Star Wars: A Galactic Pop-up Adventure by Matthew Reinhart
Pop-up artist and engineer Matthew Reinhart has created a fascinating and attractive mixture of information and art. Despite the word “adventure” in the title though, this is not any kind of unfolding story throughout the book. Instead, it’s a collection of information on planets, droids, characters and more. Each page (there are only 5) opens to a huge pop-up with smaller pop-ups and flaps with a couple paragraphs of info each. This book also just focuses on the 3 prequel films and Clone Wars, which will be pass for those who are fans of the original films only. My favorite part of this impressive book is the final page that opens up to Darth Vader complete with a glowing, red light saber. When the book closes, the light saber shuts off after several seconds. A lot of data is packed into one incredibly short but fun book.
Star Trek: The Next Generation: Cold Equations: The Persistence of Memory by David Mack
A BRAZEN HEIST Captain Jean-Luc Picard and the Enterprise crew race to find out who has stolen Data’s android brother B-4—and for what sinister purpose.
A BROKEN PROMISE One desperate father risks all for the son he abandoned forty years ago—but is he ready to pay the price for redemption?
A DARING MISSION Against overwhelming odds, and with time running out, Commander Worf has only one chance to avert a disaster. But how high a price will he pay for victory?
The Enterprise is first on the scene to discover B-4 and all the remaining Soong-type androids missing. But with no clues as to who would or could pull off the heist, Picard and his crew must scour the planet and block the ships from leaving. Suddenly, a face that looks remarkably like Data and B-4 shows up on a scan. But it can’t be either of them. I don’t think it’s much of a spoiler (given the synopsis on the back of the book) that Soong is back. As they say, no one stays dead forever in Star Trek.
Over half of the book is Soong’s story these past years since he’s been assumed dead, till it catches up to the present. The drama, adventure, suspense, and mystery are intense, and the story flows well despite the complexity. Next Generation fans will be very happy with the direction this series takes. You also don’t need to be up-to-date in the books or have to remember what happened over 20 years ago in the show, as this is an inclusive trilogy and Mack does a great job of giving recaps when needed. And I think it’s accurate to say this was my favorite Star Trek novel in years. This is the first in a new trilogy, all written by David Mack. And I have high expectations for the next.
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On Fire: A Teen Wolf Novel by Nancy Holder
Scott McCall is no longer a normal teen. After getting bitten by a werewolf, Scott now has to control his inner wolf whenever his emotions run high. Scott’s relationship with Allison has just begun, but her family hunts Scott’s kind. So, keeping his secret is crucial. Recently, Jackson, the popular rich kid and Captain of the lacrosse team, skipped school and seems to be missing. With only a cryptic note and the ability to trace his cell phone from an app, his friends search for him. Jackson’s phone trail leads them to the woods late at night. Not only do they need to find Jackson, but Scott needs to make sure he and Allison avoid the mysterious Alpha werewolf who turned him. Or Allison may be the one in danger.
On Fire is a tie-in novel based on the new hit show Teen Wolf from MTV, apparently set about early to middle of the first season. MTV’s Teen Wolf is only loosely based on the beloved, original movie of the same name starring Michael J. Fox. This Teen Wolf is much darker, less comedic and blends mild horror, mystery, drama, and romance.
I wondered how a tie-in novel would work with such a fast-paced show, where a lot progresses over the course of just a 12-episode season. But On Fire works well as a mid-season story where there is a lot of mystery that has yet to be revealed. And fans are treated to a riveting backstory of Derek, the brooding werewolf who mentors Scott, but wants vengeance for his family more than anything. Jackson’s mystery is incredibly suspenseful, but unfortunately ended a bit too abruptly without much explanation. I would love to see this series continue in novels and see it either continue this storyline or jump forward to the present storyline. These are fantastic characters; and Holder does a great job of weaving a new mystery and remaining true to the characters.
On Fire will release from MTV Books on July 17, 2012.