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Legend by Marie Lu

In a dystopian world where the United States has been split into two warring halves, one half, known as The Republic, holds trials for their people to see how much use they can be. June Iparis and Day are the only two people to have ever gotten perfect trial scores of 1500, although one is revered as a prodigy, while the other is the nation’s most wanted criminal. Day, a poor boy from the slums, was thought to have failed his trial and been left for dead, after his perfect score was recorded experiments were undertaken on his body and in the process he was believed to have been dead. He now lives his life on the streets, creating trouble for government with his companion Tess. June Iparis was the other person to get a perfect trial score, but instead of being left for dead, she was taken in as a genius and given the choice for her to do whatever she wants. One of her first missions was to track down Day, for he was believed to have killed her brother. Oonce their paths cross, we find out that there is more than meets the eye to the republic…

The Revenant

The Revenant, by Michael Punke, is a fictional tale based on the real life account of Hugh Glass, a trapper who was attacked by a grizzly bear and then left for dead by the men who had been left to care for him. This story is extremely gripping from the explosive opening moments until the very last page. Throughout the novel the reader is practically swept up into the action. Not only are the men in The Revenant struggling with each other, but Nature herself has a huge role in this survival tale. This would have been a five star read except for the ridiculously unsatisfactory conclusion. It felt like The Revenant suddenly turned from a survival/revenge story into a tame morality play. Without saying too much, the film’s ending was significantly better than that of the novel. In the afterward, the author Michael Punke explains that many of the moments in his book are in fact fiction. The bulk of the dramatic events surrounding Glass and his fellow trappers are however true, and sometimes so horrific it is easier to believe they are fabricated. He endured within a year what no man should have to experience in a lifetime….

Life of Pi by Yann Martel

The book Life of Pi by Yann Martel tells a story of a young man who was on his way to Canada onboard a cargo ship named Tsimtsum with his family. While carrying dozens of passengers and wild zoo animals, the ship unexpectedly sinks, leaving Pi and a few animals as the only survivors stranded on a single lifeboat. One of these animals includes a bengal tiger, named Richard Parker. Knowing that his whole family is gone and his life is at risk, Pi has to figure out how he can survive with minimal materials and lack of hope. He learns to live alongside a tiger and manages to keep them both alive for many months until they finally end up on the coast of Mexico. He encounters many situations of hopelessness and times of absolute fear, yet he has only one goal in mind- to survive. I really enjoyed reading this book for many reasons; one reason being that the story it tells is unimaginable and even after reading the book, I don’t understand how a young man can be given so many obstacles and still manage to survive, while stranded in the middle of the ocean. I think…

City of Ember by Jeanne DuPrau

In The City of Ember by Jeanne DuPrau, Lina Mayfleet lives in the city of ember. A long time ago, the creators of the city sent them there, and nobody knows why. The first few decades, everything was going fine. They had electricity, lots of food, and lots of lightbulbs. However, as the years pass, quality of life in the city begins to decrease – they are running out light bulbs, the river generator is starting to not work, causing citywide blackouts every so often, and the mayor himself is hoarding food and other essentials as they begin to run out. However, Doon Harrow has a plan. He thinks he can fix the generator, and make everything right again. However, when he realizes he can’t even get close without being caught, he gets worried. One day, Lina finds a torn up piece of paper with the words “Instruction for Egress” written at the top. The rest of it is almost unreadable, so she has to work with Doon to find out what it means. Doon sees this as his chance to become a hero, and they go through many roadblocks and problems on their journey. This was an extremely riveting…

Looking for Alaska by John Green

The novel Looking for Alaska by John Green tells a story of a mainstream teenage boy, Miles Halter, and his adventures into what he believes is the unknown. Miles wants to explore something new in order to expand his experiences from his routine-like life. Culver Creek is the perfect escape for him. At his new boarding school, Miles quickly befriends his roomate, Chip Martin, or whom everyone called, The Colonel. Miles also receives a new nickname, Pudge, which he would soon identify to more than Miles. What really grabs his attention, though, is Alaska Young. Alaska is a short girl with blond hair, curvy body, and a curious personality. Alaska teaches Miles all there is to life, and how to make the most of it while you are here. She changes Miles introverted personality into one that is exciting and willing to take risks for the ones you love. These three friends encounter a lifetime of experiences all in their junior year. They pull pranks on their vicious dean, The Eagle, and smoke in their dorm rooms while getting drunk. But, what started as fun and risky, ends in a complete catastrophe that shakes all of Culver Creek to the…

Everyday by David Levithan

Everyday a different body. Everyday a different life. Everyday the same love. In the book Everyday by David Levithan, the main character is named “A.” Its life is extraordinary compared to the rest of his surroundings. Everyday, “A” wakes up in a different body. Because “A” occupies a variety of bodies day after day, it always wakes up in a different location within a 2-to-3 hour radius. “A”  has never had the experience to be in a person’s body for more than 24 hours, and this is a challenge.  From the start, “A” claims that its life had been like this from when it was born, and it cannot even recall who its parents are. How would you feel if you were in “A’s” position? Waking up each day knowing your existence is going to be like this for the rest of your life. One day, “A” wakes up in the body of a boy named Justin. “A” expects this day to be like any other day, but he is wrong. That evening “A” meets a girl, Rhiannon. “A” never thought that he would ever feel love, but for the first time in his life he does. Though he just met this girl, he has found…

Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials by James Dashner

Review by Dan R. Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials takes the concept of survival to a completely different level as this novel contains an even more thrilling and deadly adventure than its predecessor. The obstacles that the group of guys faced while they were in the maze were so scary that it would have taken them a miracle to get out of the maze alive and they did. Now, in an outdoor environment, the group of boys called the Gladers are now bearing witness to the aftermath of our solar system’s sun as they must traverse a city filled with even more terrifying obstacles than in the maze. This novel also has very deep plot twists that can change the way one would think about this book. James Dashner has done this to grab the reader’s attention and to intensify their curiosity, meaning it makes the reader want to absorb everything and completely understand the whole story. The second Maze Runner book does an amazing job with grabbing the reader’s attention and making the audience want to enjoy this mind blowing adventure that takes the concept of survival and friendship to a completely different level. I would recommend this book…

Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand, Review by Tristan H.

In a breathtaking adventure, Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand, exploits the challenges some soldiers experienced during World War II. Unbroken is set in the time of World War II, following Louis Zamperini, a former Olympic long distance runner turned bombardier. Hillenbrand manages to put together a story full of pain and sadness, and still make an amazing story. What’s even more fascinating, Unbroken is a true book–Louis Zamperini is a real person who has been through all of the scenes. An important theme in Unbroken is resilience. Louis Zamperini has shown constantly throughout the book that he is a resilient person. For example, despite having cracked ribs and bleeding in pain from getting ganged up on by other runners, he managed to crush the original NCAA Championship record (1,609 meter run) at 4:20, he ran a 4:08.3. After all this, he had only missed the WORLD record by 1.9 seconds. However his run and finish would stand as the NCAA record for nearly 15 years. Despite being injured during the race, he had one of the most stellar performances in a long distance run, ever. Another example of resilience is when Louis is captured by the Japanese Navy, and he was…

The Cinder Series, Review by Payton C.

The Cinder Series by Marissa Meyer It is 500 years in the future and all the countries have finally stopped fighting and everyone on Earth was allies with each other. By reading that, you’re probably thinking, “oh wow, this book sounds super peaceful then!” Wrong. Instead of fighting with each other, all Earthens now have a new enemy: the people on the moon, known as Lunars. The Lunars are controlled by their psychotic ruler, Queen Levana. Although she’s beyond ruthless, they adore her. This is because she is able to change the biochemistry wave lengths, forcing everyone around her to see an absolute gorgeous woman and causing them to think she is perfect. Then there is Cinder. She is a cyborg who lives on Earth with her horrid step mother. She believes she will never be anything more than an outcast and a poor mechanic. However, as time goes, Cinder learns she is so much more than she ever thought she was. Can Cinder be the only one standing in Queen Levana’s way to taking over the world? Cinder, by Marissa Meyer, takes a spin on the classic Cinderella story, and incorporates sci-fi, more romance, and parts that are just…

Me Before You by Jojo Moyes

Louisa Clark’s horizons extend to the Buttered Bun, the Job Center, and back home, and even that’s a stretch. She has barely been farther afield than the neighboring town, and that was simply because the grocery mart was having a sale. Her life is simple: steady job, steady boyfriend, close family. Until the Buttered Bun, the café at which she works, closes, putting Lou out of a job. Her family relies on her income, and the consequences of losing her job are disastrous. So, she takes a well-needed job to be the caretaker of once “king-of-the-world,” Will Traynor. He was badly hurt in an accident and is now paralyzed from the neck down. Before his accident, he was an adventurous millionaire: big deals, extreme sports, and world travel were his forté. Now, however, he broods in the annex of his parent’s house. Louisa is determined to see Will smile, and soon his happiness becomes the key to her heart. When Lou discovers that Will’s hope was gone long before she arrived, she sets out to change his mind. The outstanding lesson of this book is to not limit yourself and your capabilities. Louisa has set in her mind that she…