Tuesday, September 26: Injustice 2 Tournment

Have you been playing the new Injustice game since it came out back in May? Sick of beating all your usual buddies in matches? Join us for our Injustice 2 Tournament on Tuesday, September 26 at 6 p.m. in the Vortex!

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Test your mettle against other contestants in one-on-one matches. The victor will receive $20 in gift cards to Target!

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Video Game Recommendation: Undertale

undertalePlatform: PC

Rating: Teen

Genre: Role Playing Game, Puzzle  

First Released: September 2015

Part of a Series? Nope! Play away!

Brief Synopsis:

“Welcome to UNDERTALE. In this RPG, you control a human who falls underground into the world of monsters. Now you must find your way out… or stay trapped forever.”


In Undertale, there’s three routes you can take depending on how you approach battles. There is Pacifist (kill zero enemies), Neutral (kill some enemies), and Genocide (kill all enemies).

I’m going through the Pacifist route as I’m playing and holy Hera is it hard. It keeps you at level 1, 20 HP the entire game because you don’t earn any experience to level up. You have to figure out each enemies’ quirks to figure out how to convince them to not want to fight you anymore so you can spare them. Sometimes I’ve had to run back many, many screens to buy more health items because bosses are too hard to get through without healing!

Overall, it’s super, super fun though! I’ve been really enjoying it despite its difficulty and the conversations characters have with each other are hilarious (Especially Papyrus’ terrible puns. I can’t get enough of those). It also has moments that you don’t expect to kick you in the feels. You’ll know them when you get to them.

(Quick note, make sure you have plenty of healing items before getting to the “final corridor!” I only have a few and I have to hope that’ll get me through the final battle. Eek!)

When you have 10$ to spare (or a really really awesome parent), I seriously recommend grabbing it on Steam!

Book Review – The Forgetting

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By Sharon Cameron
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What if you woke up tomorrow morning and had no recollection of your life, your family or yourself? What if everybody in town had the same problem? What if we all woke up one morning and couldn’t even remember what had happened to make us forget? Sharon Cameron’s The Forgetting starts off with these questions and builds a world and a story around them.

Nadia the dyer’s daughter lives in the walled city of Canaan. It’s a peaceful community with a wise and benevolent leadership council where truth is valued above all else. Every twelve years, something happens to cause everyone within the city walls to forget their previous lives. They keep order and continuity by writing down every aspect of their lives in their journals so that they can remind themselves after The Forgetting. (Thankfully, they don’t forget how to read!) That’s why it’s so important to write only truth in your journal: it’s the only way to know who you were before The Forgetting.

But Nadia knows that some people have not been truthful. She knows because *she* never forgot. Somehow, twelve years ago, when everyone in the town forgot themselves, she remembered. She knows secrets and as she begins to dig, she learns much more. But as the twelve-year cycle comes to a close and Canaan prepares for The Forgetting, Nadia’s time is running out. She needs to solve the mystery of The Forgetting before everyone, and possibly she too, forgets everything again.

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The Forgetting balances historical fiction with futuristic dystopian with a heavy dose of adventure and a dash of romace. I love all the plot twists and turns. It’s a fast-paced read that compelled me to keep reading and left me hoping this is only the first of a series. (I checked; it is. The second in the series is expected out in October.)

Books for Change

Because I am a book nerd, I read other book blogs. And one of my favorites is Epic Reads who recently posted a list of YA activism books because–let’s face it–there’s a whole lot of messed up stuff going on in our world right now. It reminded me of a book list that I had written last year about Black Lives Matter. There were some of the same books plus a few I hadn’t read yet. (They’re on my To Be Read list now.) There are also a few that I think could be added to both lists–books about teens and young adults who have chosen to fight back and stand up for a better world.

It’s easy to feel overwhelmed and helpless. And it’s okay to feel that way, but don’t stop there. You CAN help. You can change things.

I’m not saying you have to go all Katniss Everdeen and take down President Snow. Start with little things. If you hear someone using hateful language (racist, misogynist, homophobic, Islamophobic slurs, etc.), let them know that’s not okay. Think about your own social privilege. Some of us have more than others due to race, gender, religion, socio-economic status, orientation, size and age. Speak up for those with less privilege than you and honestly *listen* to them when they share their stories. When you see something happen that you know is unjust, speak up. Tell your parents, your teachers, your online audience, the local newspaper and beyond. Share your truth.

In addition to the 19 books on the above two lists, here are another ten titles that I think should be in the backpack of every budding social justice warrior.

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  • American Street by Ibi Zoboi
  • For the Win by Cory Doctorow
  • Symptoms of Being Human by Jeff Garvin
  • The Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard
  • Little Brother by Cory Doctorow
  • The Pants Project by Cat Clarke
  • The Doubt Factory by Paolo Bacigalupi
  • Being Jazz by Jazz jennings
  • Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
  • The Hiding Place by Corrie ten Boom



There Can Be Only One!

Everyone likes the classic card game, Uno, right?

Rejoice! The Vortex will be hosting its first-ever UNO TOURNAMENT on Thursday, August 24 from 6–7 p.m. in the Vortex. That gives you a week to register. Hurry while there’s still room!

We’ll play as many one-on-one games as it takes to get to one Uno Champion! The 1st Place Winner will take home a shiny, new gift card all their own!

Register here!


Manga Recommendation: One Piece by Eiichiro Oda

one pieceGenre: Shounen (action) / Comedy

First Released: 1997

Number of vols: 83+

Brief Synopsis: When Monkey D. Luffy accidentally gains the power to stretch like rubber at the cost of never being able to swim again, he and his crew of pirate wannabes set off in search of the “One Piece,” the greatest treasure in the world.

Where can I find it in the library?
This will be on the second floor of the library in the Vortex.



One Piece is a behemoth of a manga (or anime if you prefer, though this will be solely based on the manga). So far in the U.S., there have been 83 volumes released and there’s still more to come! As of writing this, I’m up to volume 18 and have been really enjoying it! I’m trying not to power through it TOO fast because otherwise I’m sure I’ll just get crazy overwhelmed and not go back. With 83 volumes that’s not hard to do!!

I saw the anime a looooooong time ago back when the edit was newish and was done by 4Kids (you can imagine how terrible it was). This put me off the series for a very long time. It wasn’t until I made some friends who really enjoy One Piece to convince me to give it a second shot. I’m so glad I did!

If I could describe One Piece in one word it’d be: overdramatic. Seriously. Characters do not cry in this manga, they SOB. Outright BAWLING TEARS STREAMING DOWN THEIR FACES. They’re not merely happy, they are BURSTING WITH ENERGY OF JOY. They’re not angry, they are RIP YOUR FACE OFF GONNA KICK YOUR BUTT angry. All these elevated emotions make it really fun to read! Luffy is very protective of his friends and crew which makes for a lot of interesting encounters despite how much of a derp he is. His obliviousness gets the crew of the Merry Go into a lot of trouble which makes for interesting events for us as a reader!

If you’ve been hesitant to try it but enjoy humorous action manga I really recommend giving it a shot! It’s super light hearted with deep heartbreaking stories interspersed in between.

Check it out~! ❤