Her parents tell her that they're her parents and show her videos about her previous life, but Jenna feels like something is off.
Observation opens with darkness, with static, and then with panic. Also possibly worth checking out are the Retrieval Artist books. Major William Cage, who has no combat experience, is put in charge of turning back the alien invasion — but he is soon killed in combat. You have a hand in nearly every mechanical function—opening and closing doors, monitoring life support systems, keeping the station in orbit. Arthur gets pulled into the universe headlong, following Prefect through the stars in an irreverent adventure with the president of the galaxy, his girlfriend, and a depressed robot. They have tried to escape repeatedly, and Em is on the verge of losing it, contemplating the drain in her cell, when she finds a note inexplicably written in her own handwriting with the instruction that she must kill the Doctor.
She begins to question what is going on and who exactly she is. Things only get more complicated when Jenna is sent to a special school with only four students, and she begins to remember snippets of her former life, things that weren't on the videos that her parents showed her. A Norton finalist, The Adoration of Jenna Fox is thought-provoking, raising questions about what exactly it means to be human as well as some heavy ethical questions. This tightly-woven medical mystery is set in the near future. So, the technological advances never strain credulity.
Fans of Unwind by Neal Shusterman and Battlestar Galactica will love the questions posed by this book, and anyone will be drawn into the emotional tour de force of Jenna's self-discovery. Teens, especially, will resonate with Jenna's struggle to find her own identity separate to what her parents assign her.
Based on the Hugo and Nebula award-winning novella, Beggars in Spain is a novel that combines several stories in the Sleepless series and was nominated as well for both the Hugo and Nebula awards. Beggars in Spain begins with the story of Leisha Camden, genetically engineered by her father to never need sleep, and the small cadre of other Sleepless who face prejudice from the society of Sleepers.
Leisha tries to maintain that both Sleepless and Sleepers can live in harmony, but that belief is challenged, even by her fraternal twin Alice, who despises her. Because the Sleepless also age less quickly than Sleepers, Leisha is our guide through the rest of the novel as the rift between Sleepless and Sleeper grows greater. With an interesting concept and spot on characterization, Beggars in Spain is a great story that deals with some heavy issues, such as questioning whether the haves have a responsibility to the have-nots in society, a timely topic even a decade after the book was published.
Though the book does have some discussion on philosophy and politics, it never comes off as moralistic, a testament to the strength of the characters who portray these ideas and philosophies. Heinlein Juveniles. Robert Heinlein is a staple of sci-fi literature, and he actually created several books specifically for young adults. Have Space Suit, Will Travel is one of the last of these. Kip is a high-school soda jerk who dreams of going to the moon. When he finds a contest offering an all-expenses paid trip to the moon, he sends in entry after entry, only to win second place.
His prize is a decommissioned, non-functioning space suit. Kip fixes up the space suit, which he names Oscar, but ultimately decides to return Oscar for a cash prize that will help him pay for college. He goes for one last stroll with Oscar and something completely crazy happens: he's abducted by aliens.
Along with a young girl named PeeWee, who was also abducted, Kip must outwit the evil aliens that he calls Wormfaces and find a way home. Since the book was published in , some of the references are a bit dated, such as soda jerk and soap contests, but what's not dated is Kip's enthusiasm for the technology and the way that he explains it. Nominated for the Hugo award, this is a good-old fashioned space adventure that will pull you in and have you travelling along with it at the speed of light.
The Hybrid Chronicles. A Hugo nominated debut, What's Left of Me is a provocative adventure. The first in the Hybrids Chronicles introduces us to hybrids Eva and Addie who must hide their hybrid identity because it is feared by the society in which they live. Eventually, Addie fools them all, showing that she is the dominant one and that Eva has left, but the ruse only lasts so long.
Addie is being relentlessly pursued by a girl at her school named Hally, a girl who may have figured out her secret. Right from the start, the concept pulls you in.
What would it be like to live with two souls in your body? The unfolding of Addie and Eva's almost twin-like closeness that makes this a compelling and unforgettable read. The story is told through Eva's eyes. We see her bitterness at being relegated to a secret who only communicates with Addie. When they meet Hally, Eva's willingness to risk everything just to be herself is completely understandable. Be prepared for an exciting thrill ride.
Old Man's War. Zoe's Tale is the fourth novel in Scalzi's Old Man's War series, and although, it's not specifically marketed to young adults, it's the perfect introduction to the genre for young readers. Zoe Boutin-Perry, the protagonist of the story, is a witty, courageous young girl who will captivate readers both young and old alike. Zoe also has a bit of an odd situation. Her biological father was seen as a savior by the alien race of Obin, and now, she is revered by them as some sort of goddess or celebrity.
When Zoe's adoptive parents take positions as administers on the colony of Roanoke, Zoe goes with them. She begins to make a group of friends and establishes herself as a leader, but when Zoe's family and friends are in danger, she must discover who she truly is. The book raises some interesting questions, particularly with Zoe's grudging relationship with the Obin, but it never falters as a thoroughly entertaining adventure. Through it all, Zoe grows and matures gaining insight into the world and her place in it. For readers who love a good adventure blended with a coming-of-age tale, this is a great introduction to the genre.
Though Zoe's Tale works well as a standalone novel, be sure to pick up its prequel, The Last Colony in order to fully understand the events that unfold in Zoe's world. Divergent is a teen dystopia that is now a major motion picture. It's an action-packed thrill ride through a post-apocalyptic version of Chicago where society has split up into five factions, based on how people felt about the apocalypse. If people thought it were due to greed, they chose to live a minimalist life. If they felt it was caused by lack of knowledge, they dedicated themselves to the pursuit of knowledge.
Those who felt it was caused by cowardice pursued bravery. When they are sixteen, children are given a chance to choose which faction that they would like to belong in. Beatrice has always tried to live a good, humble life like her parents and brother, but she feels that she would be better suited to be among the brave members of the Dauntless faction.
On her Choosing Day, Beatrice proves to fit into many different factions, making her a divergent, an anomaly. Beatrice chooses to become a member of Dauntless, but she must struggle to prove herself worthy to join the faction. Beatrice, who can, at times, be thoroughly unlikable is what makes this book stand out from the slew of post Hunger Games dystopian novels. She is a completely authentic teen girl who is struggling to find her place in a fragmented society.
Unwind Dystology. Unwind, the first novel in the Unwind dystology is a truly disturbing YA blend of science fiction and horror. Set in a dystopian society after a series of civil wars dealing with abortion rights, the warring parties have reached a treaty in which parents can choose to have their children unwound at the age of Unwinding is a process in which the child becomes an organ donor, sometimes voluntary, sometimes not.
Unwind follows the story of three children who have been chosen to be unwound. The first is Connor, a teen whose parents have deemed too much trouble. When he discovers that his parents have decided to have him unwound, he tries to run away. In the process, he comes across Risa, an orphan being unwound due to budget cuts, and Lev who believes that it is his religious obligation to be unwound.
The group flee police pursuit, hide out among other runaways and try to fight their fate, but eventually, they are forced to face the horrors of the harvest camps. The book grips you from the start and does not let go, Connor and his friends seem to attract trouble wherever they go. They meet some interesting characters along the way, such as CyFi, who shares his brain with an unwound. The novel raises important questions about identity and humanity as it careens through Connor's adventures. Set in post-apocalyptic Los Angeles, Legend, the first book in the Legend trilogy, tells the story of June, one of the Republic's brightest stars and Day, one its most devious criminals.
The Republic, or basically the West Coast, is fighting a war against the Colonies, the East, and at age 10, all of its citizens are tested for their ability to fight in the war. Pampered June is a genius, achieving a perfect score on her test. Day is a wanted criminal, hero of the streets, a post-apocalyptic Robin Hood. When June's brother is killed, Day is blamed. June takes it upon herself to go after him for revenge. What happens next is something neither of them expect. Told in alternating chapters that highlight the similarities between June and Day, the unlikely relationship between these two characters unfolds.
Tension is high as the characters face dangers from all sides, including a mysterious plague that keeps rearing its ugly head in the Republic. The story is part mystery, part romance, part coming-of-age story, part dystopian adventure as both June and Day slowly learn the truth about the Republic. There's a little bit of something in Legend for every sci-fi fan. The 5th Wave. Tired of corrupt governments and plagues starting your apocalypse?
Why not give aliens a whirl? In a concept that worked great for Independence Day, The 5th Wave features aliens who are out to destroy all of humanity. They're going about it the right way, too, in waves. The first two waves were literal: An EMP wave that took out all of Earth's technology, and the second was a tsunami that devastated coastal regions.
The third wave was a strain of bird flu that wiped out huge chunks of the population, and in the fourth, most insidious wave, the aliens started moving in.
There's just one problem. They look just like everyone else. After her father is killed and her brother is kidnapped in the fourth wave, sixteen year old Cassie is determined to find him. Meanwhile, Cassie's school crush Ben is being trained as a super-soldier to fight the impending 5th wave, and no one knows when the aliens will strike next. And can Cassie find her brother before it's too late. Cassie is a witty, smart, girl-next-door sort of heroine that is a lot more relatable than many of the post-apocalyptic heroines of YA literature, and the alternating viewpoints through which the story is told paint a harrowing picture of her world.
With a little romance thrown in, The 5th Wave is a refreshing twist in a sea of dystopian and post-apocalyptic fiction. The Lunar Chronicles. Cinder is your classic Cinderella with cyborgs. What more could you ask for? A mysterious plague? Sounds good. Impending war with a group of mind-controlling aliens from the moon? Even better. Cinder could easily go the route of Pride and Prejudice and Zombies with the cyborgs only thrown into the fairy-tale to give it a sci-fi feel, but instead, this book is an incredibly imagined twist on the classic fairy tale.
Cinder is a cyborg, who is forced by her stepmother to use her skills as a mechanic to earn a living for her family. Luckily, Cinder has a few friends, such as the household android Iko, and one of her not so wicked stepsisters. When Cinder and Prince Kai meet, they are attracted to one another, and their relationship slowly builds even in the face of the Prince's weighty decision about whether or not to marry the Lunar Queen Levana to prevent an impending war. No, they do not meet at a fancy ball, instead, Kai approaches Cinder needing the skills of a mechanic, but Cinder just might have everything that he needs.
The first book in the Lunar Chronicles, Cinder has all the classic tropes from the fairy tale mashed up with Star Wars action. While that pairing could be truly awful, Cinder comes out as an action-packed, touching and even funny story. A great intro into the genre for fans of fairy tales and fantasy, and of course, a must for anyone who loves robots. Maximum Ride. Maximum Ride:The Angel Experiment is a mad scientist story from the experiment's point of view. Max is a fourteen year-old girl, oldest of her small group of friends that are closer than family to her.
Oh, and she and her friends can fly. Max and her friends face adventure after adventure in their quest to rescue Angel, the young girl who was taken, and Max has some difficult calls to make. The Angel Experiment is the first in the Maximum Ride series where Max and her friends must battle against the evil scientists who run the school in order to save the world. This is not your dire, post-apocalyptic novel. Instead, this story is set in the near future, and while the lives of Max and her brood are bleak, at times, there are distinct moments of tenderness, and not a little bit of wise-cracking.
These characters will make you love them and root for them as they battle against the "school". The series is literally a thrill ride, pun definitely intended, but in the midst of all the action and adventure there is plenty of humor. All Our Yesterdays. Fans of Dr. Who will be enthralled by All Our Yesterdays, a time-travel adventure, mystery, and love story. Told in alternating viewpoints between the spoiled, naive Marina who wonders if her crush and friend James will ever love her, and the tough, world-weary Em who is imprisoned in a military base and in love with the man in the cell next to her.
Marina is constantly competing with her friend Abbott for James's affection. James, genius and prodigy, is obsessed with a top-secret project, and when his brother his murdered because of the project, Marina and Abbott band together to help James unravel the mystery. Em and Finn are hunted and tortured by a man known only as the Doctor for information that they do not have. They have tried to escape repeatedly, and Em is on the verge of losing it, contemplating the drain in her cell, when she finds a note inexplicably written in her own handwriting with the instruction that she must kill the Doctor.
These two tales intertwine with explosive results. The novel brings up some interesting questions about the greater good and sacrifice, but never comes across as messagey. The time travel, while initially confusing, does not overwhelm the story with over complicated explanations. Readers will be riveted by the non-stop action, even as they are plunged into the emotional lives of the characters. The Program. A mix of Delirium and The Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, The Program is a vaguely dystopian novel about a society in which teens are afraid to show any emotion.
Teen suicide has become a widespread epidemic and adults believe that the only answer is to treat suicidal tendencies like a disease to be eradicated, and their cure is The Program. Any teen who displays any hint of depression or could be deemed "at risk" is forcibly entered into the Program which basically wipes their memories. Sloane and her boyfriend, James have to be especially careful not to show their grief for Sloane's brother after his suicide, lest they become targets, but as pressures mount and their support system crumbles, it gets harder and harder to suppress their emotions.
First in the The Program series, The Program is at its core a love story. Can the love of these two teens overcome their forced memory wipe? Though they are few, the speculative elements of the book raise quite a lot of provocative questions about the nature of memory as well as the ethics of how depression is treated. It's a great book for discussion, but it's also an emotional roller coaster. Read this one with a box of tissues on hand. An amazing homage to 80's pop culture and video games, Ready Player One is an incredibly dystopian science fiction mixed with an explosion of nerdy trivia.
Similar Recommendations Click to view. Other editions. Enlarge cover. Error rating book. Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Details if other :. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Release by Treaty, part of a short story collection of futuristic space opera romance from Kayla Stonor.
The scent of his attraction drives her wild.
After decades of war, the Qui Empress ushers in a new galactic era when she signs a peace treaty and takes a human consort. But his savior is a member of the Qui, a sophisticated alien race of shape shifters who rule a galactic empire, the very same Qui who once ordered the decimation of Earth. Her exotic beauty and powerful desire leaves him with a hard problem only she can relieve. Marcel must accept that the war is really over, or lose the alien glittering gem who saved his life.
Each tale in the Qui Treaty Collection is a standalone novella set in the Qui galactic empire, with annihilation of mankind held at bay only through the Treaty consummated between the Qui Empress and the human consort abducted under its terms. If you find certain themes uncomfortable reading, these stories may not be for you. Although this shifter story is standalone, it is set within a wider space opera saga and it is recommended that the short stories are read in order. Get A Copy. Kindle Edition , 81 pages. Published May first published March 24th More Details Qui Treaty Collection 2.
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More filters. Sort order. I do love a good spin-off Almost as much as I love deliciously sexy space operas He didn't deserve his freedom. He didn't deserve his life. They'd sworn to go down together. Never submit to the enemy. This novella could technically be read as a stand alone, but the circumstances leading up to this story are detailed in Under By Treaty - a full-length novel of alien FemDom badassadry which I loved, and highly recommend.
Let's recap for those who are new to the Qui: In this universe K I do love a good spin-off Let's recap for those who are new to the Qui: In this universe Kayla Stonor created, Earth has been at war with an invading lizard-like alien species called The K'lahn for generations.
The war has been ongoing, bloody, and Earth is hopelessly outmatched by the invading alien technology. In an effort to cease hostilities, Earth is offered General Trey Jaden as a sacrifice - a sexual submissive to the mysterious Queen of the Qui. As a result of General Jaden's actions in Under By Treaty which are too glorious and spoilery for me to post here - you'll just have to read it for yourself a peace treaty was drafted between Earth and the Qui Empire.
That's where we come in with this story - The prisoners of war which have been captured over the course of the war are to be located, liberated, and returned to their home world. To him she was nothing more than a marauding K'lahn that had ransacked his planet and warred with his people for decades. She was no different than the enemy who had tortured and murdered his friends.
She is honor-bound to fulfill her duties, but she's certainly not looking forward to it. She's had very little interaction with the human race, and isn't sure what to expect once she extracts her charge from a K'lahn prison. Marcel in. Dirty, emaciated, and broken - there's no way she can return the Colonel in that condition. She resolves to get him into perfect health before delivering him to the Qui Empress. The journey home in cramped quarters with the human is driving her mad.
The scent of his pheromones triggers a wave of lust she's helpless against. Despite Marcel's obvious attraction, he's loath to fall into bed with the enemy Abe Marcel Colonel of the United Regions He knew she wanted him and perversely that knowledge turned him on. In fact, he suspected that she wanted him twenty four seven, to the point that she literally cut herself off from contact with him to deal with it.
Marcel did not fare well as a POW. He wasted away in his cell, listening to the cries of his team until there was nothing but silence to keep him company. He's the last remaining member of his platoon, and the guilt of leading his soldiers to their deaths weighs heavily on Col. Marcel's shoulders. He has a hard time believing the Qui Ambassador who pulls him from his prison.
She mends his broken bones and sets out to help him regain his strength. She seems genuine, but Marcel knows better than to trust the enemy The beautiful blue alien is testing the limits of his control. They're fighting their attraction.
They're fighting each other. Honor hangs in the balance for the both of them. Is that a thing? It is now! This installment is far less kinky than the novel which proceeded it, but it is no less sexy or entertaining. This is a novella which packs quite a punch despite it's short length - about 60ish pages.
I love that we're getting these side stories from Kayla Stonor - the world she created in Under By Treaty was wonderfully detailed and extraordinary. I look forward to reading more delicious alien sex in this fabulous space saga! This story came highly recommended by an author I trust. I decided to try it out, and thanks to Eve Langlais I now have a new favorite series. I owe her a debt of gratitude:- Release by Treaty is the first novella in the Qui Treaty Collection, but not the first in the Qui story universe.
The prequel, Under By Treaty, tells the story of how a new Qui empress ascended the throne and took a human general as her tribute, thereby sparing Earth from total annihilation. For example; I spent a lot of time wondering if the K'lahn and the Qui were the same species or just part of the same empire. To get the full understanding of this story universe, I suggest you start with the prequel to avoid the same pitfalls. Even though Release by Treaty is a fairly short story, it is also a great tale about a high ranking member of the Qui shapeshifter race and the human POW she is charged with bringing back to Earth.
Against their will, both fight a losing battle as their mutual attraction is just too strong to be denied. Throughout the empire, the Qui are used to having things their way. Due to the seductive nature of their pheromones, they can enthrall other races into submission; sexually and otherwise. In fact, their subjects offer themselves freely for the honor of serving a Qui. But there is a great twist to the story.
When Dol'ce first encounters colonel Marcel, she learns a stimulating, but unconvenient truth: While humans cannot wilfully control their pheromones, colonel Marcel's pheromonal response to her own, acts as a mating call she is unable to deny. Teetering on the brink of sexual torment, colonel Abe Marcel continues to deny his smutty thoughts and rampant sexual desires. Giving in means he'll be bedding a member of the shape-shifting race responsible for killing not only millions of human beings, but also his comrades in arms, because enemies can never be lovers.
Meanwhile, Dol'ce faces a dilemma. Is she willing to risk a diplomatic crisis by forcing the unruly human who continues to deny his attraction into her bed. His pheromones call to her day and night in a way no Qui has ever come close to matching There were some pretty hot scenes in here, and the Qui empress's theory regarding the effect of human pheromones, was intriguing. I will certainly be reading the other stories in the series as soon as they are published. The war between the humans and the Qui, a shape-shifting race of aliens, is over.
With a treaty signed and put in place by the Qui Empress, all K'lahn are ordered to release their human POW's and return them to Earth. Colonel Abe Marcel is one such prisoner. Taken hostage after a failed mission, his fellow soldiers presumably dead, Marcel is weak, malnourished, on the brink of shutting down when he's released and taken into custody by Dol'ce, a member of the Qui race. Stuck in close quarters, th The war between the humans and the Qui, a shape-shifting race of aliens, is over.
Stuck in close quarters, their attraction to one another is immediately palpable; the Qui can't seem to resist the human pheromones, while the human males can't seem to resist the cinnamon-caramel essence given off by Qui females. Both are fighting temptation; Dol'ce, because she doesn't quite understand the feeling she gets from Marcel's scent, Marcel because he will be betraying his team if he were to succumb to pleasures from the enemy. Despite this being both short and a continuation of a previously published story, Under by Treaty, it's in no way lacking any sort of details essential to "getting" this particular tale.
I am super curious to know the backstory pertaining to the treaty and the war between humans and Qui, so I will most definitely be going back to read Under by Treaty to fill in any gaps and sate my curiosity. I'm also super interested in getting the Empress' story and how Jaden, previously Marcel's General, came to be the Qui Empress' consort.
I've been warned by several people, the author included, that that story is darker and definitely more erotic than this story, and it's a warning I don't plan to heed. If the attraction to Dol'ce and Marcel is anything to go by, and their attraction was pretty darned hot, I can only imagine the sexy-times in Under by Treaty will set my Kindle aflame : Bottom line -- great sci-fi romance novella with a fair amount of steam between an alien and a human. I will definitely be continuing on with this series and also going back to the beginning by reading Under by Treaty.
I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This was a really great entry for me! I loved both the characters, particularly Dol'ce because she has been warned about what to expect. The characters continue to be realistic and able to make me feel for them deeply. The story is about romance while at the same time being about a wider issue that is just being hinted at. Dol'ce has been sent to collect a prisoner of war, Colonel Marcel, from the K'lahn prison in which he was being I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review.
Dol'ce has been sent to collect a prisoner of war, Colonel Marcel, from the K'lahn prison in which he was being held. Dol'ce does her duty and does not at first believe what the Qui Empress has told her about interacting with human males, it sounds ridiculous. As the journey continues she finds herself more and more drawn to her passenger who does not want anything personal to do with a lizard.
Colonel Marcel has been tortured, and humiliated during his time in the K'lahn prison. He has heard his team go silent during that time and believe himself to be the last man standing.
He hates the K'lahn and all those associated with them for good reason. He does not know that the war has ended but feels something for the one who rescued him, though he does not want to. All I can say is that I really loved it! I would recommend to everyone! Then delve right in to "Release by Treaty" by Kayla Stonor. The Qui Treaty was first addressed in her previous book, "Under by Treaty". While they do stand alone in their own right, reading "Under by Treaty" will give you a deeper understanding of the "Release by Treaty" world. In this book, we are treated to a veritable cornucopia of sensations.
Marcel and Dol'ce's first interaction is less than ideal for him, but she quickly turns his whole world upside down. With sex, fighting, and some delicious mixtures of the two, "Release by Treaty" is a fantastic escape into the Qui Empire. Taken as prisoner by lizzards invading earth, Colonel Abe Marcel is a broken man. On a mission for Empress, Dol'ce is to retreive Abe from his captives and return him to earth. Being stuck on a ship together for days, fighting their attraction for each other gets harder until they finally give in. They are enemies and even though the war is over they try no to give into desire.
This was a great story with futuristic intent and some pretty hot scenes. I recommend it and can't wait to read book 2 Taken as prisoner by lizzards invading earth, Colonel Abe Marcel is a broken man. I recommend it and can't wait to read book 2 in this series I was given a free advanced copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. I really enjoyed the story it was a little short for me but most stories are.
Had great detail and gave great imagery. The timeline was realistic for the characters involved. Personally could have done with a little more of the back and forth as time passed. Overall great story definitely worth a read for anyone who likes aliens or shifters or even just a good romance.