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Staff recommendations and reviews from the Plainfield Public Library

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Lena’s husband has been gone for a year. He is in the military on a top secret mission and Lena doesn’t know if he is dead or alive. And then he shows up. But something isn’t quite right about him. And then he starts seizing and blood is coming out of his mouth. On the way to the hospital, the ambulance is overtaken by government vehicles. Next thing she knows, she is waking up in a strange facility and her husband is on life support.

Lena finds out that about three years ago something fell out of the sky and created a shimmer. Countless people have gone in but her husband has been the only one to come back. Lena asks to be on the next team since she is a biologist and has military training. A team of five women cross through the shimmer. What happens next is unexplainable.

This movie held my interest and startled me a couple of times. If you have read the book, you will see all of the changes. The premise is the same but a lot of it is different. Starring, Natalie Portman, Gina Rodriguez, Tessa Thompson, Jennifer Jason Leigh, and Oscar Isaac. Rated R


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Artemis by Andy Weir

Less science focused than “The Martian”, Andy Weir’s follow-up explores life on the moon from the perspective of a native – an independent young woman who’s grown up in Artemis, the moon’s only city. Jazz Bashara is a porter, and to supplement her income, she does a little smuggling on the side. She takes on a job that gets her involved in corporate espionage, murder, and a power struggle over a new technology worth trillions.  Now, Jazz needs to find a way to protect not only herself, but the whole lunar community.

Even if you’re not a huge science fiction fan, there’s lots to really like about this book. Along with all the technical stuff, Weir manages to create characters that are easy to connect with. Add some humor, an engaging plot, and lots of adventure, and you’ve got a story that lots of fun from start to finish. It’s a fun read, but if you prefer audio, it’s read by Rosario Dawson, who in my mind would be the perfect person to play Jazz in the movie.

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The Circle

Mae (Emma Watson) is in a boring dead end job. Her best friend, Annie (Karen Gillan), works for a company in the tech world known as the Circle. Annie gets Mae an interview and the next thing she knows she has an exciting new job. At first she is overwhelmed, but she soon excels. She also agrees to transparency. She begins to live stream her entire life. But when a tragic death occurs, Mae starts to rethink everything she knew about this company.

This movie was just okay for me. I did not read the book so I cannot compare the two but I have heard the book is a whole lot better. I didn’t like the characters and there definitely wasn’t enough of John Boyega. Also starring, Tom Hanks, Bill Paxton, and Patton Oswalt. Rated PG-13

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A group of scientists are on a mission to find life on Mars. They have the sample and are headed back to Earth. As they begin to study it, the sample starts to evolve. They have discovered life on Mars. As they continue to watch it grow, something goes wrong in the lab and it gets out. Soon it is killing the crew off one by one and getting bigger and bigger. With only a few crew members left alive, will they be able to survive and destroy it or will it make it to Earth and destroy us?

I really liked this movie. I didn’t know what was going to happen and the ending totally tricks you. But if you are watching this for Ryan Reynolds, be warned he isn’t in it that much. Starring, Jake Gyllenhaal, Ryan Reynolds, and Rebecca Ferguson. Rated R

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Power Rangers

Five high school kids, who have nothing in common and aren’t even friends, find themselves at the old mine in town. While there they find strange crystals and they each take one. The next day, they are suddenly faster and stronger. They go back to the mine and discover a secret cave that is actually an alien ship. They have been chosen to be Power Rangers. They start training and their first challenge, in the form of Rita Repulsa, happens before they are ready. Will they be able to work as a team and defeat their enemy? Or will they fall apart and destroy the world?

Who would think to take the Power Rangers, a cheesy kids show, and turn it into a movie? Not me but it actually worked. I really enjoyed the storyline and the characters. If you watched the show as a kid or even if you have never seen an episode before, definitely check out this movie. Starring, Elizabeth Banks, Bryan Cranston, and Bill Hader. Rated PG-13

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The 5th Wave

The 5th WaveThe 1st wave knocked out all the power….the 2nd wave was an earthquake so strong it shook the entire planet. With the 3rd wave disease spread across the world. The 4th wave was already here… the “others” began to physically appear on Earth among the people looking exactly like a human. Making it hard for anyone to know who is truly human or not. Cassie Sullivan survived the first four waves.  She is on the run trying to protect her younger brother. The 5th wave has begun and it is far more sinister than any of the previous waves as this wave comes in a form no one expected.

The movie stars Chloë Grace Moretz as Cassie Sullivan, Ron Livingston as Oliver Sullivan, Zackary Arthur as Sam Sullivan and Liev Schreiber as Colonel Vosch. I liked who they cast for the movie with my favorites being Liev Schreiber and Chloë Grace Moretz.

The movie is based off of the The 5th Wave book series written by Rick Yancey. The third book in the series titled The Last Star was released on May 24th 2016. I have not yet read or listened to the book series but have it on my list to read in the near future. I had not expected what the actual 5th wave from the others would be having not read the book, so that was a good twist in the movie if you have not read the books.

The movie was a good science fiction movie. It is one that any science fiction fan should watch and/or read at least once. The CG in this movie was done in a way where it did not overwhelm the movie. It had some twists that were unexpected and some twists that were expected at least on my part. Currently it is not known if they will make the second book, The Infinite Sea, into a movie. The film is rated PG-13.

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Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens

starA new adventure begins…it has been thirty years since the defeat of Darth Vader and the Empire. A new threat arises from the First Order and it is up to the resistance along with a group of ragtag heroes to stop them. The resistance must find a way to keep critical information from the first order, a map that if found will tell the location of something thought lost.

The film stars Carrie Fisher as Princess Leia, Harrison Ford as Han Solo, Mark Hamill as Luke Skywalker, Anthony Daniels as C-3PO, Peter Mayhew as Chewbacca, Adam Driver as Kylo Ren, Daisy Ridley as Rey, John Boyega as Finn and Oscar Isaac as Poe Dameron.

I really liked the fact that the new characters were not made to be exactly like the original main characters from the first movies and that they used different aspects in each of them. I also really liked who they chose for each part. They all seemed to work well with each other and acted great in their roles. I did not like how the movie ended much, it was kind of corny way to end the film but that happens sometimes.


Some characters that were my favorites of the new characters are BB-8, Poe, Finn, Rey and Nines.  If you want to learn a little about Nines and the others set before The Force Awakens, you can read the novel Before the Awakening by Greg Rucka. I will be reading it soon.

Overall, the movie was really good. I plan to buy it on DVD and cannot wait for the next installment of Star Wars to come out.