Friday, 30 September 2011

Best of the Bunch #September 2011

It's that time of the month again: to decide which of all the books I read in September was the Best of the Bunch.

And the winner of the Best of the Bunch Award September 2011 is...

*dramatic pause*

POD by Stephen Wallenfels

POD's - strange alien spheres hover menacingly in the sky, zapping anyone who ventures outside.

Josh is 15 and stuck in his house with his OCD dad. They're running out of food... Megs is 12, alone and trapped in a multi-storey carpark. The hotel next door is under the control of dangerous security staff, but Megs has something they want, and they'll do anything to get it...

When the aliens invade, the real enemy becomes humanity itself.

What would you do to survive?

I had a hard time this month chosing between POD and We Can Be Heroes by Catherine Bruton but I think what clinched it was the fact that, although We Can Be Heroes was amazing, I could actually bring myself to put it down in order to fulfil the daily functions of life. POD, on the other hand, once I'd picked it up I just couldn't put it down, it was a proper one-sitting book that just had me hooked from one page to the next.

POD is the definition of brilliant science fiction: putting humans in an extreme situation and seeing how they react. It's a real exploration of the survival instinct and the teen protagonists have some of the strongest voices I have ever read. Whether you like science fiction or not this is definitely one to put at the top of your TBR pile! You can read my full review here.

Congratulations Stephen Wallenfels!

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  1. Sounds like an interesting book! Might have to add that to my TBR!

  2. I loved this book! Fantastic choice this month, very deserving I think! x

  3. Ooo, I've seen this one around and thought it looked good. There's definitely not enough sci-fi in YA, so I'm glad this was a good one!

  4. I don't read enough sci-fi so I'll definitely have to look into this one. It sounds intense!

  5. I would like to take a moment to compliment Lyrical Reviews for the Best of the Bunch award. I was honored by Leighanne's Lit for this month and it is a great honor! And Leighanne's Lit is a great site! :D

  6. Thanks for everyone's comments! You should definitely get some POD in your life and thanks to everyone who has taken part in Best of the Bunch September 2011 so far!

  7. Oh, I hadn't heard of this one. Sounds amazing, though!

  8. I've never heard of this one before but it looks really good! I usually don't read a lot of sci-fi, but I think I'll have to check this one out! :)