Our book devourers at Doncaster QBD have shared their current reads with us this Saturday - just in time to inspire some weekend reading!
Seven Ancient Wonders by Matthew Reilly: One of Reilly's best, this book can be read as a stand-alone or the first in a trilogy.
The world is in danger and it's up to ex SAS soldier Jack West Junior and his small crew of the most capable brains and brawn to save it. A non-stop race across the globe to the sites of mankind's historical glories in the hopes of retrieving the separate pieces of the most powerful relic in the world and our salvation: The Golden Capstone of Giza, before it falls into the wrong hands for evil means.
Guaranteed to kick your adrenaline into overdrive with it's Indiana Jones meets Mission Impossible storyline, it's like reading the best action movie ever. Adventure starts from the very first page and you will be on the edge of your seat until you close the back cover. - Damien (Store Manager)
What She Left by T. R. Richmond: A compulsively readable story told through the eyes of those who loved and lost Alice Salmon when she drowned on a cold February morning in 2012.
Told completely through diary entries, notes, text messages, emails and interviews, this fiction feels like fact, and you'll have to keep reminding yourself that it's not real.
This book, these characters, will get inside you, invade your dreams, steal your sleep as you stay up past your bedtime to devour as much of this book as possible. You'll mourn the loss of Alice Palace, Ace, Fish Face Salmon, along with those who knew and loved her. - Steph (2IC)
The Flywheel by Erin Gough: A touching coming of age story set in Sydney, centred around the life of a young lesbian, Delilah. She's been having trouble at school, teased by other students and her dad is away touring Europe.
With the problems at school, and with the manager of the family cafe being deported, Delilah quickly finds herself in over her head, but continues trying to convince everyone that things are fine.
This is a book about discovering who you are, when maybe who you are is a little different. It's about friendship and making hard choices, and learning to ask for help. A must read for fans of Looking for Alibrandi. - Tracey
Unwind by Neal Shusterman: In the future pro-life and pro-choice go to war. As a result they get rid of abortion but have to deal with population control somehow. Enter unwinding: a process which allows a person to be taken apart, piece by piece, so that every part of them can be used for organ donation.
Connor, Lev and Risa are three kids from different walks of life, all on their way to being unwound, until their paths cross. Now they're on the run, and doing their best to stay in one piece. - Riley
Lifespan of Starlight by Thalia Kalkipsakis: Scout isn't meant to exist. She's an illegal, off the radar. As a result she has no daily rations allotted to her, will not be able to attend school, will have no future.
But then she finds a woman dying in Footscray Park, and she sees an opportunity to have a life, to have a future. With the freedom afforded by a newly stolen chip, Scout starts venturing out into the world, but now two guys are following her and asking her questions about time travel, because -apparently- the dead woman was able to travel through time.
This is a fantastic time travel story without the paradox problem; these people can only travel forwards.
Set in Melbourne, Lifespan of Starlight is a conversational, easy read you won't be able to put down. - Jillian
The Ruby Circle by Richelle Mead: Mead never fails to deliver a masterpiece and this is no exception. The final chapter in the Bloodlines series delivers an epic conclusion to the Vampire Academy series that preceded it.
Sydney Sage is an Alchemist, an organisation of humans whose duty it is to keep the human race separate an unaware of the Vampire races that live out their day to day (or night to night) lives around them. Things turn complicated however when Sydney gets caught up in the politics of the Moroi (peaceful vampires) and is charged with protecting a Princess from a long distinguished and almost extinct family whom, in this book, has been kidnapped on her watch. Not to mention she has now married a Moroi, which among the Alchemists is the worst taboo. With the search on to find the Princess in one piece we follow Sydney as she is hunted by all races in this fantastic conclusion to the Bloodlines series.
Mead has a wonderful way of rounding up her stories and yet leaving them open to continue on down the track should she want to. By the end of any of her stories the reader is always left satisified, if not left in awe, and still hungry for more. - Tegan
Working Stiff by Judy Melinek: Medical examiner Judy Melinek gives us clear insight into working in a morgue. She relates the processes involved in a postmortem examination in all it's gory, squicky detail. This is not a book for the faint of heart, but it's also not all morbidity and sadness.
A lot of people died in the making of these anecdotes (262 to be exact), but this book is fascinating in the way it examines the stories our bodies tell after we're gone, and also shows how amazing human beings are, and how they pull together in times of crisis, like September 11. The easy style of writing will make you want to devour this book. - JD