Struck by lightning: the Carson Phillips journal, Chris Colfer. Chris Colfer is a ridiculously busy person, we think. Not only is he Kurt, and a Golden Globe winning actor, but he also writes – books and screenplays. Struck By Lightning is being made into a film (so read the book first, because that’s usually the best way round!). “Struck By Lightning: The Carson Phillips Journal follows the story of outcast high school senior Carson Phillips who blackmails the most popular students in his school into contributing to his literary journal to bolster his college application; his goal in life is to get into Northwestern and eventually become the editor of The New Yorker. At once laugh-out-loud funny, deliciously dark, and remarkably smart, Struck By Lightning unearths the dirt that lies just below the surface of high school.” (amazon.com)
Pirate cinema, Cory Doctorow. It’s been a while since Little Brother. In Pirate Cinema he tackles illegal downloading in a dystopian future United Kingdom. “Trent McCauley is sixteen, brilliant, and obsessed with one thing: making movies on his computer by reassembling footage from popular films he downloads from the net. In the dystopian near-future Britain where Trent is growing up, this is more illegal than ever; the punishment for being caught three times is that your entire household’s access to the internet is cut off for a year, with no appeal. Trent’s too clever for that too happen. Except it does, and it nearly destroys his family. Shamed and shattered, Trent runs away to London, where he slowly he learns the ways of staying alive on the streets. This brings him in touch with a demimonde of artists and activists who are trying to fight a new bill that will criminalize even more harmless internet creativity, making felons of millions of British citizens at a stroke. Things look bad. Parliament is in power of a few wealthy media conglomerates. But the powers-that-be haven’t entirely reckoned with the power of a gripping movie to change people’s minds…” (goodreads.com)
I am Number Four: the lost files: the legacies, Pittacus Lore. These are three novellas, originally published in e-format as Six’s Legacy, Nine’s Legacy and The Fallen Legacies. Some back story to help fill in the time before the next of the Lorien Legacies is published maybe?