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Tim Winton’s Breath is coming to screens this May!

Tim Winton's Breath, winner of the Miles Franklin Literary Award, has been adapted to the big screen by Simon Baker in his directorial debut.

When paramedic Bruce Pike is called out to deal with another teenage adventure gone wrong, he knows better than his colleague, better than the kid's parents, what happened and how. Thirty years before, that dead boy could have been him.

A story about the wildness of youth and learning to live with its passing, Breath will star Simon Baker, the Great Gatsby's Elizabeth Debicki, and Richard Roxburgh.

Premiering at the Toronto and Zurich film festivals in 2017, Breath will release in Australian cinemas on May 3rd.

Want to read it before you see it? Purchase the book in store or online here.

Reviewsday: Ghost In The Shell

The Ghost in the Shell franchise has had many iterations over the years and the new film to be released marks 28 years since the original manga by Shirow Masamune was published. Whilst every iteration has been different in it's interpretation of the original graphic novel, such as the 1995 animated film spinning the series into a horror flick or the more suspenseful futuristic cop drama that was Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex the TV series, nothing has been quite as dense as the original 1989 manga, least of all the upcoming film.

Shirow Masamune, who has studied heavily into the fields of philosophy and computer coding has meticulously crafted a semi-light-hearted cyberpunk mystery about the adventures of a top secret government agency aimed at countering cyber-terrorism in a world that is quickly assimilating with the digital world. The story presents a gripping and complex narrative that might take a few reads to grasp both the plot and themes as the work is utterly jam-packed with world building technical jargon and doesn't follow a tradition beginning, middle and end narrative format. The story instead is told out of chronological order and is at times presented in an arcing nature while other chapters are more episodic and self contained. Due to this, it can be said that this graphic novel is probably not the greatest gateway into the franchise, but it is an absolute must read for any fan of the series and its world. It is advised that you start with the 1995 animated film as an entry point into the series and from there move on to the TV show and, if you're invested enough, in those then definitely pick this one up.

-Lachlan, Cairns QBD

The latest Ghost in the Shell movie is released in Australia on March 30th.

Darkest Minds Movie: We have a Ruby!

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One of our favourite YA novels, Alexandra Bracken's  The Darkest Minds, has been optioned for film by Fox . While there is no official release date, it is set to be directed by Jennifer Yuh Nelson, the film has just signed Amandla Stenburg to star as Ruby!

You may remember Amandla as Rue from the Hunger Games movie. We imagine she did this when she found out...because we totally did!

The Darkest Minds is set after a pandemic kills off most of America's children and teenagers. When the survivors, including Ruby Daly, start developing superpowers they are deemed too dangerous for normal society and are placed inside internment camps. Ruby, who has telekinetic powers, escapes from her camp and joins a group of teens 'on the run'.

If you are looking to read this before you see it, Alexandra Bracken has a suggested reading order on her website: The Darkest Minds, In Time (novella), Never Fade, Sparks Rise (novella), In the Afterlight, and, finally, Beyond the Night (novella). There is a free short story about Liam set between The Darkest Minds and Never Fade that you can find here.

 

Donna Tartt’s Goldfinch to be a movie!

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Hollywood director John Crowley has signed on to direct the film adaptation of Donna Tartt‘s Pulitzer Prize winning novel The GoldfinchTinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy  writer Peter Straughan wrote the script.

Last year, Crowley directed Brooklyn, which was nominated for an Oscar in the Best Picture category, so we can't wait to see what he does with this great piece of literature!

The novel focuses on Theo Decker, a 13-year-old New Yorker who survives an accident that kills his beloved mother. Abandoned by his father and unable to mesh in the elite social circle after he’s taken in by a wealthy friend, Decker stays connected to his mother through a small painting that eventually draws him into the art underworld. Courtenay Valenti and Racheline Benveniste are overseeing for Warner Bros.

What is the 5th wave?

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The much-anticipated movie adaptation of Rick Yancey's novel, The 5th Wave,  opens in cinemas around Australia TODAY. Just ICYMI, here's the basic plotline:

The 1st Wave took out half a million people.

The 2nd Wave put that number to shame.

The 3rd Wave lasted a little longer. Twelve weeks . . . Four billion dead.

In the 4th Wave you can't trust that people are still people.

And the 5th Wave? No one knows. But it's coming.

On a lonely stretch of highway, Cassie runs. Runs from the beings that only look human, who have scattered Earth's last survivors. To stay alone is to stay alive, until she meets Evan Walker. Beguiling and mysterious, Evan may be her only hope.

An absolute heart pounding read! When you read from Cassie's perspective, it's hard not to believe that aliens have taken over the Earth and the end of the world is upon us. Twists and turns kept me reading all through the night, and even after the last page I was begging Yancey for more. This book will not disappoint anyone who likes a bit of action, love and mystery, just be prepared for a sleepless night! - Chey, QBD Hornsby

Are you going to read it before you see it? We can't get enough of it! And Book 2, The Inifinite Sea is released on 18th January- so you don't have to sit biting your fingernails, waiting to find out what happens!