The latest in a series that has been called ´´a must for fans of science fiction, fantasy, and short stories in general´´ Science fiction is a portal that opens doors onto futures too rich and strange to imagine. Fantasy takes us through doorways of magic and wonder. For more than a decade award-winning editor Jonathan Strahan has sifted through tens of thousands of stories to select the best, the most interesting, the most engaging science fiction and fantasy to thrill and delight readers. Featuring stories from Daniel Abraham, Charlie Jane Anders, Kelly Barnhill, R. S. Benedict, Tobias Buckell, C.S.E. Cooney, Indrapramit Das, Samuel R. Delany, Greg Egan, Max Gladstone, Theodora Goss, Saad Z. Hossain, Dave Hutchinson, Kathleen Kayembe, Caitlin R Kiernan, Mary Robinette Kowal, Rich Larson, Yoon Ha Lee, Scott Lynch, Maureen McHugh, Khaalidah Muhammad-Ali, Linda Nagata, Suzanne Palmer, Vina Jie-Min Prasad, Alastair Reynolds, Karl Schroeder, Kai Ashante Wilson, Nick Wolven, and Caroline M. Yoachim. Narrators: Dan Woren, Shridhar Solanki, MW Wilson, Josh Clark, Mimi Chang, Susan Duerden, Deepti Gupta, Nick Hardcastle, Rachel Jacobs, Sisi Aisha Johnson, Ava Lucas, and Janet Metzger. PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your Library section along with the audio. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Mimi Chang, Susan Duerden, Deepti Gupta, Nick Hardcastle, Rachel Jacobs, Sisi Aisha Johnson, Ava Lucas, Janet Metzger. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/reco/012038/bk_reco_012038_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
A dystopian trilogy, the Divergent series begins when Tris and ´´Four” (Tobias) turn 16. They do not fit into only one of five possible faction choices, so they are labeled Divergent. This labeling is the initial conflict in the trilogy. The many additional conflicts plus themes of sacrifice, freedom, individuality, and guilt are woven throughout the three novels, and they can all be traced with the help of this sidekick. In Divergent, Tris chooses to join the Dauntless faction and manages to not only survive, but also excel during harsh Dauntless training. She is caught up in a faction battle, and the second novel in the series, Insurgent, follows her involvement in the struggle, as she and her friends become targets due to their Dauntless natures. Allegiant provides answers about what exists outside the walled city, while introducing a final battle. Tris and her friends discover the truth about the factions´ purposes and intents, achieving freedom in the process. As you read the Divergent series, the chapter analyses in this companion piece are especially useful for recalling the action in previous novels. The Divergent series has many interesting characters that leave and reappear, thanks to love interests and biological relationships. The trilogy is written from a first-person perspective, so what we know of these characters is limited at times. Assistance in tracing their background and importance as they make multiple appearances throughout the three novels is provided in this comprehensive accompaniment. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Naomi Cole. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/016308/bk_acx0_016308_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Tobias Jackson grew up in Coburn, a town where the gay population equaled exactly one: him. Add that to the fact that his dream guy was his best friend´s jerky older brother, Levi Baxter, and it made hooking up virtually impossible. Now home from college for winter break, Toby is a different person. He left Coburn for San Francisco, where he wasn´t the lone gay guy and the only black kid in town. And yeah, he took advantage of what the city had to offer. Apparently Toby isn´t the only one who´s changed. Levi´s not acting like the self-centered guy with all the answers that Toby remembers from growing up. Oh, and Levi´s realized that he´s bisexual, which makes things a lot more interesting. Heading back to college, Toby doesn´t expect to meet up with Levi again, despite him being in med school not far away. A surprise visit from Levi blows that assumption out of the water. As they spend more time together, Toby sees Levi as more than just the fantasy; he´s complicated, unsure, and real. But if Toby can´t get out of the past and find the words he keeps locked inside himself, he´ll lose his chance at Levi for good. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Sean Crisden. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/tant/005655/bk_tant_005655_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.