Monday, June 23, 2014
Book of the Week - Dangerous by Shannon Hale
Maisie Danger Brown, who was born without a right hand, always wanted to be an astronaut and now, at age 16, the homeschooled daughter of two scientists, wins a contest featured on the back of a cereal box. Her prize is a scholarship to space camp. At the camp, run by the brilliant but odd Dr. Howell, the scientist who built an elevator to an asteroid in geosynchronous orbit and on to a space station, Maisie develops a crush on the very good looking and super wealthy Jonathan Wilder. Everything goes into high gear when Maisie's team along with Wilder are chosen to visit the base station of the elevator. When it turns out the elevator is going up with room to spare, Howell takes the five teens along. At the asteroid they are shown alien artifacts that quickly sink into their hands, creating great pain, and eventually giving each of them a super power. This fast paced action adventure thriller has just enough romance to pull in readers who may not have known they would like science fiction. Scorpion Shards by Neal Shusterman and Steelheart by Brandon Sanderson also feature superhero abilities and world saving action with unique teen protagonists.