Alone Out Here by Riley Redgate

Disclaimer: I received this e-arc from the publisher. Thanks! All opinions are my own.

Book: Alone Out Here

Author:  Riley Redgate

Book Series: Standalone

Rating: 3/5

Diversity: Gay side character

Recommended For…: young adult readers, sci-fi, apocolypse

Publication Date: April 5, 2022

Genre: YA Sci-Fi

Age Relevance: 14+ (religion, death, violence, gore, grief)

Explanation of Above: Religion is mentioned sporadically throughout the book. There is death, violence, and gore mentioned in the book and it talks about the apocalypse. There is also some grief in the book as well.

Publisher: Disney-Hyperion

Pages: 400

Synopsis: What do you stand for, when you’re one of the last left standing?

The year is 2072. Soon a volcanic eruption will trigger catastrophic devastation, and the only way out is up.

While the world’s leaders, scientists, and engineers oversee the frantic production of a space fleet meant to save humankind, their children are brought in for a weekend of touring the Lazarus, a high-tech prototype spaceship. But when the apocalypse arrives months ahead of schedule, First Daughter Leigh Chen and a handful of teens from the tour are the only ones to escape the planet.

This is the new world: a starship loaded with a catalog of human artifacts, a frozen menagerie of animal DNA, and fifty-three terrified survivors. From the panic arises a coalition of leaders, spearheaded by the pilot’s enigmatic daughter, Eli, who takes the wheel in their hunt for a habitable planet. But as isolation presses in, their uneasy peace begins to fracture. The struggle for control will mean the difference between survival and oblivion, and Leigh must decide whether to stand on the side of the mission or of her own humanity.

With aching poignancy and tense, heart-in-your-mouth action, this enthralling saga will stay with readers long after the final page.

Review: For the most part I thought the book was ok. It was an interesting set-during-the-apocolypse book and the book was also a good story with a Lord of the Flies aspect. The book had great character development and world building.

However, I had a lot of issues with the book. I thought the book had a horribly confusing beginning and it didn’t immediately grab me. While most of the confusion was cleared up later in the book, it was still overwhelming for me in the beginning. The book had a lot going on as well that wasn’t well explained.

Verdict: It was ok, just not for me.

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About The Book:

Title: ALONE OUT HERE

Author: Riley Redgate

Pub. Date: April 5, 2022

Publisher: Disney-Hyperion

Formats: Hardcover, eBook, Audiobook

Pages: 400

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What do you stand for, when you’re one of the last left standing?

The year is 2072. Soon a volcanic eruption will trigger catastrophic devastation, and the only way out is up.

While the world’s leaders, scientists, and engineers oversee the frantic production of a space fleet meant to save humankind, their children are brought in for a weekend of touring the Lazarus, a high-tech prototype spaceship. But when the apocalypse arrives months ahead of schedule, First Daughter Leigh Chen and a handful of teens from the tour are the only ones to escape the planet.

This is the new world: a starship loaded with a catalog of human artifacts, a frozen menagerie of animal DNA, and fifty-three terrified survivors. From the panic arises a coalition of leaders, spearheaded by the pilot’s enigmatic daughter, Eli, who takes the wheel in their hunt for a habitable planet. But as isolation presses in, their uneasy peace begins to fracture. The struggle for control will mean the difference between survival and oblivion, and Leigh must decide whether to stand on the side of the mission or of her own humanity.

With aching poignancy and tense, heart-in-your-mouth action, this enthralling saga will stay with readers long after the final page.

Reviews:

“Redgate explores what makes us human and what makes us teens with excruciating precision, revealing the best―and worst―of both. A fast-paced, beautifully put together story of a girl getting it done.”―E. K. Johnston, New York Times #1 best-selling author of Star Wars: Ahsoka

“With its diverse cast of characters and near-future plot line, this book would make a good addition to collections with established audiences for science fiction stories and titles featuring strong examples of female empowerment.”―School Library Connection

“An enthralling adventure that’s at once intimate and cinematic, with heart-pounding twists and vividly drawn characters. Redgate’s gorgeous prose poses fascinating questions about the future.”―Romina Russell, author of the New York Times best-selling Zodiac series

“Stunning, visceral, and utterly gripping, Alone Out Here is a vivid look at human determination when forced to survive the impossible. Leigh Chen is a leader unlike any other as she navigates dwindling resources, betrayal, and the ultimate question of what it means to be human.”―C.B. Lee, author of the Sidekick Squad series

“Utterly absorbing, and packed with heart, action, and questions that lingered long past the final page. I read it in a single day.”―Amie Kaufman, author of the Aurora Cycle and the Elementals trilogy 

 

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About Riley Redgate:

Riley Redgate majored in Economics at Kenyon College and is now based in Chicago, where she was an apprentice with the Onion. She is the author of the critically acclaimed Seven Ways We Lie; Noteworthy, a Kirkus Reviews Best Teen Book and NYPL Best Book; and Final Draft, a Bank Street Book of the Year.

 

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Mapmakers and the Lost Magic by Cameron Chittock

Disclaimer: I received an e-arc of this book from the publisher. Thanks! All opinions are my own.

Book: Mapmakers and the Lost Magic

Author: Cameron Chittock, Amanda Castillo (Illustrator)

Book Series: Standalone

Rating: 5/5

Recommended For…: middle grade readers, graphic novel, fantasy, environmentalism

Publication Date: April 26, 2022

Genre: MG Graphic Novel Fantasy

Age Relevance: 9+ (totalitarian government, environmentalism, parental death, grief, hurt animal)

Explanation of Above: The book features an army that has taken over a town and is inflicting a totalitarian ran government on the native people. There is environmentalism shown and explained, as well as humans place in the ecosystem. There are mentions of parental death and grief, and there is are animals (a crane and some worms) hurt in the book.

Publisher: Random House Graphic

Pages: 256

Synopsis: For centuries, the Mapmakers kept peace in the Valley, but they’ve long since disappeared. Now the Night Coats hold power with an iron grip–there are only rules, punishments, and consequences. Until one night, on the run from the Night Coats (again), after breaking another rule (again), Alidade stumbles upon a secret door leading to a magical hideaway that belongs to the Mapmakers. There, she finds a map of her home and accidentally brings to life Blue, a magical creature called a memri who is meant to protect the Valley. Blue needs Alidade’s help to find the Mapmakers and save the Valley from the Night Coats!

But the Mapmakers are long gone.

Alidade has a choice: leave the Valley like she’s always wanted…or become a Mapmaker and save the only home she’s ever known.

This is the first book in a thrilling series of adventures where Alidade discovers the world around her as she goes on a fantastical journey.

Review: The book is a new favorite of mine! I loved the story and how environmentalism was tied into the story, as well as how simple it was explained so children reading the book could understand it. The book also went into oppressive government control and how that can impact native inhabitants of an area. The book has amazing character development and the world building was amazing. The illustrations were well done and I loved it so much. I am hoping for a sequel so I can help save more Memris!

The only issue I had with the book is that I thought some of the scenes were a bit quicker paced than others, but I think this would be perfect for a younger middle grade reader, especially one that is interested in the environment or natural science.

Verdict: I absolutely loved this book! Highly recommend!

Book Info:

Mapmakers and the Lost Magic by Cameron Chittock and Amanda Castillo

Genre: Middle Grade Fantasy Graphic Novel

Publishing Date: April 26, 2022

Synopsis:

A young girl finds herself faced with an impossible choice–run away from her beloved valley, or unleash a hidden magic and become a Mapmaker to save her home from its new overlords.

For centuries, the Mapmakers kept peace in the Valley, but they’ve long since disappeared. Now the Night Coats hold power with an iron grip–there are only rules, punishments, and consequences. Until one night, on the run from the Night Coats (again), after breaking another rule (again), Alidade stumbles upon a secret door leading to a magical hideaway that belongs to the Mapmakers. There, she finds a map of her home and accidentally brings to life Blue, a magical creature called a memri who is meant to protect the Valley. Blue needs Alidade’s help to find the Mapmakers and save the Valley from the Night Coats!

But the Mapmakers are long gone.

Alidade has a choice: leave the Valley like she’s always wanted…or become a Mapmaker and save the only home she’s ever known.

This is the first book in a thrilling series of adventures where Alidade discovers the world around her as she goes on a fantastical journey.

Book Links:

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/58678502-mapmakers-and-the-lost-magic

Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0593172868/ref=x_gr_w_bb_sin?ie=UTF8&tag=x_gr_w_bb_sin_ca-20&linkCode=as2&camp=15121&creative=330641

Barnes & Noble: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/mapmakers-and-the-lost-magic-cameron-chittock/1139909642?ean=9780593172865

Book Depository: https://www.bookdepository.com/Mapmakers-Lost-Magic-Cameron-Chittock/9780593172865?ref=grid-view&qid=1645552108185&sr=1-1

Indigo: https://www.chapters.indigo.ca/en-ca/books/mapmakers-and-the-lost-magic/9780593172865-item.html?ikwid=mapmakers+and+the+lost+magic&ikwsec=Home&ikwidx=0#algoliaQueryId=3f9083050685b9bfcc4761107007b745 IndieBound: https://www.indiebound.org/book/9780593172865

Amanda Castillois a comic artist, illustrator, and storyteller, born and raised in the Bay Area in California. Having grown up inspired by piles of manga, games about friendship and adventure, and the endless wonders of the California outdoors, Amanda went on to study illustration to hone a skill set to tell warm and heartfelt stories that could be enjoyed and remembered by someone like you! After getting into the comics world through working with Youth in Decline, Amanda has since contributed to publishers such as BOOM! Studios, Lion Forge, and now Random House Graphic. In addition to making comics, Amanda has shown work in galleries domestically and helped judge annual comics awards. When not making comics, Amanda enjoys spending time with friends and loved ones, making warm and hearty meals, learning to tend to plants, and taking in the lovely moments the world has to offer. Mapmakers and the Lost Magic is their debut graphic novel. 

Amanda’s Author Links:

Website: https://www.amanda-castillo.com/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/mandallin

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/mandallin/

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/19121587.Amanda_Castillo Store: https://mandallin.storenvy.com/

About the Author:

Cameron Chittock is a writer from northeast Ohio. He grew up surrounded by siblings, wildlife, and comics of all kinds. Cameron’s writing is possible thanks to patient teachers, encouraging friends, and a supportive family. His favorite stories are those of heroes and friendship. Cameron previously edited comics, including titles such as Mech Cadet Yu, the Eisner Award–nominated graphic novel New World, and Jim Henson’s The Power of the Dark Crystal. He now lives in New England and works in education. When he’s not writing, he enjoys coaching basketball, reading giant fantasy books, and sitting by the pond with his family. Mapmakers and the Lost Magic is his debut graphic novel. 

Cameron’s Author Links:

Website: https://www.cameronwtchittock.com/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/cameronchittock Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/19618373.Cameron_Chittock

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