• Let's Read Red Rising

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    • What we'll do We'll be discussing Red Rising by Pierce Brown From Penguin Random House: "Darrow is a Red, a member of the lowest caste in the color-coded society of the future. Like his fellow Reds, he works all day, believing that he and his people are making the surface of Mars livable for future generations. Yet he toils willingly, trusting that his blood and sweat will one day result in a better world for his children. But Darrow and his kind have been betrayed. Soon he discovers that humanity reached the surface generations ago. Vast cities and lush wilds spread across the planet. Darrow—and Reds like him—are nothing more than slaves to a decadent ruling class. Inspired by a longing for justice, and driven by the memory of lost love, Darrow sacrifices everything to infiltrate the legendary Institute, a proving ground for the dominant Gold caste, where the next generation of humanity’s overlords struggle for power. He will be forced to compete for his life and the very future of civilization against the best and most brutal of Society’s ruling class. There, he will stop at nothing to bring down his enemies . . . even if it means he has to become one of them to do so." Penguin Random House: https://www.penguinrandomhouse.com/books/221552/red-rising-by-pierce-brown/9780345539809/ Barnes & Noble: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/red-rising-pierce-brown/1110614785 Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Red-Rising-Pierce-Brown/dp/034553980X

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  • Let's Read Children of Blood and Bone

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    • What we'll do We'll be discussing Children of Blood and Bone by Toni Adeyemi. Please note two changes to our usual meetups: 1. When this book was originally scheduled, we expected the paperback to be out for this meeting. It's not yet, so this is an exception to our usual paperback policy. 2. We are meeting on the 4th Sunday of this month instead of the 3rd as we usually do. From the author's website: "Zélie Adebola remembers when the soil of Orïsha hummed with magic. Burners ignited flames, Tiders beckoned waves, and Zélie’s Reaper mother summoned forth souls. But everything changed the night magic disappeared. Under the orders of a ruthless king, maji were killed, leaving Zélie without a mother and her people without hope. Now Zélie has one chance to bring back magic and strike against the monarchy. With the help of a rogue princess, Zélie must outwit and outrun the crown prince, who is hell-bent on eradicating magic for good. Danger lurks in Orïsha, where snow leoponaires prowl and vengeful spirits wait in the waters. Yet the greatest danger may be Zélie herself as she struggles to control her powers—and her growing feelings for an enemy." Author's Site: http://www.tomiadeyemi.com/books Barnes & Noble: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/children-of-blood-and-bone-tomi-adeyemi/1126559534 Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Children-Blood-Bone-Legacy-Orisha/dp/1250170974

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  • Let's Read Autonomous

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    • What we'll do We'll be discussing Autonomous by Annalee Newitz. Please note that we are meeting on the 4th Sunday of this month instead of the 3rd as we usually do. From Macmillan: "When anything can be owned, how can we be free Earth, 2144. Jack is an anti-patent scientist turned drug pirate, traversing the world in a submarine as a pharmaceutical Robin Hood, fabricating cheap scrips for poor people who can’t otherwise afford them. But her latest drug hack has left a trail of lethal overdoses as people become addicted to their work, doing repetitive tasks until they become unsafe or insane. Hot on her trail, an unlikely pair: Eliasz, a brooding military agent, and his robotic partner, Paladin. As they race to stop information about the sinister origins of Jack’s drug from getting out, they begin to form an uncommonly close bond that neither of them fully understand. And underlying it all is one fundamental question: Is freedom possible in a culture where everything, even people, can be owned?" Macmillan: https://us.macmillan.com/books/9780765392077 Barnes & Noble: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/autonomous-annalee-newitz/1125323363#/ Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Autonomous-Novel-Annalee-Newitz/dp/0765392089

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  • Let's Read Sing, Unburied, Sing

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    • What we'll do We'll be discussing Sing, Unburied, Sing by Jesmyn Ward. From Simon & Schuster: "WINNER of the NATIONAL BOOK AWARD and A NEW YORK TIMES TOP 10 BEST BOOK OF THE YEAR A finalist for the Kirkus Prize, Andrew Carnegie Medal, Aspen Words Literary Prize, and a New York Times bestseller, this majestic, stirring, and widely praised novel from two-time National Book Award winner Jesmyn Ward, the story of a family on a journey through rural Mississippi, is a “tour de force” (O, the Oprah Magazine) and a timeless work of fiction that is destined to become a classic." Simon & Schuster: https://www.simonandschuster.com/books/Sing-Unburied-Sing/Jesmyn-Ward/9781501126079 Barnes & Noble: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/sing-unburied-sing-jesmyn-ward/1125053148?ean=9780594892250#/ Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Sing-Unburied-Novel-Jesmyn-Ward/dp/1501126075

  • Let's Read The Freeze-Frame Revolution

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    • What we'll do We'll be discussing The Freeze-Frame Revolution by Peter Watts and the related short stories. From Tachyon Publications: "How do you stage a mutiny when you’re only awake one day in a million? How do you conspire when your tiny handful of potential allies changes with each job shift? How do you engage an enemy that never sleeps, that sees through your eyes and hears through your ears, and relentlessly, honestly, only wants what’s best for you? Trapped aboard the starship Eriophora, Sunday Ahzmundin is about to discover the components of any successful revolution: conspiracy, code—and unavoidable casualties." Tachyon Publications: https://tachyonpublications.com/product/freeze-frame-revolution/ Barnes & Noble: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-freeze-frame-revolution-peter-watts/1127320634#/ Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Freeze-Frame-Revolution-Peter-Watts/dp/1616962526

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  • Let's Read All Our Wrong Todays

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    • What we'll do We'll be discussing All Our Wrong Todays by Elan Mastai. From Barnes & Noble: "Elan Mastai's acclaimed debut novel is a story of friendship and family, of unexpected journeys and alternate paths, and of love in its multitude of forms. "It's 2016, and in Tom Barren's world, technology has solved all of humanity's problems—there's no war, no poverty, no under-ripe avocados. Unfortunately, Tom isn't happy. He's lost the girl of his dreams. And what do you do when you're heartbroken and have a time machine? Something stupid. "Finding himself stranded in a terrible alternate reality—which we immediately recognize as our 2016—Tom is desperate to fix his mistake and go home. Right up until the moment he discovers wonderfully unexpected versions of his family, his career, and the woman who may just be the love of his life. "Now Tom faces an impossible choice. Go back to his perfect but loveless life. Or stay in our messy reality with a soulmate by his side. His search for the answer takes him across continents and timelines in a quest to figure out, finally, who he really is and what his future—our future—is supposed to be." Please note that we're meeting on the second Sunday of the month instead of the third due to holiday travel. Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/All-Our-Wrong-Todays-Novel/dp/1101985151 Barnes & Noble: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/all-our-wrong-todays-elan-mastai/1123755004

  • Let's Read The Galaxy Game

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    • What we'll do We'll be reading The Galaxy Game by Karen Lord. From the Random House website: "On the verge of adulthood, Rafi attends the Lyceum, a school for the psionically gifted. Rafi possesses mental abilities that might benefit people . . . or control them. Some wish to help Rafi wield his powers responsibly; others see him as a threat to be contained. Rafi’s only freedom at the Lyceum is Wallrunning: a game of speed and agility played on vast vertical surfaces riddled with variable gravity fields. "Serendipity and Ntenman are also students at the Lyceum, but unlike Rafi they come from communities where such abilities are valued. Serendipity finds the Lyceum as much a prison as a school, and she yearns for a meaningful life beyond its gates. Ntenman, with his quick tongue, quicker mind, and a willingness to bend if not break the rules, has no problem fitting in. But he too has his reasons for wanting to escape. "Now the three friends are about to experience a moment of violent change as seething tensions between rival star-faring civilizations come to a head. For Serendipity, it will challenge her ideas of community and self. For Ntenman, it will open new opportunities and new dangers. And for Rafi, given a chance to train with some of the best Wallrunners in the galaxy, it will lead to the discovery that there is more to Wallrunning than he ever suspected . . . and more to himself than he ever dreamed." Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Galaxy-Game-Novel-Karen-Lord/dp/0345534077 Barnes & Noble: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-galaxy-game-karen-lord/1115888810

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  • Let's Read Kalpa Imperial

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    • What we'll do We'll be reading Kalpa Imperial by Angélica Gorodischer, translated into English by Ursula K. Le Guin. From Small Beer Press: "Kalpa Imperial is the first of Argentinean writer Angélica Gorodischer’s nineteen award-winning books to be translated into English. In eleven chapters, Kalpa Imperial’s multiple storytellers relate the story of a fabled nameless empire which has risen and fallen innumerable times. Fairy tales, oral histories and political commentaries are all woven tapestry-style into Kalpa Imperial: beggars become emperors, democracies become dictatorships, and history becomes legends and stories." Small Beer Press: http://smallbeerpress.com/books/2003/08/15/kalpa-imperial/ Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Kalpa-Imperial-Greatest-Empire-Never/dp/1931520054 Barnes & Noble: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/kalpa-imperial-angelica-gorodischer/1112019686

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  • Let's Read Contact

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    • What we'll do Our first book after our summer hiatus is Contact by Carl Sagan. Primarily known for his work in science fact, Contact is Sagan's most famous work of science fiction. A movie version starring Jodie Foster was released in 1997. Join us to discuss the novel. Feel free to watch the movie, too! Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Contact-Carl-Sagan/dp/0671004107 Barnes & Noble: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/contact-carl-sagan/1103275769

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  • Let's Read Ready Player One

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    • What we'll do By popular bookclub demand, our May selection is Ready Player One by Earnest Cline. We'll be discussing it after the film adaptation is released in theaters, so we'll talk about both the movie & the book. Feel free to join the discussion if you've read the novel and/or seen the film. Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Ready-Player-One-Ernest-Cline/dp/0307887448/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1511138974 Barnes & Noble: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/ready-player-one-ernest-cline/1100055635?ean=9780307887443#/ Movie site: http://readyplayeronemovie.com/

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