Sunday, October 28, 2012

New Fiction

The Fallen and Leviathan by Thomas E. Sniegoski
Fallen; Book One
“On his eighteenth birthday, Aaron begins to hear strange voices and is convinced he is going insane. But having moved from foster home to foster home, Aaron doesn't know whom he can trust. He wants to confide in the cute girl from class, but fears she'll confirm he's crazy. Then a mysterious man begins following Aaron. He knows about Aaron's troubled past and his new powers. And he has a message for Aaron: As the son of a mortal and an angel, Aaron has been chosen to redeem the Fallen. Aaron tries to dismiss the news and resists his supernatural abilities. But he must accept his newfound heritage – and quickly. For the dark powers are gaining strength, and are hell-bent on destroying him....” – Back cover.

Aerie and Reckoning by Thomas E. Sniegoski
Fallen; Book Two “Aaron's senior year has been anything but typical. Half angel and half human, he has been charged to reunite the Fallen with Heaven. But the leader of the Dark Powers is determined to destroy Aaron—and all hope of angelic reconciliation. Struggling to harness the incredible force within him, Aaron trains for the ultimate battle. With the Dark Powers gaining in strength, their clash may come sooner than he expects. And everyone who's ever mattered to Aaron is now in grave danger. Aaron must protect the girl he loves and rescue the only family he's ever known. Because if he can't save them from the Dark Powers, how can he hope to save the Fallen?” – Back cover.

End of Days by Thomas E. Sniegoski
Fallen; Book Three
“The war between Heaven and Hell rages on. Aaron, half angel and half human, commands the Fallen in their quest to protect humanity. But evil forces gain strength at every turn. And lurking somewhere in the shadows is Archangel Gabriel's instrument with the power to call down the End of Days....Aaron draws confidence from the girl he loves as he struggles to make peace with his legacy as Lucifer's son. These are desperate times, and Aaron knows the Fallen will need to forge new, unlikely alliances to survive. With the fate of the world hanging in the balance, Aaron will stop at nothing to defend civilization—and the girl who holds his heart. Even if it means facing Hell's darkest demons.” – Back cover.

Forsaken by Thomas E. Sniegoski
Fallen; Book Four
The weight of the world rests on Aaron’s shoulders. Half angel and half human, he was once charged with redeeming the Fallen. Now all of humanity has been cut off from the divine, and Satan, Lord of the Shadows, has risen to power. Aaron and the other Nephilim have to forge a new connection with Heaven if they are to stop the devil’s wrath. But chaos reigns, and the Fallen are outnumbered. Unspeakable evils challenge Aaron and his beloved Vilma to defend their faith…and their love. As casualties mount around them, the Nephilim must prove that what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger.” – Back cover.

The Maze Runner by James Dasher
Maze Runner; Book One.
"When Thomas wakes up in the lift, the only thing he can remember is his first name. When the lift's doors open, Thomas finds himself surrounded by kids who welcome him to the Glade. Just like Thomas, the Gladers don't know why or how they got to the Glade. All they know is that every morning the stone doors to the maze that surrounds them have opened. Every night they've closed tight. And every 30 days a new boy has been delivered in the lift. Thomas was expected. But the next day, a girl is sent up--the first girl to ever arrive in the Glade. And more surprising yet is the message she delivers. Thomas might be more important than he could ever guess. If only he could unlock the dark secrets buried within his mind." – Publisher.

The Scorch Trials by James Dasher
Maze Runner; Book Two.
"Solving the Maze was supposed to be the end. No more puzzles. No more variables. And no more running. Thomas was sure that escape meant he and the Gladers would get their lives back. But no one really knew what sort of life they were going back to. In the Maze, life was easy. They had food, and shelter, and safety . . . until Teresa triggered the end. In the world outside the Maze, however, the end was triggered long ago. Burned by sun flares and baked by a new, brutal climate, the earth is a wasteland. Government has disintegrated--and with it, order--and now Cranks, people covered in festering wounds and driven to murderous insanity by the infectious disease known as the Flare, roam the crumbling cities hunting for their next victim . . . and meal. The Gladers are far from finished with running. Instead of freedom, they find themselves faced with another trial. They must cross the Scorch, the most burned-out section of the world, and arrive at a safe haven in two weeks. And WICKED has made sure to adjust the variables and stack the odds against them. Thomas can only wonder--does he hold the secret of freedom somewhere in his mind? Or will he forever be at the mercy of WICKED?" – Jacket.

The Death Cure by James Dasher
Maze Runner; Book Three.
“Thomas knows that Wicked can't be trusted. They stole his memories and locked him inside the Maze. They forced him to the brink of death and they took the Gladers, his only friends, from him. Now Wicked says that the time for lies is over. That they've collected all the data they can from the Trials and will rely on the Gladers, with full memories restored, to help them with their ultimate mission: to complete the blueprint for the cure to the Flare. But Thomas must undergo one final test. What Wicked doesn't know, however, is that Thomas had already remembered far more than they think. The time for lies is over. And the truth is more dangerous than Thomas could ever have imagined. Will anyone survive the Death Cure?” – Jacket.

The Kill Order by James Dasher
Maze Runner; Prequel.
“Before Wicked was formed, before the Glade was built, before Thomas entered the Maze, sun flares hit the earth and destroyed the world mankind took for granted. Mark and Trina were there when it happened, and they survived. But surviving the sun flares was easy compared to what came next. Now a disease of rage and lunacy races across the eastern United States, and there’s something suspicious about its origin. Worse yet, its mutating, and all evidence suggests that it will bring humanity to its knees. Mark and Trina are convinced there’s a way to save those left from descending into madness. And they’re determined to find it – if they can stay alive.” – Jacket.

The Road by Cormac McCarthy
“A father and his son walk alone through burned America. Nothing moves in the ravaged landscape save the ash on the wind. It is cold enough to crack stones, and when the snow falls it is gray. The sky is dark. Their destination is the coast, although they don’t know what, if anything, awaits them there. They have nothing; just a pistol to defend themselves against the lawless bands that stalk the road, the clothes they are wearing, a cart of scavenged food—and each other.” – Back cover.

The Wind Through the Keyhole by Stephen King
The Dark Tower; Book Eight.
Sent by his father to investigate evidence of a murderous shape shifter, a "skin man," Roland Deschain takes charge of Bill Streeter, a brave but terrified boy who is the sole surviving witness to the beast's most recent slaughter. Roland, himself only a teenager, calms the boy by reciting a story from the Magic Tales of the Eld that his mother used to read to him at bedtime, "The Wind through the Keyhole." – Summary.