September 3 New Releases

4 Sep

It’s been several months, I know. All my writing projects hibernated for three months while I went a little manic in the unusually long Vancouver summer. But never fear, dear readers: it’s starting to rain, which means I am going to be forced to wither away indoors for nine months of dedicated writing. So, without further adieu, here are this week’s notable releases:

17063696Title: The Lord of Opium
Author: Nancy Farmer
Publisher: Atheneum Books for Young Readers
Genre: Science Fiction
Blurb: Matt has always been nothing but a clone—grown from a strip of old El Patron’s skin. Now, at age fourteen, he finds himself suddenly thrust into the position of ruling over his own country. The Land of Opium is the largest territory of the Dope Confederacy, which ranges on the map like an intestine from the ruins of San Diego to the ruins of Matamoros. But while Opium thrives, the rest of the world has been devastated by ecological disaster—and hidden in Opium is the cure. And that isn’t all that awaits within the depths of Opium. Matt is haunted by the ubiquitous army of eejits, zombielike workers harnessed to the old El Patron’s sinister system of drug growing—people stripped of the very qualities that once made them human. Matt wants to use his newfound power to help, to stop the suffering, but he can’t even find a way to smuggle his childhood love, Maria, across the border and into Opium. Instead, his every move hits a roadblock, some from the enemies that surround him…and some from a voice within himself. For who is Matt really, but the clone of an evil, murderous dictator?
Excitement Factor: OMG. This is the sequel to one of my faves, The House of the Scorpion. If you haven’t read it, what the heck are you waiting for?

The-Coldest-Girl-in-ColdtownTitle: The Coldest Girl in Coldtown
Author: Holly Black
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Genre: Horror-ish
Blurb: Tana lives in a world where walled cities called Coldtowns exist. In them, quarantined monsters and humans mingle in a decadently bloody mix of predator and prey. The only problem is, once you pass through Coldtown’s gates, you can never leave. One morning, after a perfectly ordinary party, Tana wakes up surrounded by corpses. The only other survivors of this massacre are her exasperatingly endearing ex-boyfriend, infected and on the edge, and a mysterious boy burdened with a terrible secret. Shaken and determined, Tana enters a race against the clock to save the three of them the only way she knows how: by going straight to the wicked, opulent heart of Coldtown itself.
Excitement Factor: Yes, please! I love Holly Black.

 

 

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One Response to “September 3 New Releases”

  1. Captain September 4, 2013 at 8:44 pm #

    Glad you’re back!

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