Top 5 Wednesday – January 18th

Hello all and welcome to another week of Top 5 Wednesday. This weeks top 5 is your favourite polarising books.

For me, I tend to stay away from polarising books as I tend to go into them biased which I never try to do. That said, I do have a few books that I do enjoy that people seem to either love or hate. Some of them are for the memories associated with them and others are because I did enjoy them. My top 5 favourite polarising books are in no particular order.

  1. Twilight Saga by Stephanie Meyer

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About three things I was absolutely positive.

First, Edward was a vampire.

Second, there was a part of him—and I didn’t know how dominant that part might be—that thirsted for my blood.

And third, I was unconditionally and irrevocably in love with him.

In the first book of the Twilight Saga, internationally bestselling author Stephenie Meyer introduces Bella Swan and Edward Cullen, a pair of star-crossed lovers whose forbidden relationship ripens against the backdrop of small-town suspicion and a mysterious coven of vampires. This is a love story with bite.

Summary from Goodreads.

Probably one of the most, if not the most polarising books ever. For me I do enjoy it, mainly because it was my first real venture into YA. Also, my best friend at the time took me to see it for her 10th birthday and I just have amazing memories of this book series. Staying up until 10pm reading it (when you are meant to go to bed at 7:30pm, that was really late for me okay); discussing whether I was team Edward or team Jacob (team Jacob all the way) and just enjoying the last pre-teen years before high school happened.

  1. Ender’s Game Quintet by Orson Scott Card

375802Andrew “Ender” Wiggin thinks he is playing computer simulated war games; he is, in fact, engaged in something far more desperate. The result of genetic experimentation, Ender may be the military genius Earth desperately needs in a war against an alien enemy seeking to destroy all human life. The only way to find out is to throw Ender into ever harsher training, to chip away and find the diamond inside, or destroy him utterly. Ender Wiggin is six years old when it begins. He will grow up fast.

But Ender is not the only result of the experiment. The war with the Buggers has been raging for a hundred years, and the quest for the perfect general has been underway almost as long. Ender’s two older siblings, Peter and Valentine, are every bit as unusual as he is, but in very different ways. While Peter was too uncontrollably violent, Valentine very nearly lacks the capability for violence altogether. Neither was found suitable for the military’s purpose. But they are driven by their jealousy of Ender, and by their inbred drive for power. Peter seeks to control the political process, to become a ruler. Valentine’s abilities turn more toward the subtle control of the beliefs of commoner and elite alike, through powerfully convincing essays. Hiding their youth and identities behind the anonymity of the computer networks, these two begin working together to shape the destiny of Earth-an Earth that has no future at all if their brother Ender fails.

Summary from Goodreads.

This is one of my favourite series ever. The first book in this series, most people seem to enjoy, but when you read Speaker For The Dead, opinions start to diverge. For me, I enjoy the path that this series takes, instead of becoming a common science fiction novel with space battle, it decides to take a more philosophical approach and make you question why you think that way you do. It very plainly explains how to overcome diversity in humanity with using aliens as the replacement for the minorities. The third book, Xenocide, explores what would happen if you had an impossible choice that either options ends up killing someone. The fourth and final book, Children Of The Mind, adds in artificial intelligence and what would you do to save a planet.

  1. The Red Pyramid by Rick Riordan

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Since their mother’s death, Carter and Sadie have become near strangers. While Sadie has lived with her grandparents in London, her brother has traveled the world with their father, the brilliant Egyptologist, Dr. Julius Kane. 

One night, Dr. Kane brings the siblings together for a “research experiment” at the British Museum, where he hopes to set things right for his family. Instead, he unleashes the Egyptian god Set, who banishes him to oblivion and forces the children to flee for their lives. 

Soon, Sadie and Carter discover that the gods of Egypt are waking, and the worst of them —Set— has his sights on the Kanes. To stop him, the siblings embark on a dangerous journey across the globe – a quest that brings them ever closer to the truth about their family and their links to a secret order that has existed since the time of the pharaohs.

Summary from Goodreads.

This one is probably the least polarising book on this list, but with the people in the Rick Riordan family, the Kane Chronicles is the one that they seem to collectively like the least. Now for me, it is probably my favourite series (with the Heros Of Olympus being a very close second). Egyptian mythology was the first of the mythology’s I was introduced to. I remember sitting in the library as a 9 year old and reading a constant stream of books around Egyptian mythology. My school library even had a special book case dedicated to them! To say that whenever I had library time in primary school, I was alway in the same place, reading exactly the same book. So for me, yes the writing may not be his best, but with my preference for Egyptian mythology over any of the others, this is by far my favourite series that Riordan has written.

  1. The Dark Knight Returns by Frank Miller

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This masterpiece of modern comics storytelling brings to vivid life a dark world and an even darker man. Together with inker Klaus Janson and colorist Lynn Varley, writer/artist Frank Miller completely reinvents the legend of Batman in his saga of a near-future Gotham City gone to rot, ten years after the Dark Knight’s retirement.

Crime runs rampant in the streets, and the man who was Batman is still tortured by the memories of his parents’ murders. As civil society crumbles around him, Bruce Wayne’s long-suppressed vigilante side finally breaks free of its self-imposed shackles.

The Dark Knight returns in a blaze of fury, taking on a whole new generation of criminals and matching their level of violence. He is soon joined by this generation’s Robin—a girl named Carrie Kelley, who proves to be just as invaluable as her predecessors.

But can Batman and Robin deal with the threat posed by their deadliest enemies, after years of incarceration have made them into perfect psychopaths? And more important, can anyone survive the coming fallout of an undeclared war between the superpowers—or a clash of what were once the world’s greatest superheroes?

Over fifteen years after its debut, Batman: The Dark Knight Returnsremains an undisputed classic and one of the most influential stories ever told in the comics medium.

Collecting Batman: The Dark Knight Returns #1-4

Summary from Goodreads.

Read my review of The Dark Knight Returns here.

Back when this was released in 1986, it was such a change from the way that comic books were written that it became a must-read for any comic book fan. Nowadays, it is still a must read, but since we now have more comic books that are produced in this vein, it is not as shocking as it originally was. Nowadays, most people who read it for the first time complain about the writing style, which I agree with to a point, but you do need to remember what this did for the comic book genre.

  1. The Long Way To A Small, Angry Planet by Becky Chambers

The Long Way To A Small Angry Planet

Somewhere within our crowded sky, a crew of wormhole builders hops from planet to planet, on their way to the job of a lifetime. To the galaxy at large, humanity is a minor species, and one patched-up construction vessel is a mere speck on the starchart. This is an everyday sort of ship, just trying to get from here to there. 

But all voyages leave their mark, and even the most ordinary of people have stories worth telling. A young Martian woman, hoping the vastness of space will put some distance between herself and the life she‘s left behind. An alien pilot, navigating life without her own kind. A pacifist captain, awaiting the return of a loved one at war. 

Set against a backdrop of curious cultures and distant worlds, this episodic tale weaves together the adventures of nine eclectic characters, each on a journey of their own.

Summary from Goodreads.

Read my review of The Long Way To A Small, Angry Planet here.

The cover drew me in, I stayed for the amazing story. This book made me realise that I was starting to enjoy more ‘hard science-fiction’ and moving away from the young adult section of the library; also I want this cover as a poster on my wall ASAP!

So those are my top 5 polarising books that I enjoy! Are you doing Top 5 Wednesday? If so link to your post in the comments! It is always interesting how different everyone’s tastes are! Click here to go to the Goodreads page for Top 5 Wednesday and click here to go to my archive page for all of my Top 5 Wednesday posts.

Until next Wednesday, Danielle.

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