5: Tsubasa Omnibus 1 by Kodansha Comics
Syaoran, the adopted son of an archaeologist, is whisked away on an adventure of a life time with his childhood friend Princess Sakura. Syaoran and a team of diggers stumble upon an ancient temple half buried in the hot desert they call their home. The temple isn’t all it seems, a incredibly strange and law-defying event occurs defying all logic and Sakura’s memories are lost, apparently scattered across distant dimensions. Syaoran desperate to rescue his childhood friend’s memories, has no other choice but to travel from dimension to dimension searching for Sakura’s lost memories. But Syaoran must give something in exchange for free travel from one dimension to the next. In the end will it be worth it? On his travels Suyaoran will meet allies and enemies alike, but more importantly will he be able to reclaim all Sakura’s memories?
Teen Rating: An incredible journey, with images which are literally out of this world. 4.6/5 13+
4: The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams.
Arthur Dent is the only human to survive the worst Wednesday ever! On this ‘The Worst Wednesday Ever’ the earth was destroyed by Vogons (a pig like alien race) building a new hyperspace highway! Luckily, for Arthur, he and his best friend Ford Prefect, who turns out to be an alien from the outer rim of the galaxy, survived the treacherous road works and stowed aboard the Vogon’s ship, to begin what becomes their journey around the galaxy. Unfortunately for them they’re found out aboard the ship and blasted into space. But you haven’t even heard the worst of it, the Vogon captain before blasting them into space, made them listen to his poetry first, the horror! When you’re blasted into space there’s almost no chance that a ship will run across your path, let alone pick you up,saving you. So what’s the going to be so different for Arthur and Ford?
Teen Rating: A seriously funny, yet incredibly exciting novel. 4.8/5 12+
3: I Am The Weapon by Allen Zadoff.
(This book is also sold under the name BOY NOBODY but it doesn’t really make a difference (in text terms) it’s the same story.)
Boy Nobody is always on the move. What seems like a wave of bad luck tends to follow him where ever he goes. But, is there more to this than meets the eye?
When Boy Nobody was young his father was tortured and as far as he knows killed. After his father was ‘murdered’, Boy Nobody was forced to choose death or work for the ‘Program’. He chose death but sadly that was the answer they were looking for. At first Boy Nobody thought it was exciting, fun even but soon, too soon, he realises it’s pretty real, a too real.
Teen Rating : A darker book book than you might first think. 4.9/5 15+
2. The way of Kings-part one by Brandon Sanderson
(The first book in The Stormlight Archives.)
The way of kings is set in an almost totally different world to ours. The book follows a few different people’s view points and perspectives, looking at ‘The War’ from almost every angle. ‘The War’ in question is the main focus in this book, going back to it’s origins and who started it, ect. The area where the book largely takes place is called ‘Alethkar‘. The king of Alethkar was King Gavilar, Gavier and his brother had united all of Alethkar, conquering all in their path and making it one single nation goverened by many lesser princes. After doing so on a scouting mission a new species of ‘Parshendi’ are discovered (the Parshendi being the slaves of human kind). This is where it gets confusing, for one reason or another the ‘Parshendi’ assassinate the king. The Kingdom effectively ruled seperately now in each of it’s factions, pledges revenge and viciously attacks the Parshendi’s home. This is ‘The War’ which The Way Of Kings follows, this is ‘The War’ to end all wars. Now where have you heard that before? And how did that turn out? Who will win and at what cost?
Teen Rating: A seriously complex book. Quite similar to Eragon or The Lord of the Rings, but even more gripping. 6/5 . 14+ .
The Way of Kings-part two by Brandon Sanderson
The second part of the way of kings, takes us back to the battle on the Shattered Plains. Kaladin and his bridge crew are still struggling for survival, despite what they’ve achieved. The Bridgemen are planing their escape, but whatever road they take they foresee recapture, and they’re own demise. They are torn between two paths, to do what is right or to do what is best, for them personal gain and their plans of escape.
Brightlord Dalinar Kholin and his sons are barely keeping their house’s reputation alive, yet some would say they couldn’t care less for what others thought about their house. Dalinar is finding it increasingly difficult to follow the codes he once stood by and to resist his temptations towards his brother’s widow. What’s more, his visions of the knights Radient are getting more frequent and more vivid, and now Dalinar isn’t as sure about their reliability to past events as he was before.
Leagues away the young scholar Shallan is frantically trying to learn from the very woman she plans to steal from, does one right intention overshadow a darker one? Will she succeed and be remembered forever or will she fade away into history with her already diminishing household?
Teen Rating: To put it simply, this is most likely the best book I’ve ever read. The characters Sanderson creates before our very eyes have effected my very personality to the deepest level and the person I aspire to be. 6/5 13+