Tom Huddleston, in every way, was the greatest performance of Loki on-screen. In book form, though, that might have to go to Mackenzi Lee’s Loki in Loki: Where Mischief Lies. In a world not related to the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Lee gives the God of Mischief a more humanized history, from living in his obnoxious brother Thor’s shadow to not being able to use his magic in public. After he and his only friend Amora accidentally break a sacred artifact, Odin banishes her down to Earth, casting away the only person Loki felt normal around. Years later, Loki is sent down to Midgard to investigate a string of deaths that could be related to Asgardian magic, where he meets an old friend. From there, Loki delves deeper into who he’s meant to be and what he wants to be. Going into historical 18th-century London was a risky move, but it worked, and Lee made the city come alive with the chaos of polluted fog, crowded streets, but yet still showing the beauty of the city. All things considered, Loki: Where Mischief Lies is a solid action/drama worthy of a movie.
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Charlie Thorne and the Last Equation is the latest book from author Stuart Gibbs, and it did not disappoint. The book revolves around an equation created by Albert Einstein that could harness the atomic energy in something as small as a carrot and give off as much energy as an atomic bomb. However, realizing that it would be deadly in the wrong hands, he hid it. In the present day, a terrorist group known as the Furies are getting closer to its whereabouts. Desperate, the CIA brings in 12-year-old genius Charlie Thorne to help them find the equation. At its core, the book is an adventure, and a good one at that. Charlie and her allies travel across the globe with the Furies in tow, deciphering clues and learning about Einstein and Israel along the way.
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Neil Shusterman’s Scythe isn’t just a book. It’s a study of morality and power. Scythe takes place in a world where cloud computing has evolved into a benevolent, all-knowing, self-aware A.I called the Thunderhead that with humanity’s permission, governs the Earth. Humanity’s left mortality behind and figured out how to keep people from dying, allowing people to be revived. These technological advancements were only possible because the Thunderhead’s algorithms were created using every bit of human knowledge as a base. Because of this, it could know where money needed to go, where food was needed most, and how to make everyone happy. The Thunderhead helped create a utopia on Earth. Well, almost. Overpopulation is still a big problem. For that, the Scythedom was created. The Scythedom’s agents, called scythes, would go out and kill, or “glean” people. The story revolves around Rowan and Citra, two teenagers who reluctantly become apprentices to Scythe Faraday, who is to train them. Suffice to say, things don’t exactly go to plan. While undergoing their apprenticeship, Rowan and Citra discover that some scythes aren’t that honorable. The New Order, a group popular with younger, bloodthirsty scythes that shun the idea of killing without prejudice, is slowly gaining traction. Scythe explores what happens when the ones in power abuse it for their own benefit, something that’s also in the real world in the form of corrupt governments. Scythe not only delivers a story with a fabulous plot, but a stellar theme.
Egypt is underrated. It’s got sand, gold, pharaohs, and the Red Pyramid by Rick Riordan. When I started reading the book, I wasn’t really that interested, since the idea of Egyptian gods and monsters never really appealed to me. But, I decided to give it a shot since it’s a Rick Riordan book, so it had to be good. And boy, was I right. The book is about two siblings, Carter and Sadie Kane, whose dad just unleashed 5 Egyptian gods into the world, including the evil god Set, who’s currently dead set on destroying the North American continent. Now, Carter and Sadie have to stop him. On the way, they learn about Egypt’s rich mythology, like about how the last 5 days of the year were created, and how gods live in the mortal world. The two siblings also learn magic, and meet Egypt’s House of Life, a group of Egyptian magicians spread all around the globe. Over the course of the book, Carter andSadie, who originally were split up after their mother’s death, come to bond and care about each other. Of course, no Rick Riordan book would be complete without a significant dose of humor, and the jokes in this book don’t disappoint. For any fan of magic, gods, and cats, this is nothing less than a slice of heaven.
Since Disney released their film adaptation of Artemis Fowl, I thought it was finally time to do what I’ve been postponing since fourth grade and complete Artemis Fowl. To put it simply, Artemis Fowl is Ocean’s Eleven with fairies. Artemis Fowl, a 12-year old criminal mastermind, has somehow managed to anger a band of fairies. No, not Tinkerbell-style pixies. These fairies are technologically advanced and also wield magic. When Artemis kidnaps a fairy in exchange for gold, he ends up under siege, resulting in an attack from a dwarf, a troll, an atomic bomb that only destroys life, and much, much more. At the center of it all is Artemis, trying to restore the family fortune. Through his schemes and manipulation, Artemis not only finds out about the fairy world, but deciphers their language and beats some of their own technology. To sum it up Artemis Fowl introduces us to interesting characters, high stakes and a world underneath our feet, full of chaos, wonder, and mystery.