Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? by Philip K. Dick

Reviewed by Nick Knuth (Library Patron)

In Philip K. Dick’s novel Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? we follow the bounty hunter Rick Dickard in a post-apocalyptic San Francisco as he is hired to retire androids who have emigrated to earth. These androids are colonial slaves and have killed their masters to be able to emigrate back to earth. Counterintuitively, human life has drawn a great desire for real animals, after the earth-threatening War Terminus. One question still remains for Rick to answer. What is the main difference between androids and human life? What is Rick doing with his life retiring all of these androids? Rick will discover the unimagined when hunting down these androids.

I enjoyed reading the book because Philip K. Dick does a great job to paint the picture of a post-apocalyptic reality, where all known animals are on the brink of extinction, and how the role of jobs changes when manufacturers start to create almost identical android counterparts. It is exciting reading Philip K. Dick’s everchanging emotions of Rick when he is involved with these monumental tasks. This was for sure a page-turner, and Philip K. Dick makes sure the reader is always engaged, by leaving many cliffhangers at the end of important chapters. The only downside to the book is at some points where the reader can be very perplexed. It feels like there is a lack of information needed from Philip K. Dick to understand the direction in which the plot is heading. Besides that, it is a great read for high schoolers as far as appropriate material. I would recommend this book to enjoyers of other dystopian novels such as The Hunger Games and Divergent. Because books such as Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? and Big Brother by George Orwell, were the small match that created the larger flame of now multiple dystopian novels, that had the plot play out in very different societies from today’s standard. For those interested in the 1982 Blade Runner, or the 2017 Bladerunner 2049, this book is a great introduction to the same setting that both the protagonists deal with in discovering what is human and what is an android. However, many of the detail such as plot and characters are different between book and movie. I would recommend reading the book and then watching the movies if you have not watched them. But I would not recommend watching the movies, and then reading the book, because there are too many differences. Overall, I would give this book a 7.5 out of 10 as it is a fairly easy and fun read!

Available through the Bridges Library System

Deadpool Samurai by Sanshiro Kasama & Hikaru Uesugi

Reviewed by Jess H (Library Staff)

As a fan of manga and comics, Deadpool Samurai really is the best of both worlds. It’s fast-paced, action-packed, and worth your time. The writing for Deadpool as a character is as strong as it’s ever been, and the gags and fourth wall breaks really make this manga something special.

If you’re into superhero stories but want something a little less serious than contemporary American comics, Deadpool Samurai is a solid choice. It’s a fast read and legitimately funny. The age rating is for older teens, so if violence and innuendo aren’t really your thing, Deadpool probably isn’t the comic character for you.

Located in Adult Manga (MANGA DEADPOOL)

Poison for Breakfast by Lemony Snicket

Reviewed by Lisabet B (Library Patron)

“You had poison for breakfast.”

One note sends Lemony Snicket on a rambling investigation as he searches through the contents of his breakfast and embarks on a bewildering train of thought that ends trying to peruse philosophy.

A bewildering book that attempts to make sense of the paradox that is the world, a word which here could mean nothing. Poison for Breakfast questions and stumbles over life, death, and truth, then leaves you more bewildered than before, facing a breakfast of poison and scrambled eggs.

Available through the Bridges Library System

Truly Devious by Maureen Johnson

Reviewed by Anonymous (Library Patron)

The first book in the Truly Devious trilogy by Maureen Johnson is a unique mystery filled with unsolved crimes and new dramas. It takes place at Ellingham Academy, a school started by the great for the great. Stevie Bell, a new student there, has a fairly normal experience until a project goes wrong. I enjoyed the book because it was able to hook me in and I want to read the rest of the trilogy. The main character, Stevie, loves true crime and it’s the reason she is at the academy, this makes her character very relatable and seem like an ordinary person who got to experience her dreams of being a detective. I love mystery stories and I would recommend this series to people who like to be the detective as they read.

Located in Teen Fiction (TEEN FIC JOHNSON)

The Looking Glass by Janet McNally

Reviewed by Avery H (Library Patron)

I really enjoyed this story of falling in love, experiencing heartbreak at the ends of tragedy, all the while being on a quest to search for answers. In this novel, Sylvie, a ballerina, sets out to find her older sister, Julia, who left a year ago leaving no clues or any traces of where she’s gone behind. When Sylvie receives a package in the mail from her, everything changes. The book follows her on a journey that ends up changing her forever. I think this story is beautifully written with it’s touches of magic here and there and the way it goes deep into Sylvie’s past to show how she develops as a character. I would categorize this novel as fantasy/fiction. Anyone who loves a good mystery with touches of romance and fantasy, this one’s for you.

Located in Teen Fiction (TEEN FIC MCNALLY)

Thirty Talks Weird Love by Alessandra Narvaez Varela

Reviewed by Melissa Beck (Library Staff)

Academically-driven Anamaria is an awkward, earnest 13-year-old with homework and friend drama, supportive parents, and all the truths she thinks she knows about her life and the world. When a woman shows up claiming to be her 30-year-old self, Anamaria does not welcome the woman’s cryptic advice from the future, especially her advice to “just love you.”

Everything about the 1990s Mexico setting and vibrant characters came to life in the author’s rich verse, but the conversations between Anamaria and Thirty were my favorite part. They had such an interesting dynamic and it made me think about having conversations with my past or future selves. I’m happy to report that I found the unique premise to be deftly executed in this novel in verse.

Located in Teen Fiction (TEEN FIC NARVAEZ-VARELA)

We Never Learn Vol. 1 by Taishi Tsutsui

Reviewed by Jess H (Library Staff)

In order to secure a full-ride to the college of his choice, Nariyuki Yuiga must tutor three of his classmates: Rizu Ogata is an ace with math and science, but can’t grasp humanities, Fumino Furuhashi is a humanities genius but can’t wrap her head around equations, and Uruka Takemoto is a swim star but struggles with academics in general.

We Never Learn is a cute slice-of-life/rom-com manga with some pretty funny gags and likeable characters. I’d recommend this to folks who like Nisekoi and Horimiya.

Available through the Bridges Library System

A Forgery of Roses by Jessica S. Olson

Reviewed by Melissa Beck (Library Staff)

A Forgery of Roses is a gothic mystery featuring an intriguing magic system in which certain people can alter reality by painting portraits.

After the disappearance of her parents, Myra Whitlock is unexpectedly offered a secret commission to paint the recently deceased son of the mayor and bring him back to life. Although Myra has never attempted such a feat and does not even know if it is possible, the sizable payment the mayor’s wife is offering makes the commission irresistible.

Myra’s portrait magic won’t work without knowing the death circumstances but some details the family offer simply don’t add up so Myra begins investigating on her own within the sprawling mansion of the mayor, uncovering a web of family secrets and even a taste of romance.

The compelling mystery kept me guessing and I especially loved how the flawed characters learned to both find and embrace their unique strengths.

Located in Teen Fiction (TEEN FIC OLSON)

Beyond the Clouds by Nicke

Reviewed by Jess H (Library Staff)

Theo dreams of going on adventures like the ones from his favorite books, but that dream seems distant and unattainable. Until he finds Mia, an angel girl who’s lost a wing and her memories. Together, they’ll find a way to make Mia fly again and return her home.

Beyond the Clouds is a fantastical tale filled to the brim with beautiful artwork and a touching story of friendship. The world building is the best part about this story. Nicke does an excellent job of introducing characters, mysteries, and plot that propels the story forward at an engaging, quick pace.

This is a series I’d recommend to anyone.

Located in Teen Manga (TEEN MANGA NICKE)

The Giver by Lois Lowry

Reviewed by Anonymous (Library Patron)

I read the book, The Giver written by Lois Lowry. In this book there was a boy named Jonas who lived in a controlling society. The higher commanders did their best to hide pain from the citizens to make a so-called perfect economy where all the decisions were in the government’s hands. The people had no control over any decisions in their life including their families and even jobs. As this book continued Jonas learned a lot more than he ever thought was capable once he unlocked his job. This book really piqued my interest as there were many details and plot twists in The Giver as it went on. A very engaging read that I rarely caught my mind wandering through. I would recommend reading this book because it was an intriguing read especially from Jonas’ perspective similar to our lives as we grow up in the real world we learn more about the good and bad through our experiences. As a young adult it was an important read which I felt in the end I did take thoughts away from it. This book was given the John Newbery Medal and later made into a movie. In conclusion, I found The Giver to be very educational and would recommend anyone to read this book, specifically young men and women around the high school age.

Located in Teen Fiction (TEEN FIC LOWRY)