Based on the novel by Stephenie Meyer (Twilight), The Host will open in theaters everywhere March 29, 2013.
Directed by Andrew Niccol (GATTACA, IN TIME), The Host stars Saoirse Ronan (HANNA, THE LOVELY BONES, ATONEMENT), Max Irons (RED RIDING HOOD), Jake Abel (I AM NUMBER FOUR, PERCY JACKSON & THE OLYMPIANS), Diane Kruger (INGLORIOUS BASTARDS, UNKNOWN), William Hurt (INTO THE WILD, THE INCREDIBLE HULK) and Frances Fisher (TITANIC).
The Host is a riveting story about the survival of love and the human spirit in a time of war. Our world has been invaded by an unseen enemy. Humans become hosts for these invaders, their minds taken over while their bodies remain intact. Most of humanity has succumbed.
A forest fire forces Maya Delaney to flee town in a helicopter along with the mayor, and several other teens. But she’s sure the fire was set on purpose, and her fear is justified when the teens are kidnapped. But a helicopter crash helps them to flee deep into the woods of Vancouver Island. With their would-be captors hot on their trail, the group must rely on their wits and special abilities to see them home.
The second installment in the Darkness Rising trilogy, The Calling centers on a select group of teenagers and their wild adventure trying to find a way back to civilization, knowing they can’t trust anyone. Maya has a secret – that she’s a skin-walker, just one of the gifts that have been bred into the teens.
Though the trilogy must be read in order, there is a convenient, brief review of events from the first novel that I found extremely beneficial since it’s been a year since the last release. This novel reads like a survival thriller film – an abundance of suspense, adventure, and pulse-pounding excitement. While the first laid the foundation with the characters and was engaging, this sequel was darker with non-stop danger and suspense. This fast-paced, young adult fantasy trilogy is entirely captivating. I’m not sure how all the loose ends will tie up in just one more final installment, but it promises to be a wild ride.
— The Calling releases from Harper Teen on April 10, 2012.
While studying a spatial rift in the Kondaii system, the science vessel U.S.S. Huang Zhong is caught in a tractor beam and crashes on a planet inside the rift. The Enterprise has come to aid in rescue and diplomatic liaison with the system’s local inhabitants. Meanwhile, the Romulans have heard about the Federation’s interest in the rift which appears to be artificial, and much too advanced for the local population’s knowledge. The Romulans want their hands on any advanced technology, and will stop at nothing to make sure the Federation doesn’t lay claim to it first.
Taking place 4 years into their 5-year mission, the Enterprise crew has an easy camaraderie. And the ambassador on board is a welcome addition, more easy going and jovial than most in her position. The Kondaii system local people are not discussed in detail, other than that they haven’t yet discovered warp drive. And the spatial rift is the main reason the Federation decided to ignore the Prime Directive in this case. Though, it seems Picard’s time period upheld the directive more than Kirk’s earlier time for the most part anyway.
With plenty of twists and surprises along the way, That Which Divides is fast-paced and full of adventure. Fans of the original show will enjoy seeing a familiar face return. Reading like an actual Star Trek episode, this latest original novel is incredibly enjoyable and another fantastic installment in the series.
Ephraim Scott arrives home from school to find his mother passed out in the kitchen, after trying to kill herself with alcohol and pills. But her reason for the attempt is what shocks Ephraim. She was told that Ephraim had been killed, his body identified at the morgue. His mother’s purse contains the dead boy’s personal effects which surprisingly holds his own library card and a strange coin. After receiving mysterious instructions to flip the coin and make a wish, Ephraim wishes that his mother never went to the hospital and that she was more mothering. The coin grows warm and seems to grant his wish, as he returns home to a drastically different mother. Then, the coin grants his wish that his crush would like him back. But the coin has changed other things too, and not all for the better.
Ephraim is sixteen, with a geeky and somewhat annoying best friend. His crush is Jena who is pretty, smart and popular. While Ephraim is a relatable, good kid, the power of the coin quickly begins to have a negative effect on his friend, turning him dark and disturbing. The suspense continues to build to a heart-pounding finale. Impossible to put down, this fast-paced scifi adventure is laced with teen angst and humor. An impressive debut, Fair Coin is a non-stop thrill ride with plenty of unexpected twists.