional realms, a dangerous heist, a crew of misfits, etc. I feel that the authors managed to balance and weave all these different, fun ideas into a cohesive, new story.
Basically, I think anyone who even remotely likes reading (especially science fiction or adventure novels) should highly anticipate this book. It’s both a character-driven story and a plot-driven story. I really loved it and I cannot wait for the sequel… and I’m sure I’ll be rereading book one plenty of times before book two even comes into existence.
Current Publication Date: January 16, 2018
***I received a free ARC from the publisher at BookCon 2017 Thank you so much to Sasha, Lindsay, and everyone at the Harlequin Teen Booth!