Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Let's Hear it For the Boys - Various

Let's Hear It For The Boys, is a monthly feature we have introduced to highlight titles that we think will be of particular interest to any male readers out there, but this doesn't mean that the girls can't read, and enjoy them as well!

Released: September 2010

Publisher:Random House

Summary: Goodreads

Las Vegas is gone—destroyed in a terrorist attack. Black Hawk helicopters patrol the skies over New York City. And immersive online gaming is the most dangerous street drug around. In this dystopic near-future, technology has leapt forward once again, and neuro-headsets have replaced computer keyboards. Just slip on a headset, and it’s the Internet at the speed of thought.For teen hacker Sam Wilson, a headset is a must. But as he becomes familiar with the new technology, he has a terrifying realization. If anything on his computer is vulnerable to a hack, what happens when his mind is linked to the system? Could consciousness itself be hijacked? Before he realizes what’s happened, Sam’s incursion against the world’s largest telecommunications company leads him to the heart of the nation’s cyberdefense network and brings him face to face with a terrifying and unforeseen threat.

Released: May 2010
Publisher: Tor Teen
Summary: Goodreads

"At any hour of the day or night, millions of people around the globe are engrossed in multiplayer online games, questing and battling to win virtual gold, jewels, and precious artifacts. Meanwhile, others seek to exploit this vast shadow economy, running electronic sweatshops in the world’s poorest countries, where countless “gold farmers,” bound to their work by abusive contracts and physical threats, harvest virtual treasure for their employers to sell to First World gamers who are willing to spend real money to skip straight to higher-level gameplay. Mala is a brilliant 15-year-old from rural India whose leadership skills in virtual combat have earned her the title of “General Robotwalla.” In Shenzen, heart of China’s industrial boom, Matthew is defying his former bosses to build his own successful gold-farming team. Leonard, who calls himself Wei-Dong, lives in Southern California, but spends his nights fighting virtual battles alongside his buddies in Asia, a world away. All of these young people, and more, will become entangled with the mysterious young woman called Big Sister Nor, who will use her experience, her knowledge of history, and her connections with real-world organizers to build them into a movement that can challenge the status quo. The ruthless forces arrayed against them are willing to use any means to protect their power—including blackmail, extortion, infiltration, violence, and even murder. To survive, Big Sister’s people must out-think the system. This will lead them to devise a plan to crash the economy of every virtual world at once—a Ponzi scheme combined with a brilliant hack that ends up being the biggest, funnest game of all."

Released: October 2010
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
Summary: Goodreads

In the zombie-infested, post-apocalyptic America where Benny Imura lives, every teenager must find a job by the time they turn fifteen or get their rations cut in half. Benny doesn't want to apprentice as a zombie hunter with his boring older brother Tom, but he has no choice. He expects a tedious job whacking zoms for cash, but what he gets is a vocation that will teach him what it means to be human.

I have to be honest that I haven't read any of the above, but all of them sound really great. I don't know if there are any guys out there that read our blog, but if there are, and you have read any of the above, we'd love to hear your take on them. I am just waiting for my copy of Rot and Ruin - zombie fun - so keep your eyes open for my review soon.


  1. What a cool feature. I have noticed that most of the books reviewed on book blogs are books that mostly girls would like, so this is an excellent way to showcase what is out there for teen boys! Great!

  2. Thanks Katie. I've always felt that the boys get a bit left out, so this is our small way of trying to reset the balance. I try to read at least one of them each month as well and do a review, so keep a look out.