I'm way behind on reviewing stuff, so hold on to your helmets. We're doing these fast! Set all review thrusters to full. Let's do this thing!
Walter Jury and Sarah Fine
I was lucky to win an advanced copy of this YA sci-fi thriller. I say lucky because it was an excellent read. Loads of science and dealing with secret technology in a world were most humans are actually aliens. And the scary thing is many of these "humans" don't know that they're aliens. What an unsettling thought! This held me hostage from page one. I recommend it.
You can find Scan here!
Knights of Sidonia
Netflix has a long list of new shows lately, even sponsoring new shows as Netflix Originals. This CGI anime series about the last humans traveling through their alien-destroyed galaxy took me by surprise! Save for one man, everyone is genetically altered to photosynthesize, saving food while fighting an alien race. The animation takes some getting used to, but the story, Attack on Titan meets Battlestar Galactica, is killer.
Guardians of the Galaxy
You guys have likely heard (mostly seen) this movie already. I assume this since it's the #1 box office movie of the year. I was expecting a colorful action flick, something along the lines of Hellboy. Talk about blown expectations! I freak'en loved this movie! And something tells me the space opera is going to experience a revival because of it. I'm buying the Blu Ray for this one.
Watch baby Groot dance here!
The Rule of Thoughts by James Dashner
It's no secret that I'm a Dashner fan, and this followup to The Eye of Minds only solidifies my love for his books. The sequel follows Michael through the virtual world of VirtNet as he discovers that computer generated beings are scheming a plan to invade and replace the intelligence of human beings. It's a truly sick premise that made me rethink how safe the future of gaming will be. Find it here!
The Maze Runner
While we're on the subject of Dashner stuff, I had the amazing opportunity to see a screening of his book-to-movie The Maze Runner in the same screening as Dashner himself. And the movie was excellent, an improvement on the novel is some ways. It has doubled its budget and the sequel will release next year. This is a thrilling sci-fi adventure that forces you to think and never lets up. Bring on The Scorch Trials!
Return thrusters to cruising speed. This review session is over. Be sure to click back next week for an Insecure Writer's Support Group post where I'm going to get a little personal, for a good cause.
Did any of the titles catch your attention? Who's survived the maze? The Galaxy? Any sci-fi and /fantasy stuff I missed this summer?
I'm David, and it's time to find out what we're up against!