Unlike with November's book, Confessions of a Murder Suspect, those attending the meeting were unanimous in stating that Brain Jack by Brian Falkner was a really good book. Everyone enjoyed reading it, and we had a lively discussion. We agreed that while parts of it were pretty technical when it talked about characters actually hacking into computer systems, or protecting them, it was all explained in a way that allowed the readers to visualize the process. So you might not be able to understand the technical details, you felt like you could easily follow what was going on. The characters also felt real, mature enough in many ways but also letting loose and having fun, acting like normal teens. Add to that a premise that felt very plausible and possible, and you have a winning combination.
We also discussed book choices for the rest of the Spring. Here's the lost so far:
- February 19 - Croak by Gina Damico: Sixteen-year-old Lex has sucker-punched her last classmate. Her parents send her off to live with her Uncle Mort for the summer, hoping a few months of dirty farm work will reform her. Uncle Mort is going to teach her the family business, but it's not farming. He's a Grim Reaper, and Lex is about to become his apprentice.
- March 19 - True Grit by Charles Portis. We're going to be part of the Big Read!
If you haven't voted on our book choice for April, please take the Spring Book Choices Survey by January 21! We will be finalizing our April and May book selections at the next meeting. Feel free to add your own suggestions.
In January we are reading Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas. Assassins, deadly competition and magical murders, what's not to like? Stop by the Reference Desk to register and pick up your copy. But hurry, there are enough free books for the first 10 people. The meeting is January 22 at the new meeting time of 4:30 pm.