Thursday, January 11, 2018

Read It before You See It

by Mark Skinner, East Ensley Branch Library

There is a wide array of book-turned-movie adaptions set to be released in 2018. Instead of frantically searching the internet for movie spoilers, you should stop by the library to get a head start on other movie goers. Here are five great books that will be in theaters in March, giving you plenty of time to finish the book before the movie is released.

Annihilation – In theaters February 23
Area X has been cut off from the rest of the continent for decades. After eleven unsuccessful expeditions to survey the area most of which ended in the death of every team member, the twelfth expedition is ready to go. The group is made up of an anthropologist, a surveyor, a psychologist, and a biologist. Their mission is to map the terrain, collect specimens, record all their observations, and, above all, avoid being contaminated. They arrive expecting the unexpected, and Area X delivers. They discover a massive topographic anomaly and life forms beyond understanding, but it's the surprises that came across the border with them and the secrets the expedition members are keeping from one another that change everything. Annihilation is the first of the Southern Reach trilogy by Jeff VanderMeer.

Red Sparrow – In theaters March 2
Drafted against her will to serve the regime of Vladimir Putin as an intelligence seductress, Dominika Egorova engages in a charged effort of deception and tradecraft with first-tour CIA officer Nathaniel Nash before a forbidden attraction threatens their careers. Red Sparrow is the first of a trilogy by Jason Matthews.

A Wrinkle in Time – In theaters March 9
Meg Murray, her little brother Charles Wallace, and their mother are having a midnight snack on a dark and stormy night when an unearthly stranger appears at their door. He claims to have been blown off course, and goes on to tell them that there is such a thing as a "tesseract," which, if you didn't know, is a wrinkle in time. Meg's father had been experimenting with time-travel when he suddenly disappeared. Will Meg, Charles Wallace, and their friend Calvin outwit the forces of evil as they search through space for their father? A Wrinkle in Time is a well-loved classic and 1963 Newbery Medal winner by Madeleine L'Engles.

Love, Simon – In theaters March 16
Love, Simon is based on Becky Albertalli’s debut novel, Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda. Sixteen-year-old and not-so-openly gay Simon Spier prefers to save his drama for the school musical. But when an email falls into the wrong hands, his secret is at risk of being thrust into the spotlight. Now change-averse Simon has to find a way to step out of his comfort zone before he's pushed out—without alienating his friends, compromising himself, or fumbling a shot at happiness with the most confusing, adorable guy he's never met. It is an incredibly funny, poignant, twenty-first-century coming-of-age, coming out story—wrapped in a geek romance.

Ready Player One – In theaters March 30
In the year 2045, reality is an ugly place. The only time teenage Wade Watts really feels alive is when he's jacked into the virtual utopia known as the OASIS. Wade's devoted his life to studying the puzzles hidden within this world's digital confines—puzzles that are based on their creator's obsession with the pop culture of decades past and that promise massive power and fortune to whoever can unlock them. But when Wade stumbles upon the first clue, he finds himself beset by players willing to kill to take this ultimate prize. The race is on, and if Wade's going to survive, he'll have to win—and confront the real world he's always been so desperate to escape. Ready Player One was the debut novel of Ernest Cline.

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