Tuesday, May 01, 2012

Waiting on Wednesday

This is a blog meme hosted by Jill over at Breaking the Spine to spotlight upcoming books. This week we're featuring picks chosen by SQT and Jim.

SQT's can't wait to read selection is:

Beta by Rachel Cohn
Publisher: Hyperion
Date: October 16, 2012
Pages: 336

In a world constructed to absolute perfection, imperfection is difficult to understand—and impossible to hide.

Elysia is a clone, created in a laboratory, born as a sixteen year old girl, an empty vessel with no life experience to draw from. She is a Beta, an experimental model of teenaged clone. She was replicated from another teenage girl, who had to die in order for Elysia to be created. Elysia's purpose is to serve the inhabitants of Demesne, an island paradise for the wealthiest people on earth. Everything about Demesne is bioengineered for perfection.Even the air there induces a strange, euphoric high that only the island's workers—soulless clones like Elysia—are immune to.

At first, Elysia's new life on this island paradise is idyllic and pampered. But she soon sees that Demesne's human residents, the most privileged people in the world who should want for nothing, yearn.And, she comes to realize that beneath its flawless exterior, there is an undercurrent of discontent amongst Demesne's worker clones. She knows she is soulless and cannot feel and should not care—so why are overpowering sensations clouding Elysia's mind?

If anyone discovers that Elysia isn't the unfeeling clone she must pretend to be, she will suffer a fate too terrible to imagine. When Elysia's one chance at happiness is ripped away from her with breathtaking cruelty, emotions she's always had but never understood are unleashed. As rage, terror, and desire threaten to overwhelm her, Elysia must find the will to survive.

This is a book that I've seen featured quite a bit on the WoW lists (which is how I became aware of the title). It does sound a lot like "The Island" (a movie starring Ewan McGregor and Scarlet Johannson) but I'm still intrigued by the premise and will likely pick it up come October.

Jim's can't wait to read selection is:

Marvel Civil War by Stuart Moore

Publisher: Marvel

Date: June 6, 2012
Pages: 352

The landscape of the Marvel Universe is changing, and it's time to choose: Whose side are you on? A conflict has been brewing for more than a year, threatening to pit friend against friend, brother against brother – and all it will take is a single misstep to cost thousands their lives and ignite the fuse! As the war claims its first victims, no one is safe as teams, friendships and families begin to fall apart.

This is a prose novel based on the Civil War storyline from Marvel comics a few years ago, which pits Iron Man against Captain America in a battle over the Superhero Registration Act (meaning all superheroes must register with the government, and reveal their identities). All the characters line up on one side or the other of this issue, and it leads to an epic confrontation. I'm almost as curious to see what changes are made for this book as I am to read a prose version - will they keep the part where Spider-man unmasks - despite the fact that said event has been undone since in the comics? This is supposed to be just the start of a new series of book adaptations of Marvel stories, and I'm looking forward to seeing where it goes next.


ShadowFalcon said...

Marvel novels? really no art from Steve McNiven...I'm rather baffled by this I'll have to pick one up and see if it works.
Keep us posted on where it goes next.

Bob Milne said...

Comic book novels can be hit or miss, but I'll still check this out. Civil War was a really interesting storyline, so I'm curious to see how the story translates.

Here's my WOW

Natasa @ What Makes YA Beautiful said...

Beta is on my tbr as well! Can't wait till it comes out =)

Here's my WoW for this week

A Beautiful Madness said...

Beta sounds really interesting. Great pick! I'll have to check it out.
My WoW

Michael Offutt, Tebow Cult Initiate said...

I know WoW stands for Waiting on Wednesday but...as a former World of Warcraft player...it reminds me of that. :P