|Many of my books are still in boxes from moving over New Year's, so Maze Runner is not pictured here.|
Books and movies are two of my favorite forms of entertainment. Although a movie, by nature, can't provide the same level of depth as a book, they do provide a visual treat - carving beloved characters from between the pages.
Here are three sci-fi books with movies coming out this year.
1) Maze Runner: The Death Cure by James Dashner (Movie released January 26th)
The Death Cure is the final book in the series. However, the story has continued with two prequels (the most recent released in 2016). As for the movies, this year's is reported to be the last Maze Runner film. They've been well-done and entertaining. However, I can't compare them to the books because the books are still on my to-be-read pile. One day... one day...
WICKED has taken everything from Thomas: his life, his memories, and now his only friends—the Gladers. But it’s finally over. The trials are complete, after one final test.
What WICKED doesn’t know is that Thomas remembers far more than they think. And it’s enough to prove that he can’t believe a word of what they say.
Thomas beat the Maze. He survived the Scorch. He’ll risk anything to save his friends. But the truth might be what ends it all.
The time for lies is over.
2) A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L'Engle (Movie releasing March 9th)
A Wrinkle in Time is an award-winning, classic tale of good vs evil combining science fiction and fantasy, physics and Shakespear. Fun fact #1: This book is the origin of the opening line, "It was a dark and stormy night." Fun fact #2: Author Madeleine L'Engle came up with the idea for "A Wrinkle in Time" after reading about particle physics and quantum mechanics (you can read more in the interview transcript on Scholastic's website here). The interesting thing about quantum mechanics is that the underlying math is based on probability theory. Naturally providing for lots of writing possibilities with spooky science.
It was a dark and stormy night; Meg Murry, her small brother Charles Wallace, and her mother had come down to the kitchen for a midnight snack when they were upset by the arrival of a most disturbing stranger.
"Wild nights are my glory," the unearthly stranger told them. "I just got caught in a downdraft and blown off course. Let me sit down for a moment, and then I'll be on my way. Speaking of ways, by the way, there is such a thing as a tesseract."
A tesseract (in case the reader doesn't know) is a wrinkle in time. To tell more would rob the reader of the enjoyment of Miss L'Engle's unusual book. A Wrinkle in Time, winner of the Newbery Medal in 1963, is the story of the adventures in space and time of Meg, Charles Wallace, and Calvin O'Keefe (athlete, student, and one of the most popular boys in high school). They are in search of Meg's father, a scientist who disappeared while engaged in secret work for the government on the tesseract problem.
3) Mortal Engines by Philip Reeve (Moving releasing December 14th)
Mortal Engines delivers a dystopian steampunk adventure where cities are mobile and little is known or understood about our present existence and technology. Interestingly, the book's opening line brings to mind A Wrinkle in Time: "It was a dark, blustery afternoon in spring, and the city of London was chasing a small mining town across the dried-out bed of the old North Sea."
London is hunting again. Emerging from its hiding place in the hills, the great Traction City is chasing a terrified little town across the wastelands. Soon, London will feed.
In the attack, Tom Natsworthy is flung from the speeding city with a murderous scar-faced girl. They must run for their lives through the wreckage -- and face a terrifying new weapon that threatens the future of the world.