Get Back / Deep Roads (VoW Mashup) - Ludacris + Dragon Age:Origins // Ryuko Matoi’s Theme - Kill la Kill OST // The Braying Mule - Django Unchained OST (Ennio Morricone) // Inertia - AKA GEORGE // Reaper Man - Mother Mother // Loyal to No-One - Dropkick Murphys // Levi’s Theme - Shingeki no Kyojin OST // Wolf Quartet - Matt Berry // Move Bitch (Hedegaard Remix) - Rasmus Hedegaard // Defy You - The Offspring // Clique (glAdiator Reix) - Kanye West ft. Jay Z & Big Sean
(Oh man, the first three chapters of Morning Star were amazing, so I had to celebrate with a mix you can kick ass (and crawl out of horses) to)
Burning Chrome (1986) *short stories some of which are in Sprawl universe
Count Zero (1986)
Mona Lisa Overdrive (1988)
The Sprawl is a visualization of a future where virtually the entire East Coast of the United States, from Boston to Atlanta, has melded into a single mass of urban sprawl. It has been enclosed in several geodesic domes and merged into one megacity. The city has become a separate world with its own climate, no real night/day cycle, and an artificial sky that is always grey. It is said of the Sprawl that “the actors change but the play remains the same.”
Although there are areas of rich people in the Sprawl, a vast majority of the people struggle to survive from day to day. However, advanced technology is ubiquitous and accessible to all, regardless of financial standing. People spend much of their time in the “matrix” for work or recreational purposes. A common addiction for Sprawl inhabitants are “simstims” (simulated stimuli), a form of virtual reality that allows people to experience a television program, typically soap operas, from the point of view of a fictitious media personality. -from wikipedia
So I’m re-reading the matched trilogy and in my mind while reading the books I never imagine Ky as a white teenage boy to me he was either black or an ambiguous person of color, so to have that confirmed (again for others and first time for me) that he is in fact a mixed man of color was a pleasant surprise. If they ever adapt the books into film I hope casting directors take that into account.
“Dragonsteel, the origin story of Hoid. This will not be written until after the Stormlight Archive is finished.”
“Era 4 Mistborn trilogy, the science fiction trilogy. Hoid is a main character of this. This will be one of the last known cosmere sequence, chronologically, and has much to do with the worlds coming together.”
COME ON MAN! I NEED MORE HOID IN MY COSMERE
but alas, that shan’t happen ‘til I am in my thirties (hopefully that soon anyways)
“You’ve ruined me,” she repeats, her voice quieting a little as it catches. “You’ve ruined me—you made me wake up. And now I can’t get rid of you.” Her voice surges again as I reach out, curling my hand around her arm, her skin flushed hot under my fingers. “You won’t leave me alone.”’
-This Shattered World by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner
Star Wars Aesthetics - Favorite Scenes Ep. V - The Empire Strikes Back (1980) The Sunken X-Wing
“For my ally is the Force. And a powerful ally it is. Life creates it, makes it grow. Its energy surrounds us and binds us. Luminous beings are we … not this crude matter. You must feel the Force around you.”
The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken is a Science Fiction YA trilogy following a teenage girl. In a dystopian America, children contracted a plague and the ones who didn’t die, were left with different abilities ranging from puzzle solving to mind control. These children were sent to work camps to be “fixed”, but with no cure in sight, different groups try to take down the institution by freeing the trapped children.
This series is wonderful and because it is so well written, people want more. Here are five books that I would recommend if you like Bracken’s series.
Mistborn by Brandon Sanderson is the first book in a fantasy trilogy about people with a range of powers who are trying to take down a god and a tyrant to achieve social equality between two classes of people. There is gritty action, romance, and adventure. It is powerfully written and the main character is just as frustratingly untrusting.
Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi is another first in a trilogy where the main character is imprisoned in a dystopian mental institution, trapped in a small, concrete cell, by herself. The main character’s touch kills and she has to find her place in a world that is dying, with tyrants who want to use her power to torture others. The novel pieces itself together as the protagonist becomes aware of her position in society and amongst the rebel group.
The Girl With All the Gifts by M.R. Carey has no teenaged protagonist. It does have a child with a genius level I.Q., a child psychologist, a solder, and a neuroscientist perspective. In a concrete child-care facility where the adults in charge are afraid of the children locked in cells and strapped to their chairs in class, these characters come to learn that some secrets are kept hidden for a reason.
Steelheart by Brandon Sanderson is a book about a dystopian America where there are people with superpowers, but they are all super-villains. One geeky teenage boy with a love of firepower is obsessed with destroying the super-villain Steelheart, that controls the steel city of Newcago. He meets a rebel group that uses his surprising fighting skill and in-depth knowledge about supers to defeat the ones with the power to destroy. It is ridiculously good and cute and must be read.
All Our Yesterdays by Cristin Terril is a YA science fiction novel about time-travel. There is a girl trapped in a cell waiting for her chance to escape, go back in time, and stop the time machine from ever being created. The Scientist has destroyed countries, lives, and time itself and the only way to prevent what has happened is to kill The Scientist before he ever did anything wrong. There is another girl, living a normal life, pining for the love of her best friend, and forced to make an impossible choice. The book is thrillingly realistic and shocking.
All of these books are brilliant. They may all be in my top 15 books, and they quench the hunger for The Darkest Minds spinoff series. Happy Reading.