Project Hail Mary by Andy Weir

Ryland Grace is the sole survivor on a desperate, last-chance mission–and if he fails, humanity and the earth itself will perish.

Except that right now, he doesn’t know that. He can’t even remember his own name, let alone the nature of his assignment or how to complete it.

All he knows is that he’s been asleep for a very, very long time. And he’s just been awakened to find himself millions of miles from home, with nothing but two corpses for company.

His crewmates dead, his memories fuzzily returning, he realizes that an impossible task now confronts him. Alone on this tiny ship that’s been cobbled together by every
government and space agency on the planet and hurled into the depths of space, it’s up to him to conquer an extinction-level threat to our species.

And thanks to an unexpected ally, he just might have a chance.

Review

Year-a-thon TBR

The beginning of the April Year-a-thon is here and that means we start reading the Highest and Lowest rated books on your Goodreads TBR. So these are the two books I’ll be picking up this week.

‘Empress of A Thousand Skies’ by Rhoda Belleza is the lowest rated book on my Goodreads TBR so I will be picking that up, along with ‘Heartstopper: Volume 3’ by Alice Oseman which is my highest rated book.

I’m really looking forward to reading both and I’m a little glad that this challenge is making me prioratise books that may not of been on the forefront of my TBR.

10 Characters I’d Follow on Instagram

Honestly Calla has become of my new favourite characters, If you haven’t seen my reviews of The Simple Wild and Wild at Heart by K.A. Tucker, then this is new information but if you have you know that I am absolutely in love with these books. Calla is an influencer within her universe and the astetic of her photos (as described in the books) is definitely one I’ follow on instagram!

Kiki would have a quirky little instagram page where she would definitely post about her delivery service and Jiji, I know I would love to be up to date on her Instagram and all her goings on.

Alex is a quirky character who is both artistic and badass. their instagram would definitely flow along with their gender and interests. It would be so interesting to keep up with all the different things they would post depending of any given day.

I can already see Lara Jean’s ascetic and I would be all here for it. It would definitely have a lot of cute baking photos as well as pastel colours, great outfits and of course PK and her family. It would honestly be the cutest thing ever.

Daisy Jones would have a hardcore rocker vibe to her instagram and honestly be all over that!

Blue as a character gives me an ethereal vibe there would definitely be a lot of scenery pictures as well as a lot of photos with the Raven Boys. There would be so much friendship and spookiness, I’d love it.

Luna Luna Luna. Her instagram would be amazing. Full of quibbler articles, naturalist adventures, magical creatures and her friends. All the best aspects of Harry Potter rolled into one!

The Instagram of Keefe would be so full of pranks and nonsense that it would be hilarious all the time. There would be gorgeous Alicorns, friendship pictures and a little bit of mischief.

Honestly Greta’s Instagram would be filled with tea dragons. I would for sure want to follow that utter cuteness.

An Instagram account from space, umm… yes please! I would love to see what was going on on another planet! Spensa would for sure post about Mbot, Doomslug and all the other flight crew. It would definitely be galaxy themed.

The Pretenders by Rebecca Hanover

The Pretenders
by Rebecca Hanover
#2 in the Similars duology

In this conclusion to The Similars duology, Emma must figure out who she really is, decide between two boys with the same face, and stop a dangerous plan based on revenge.

Emma is still reeling from the events of her junior year at Darkwood. Not only is her best friend, Oliver, shockingly alive, but the boy she loves—his Similar, Levi—is still on the island where he grew up, stranded with his deranged creator.

More importantly, she is grappling with who she really is. Emma can’t accept the hard truths she learned last year and refuses to share her secrets with anyone, isolating herself from her friends and Ollie.

But when more of the Similars’ creator’s plot is revealed, Emma and her friends will have to try to stop him from putting a plan into motion that could destroy everyone she loves. 

Throughout The Similars Duology we follow Emmaline as she attends the prestigious Darkwood Academy, where 6 clones have been enrolled. This enrollment fules huge human right debates and the schools dark histoty begins to come to light.

The Science Fiction nature of the series lends itself well to the discussion of human rights and whether cones carry the same rights as the originals. Looking at the different sides is interesting however the story doen’t really allow the reader to make up their own mind as to whether cloning and clones are right. There would have been a richer depth to the stoy if this had been the case.

None the less, the story of Emmaline and the clones is one that as a reader I found interesting. Emma’s development as a character within the second book was critical to the story and to making her a protagonist that readers have some connection with. The personal growth was minimal but the science fictional changes were imense, giving her the edge she needed to become a more dynamic lead.

The scientific elements were probably my most favourite part of the story. It was interesting to learn how the cloning began and the extent to which it runs. It could definitely make for an interesting human right debate. The clones were represented well with thoughts and ideas that were their own and an experience that would make anyone hope for better for them.

The plot twists that are thrown into this story definitely fit the science fiction genre. They added a much needed layer

Overall the story examines relationships, choice and serious human right issues all within the compass of a Young Adult story. Its a great start to what will surely be a wider debate in the future.

Plot: 7/10
Ease of reading: 7.5/10
Character Development: 6/10
World Building: 5/10
Quality of Writing: 7/10
Overall: 3.5/5

Skyward by Brandon Sanderson

Skyward
by Brandon Sanderson
#1 Skyward

Publisher: Gollancz
Date: 2018
Pages: 513
Fiction/Non-Fiction: Fiction
Genre:  Science Fiction
Days to Read: 11
Purchase Locations: Amazon & Kindle Audible Book Depository Booktopia Dymocks QBD

Defeated, crushed, and driven almost to extinction, the remnants of the human race are trapped on a planet that is constantly attacked by mysterious alien starfighters. Spensa, a teenage girl living among them, longs to be a pilot. When she discovers the wreckage of an ancient ship, she realizes this dream might be possible—assuming she can repair the ship, navigate flight school, and (perhaps most importantly) persuade the strange machine to help her. Because this ship, uniquely, appears to have a soul. 

‘Skyward’ was the first Brandon Sanderson book that I picked up. I’ve been wanting to read something by the famous fantasy author and thought a YA science fiction was the way to do it.

Initially I found the start quite slow. I didn’t mind Spensa as a main character. She is strong and and independent. However, initially I wasn’t invested in her story. Once I got through the first fifty pages or so, It was a different story.

I began to enjoy following all of our characters and found diversity in their personalities. The first book in this series really focuses on Spensa’s father and how she must deal with everyone treating her as though she isn’t an individual person but simply a copy of her father.

When we got to the end of the story… Oh My Gosh I was on the edge of my seat, the plot twist was definitely something I didn’t see coming and I am eager to see how the story continues from where we left off in Skyward.

Brandon Sanderson’s writing is something that I finds builds the more you get into a story. It’s full of detail and allows the reader to become part of the story.

A great addition to the Young Adult Science Fiction genre.

Plot: 7/10
Ease of reading: 6/10
Character Development: 6.5/10
World Building: 7/10
Quality of Writing: 8/10
Overall: 3.5/5

What did you think of Skyward?

Avengers Rewatch

When Thor’s evil brother, Loki (Tom Hiddleston), gains access to the unlimited power of the energy cube called the Tesseract, Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson), director of S.H.I.E.L.D., initiates a superhero recruitment effort to defeat the unprecedented threat to Earth. Joining Fury’s “dream team” are Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.), Captain America (Chris Evans), the Hulk (Mark Ruffalo), Thor (Chris Hemsworth), the Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson) and Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner).

Dr. Selvic: The Hawk? In his nest.

Loki: An ant has no quarrel with a boot

Nick Fury: He’s called Loki… He’s… not from around here

Pepper: How’s it look?
Tony Stark: Like Christmas, but with more me

Tony Stark: I did do all the heavy lifting… literally I lifted all the heavy things

Tony Stark: You have reaced the life model decoy of Tony Stark, leave a message
Agent Coulson: This is urgent
Tony Stark: Then leave it urgently

Tony Stark: Phil? His first name is agent

Loki: Not to men like me
Old German Man: There are always men like you

Tony Stark: Agent Romanof, did you miss me?

Tony Stark: Make a move reindeer games

Tony Stark: You are pretty spry for an older fellow, what’s your thing Pilates?

Tony Stark: What’s the matter? Scared of a little lightning?
Loki: I’m not overly fond of what follows

Captain America: There’s only one god ma’am and I’m pretty sure he doesn’t dress like that

Thor: You listen well brother
*Ironman flies past and grabs Thor*
Loki: I’m listening

Tony Stark: Doth mother know you weareth her drapes?

Thor: It matters not metal man

Tony Stark: ahh yeah, no, bad call he loves his hammer

Bruce Banner: *referring to Loki* He really grows on you doesn’t he?

Bruce Banner: That guys brain is a bag full of cats, you can smell crazy on him
Thor: Take care how you speak of him, he may be beyond reason but he is still my brother
Natasha Romanof: He killed 80 people in 2 days
Thor: He is adopted

Tony Stark: That Man’s playing Galaga, thought we wouldn’t notice… and we didn’t

Tony Stark: * To Bruce Banner* And I’m also a fan of how you turn into a big green rage monster

Captain America: I do!… I understood that reference

*Tony Stark pokes Bruce Banner in an attempt to make the Hulk come out*
Captain America: Hey… Are you nuts?
Tony Stark: Juries still out

Bruce Banner: ‘A warm light for all man kind’, Loki’s jab at Fury, I think that was meant for you
*Tony offers Bruce blueberries*

Tony Stark: I’m sorry Nick, what were you lying?

Nick Fury: *To Thor* Excuse me?! Did we come to your planet and blow things up?

Captain America: It seems to run on some kind of electricity
Tony Stark: Well, you’re not wrong

Pilot: Target engaged
*Hulk jumps at ships*
Pilot: Target angry, target angry!

Agent Coulson: You’re going to lose
Loki: Am I?
Agent Coulson: It’s Inevitable, you lack conviction

*fires weapon at Loki*
Agent Coulson: So that’s what it does

Agent Coulson: I’m clocked out here
Nick Fury: Not an option
Agent Coulson: It’s ok Boss, this was never going to work unless they had something to…

Nick Fury: There was an idea, Stark knows this, called The Avenger’s Initiative. The idea was to bring together a group of remarkable people to see if they could come to be more

Nick Fury: We’ll its an old fashioned notion

Building Janitor: Right through the ceiling. Big and green and buck ass nude

Building Janitor: You an Alien?
Burce Banner: excuse me?
Building Janitor: From outer space? An alien?
Bruce Banner: umm.. no
Building Janitor: Then son, you have a condition

Captain America: Son… just don’t

Tony Stark: *speaking to Loki*… and you have the glow stick of destiny

Tony Stark: Coz if we can’t protect the Earth we will damn well avenge it

*Loki attempts to turn Tony by touching his chest with the sceptre*
Loki: This usually works
Tony Stark: Well, performance issues, you know one out of five…

Tony Stark: And there’s one other person you pissed off… his name was Phil

Tony Stark: What?! Did you stop for drive thorough?

Hawkeye: Captain, It would be my genuine pleasure

Black Widow: Just like Budapest all over again
Hawkeye: You and I remember Budapest very differently

Tony Stark: Well we got his attention… what the hell was step two

Captain America: *To Tony* Banner, just like you said
Tony Stark: Tell him to suit up, I’m bringing the party to you
*turn the corner with enemies in tow*
Natasha Romanof: I don’t see how thats a party

Bruce Banner: That’s my secret Captain, I’m always angry

Hawkeye: want to give me a lift
Tony Stark: Better clench up Legolas

Hawkeye: Well Thor is taking on a squadron down on sixth
Tony Stark: and he didn’t invite me?

Nick Fury: I recognise that The Council has made a decision but given that its a stupid ass decision, I’ve elected to ignore it

Bruce Banner: *to Loki* Pewny God

Tony Stark: *waking up from being unconscious* What the hell! What just happened?! Please tell me nobody kissed me!

Tony Stark: Alright YAY, alright guys, Good job. Let’s not come in tomorrow. Let’s take a fay

Thor: We’re not finished yet
Tony Stark: And then Shawarma after?


At the beginning does ‘a human world’ imply that there are other human worlds?

Maria Hill is a total Badass!

Love coulson just chilling on the phone the whole timeNatasha beats up the Russians

Cap must have some serious PTSD

I love that Phil and Pepper are friends but low key sad there was no scene with her reaction to his death

Maria just casually checking out Cap

What an intro for Thor

‘I watched you toss me into an abyss’ – umm pretty sure you let go Loki

I love that Tony wants Banner to be all Banner, Hulk and all

Honestly Coulson…. no, I can’t

I love that Hulk just punches Thor in Grand Central Station


October Book Haul

I know this is a little late but I wanted to post it anyways, so here is my October book haul.

Waiting for Spring
Volume 2
by Anashin

Mitsuki Haruno has a timid personality and she doesn’t have any friends at school. Towa Asakura is Mitsuki Haruno’s classmate. He is on their school’s basketball team. Due to a case, Mitsuki Haruno begins to hang out with four good looking basketball players: Towa Asakura, Rui Miyamoto, Kyosuke Wakamiya and Ryuji Tada. Her school life changes profoundly.

Mitsuki Haruno begins to have feeling for Towa Asakura and Towa Asakura holds feelings for her, but, Mitsuki Haruno meets her childhood friend Aya Kamiyama. He came from USA and is a basketball player at another high school. He likes Mitsuki Haruno.

This is Where it Ends
by Marieke Nijkamp

10:00 a.m. The principal of Opportunity High School finishes her speech, welcoming the entire student body to a new semester and encouraging them to excel and achieve.

10:02 a.m. The students get up to leave the auditorium for their next class.

10:03 a.m. The auditorium doors won’t open.

10:05 a.m. Someone starts shooting.

Told from four different perspectives over the span of fifty-four harrowing minutes, terror reigns as one student’s calculated revenge turns into the ultimate game of survival.

The Tyrant’s Tomb
Book #4 in the Trials of Apollo Series
by Rick Riordan

It’s not easy being Apollo, especially when you’ve been turned into a human and banished from Olympus. On his path to restoring five ancient oracles and reclaiming his godly powers, Apollo (aka Lester Papadopoulos) has faced both triumphs and tragedies. Now his journey takes him to Camp Jupiter in the San Francisco Bay Area, where the Roman demigods are preparing for a desperate last stand against the evil Triumvirate of Roman emperors. Hazel, Reyna, Frank, Tyson, Ella, and many other old friends will need Apollo’s aid to survive the onslaught. Unfortunately, the answer to their salvation lies in the forgotten tomb of a Roman ruler . . . someone even worse than the emperors Apollo has already faced.

Sadie
by Courtney Summers

A missing girl on a journey of revenge. A Serial―like podcast following the clues she’s left behind. And an ending you won’t be able to stop talking about.

Sadie hasn’t had an easy life. Growing up on her own, she’s been raising her sister Mattie in an isolated small town, trying her best to provide a normal life and keep their heads above water.

But when Mattie is found dead, Sadie’s entire world crumbles. After a somewhat botched police investigation, Sadie is determined to bring her sister’s killer to justice and hits the road following a few meager clues to find him.

When West McCray―a radio personality working on a segment about small, forgotten towns in America―overhears Sadie’s story at a local gas station, he becomes obsessed with finding the missing girl. He starts his own podcast as he tracks Sadie’s journey, trying to figure out what happened, hoping to find her before it’s too late.

Courtney Summers has written the breakout book of her career. Sadie is propulsive and harrowing and will keep you riveted until the last page.

Ninth House
book #1 in the Alex Stern Series
by Leigh Bardugo

Galaxy “Alex” Stern is the most unlikely member of Yale’s freshman class. Raised in the Los Angeles hinterlands by a hippie mom, Alex dropped out of school early and into a world of shady drug dealer boyfriends, dead-end jobs, and much, much worse. By age twenty, in fact, she is the sole survivor of a horrific, unsolved multiple homicide. Some might say she’s thrown her life away. But at her hospital bed, Alex is offered a second chance: to attend one of the world’s most elite universities on a full ride. What’s the catch, and why her?

Still searching for answers to this herself, Alex arrives in New Haven tasked by her mysterious benefactors with monitoring the activities of Yale’s secret societies. These eight windowless “tombs” are well-known to be haunts of the future rich and powerful, from high-ranking politicos to Wall Street and Hollywood’s biggest players. But their occult activities are revealed to be more sinister and more extraordinary than any paranoid imagination might conceive.

Loki: Where Mischief Lies
by Makenzi Lee

This is the first of three young adult novels from New York Times best-selling author Mackenzi Lee that explores the untapped potential and duality of heroism of popular characters in the Marvel Universe.

Before the days of going toe-to-toe with the Avengers, a younger Loki is desperate to prove himself heroic and capable, while it seems everyone around him suspects him of inevitable villainy and depravity . . . except for Amora. Asgard’s resident sorceress-in-training feels like a kindred spirit-someone who values magic and knowledge, who might even see the best in him.

But when Loki and Amora cause the destruction of one of Asgard’s most prized possessions, Amora is banished to Earth, where her powers will slowly and excruciatingly fade to nothing. Without the only person who ever looked at his magic as a gift instead of a threat, Loki slips further into anguish and the shadow of his universally adored brother, Thor.

When Asgardian magic is detected in relation to a string of mysterious murders on Earth, Odin sends Loki to investigate. As he descends upon nineteenth-century London, Loki embarks on a journey that leads him to more than just a murder suspect, putting him on a path to discover the source of his power-and who he’s meant to be.

Nimona by Noelle Stevenson

Nimona
by Noelle Stevenson

Publisher: HarperTeen
Date: 2015
Pages: 272
Fiction/Non-Fiction: Fiction
Genre:  Science Fiction
Days to Read: 1
Purchase Locations:  Amazon and Kindle Audible Book Depository Booktopia Dymocks QBD

The graphic novel debut from rising star Noelle Stevenson, based on her beloved and critically acclaimed web comic, which Slate awarded its Cartoonist Studio Prize, calling it “a deadpan epic.”

Nemeses! Dragons! Science! Symbolism! All these and more await in this brilliantly subversive, sharply irreverent epic from Noelle Stevenson. Featuring an exclusive epilogue not seen in the web comic, along with bonus conceptual sketches and revised pages throughout, this gorgeous full-color graphic novel is perfect for the legions of fans of the web comic and is sure to win Noelle many new ones.

Nimona is an impulsive young shapeshifter with a knack for villainy. Lord Ballister Blackheart is a villain with a vendetta. As sidekick and supervillain, Nimona and Lord Blackheart are about to wreak some serious havoc. Their mission: prove to the kingdom that Sir Ambrosius Goldenloin and his buddies at the Institution of Law Enforcement and Heroics aren’t the heroes everyone thinks they are.

But as small acts of mischief escalate into a vicious battle, Lord Blackheart realises that Nimona’s powers are as murky and mysterious as her past. And her unpredictable wild side might be more dangerous than he is willing to admit.

When I picked up Nimona I really didn’t have much idea what it was about. I knew it involved the characters on the cover but that was about it. I went in completely blind.

I’m always glad when that happens, being an avid watcher of YouTube and BookTube I constantly see new books I want to read, synopsis about them and peoples thoughts. It is very rare when I pick up a book I’ve heard nothing about.

I like the whole anti hero/villain story in this book. I also like the messages it attempts to get across to young readers. There is a real focus on morals and learning to be happy with yourself. It also looks at how a person is more than just the stereotype. All great messages for young readers.

The vividness of the colours in the artwork of this graphic novel really added to the story.

Overall Nimona was an enjoyable read that was quick and contained great messages for readers.

Plot: 5/10
Ease of reading: 10/10
Character Development: 5/10
World Building: 5/10
Quality of Writing: 5/10
Stars: 2.5/5