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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…

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…

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…

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…

Delirium by Lauren Oliver
Dystopia , Romance , Series , Young Adult / December 13, 2017

Lauren Oliver sets Delirium in the future where love has been declared a dangerous disease, which needs to be cured and eradicated. The government decides everything: they choose jobs, partners, your life, and you get no say involving any of these decisions. The government taps all phones, always looking for the same thing: “Sympathizers,” “Invalids,” and love. Sympathizers are people who believe in love and Invalids are those who believe in love as well, but who defy the government and live in the Wilds. A treatment is enforced for everyone who reaches the age of eighteen to have a procedure called the “Cure.” The procedure will take any feelings of love away. The main character and narrator, Lena Haloway only has ninety-five days left until her treatment, until she is given the cure; then she meets Alex, a boy from the “Wilds”, living under the government’s radar and then everything changes. Lena has had to watch love destroy her mother, and she isn’t about to make the same mistake her mother made. She starts out as a perfect citizen who follows the rules, before slowly turning into a rebel, basically defying the government. She is told from a young age…

The Scorch Trials by James Dasher

[MAZE RUNNER SPOILERS AHEAD] The second book of The Maze Runner Series, The Scorch Trials, by James Dashner has a theme of survival. WICKED (World In Catastrophe: Killzone Experiment Department) is manipulating teenagers after taking them from their families to test their abilities. In the previous book, The Maze Runner, Thomas and the other captive teenagers cannot remember anything that happened before they entered the Glade, a location where they were sent to fight for survival.  The Gladers hope to have freedom after the chaos from fighting the Grievers, monsters that live in a maze to serve as obstacles for the Gladers. Through the adversities they face, the Gladers have been encouraged by the thought of freedom, which eventually leads to the success of finishing the maze. Upon their escape, they are “saved” by a group of adults who are really part if WICKED.  They think they are free, but that isn’t the case. Then the The Scorch Trials begins. The Scorch, a location where the story takes place, is between the tropics, which is far north of the Aspen, a building where WICKED does testing on kids. This Scorch is a very humid and dangerous place that has Cranks,…

The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood
Dystopia / May 4, 2017

Pushing back the curtain on a possible and futuristic lack of feminism, Margaret Atwood has created a novel knit with fear, dread, and sadness: The Handmaid’s Tale. Through this dark literature, there is a toughness and a light: a human perseverance. The year is set some time in the future, though not necessarily terribly far in the future. Atwood alludes to a societal collapse, wherein women are stripped of their control and their rights, and men become the embodiment of power. There are camps where women can be shipped off to if they do not abide by these societal rules, where they are worked to death.  Outside the camps, each woman’s assignment is strictly observed and leaves no room for joy. Women in this time frame are categorized and placed in groups by specific uses in society. The Handmaids are young women whose goals are to be fertile. Each Handmaid is assigned to a home, where their job is to conceive and birth a baby for the Commander and his Wife. The Aunts care for the Handmaids and see to it that they are healthy enough to become pregnant, and the Marthas are house servants. These terrifying rules are enforced…