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World Soul: Telepathy sci-fi with Soviet undertones

worldsoulWorld Soul, an interesting look at the quasi-communist applications of telepathy.

Without giving too much of the book away, the premise is that a biotosis (plant thing) is created that allows people intense telepathic communication with each other. Not just of simply reading minds but of actually becoming someone else. This book takes the overused sci-fi concept of telepathy and takes an interesting spin on the subject, with obvious Soviet undertones.

This book is a great read for people who enjoy the concept of telepathy but are tired of its overused and cliché execution, along with lovers of 70’s sci-fi. Beware sci-fi readers who are interested in a quick, easy, and fun read, for you will not find it here.

–Sam, Greenwood Teen Blogger


Teen Reviews: Knife of Never Letting Go

knife of neverTitle:  The Knife of Never Letting Go

Author:  Patrick Ness

Summary:  Todd lives on a planet called New World.  He lives there because Earth isn’t a good place to live.  He’s lived on New World his whole life and has never known a life outside of farming wheat and herding sheep in Prentisstown.  But one day while wandering through the swamp with his dog Menchee Todd meets a girl, Viola, who will change his life forever.  Todd is forced out of Prentisstown and runs for his life from a crazy preacher with Viola beside him.  Together they fight off a crazy man, aliens and try to make it to Haven, the one place where they might feel safety again.

I started reading it because…of the title. “THE KNIFE OF NEVER LETTING GO” seemed like a beautiful metaphor and it seemed like the kind of metaphor that the author put a lot of work into. And if the author put so much work into the title then he must have spent a great amount of time and detail into the composition of the book.

I kept reading because… I thought it was really exciting, and I could relate to Todd in the way that he felt patronized by those closest to him and that he could talk about wanting to hurt people who deserved to be hurt but could never actually hurt another human being on purpose. And I thought it was written really well, as if the character was actually talking to me.

Main character(s): If they were in a yearbook, they would be voted Most Likely To: 

 Todd would be voted most likely to become president.

Viola would be voted most likely to save lives in Africa.

Aaron would be voted most likely to live through any world catastrophe.

Menchee would be voted most likely to earn a purple heart for saving lives while on military duty.

Six Word Recap:  Violent, exciting, tear-jerking, heart-warming, hopeful, nail-biting.

This book reminded me of the song DON’T YOU WORRY CHILD by Swedish House Mafia.

Yasmine, West Seattle Teen Blogger

Book Shorts: The Knife of Never Letting Go

Chaos Walking

Title:  The Knife of Never Letting Go – Chaos Walking: Book One

Author:  Patrick Ness

Summary:  Pursued by power-hungry Prentiss and mad minister Aaron, young Todd and Viola set out across New World searching for answers about his colony’s true past and seeking a way to warn the ship bringing hopeful settlers from Old World.

I started reading it because… A friend suggested it and the title was very catchy.

I kept reading because… The action is non-stop. The main character, Todd, is not even 13 yet, but he has to overcome insurmountable odds to survive . His talking dog, Manchee, almost steals the show. Like I said… the action is non-stop.

Main character(s): If they were in a yearbook, they would be voted Most Likely To:  Survive.

Six Word Recap:  Watch your noise or you die.

This book reminded me of… nothing I’ve ever read really.  A bit like Ship Breaker in that it is set in a dystopic future and Todd is trying to escape a dark world and the violent men who are after him.

More info:  There are two sequels to this title.  You can also visit Patrick’s blog here.