You've lived your whole life in peace and safety. You think your future is all mapped out. But then something goes horribly wrong. You have to start running. And suddenly your world will never be the same again. For seventeen-year-old Cheney, life on earth exists only in history books...
On the cold and inhospitable planet of Zyrgon, in a galaxy light years away, X's father wins the state lottery for the 27th time in a row. His 12-year-old daughter knows that he will be severely punished so she decides to buy a spaceship and take the whole family to Earth.
GENRE: Science Fiction. SERIES: Maximum Ride, Book 1. Max Ride and her best friends are running for their lives. They have amazing powers and the ability to fly. But they don't know where they come from, who's hunting them, why they are different from all other humans and if they're meant to save mankind or destroy it.
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The Dervish House, Ian MacDonald MacDonald's books are all wonderfully written. The story is set in Istanbul (not Constantinople) (sorry) with engaging characters and a not-too-complicated techie plot.
A gentle introduction to Science Fiction Fantasy. I picked this for my book club. Premise: What if our weather is controlled by those with special abilities to decrease the risk to human life. These special people have control over water, wind, fire and earth. Members were initially skeptical, but ended up loving it. Several have read the whole series now. It's not over the top, but quite a nice way to start reading SF fantasy.