Marissa Meyer ”Cinder” (The Lunar Chronicles book 1)

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Humans and androids crowd the raucous streets of New Beijing. A deadly plague ravages the population. From space, a ruthless lunar people watch, waiting to make their move. No one knows that Earth’s fate hinges on one girl.

Cinder, a gifted mechanic, is a cyborg. She’s a second-class citizen with a mysterious past, reviled by her stepmother and blamed for her stepsister’s illness. But when her life becomes intertwined with the handsome Prince Kai’s, she suddenly finds herself at the center of an intergalactic struggle, and a forbidden attraction. Caught between duty and freedom, loyalty and betrayal, she must uncover secrets about her past in order to protect her world’s future.

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Galvenā Sindera dzīvo pie pamātes Adrijas(Adri) un pamāsām Pērles un Peonijas. Diemžēl arī Peonija saslimst ar Zilo Drudzi (letumosis) un tiek aizvesta uz karantīnas zonu; arī patēvs Gerans(Garan) no tā mira. Adrija un Pērle ir tik riebīgas pret Sinderu, ka tā vien prasījās abas nožmiegt, un tā atcerējos par Džordžu Reimondu Ričardu Mārtinu, kuram tas padodas tik viegli.

Sinderai ir būtiska loma, lai atrastu, vismaz mēģinātu, zāles pret Zilo Drudzi, jo viņa ir gan imūna pret to, gan arī daudz kas vairāk. Tam ir īpaša nozīme, jo pēc Eastern Commonwealth imperatora nāves uz Zemes ierodas mēnesiešu(Lunars) karaliene Levana, kas patstāvīgi draud, ka uzbruks Zemei, ja vien šīs valsts imperators(tagad tas būs Kajs(Kai)) neapprecēsies ar viņu. Levana izmanto savas spēcīgās spējas, kuras piemīt gandrīz visiem mēnesiešiem, lai valdītu un apspiestu konkurenci; arī šajā ziņā Sinderai ir milzīga nozīme.

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Kashif Ross ”Barcode: Legend of Apollo (Barcode book 1)

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Three Strikes and You’re Dead

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Spencer Colt must return to his last year of Colt Academy—the academic institute for gladiators. The school and arena are run by his father, a wealthy businessman too occupied to remember his son’s 19th birthday. Spencer couldn’t care less. He’s a sarcastic jerk that wants to finish his final year without another person mentioning his destiny, to reunite America.

On his first day back, his family’s helicopter plunges nose first into the battlefield. As bloodied and limp bodies are dragged across the stadium, a mysterious boy named Kode emerges.

Spencer hardly has time to show concern for his recovering family members when he and his beautiful nemesis, Michelle Miyamoto, are attacked by a naked and manic Kode. Michelle promises to train with Spencer after they discover the lunatic’s intentions, but she has trouble of her own. She must keep the practice a secret for her friendship to survive.

In this world, humans are born with tattoos known as barcodes. The data contains mythological powers that make arena fights very entertaining. Yet, Spencer’s codes are different. They seem to draw him into a comforting darkness. It’s in this hell that he learns the truth about his corrupt family and how he murdered his mother.

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Jau ar pirmajām nodaļām nevis notikumu secība, bet konkrētāk laika līnija un datumi pavisam neskaidra. Kā arī nesakarīgs mīlas trijstūris starp galveno tēlu Spenseru Koltu(Spencer Colt) Mišelu(Michella) un Hannu(Hannah). Papildus tam beigās divi no šiem mirst, un stāstījums pāriet pie cita tēla un to nevar just + neizteiksmīgi ļaunie tēli. Bet, kas no visa patika, bija īpašo spēju izskaidrojums un to saistība ar mitoloģiju.

Vērtējums: 2/5