Book Review: The 4400: Welcome to Promise City

The 4400: Welcome to Promise City

The 4400: Welcome to Promise City, by Greg Cox

The 4400: Welcome to Promise City picks up the storyline where the TV series ended. After the promiacin outbreak, thousands died in Seattle, and the surviving thousands were left with new abilities. And Jordan Collier stepped up as leader of the city. A group of mysterious undercover operatives have made it their mission to bring down Collier and stop the spread of promiacin. Meanwhile, Tom Baldwin and Diana Skouris try to track down who stole the body of Tom’s nephew, the catalyst of the recent outbreak of promiacin. NTAC is worried that someone may be using the diseased boy’s body to further spread promiacin to the unsuspecting world.

As a big fan of the TV show, I was ecstatic to hear that the novels would be continuing the story. And this latest book was a wonderful addition. All of the characters are fighting the same struggles: Tom debating on whether or not to take the shot, Kyle’s hallucinatory ability and struggling between loyalty to Jordan and his father, and Richard dealing with vengeance over the death of his daughter.

With ample suspense, action, and intrigue, fans of The 4400 will not be disappointed. A complex storyline involves all of the main characters, and offers some shocking surprises along the way. The characters have all the depth and conflicts that we’ve come to know. The danger of Collier’s followers and the opposing faction is coming to a head. And I loved every minute of it.

Book Giveaway: The Mermaid’s Madness

The Mermaid's Madness

Courtesy of Daw, I have a giveaway copy of The Mermaid’s Madness, by Jim C. Hines for one lucky winner!

Contest is open to everyone. To enter, just fill out the form below. Contest ends October 16. I’ll draw names on October 17, and notify winners via email.

Good luck!

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Book News: Jordan’s Wheel of Time

Tor made three announcements about Robert Jordan’s bestselling Wheel of Time series last week at Dragon Con:

1) Wheel of Time eBooks Available
The Wheel of Time series is one of the most highly requested series on Kindle, and they are finally becoming available to fans as ebooks. Beginning on October 27th, Macmillan will release one ebook per month, beginning with The Eye of the World. The full text of the books has been retypeset to better accommodate the ebook format and all original illustrations and maps will be retained in these new releases. We’ve also commissioned new cover art for each book, and I can announce the first four artists now: David Grove, Kekai Kotaki, Donato Giancola, and Sam Weber.

2) Chapter One of The Gathering Storm Available to Read Exclusively on Tor.com
The next book in the WoT series, The Gathering Storm, will be available for sale on 10/27/09. For the first time ever, the entire first chapter of The Gathering Storm is available to read before the book comes out. The chapter is available only on Tor.com until September 17th, when it will be distributed to other online retailers like Amazon and BN.com. You can read the chapter here: http://www.tor.com/gatheringstorm/register

3) Prologue available for sale before book release
The prologue to The Gathering Storm will be available to purchase as an ebook beginning on September 17th. The prologue will be available to purchase through Tor.com, as well as the traditional retailers˜Amazon.com, BN.com–for $2.99.

Book Review: Leviathan

Leviathan

Leviathan, by Scott Westerfeld

In an alternate history, Europe is headed towards a Word War. The Germanic Clankers, with their advanced machinery, face off against the British Darwinists, with their crossbred animals. The Darwinists have a new weapon, the Leviathan, a flying whale ship. Deryn Sharp is new to the service and is on the Leviathan for her first assignment. But only males are allowed to be in the service, so she must hide her identity from everyone, and disguise herself as a boy.

Meanwhile, Prince Aleksandar Ferdinand is woken in the middle of the night and forced to flee his home. With only a small group of men, Aleksandar faces foes at every turn. When the Leviathan lands near Aleksandar, he meets young Deryn, and their fates intertwine.

In this latest young adult novel from Scott Westerfeld, he has created an alternate history in a steampunk version of World War I. It’s a fantastic world of elaborate machines and bizarre, unnatural animals. In addition to the unique world and fascinating story, the characters are just as absorbing and are the driving force behind the story. Aleksandar is spoiled, but very bright and capable. And Deryn is brave, talented, and humble. The two are from different worlds and seems as if the reader is viewing to drastically different stories, until the two worlds collide.

There is no lack of suspense and action in this steampunk adventure. As a growing niche in the science fiction genre, this novel is sure to be popular amidst youth and adults alike. With events culminating in a climactic ending, there is room left open for a sequel, which I certainly am hoping for. It’s a fun, fresh and decidedly unique tale. Don’t miss this one.


Leviathan releases from Simon Pulse on October 6, 2009.

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