Wednesday, June 01, 2011

Waiting on Wednesday: Triple Treat!

Under the Stars by Rebecca A. Rogers
Publication Date: August 1, 2011
Published by:  CreateSpace

After seventeen-year-old Andrina’s home is demolished by meteors, she encourages her family to relocate to Legora, one of the few remaining cities that promise a new life to weary travelers. But Legora’s food and supplies are in shortage—too many refugees have sought protection behind its gates—and the only option is to appeal to the King of the New World for provisions. When the town assembles a lottery to choose who will plea to the king, Andrina holds the ill-fated ticket.

Her arrival in Valyad, the royal territory, sparks intrigue from King Zarek. Andrina can’t imagine herself acting like the other girls, who flounce after Zarek’s affection and money, but she considers giving in to her flirty side if it’ll guarantee that her family is fed. So when Zarek leaves Andrina with a bitter decision—marry him or he’ll strip Legora of its supplies—she has no choice but to accept being Queen of the New World.

Soon, though, Andrina uncovers that Valyad is smothered in deceit. Days after their wedding, Zarek is found stabbed to death and all fingers point to Andrina. Betrayed by Valyad’s governor, who wants the crown for himself, Andrina learns that it’s the people who will cast a vote on her fate; people who don’t want a commoner operating their kingdom. Andrina must not only convince Valyad that their king didn’t die by her hand, but also outsmart the sly politicians of the realm with a surprise they can’t outrun.

Why I Chose This:

Becca is very nice author! When I found out about this through a fellow Filipino blogger’s post, I was instantly intrigued. And wow – meteors destroyed the main character’s home! I can sense so much dilemma, betrayal and deceit in this novel.
Article 5 by Kristen Simmons
Publication Date: February 14, 2012
Published by: Tor Teen

New York, Los Angeles, and Washington, DC have been abandoned.

The Bill of Rights has been revoked, and replaced with the Moral Statutes.

There are no more police — instead, there are soldiers. There are no more fines for bad behavior — instead, there are arrests, trials, and maybe worse. People who get arrested don’t usually come back.

17-year-old Ember Miller is old enough to remember that things weren’t always this way. Living with her rebellious single mother, it’s hard to forget that people weren’t always arrested for reading the wrong books or staying out after dark. That life in the United States used to be different.

In the three years since the war ended, Ember has perfected the art of keeping a low profile. She knows how to get the things she needs, like food stamps and hand-me-down clothes, and how to pass the random home inspections by the Federal Bureau of Reformation. Her life is as close to peaceful as circumstances allow. That is, until her mother is arrested for noncompliance with Article 5 of the Moral Statutes. And what’s worse, one of the arresting officers is none other than Chase Jennings…the only boy Ember has ever loved.

Why I Chose This:

I like books with extremely strict choking laws. I’m curious about Chase and Ember’s relationship – although I can see that it will have conflicts because of her mother’s arrest.

The Game by Monica Hughes
Publication Date: October 19, 2011
Published by: Simon Pulse

It’s the future, and most jobs are done by machines. Now that school is over, Lisse and her friends are consigned to a bleak neighborhood for the permanently unemployed. Then they receive an invitation to the Game—which transports them to a paradise. Is it a dream, or a computer simulation? Each time they play the Game, the new world seems more and more real....

Netting more than 75,000 copies when it was originally published as Invitation to the Game in 1991, this title continues to be a favorite, and, with its eye-catching new package, will reach an eager new audience hungry for dystopian stories.
Why I Chose This:

I think this is a reprint. It reminds me of The Hunger Games in a way, although I am not sure whether this is as harsh and as violent as Collins’ novel.  I love the cover too! 


  1. Like the sounds of all these. Great picks!

  2. Great picks! I hadn't heard of any of these but the first and last are particularly appealing to me. I will be adding to my TBR list!

  3. Oh wow, awesome picks!! I hadn't heard of Under the Stars or The Game but they both sound fantastic. I've heard some early buzz about Article 5 and it's said to be amazing. I can't wait to read these!

  4. wow great wow this week thanks for sharing.

  5. All of these sounds amazing! I'll have to add them to my wish list :D

    Thanks for commenting on my blog

  6. They all look really good. I'm especially looking forward to Article 5.

  7. The Game is a reprint of Invitation to the Game, and it's not harsh or violent. :)

  8. Hadn't heard of any of these but they all sound great, will be adding them to my list! =)

  9. Yaaay! You just made my day. :D

    For anyone interested, there's a giveaway (starting today and ending July 1st) over at Goodreads. 3 signed ARCs of UtS! :D

  10. Great picks! Putting Article 5 on my wishlist, thanks for bringing it to my attention.

  11. Ohhh, all of these sound really great! And, I've not heard of them yet! I love finding new books! Thanks for putting them on my radar!

  12. I LOVE your picks! I agree with you about The Game! Love the cover too! It looks SO intense! Awesome picks!

  13. Lots of wonderful dystopian picks from you this week. I'm adding them all to my wishlist, all of them were new to me.

  14. I haven't heard of any of those, but they all look interesting. My TBR list on GR keeps growing!