Anime Recommendation: Mobile Suit Gundam Unicorn (or RE:0096)

0096Age Recommendation: 13+

Genre: Action / Sci-Fi / Mecha

# of Episodes: OVA 7 (60 min.), Series 22 (30 min.)

Synopsis:

TU.C. 0096, three years after the end of the Second Neo Zeon War. The mysterious Vist Foundation attempts to hand over a certain secret to the Neo Zeon remnants known as the Sleeves. This will mean the opening of Laplace’s Box, which holds a great secret tied to the origins of the Universal Century. The exchange is to take place at the manufacturing colony Industrial 7, home of the student Banagher Links. When Banagher rescues a girl who gives her name as Audrey Burn, he is drawn into the conflict surrounding Laplace’s Box.” –Sunrise International

Commentary:

Now one of the most popular Gunpla advertisements put out by Bandai, Gundam Unicorn is an exciting tale of political intrigue, war, romance and the human condition. Also giant robots beating the tar out of each other.

Unicorn follows Banager Links as he uncovers the mystery of the Laplace’s Box and the giant robot given to him by his father, the prototype mobile suit RX-0 Unicorn. This OVA series blew up big a few years ago and now has an additional TV release. It was even chosen to replace the original Gundam statue in Tokyo (it transforms!)

The most striking thing about Unicorn is the visuals. The series has some of my favorite designs in all of the franchise and everything looks great in movement. This is especially true of the titular robot, with its flashy transformation sequences and Tron-esque design cues. Most of the music was done by the renowned composer Hiroyuki Sawano, who has worked on many big name shows. As with most Gundam stories, the plot relies heavily on melodrama and soap opera twists to move things along, but it’s too pretty for me to care.

There are a few of call backs to previous Gundam entries, most prominently Char’s Counter Attack and Double Zeta, but they aren’t necessary to enjoy it. Not everything makes sense, but if you what is essentially a cheesy love story with giant robots, then Unicorn is for you.

With the recent announcement of the Gundam Live Action film by Sunrise and Legendary, it is a great way to jump into the franchise.

We carry the first two volumes of the OVA containing the first 4 episodes. Library staff will be more than happy to help you get the rest of the series through interlibrary loan or you can watch the TV release for free on Crunchyroll.com.

Call Numbers: DVD ANIME MOBILE V.1
                           DVD ANIME MOBILE V.2

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Jay

Book Recommendation: Firstlife by Gena Showalter

firstlifeGenre: Dystopia / Sci-Fi

First Released: 2016

Part of a Series?: Yup! This is the first book in the Everlife series.

Synopsis:
Locked in an asylum for her refusal to let her parents dictate her afterlife choices, Ten Lockwood finds herself caught in a violent power struggle between the two leading Everlife realms that would do anything to claim her powerful soul.

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


Call Number
YA F SHOWALTER

Commentary

I enjoyed reading Firstlife! The concept is really intriguing. That there’s multiple afterlives and we can decide which one we want to end up in. Even more intriguing, departed souls can return to influence people who are still on their first-life on which afterlife to choose. They’re known as laborers. Tenley has two laborers, one from each afterlife pulling her in the other direction. Poor Tenley is stuck in-between trying to decide which to choose. Her parents want her to choose one way, but they put her in an asylum to force her hand. How does she know that’s the right decision?

My favorite part of Firstlife though isn’t the cool concept, it’s the fact that it doesn’t fall into the YA dystopian trend of MUST HAVE LOVE TRIANGLE. There’s two boys, yes, but it’s not a love triangle. You’ll see what I mean as you read! Both characters are really likeable too and pretty interesting, and stand on their own outside of Tenley. They aren’t just love interest #1 and #2! Squee!

Author Spotlight: Scott Westerfeld

Scott Westerfeldwesterfeld
1963 – Present

Scott Westerfeld is another of my favorite authors; I love that he plays around with different ways of writing Sci Fi novels with every new release. Uglies is based in a post apocalyptic world, while Leviathan is a Steampunk alternate history in the early 1900s! I never know what to expect with every new series he writes! He has a little something for everyone, maybe even those who normally don’t like Sci Fi.


Zeroes-final-cover-450Zeroes (2015)
Genre: Sci Fi, Fantasy
* Note, the first book in his newest trilogy!

Don’t call them heroes, but these six Californian teens have powers that set them apart. Take Ethan, a.k.a. Scam. He’s got a voice inside him that’ll say whatever you want to hear, whether it’s true or not. Which is handy, except when it isn’t — like when the voice starts gabbing in the middle of a bank robbery. The only people who can help are the other Zeroes, who aren’t exactly best friends these days. Enter Nate, a.k.a. Bellwether, the group’s “glorious leader.” After Scam’s SOS, he pulls the scattered Zeroes back together. But when the rescue blows up in their faces, the Zeroes find themselves propelled into whirlwind encounters with ever more dangerous criminals. At the heart of the chaos they find Kelsie, who can take a crowd in the palm of her hand and tame it or let it loose as she pleases.”

ugliesUglies Series (2007)
Genre: Dystopian, Romance, Sci Fi
Uglies | Pretties | Specials | Extras

“Everybody gets to be supermodel gorgeous. What could be wrong with that? Tally is about to turn sixteen, and she can’t wait. Not for her license — for turning pretty. In Tally’s world, your sixteenth birthday brings an operation that turns you from a repellent ugly into a stunningly attractive pretty and catapults you into a high-tech paradise where your only job is to have a really great time. In just a few weeks Tally will be there. But Tally’s new friend Shay isn’t sure she wants to be pretty. She’d rather risk life on the outside. When Shay runs away, Tally learns about a whole new side of the pretty world — and it isn’t very pretty. The authorities offer Tally the worst choice she can imagine: find her friend and turn her in, or never turn pretty at all. The choice Tally makes changes her world forever.” (Library Catalog)

leviathanLeviathan Series (2011)
Genre: Sci Fi, Steampunk, Alternate History
Leviathan | Behemoth | Goliath  

In an alternate 1914 Europe, fifteen-year-old Austrian Prince Alek, on the run from the Clanker Powers who are attempting to take over the globe using mechanical machinery, forms an uneasy alliance with Deryn who, disguised as a boy to join the British Air Service, is learning to fly genetically engineered beasts.” (Library Catalog)

peepsPeeps Series (2006)
Genre: Paranormal-Vampires, Sci Fi, Horror
Peeps | The Last Days

Cal Thompson is a carrier of a parasite that causes vampirism, and must hunt down all of the girlfriends he has unknowingly infected.” (Library Catalog)


This is not all he’s written however! He’s had another series and several stand-alones novels. For a full list click here! He also has a blog for those interested in keeping up on the latest Westerfeld news.
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Ashe

Summer Adventure 2015: Read or Listen to Someone Read

escape powThe library is debuting a brand new summer program on May 4th.  Our Summer Adventure is more like a game than a traditional reading club, but we still encourage you to read!  You can earn points by reading or listening to someone read for 30 minutes.  Wondering what counts? See below.

  • Books
  • eBooks
  • Graphic Novels
  • Magazines or Comics
  • Audiobooks
  • Playaways

At a loss for what to read? Never fear! For your friendly-neighborhood-librarians are here!

We have compiled a bunch of lists for you to look through to get started or visit fountaindale.org to view the newest in teen fiction and nonfiction.