Title: The Silent Corner
Author: Dean Koontz
Publication Date: June 20, 2017
From Bantam: “I very much need to be dead.” These are the chilling words left behind by a man who had everything to live for—but took his own life. In the aftermath, his widow, Jane Hawk, does what all her grief, fear, and fury demand: find the truth, no matter what.
People of talent and accomplishment, people admired and happy and sound of mind, have been committing suicide in surprising numbers. When Jane seeks to learn why, she becomes the most-wanted fugitive in America. Her powerful enemies are protecting a secret so important—so terrifying—that they will exterminate anyone in their way.
But all their power and viciousness may not be enough to stop a woman as clever as they are cold-blooded, as relentless as they are ruthless—and who is driven by a righteous rage they can never comprehend. Because it is born of love.
My Review: The first installment of Koontz’s brand new series, Jane Hawk, THE SILENT CORNER is a brilliant cross-genre book, labeled as fiction but ever so gently traverses soft science fiction. This book explores nanotech brain implants and living off the grid. If Dark Matter and The Manchurian Candidate gripped you then this book will consume you – The the storyline is that good!
At 434 pages this book is no small undertaking. It took me a week to read but it never felt arduous with short, insanely intense chapters. This book is a page-turner!
Jane Hawk is an intelligent, bad-ass heroine that dispels any narrowness in thinking women can’t be everything. THE SILENT CORNER is addictive, empowering and belongs on everyone’s reading list!
Title: George’s Secret Key to the Universe
Author: Lucy & Stephen Hawking
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Young Readers
Publication Date: January 2011
From Simon & Schuster: Stephen Hawking and his daughter, Lucy, provide a grand and funny adventure that explains fascinating information about our universe, including Dr. Hawking’s latest ideas about black holes. It’s the story of George, who’s taken through the vastness of space by a scientist, his daughter, and their super-computer named Cosmos.
My Review: If your young reader enjoys science and technology and action and adventure then s/he will love GEORGE’S SECRET KEY TO THE UNIVERSE. If you follow me over on Instagram (@readingcolumn) you know I’ve been reading this super fun book at bedtime to my three daughters and they loved it! And this book is the gateway to getting my reluctant reader (who loves science and math) to start reading on her own without me hounding her to read. Win-win!
George is a curious boy whose parents don’t believe in technology and want him to stay away from their science-y neighbours, Eric and his daughter Annie. When George’s pet pig Freddy wanders into Annie’s backyard his curiosity gets the best of him and he quickly finds himself in what appears at first glance an abandoned house but turns out is occupied by Annie, Eric and their super-computer Cosmos. Cosmos sends George, Annie and Eric into outer space to find a habitable planet but George’s evil teacher Dr. Reaper wants to steal Cosmos and use the super computer for his own sordid agenda.
This book is fast-paced, fact-filled and includes lots of outer space graphics and fun facts. I highly recommend this book to any youngster who is curious about space exploration.