Published in 2014, Red Rising, by Pierce Brown, is an incredibly thrilling new piece of science fiction. Set on Mars, it tells the story of young Darrow, a Red Helldiver.
Society is divided into Colors – Reds living at the bottom of the hierarchy. After finding out that the Reds were tricked, Darrow infiltrates the elite Golds aiming at their destruction.
The story allows the reader to question their own morals and reflect upon their own society, making this into a stimulating novel. Also, it makes you forget your homework and is a fun-to-read book.
“A story of vengeance, warfare and the quest for power… reminiscent of The Hunger Games and Game of Thrones,” says Kirkus Reviews.
You can find the book in the Paul Meek Library, Main Collection, on the 2nd Floor.
Library Call #: PS 3602 R7226 R43 2014
Looking for Alaska
Published in 2005, Looking for Alaska by John Green, the book only got the attention it deserved in 2012. Set in a boarding school in Alabama, it tells the story of Miles “Pudge” Halter.
A friend of his roommate Chip, Alaska, plays a major role in his school experience (hint: check the title). Alaska is wild, sexy, self-destructive, beautiful and fascinating. Together they live hard, drink and smoke, pull pranks and create an intense friendship.
Pudge sees something in Alaska he really likes, and how else can it be: he falls in love. Looking for Alaska is a love story, but then again it’s not. It’s not only about love, but also about growing up and learning how to cope with rough things in life.
The book is a depressing, honest, but at the same time liberating read.
“The beauty of the book is that it doesn’t hide anything. It showcases what young love and growing up really are in a brutal and honest light,” says The Guardian.
You can find the book in the Paul Meek Library, Juvenile Young Adult Collection, on the 1st floor.
Library Call #: PZ7.G8233 Lo 2005
Paul Meek Library offers seating outside with benches as well as picnic tables for students to enjoy their leisure time reading (Photo Credit/ Summer Patterson White).