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It's a Cold, Cold World Out There...

by Alexandra May - 1 Comment(s)



Imagine a cold, bleak world, where the normally lush vegetation is now brown and leafless. The deserted city streets are covered in a grimy brown substance and the few who are brave enough to venture outside appear distorted and lumpy in their weird protective coverings.

Brutal Post – Apocalypse or just another Calgary winter?

It’s hard to tell the difference sometimes, which is why I thought its a perfect time to highlight some of the many post-apocalyptic YA books that have been published recently.

The three books below have all been published within the last five years and I’ve stayed away from the hyper-popular series like the Hunger Games, Forest of Hands and Teeth, and the Uglies. Those are all important books in the genre, but holy smokes I feel like we've talked about them a lot recently. If you haven’t read them, and your a fan of the genre, then go get 'em! But if you've already read them, hopefully the books below are new for you.



Bernard Beckett


In Genesis, author Bernard Beckett uses a "question and answer" form that is similar to the way Plato wrote his classic The Republic. Beckett's story takes place in 2075 on an isolated Island that was spared from the cataclysms that ravaged the rest of the world. The people on the island survived because of the cunning inventions of a guy named... ready for it? Plato. We follow along with Anax as she takes her exam to be admitted into the Government's elite Academy. The subject of the exam is Adam Forde, a guard who had broken the uber-controlling society’s rules. We learn of the fall-out of his free-thinking, and; similarly to Aldus Huxley’s classic dystopia Brave New World, the exam slowly reveals the sinister secrets of the Academy as well as the connections between Anax and Adam Forde.


Life as We Knew It

Susan Beth Pfeffer


Life as We Knew It is the first in a series of three books where readers view what may be the end of the world through the diary entries of a 16 year old girl. We follow along as Miranda goes from being a fairly regular 16 year old girl in Pennsylvania to a survivor of some of the worst environmental catastrophes in human history. It all starts when a meteor collides with the Moon and lurches into a closer orbit to Earth, setting off every kind of natural disaster you could imagine. Miranda, her Mother, Brother and best friend fair better than most, but are confronted with a grim future that may, or may not be worth struggling to see.


The other side of the Island

Allegra Goodman


The other Side of the Island is similar to Genesis in that it's set on an island of survivors under the watchful eye of a power hungry, my-way-or-the-highway kind of government. This time society takes its orders from “Earth Mother”, the head of a corporation who controls everything from the weather and sunsets to the music that people listen to. We follow Honor, a girl who just wants to fit in and follow the rules. Unfortunately (for her), Honor’s parents are more rebellious than she would like and constantly oppose the social conventions forced upon them. This doesn’t sit well with the corporation (or Honor really) and eventually they are arrested. Her parents' disappearance forces Honor to set out on a search to the other side of the Island to find her family and the sinister secrets of the corporation.





Local teen bands to check out!

by Alexandra May - 0 Comment(s)

This is my first time posting on the teen blog, and as a way of letting you know what I'm about, I'm going to write about something that I'm really interested in.

I’ve been helping out with all ages music shows in Calgary for a while now, and thought that I would share some of my favorite local-under-18 bands. This is a only a small selection of teen bands who play in Calgary and if I don’t mention your favorite, or a band you play in, then message me with the myspace link and let me know what I’m missing out on.

For those of you who already go to all-ages shows, I'm really looking forward to hearing who your favorite under -18 bands are.

And for those of you who have never been to an all ages show, then holy smokes, welcome to your cheat-sheet of rad, all-ages live music in Calgary.

Most of these guys (and gal) play shows pretty regularly and probably have something coming up in the near future, check the myspace links for tracks, updates and show postings.

Disclaimer: This list is in no particular order.

Faux Fur

Jean Sebastien (brains behind Faux Fur / Priests and countless other projects that he is probably cooking up somewhere) is totally hustling right now. He plays a ton of shows, releases a ton of material and even has his own label called Yew Nork records .

Kumon Plaza

Whoa dance party! Dylan makes electronic music that gets people clapping, dancing and remembering how much they loved that old Legend of Zelda soundtrack. He is from Edmonton, but plays in Calgary a lot and is building a big group of fans down here.

Julianna Hindemith

Juliana makes super nice acoustic songs and has a great stage presence, complete with her epic rock-chick-hair-flips. If you’re into folksy acoustic vibes, she is one to check out for sure.

Cartoon Violence

A favorite young Calgary band, these guys are really fun live and are super messy and loud. It looks like their myspace hasn’t been touched in a while, but if you see their name on a poster just go to the show!

Here on the Sun

OK I’ll admit it. I love the Harmonica. Plus, any band who’s name makes HOTS as an acronym, has got something figured out. They’re playing a show on the 8th of October that should be awesome.