Archive for November 21, 2011

The Future of Us book review

I recently read the Future of Us by Jay Asher and Carolyn Mackler.
From the publisher:
“It’s 1996, and Josh and Emma have been neighbors their whole lives. They’ve been best friends almost as long – at least, up until last November, when Josh did something that changed everything. Things have been weird between them ever since, but when Josh’s family gets a free AOL CD in the mail, his mom makes him bring it over so that Emma can install it on her new computer. When they sign on, they’re automatically logged onto their Facebook pages. But Facebook hasn’t been invented yet. And they’re looking at themselves fifteen years in the future.

By refreshing their pages, they learn that making different decisions now will affect the outcome of their lives later. And as they grapple with the ups and downs of what their futures hold, they’re forced to confront what they’re doing right – and wrong – in the present.”

I really enjoyed it as a light, fun read.  Which was pleasantly surprising, since Jay Asher (of Thirteen Reasons Why fame) wrote one of the darkest young adult fiction novels in recent history.  Just goes to show you that you can’t always judge an author by their last book.
As for the story itself, my only gripe was that, as a adult, the details of the 1990’s brought back a lot of memories of the era for me.  It was so accurate that I worry that the teens might miss some of the subtle references and wouldn’t appreciate it as much as an adult reading the book would.   I was around the same age as the characters in the book in 1996 and the descriptions were so spot on.  From the technology that was just starting at the time, using aol and clogging up the phone lines for hours, the music references, the language they used etc. Even the facebook pages that were posted by these 30-something characters – I felt I could relate more to those details than a teenager today would, that’s all.  I’d love to hear if any teens reading the book had any issues with it being non-relatable.
That said, if you want to read a book with humor and heart, and with an interesting premise, I would suggest looking into the Future of Us.
Sharon Long
Teen Services Librarian

It’s here: Hunger Games full movie trailer!

And it’s looks pretty awesome!

Hunger Games movie trailer

Back in August at the MTV Video Music Awards, Katniss Everdeen was all by herself in the short movie trailer that debuted that evening, a reluctant warrior ducking fireballs with bow and arrow in hand. As of today (November 14), Katniss is no longer alone. The world of “The Hunger Games” has exploded with the debut on “Good Morning America” of the first full trailer from the upcoming adaptation of Suzanne Collins’ best-selling YA series.

May the odds be ever in your favor!

Sharon Long

Teen Services Librarian

New Video Games to check out @ the Library

We keep adding to our popular video game collection here at the library. Here are a few of our latest titles added or to be added soon!

Need for Speed: The Run

With no speed limits, rules or allies available, only Jack’s determination and driving skills will keep him going in this heart-stopping race to get his life back. Thrills and excitement hide around every corner of this breakneck race across the country, but so do the police — and the men who want him dead. Evading these ruthless forces in one town won’t be enough. You must have the Need for Speed.

Batman Arkham City

Developed by Rocksteady Studios, Batman: Arkham City builds upon the intense, atmospheric foundation of Batman: Arkham Asylum, sending players soaring into Arkham City, the new maximum security “home” for all of Gotham City’s thugs, gangsters and insane criminal masterminds. The game features an unique combination of melee combat, stealth, investigative and speed-based challenge gameplay. Set inside the heavily fortified walls of a sprawling district in the heart of Gotham City, this highly anticipated sequel introduces a brand-new story that draws together a new all-star cast of classic characters and murderous villains from the Batman universe, as well as a vast range of new and enhanced gameplay features to deliver the ultimate experience as the Dark Knight.

Madden NFL 12

Madden NFL 12 continues the rich tradition of the storied franchise by bringing fans closer to the NFL than ever before. Featuring all 32 teams, stadiums, and your favorite players in the league, Madden NFL 12 is true to the game.

FIFA Soccer 12

FIFA Soccer 12 is the 19th game in Electronic Arts’ popular video game soccer series. Continuing with the franchise’s unique blend of realism and innovative features that bring the authenticity to the video game pitch that fans crave, FIFA Soccer 12 is an exciting title for longtime and existing fans of console sports gaming. Game features include: 500 officially licensed clubs and more than 15,000 players, improved self-awareness and aptitude of AI players, a redefined defending mechanism, more true-to-life injuries, precision dribbling and new commentary teams.

 

DC Universe Online

Enter the world of your favorite DC Comics’ superheroes and villains in DC Universe Online. Get ready to experience the high-energy action that encapsulates this fabled world, and become engrossed in thrilling battles with or against famed heroes and villains, including Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman and The Joker.

We join our hero perched atop a granite gargoyle high above the city of Gotham. His eyes squint as he monitors the streets below, searching for crooked criminal conduct. From afar, he hears the alarm from Gotham National Bank and he dives from the darkness into the illumination of the streets. He soars through the canyon of skyscrapers, hearing the buzz of the citizens below that he has chosen to protect. He sees the bank is only a block away — just then a burst of red passes him to join in the fray. As the two heroes approach the crime scene, they hear the creepy cackling of The Joker. This will not be a run-of-the-mill fight for justice, but then again — what is, in the DC Universe?

 Descriptions from Amazon.com

 

 If you would like to suggest a video game for purchase, please contact me at splteens@syossetlibrary.org and we will look into it.

Enjoy!

Sharon Long

Teen Services Librarian

Zombies: a trend that won’t…wait for it…die?

I’ve been watching The Walking Dead, Season 2 and we just had Halloween, so zombies are back on the brain again (sidenote: they eat brains).  In any case, we’ve had some creepy programs to celebrate the season so I wanted to share some photos from our Graveyard Cupcakes teen program and make a booklist for some new zombie fiction that’s been creeping around. 

Graveyard cupcakes!

The winning cupcake by Mahnoor

New Zombie books

ASHES by Ilsa J. Bick.

Alex, a resourceful seventeen-year-old running from her incurable brain tumor, Tom, who has left the war in Afghanistan, and Ellie, an angry eight-year-old, join forces after an electromagnetic pulse sweeps through the sky and kills most of the world’s population, turning some of those who remain into zombies and giving the others superhuman senses.

BAD TASTE IN BOYS by Carrie Harris.

Future physician Kate Grable is horrified when her high school’s football coach gives team members steroids, but the drugs turn players into zombies and Kate must find an antidote before the flesh-eating monsters get to her or her friends.

THE FEAR by Charlie Higson.

In London, after a worldwide sickness infects adults, turning them into zombie-like creatures, DogNut and his crew embark on a deadly mission to find missing friends, as hungry, bloodthirsty grownups lie in wait. (Book 3 in the Enemy series.) 

DUST & DECAY by Jonathan Maberry.

In post-apocalyptic America, fifteen-year-old Benny Imura and his friends set out into the great Rot & Ruin hoping to find a better future but are soon pitted against zombies, wild animals, insane murderers, and the horrors of Gameland. (Book 2 in the Benny Imura series.)

THE DARK AND HOLLOW PLACES by Carrie Ryan.

Alone and listening to the moaning of the Dark City dying around her, Annah wants to find her way back home, to her sister and family and their village in the Forest of Hands and Teeth. (Book 3 in the Forest of Hands and Teeth Series.)

ZOMBIES VS. UNICORNS compiled by Justine Larbalestier, Holly Black.

Twelve short stories by a variety of authors seek to answer the question of whether zombies are better than unicorns.

Oh and also, from the movie Zombieland here are the Rules of Surviving Zombieland…give or take.

Rule 1: Cardio: How many unhealthy people do you see at the end of the world when its zombies doing the ending?

Rule 2: Beware of Bathrooms: Really not just bathrooms any good apocalyptic zombie survivor should know better than going into a bathroom, small closet or any other small room with only one way in or out. Only thing stupider to go into then a bathroom is a movie theater. Lots of places to run around before you get eaten.

Rule 3: Seatbelts: It’s a safe bet you’re not going to be hoofing it on foot in the event of a zombie outbreak. So when travelling on four wheels wear your seat belt. Nothing worse than finding yourself ejected out of your car into the loving and oh so hungry arms of zombies.

Rule 4: Doubletap: Carrying a gun is a great idea but it should never be your primary weapon. When you do end up using it remember to double tap. It’s an emergency and that’s why you’re using it and not your cricket bat so why skimp? One bullet more in the head will go a long way to ensuring your survival.

Rule 5: No Attachments: This is a tough one but you cannot have attachments. If you got kids or a wife you’re less likely to survive then the gal or guy who has no attachments and nothing slowing him or her down. Or worse yet making bonehead decisions like ‘going back into the room’

Rule 15: Know Your Way out! Nothing worse than a poorly planned escape. If you’re going to be a hero it’s always a good idea to plan ahead and as the rule states… know your way out!

Rule 17: Don’t Be a Hero: So when the going gets rough and the hot chick is about to get undead… its time to flee. No making a stand no ending up a brave zombie. Better to be a chicken liver live guy.

Rule 18: Limber Up: When either fighting a zombie or running from zombies it’s not a great time to be pulling a muscle or throwing your back out. So limbering up is kind of a must. Stretch it out a little… it may save your life.

Rule 31: Check the Back Seat. I can’t tell you how many times somebody has eaten it or in this case been eaten because they are just not smart enough to check the back seat. Always check the back seat friends. Always!

Rule 32: Enjoy the Little Things: It’s the end of the world. Don’t sweat the small stuff. Loot a ‘ Do the little things and enjoy ‘em. Who knows how long you have to live!

 Stay alert!

Sharon Long

Teen Services Librarian