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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…

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 Walking Dead by Robert Kirkman

The Walking Dead is a book about survival and humanity. With people having the freedom to do whatever they want, and almost if not all laws are completely disbanded. It takes place originally in Atlanta, with a Deputy town sheriff named Rick, his wife Lori, and his son, Carl.  An unspecified virus caused a plague in the world that slowly killed it’s human host then reanimates their corpsed. After this apocalypse, this family must brawl through one tragedy after another, barely staying sane and alive.  Life just went from tolerable to a living-dead nightmare. The cast of this story often goes through a constant cycle of emotional turbulence. Now Rick and his gang have made home in an abandoned prison, and  I can certainly tell that a lot of characters are going to die.  No matter whether we hated them or loved them. There seems to be a sort of “cause and effect” loop going on with the characters. Quite a few times, when a character who was loved by other characters dies, the ones who were close to him/her, fall into a state of depression and rapidly fall in love with another character trying to comfort him/her. Since this…

The Fifth Wave – Rick Yancey

In the book The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey, humanity has been set into panic mode. They came from the sky with one goal in mind, eradicate all of the humans.  The world is no longer what it was before the others came: it has become kill or be killed. The others are among the humans hiding deep within them, rooted all the way down to their soul.  Over the span of four months, ninety-seven percent of humanity has been terminated, so it’s up to the remaining survivors to ensure the existence of the human race.  When reading this book, you follow a temporarily lone survivor named Cassie as she takes on the treacherous task of finding her brother, the only family she has left after the invasion.  Over her journey, she encounters some rather uncanny things.  For example, “There was this, like, permanent, creepy smile, cracked lips pulled back from bleeding gums, her teeth stained with blood . . . And then my mother died in a fury of jerks and gargled screams, her uninvited guests rocketing out of every orifice”(Yancey 52).  Cassie isn’t the only one on a personal mission.  As the book progresses, the view shifts from…

The Road – Cormac McCarthy
Action and Adventure , Drama , Post-Apocalyptic / February 11, 2016

  In the book The Road, the author, Cormac McCarthy, tells the story about how a father and a son need to survive in an altered and post apocalyptic world. This world is limited of people and buildings, as well as necessities needed to survive. McCarthy expresses how love and companionship motivate people to put their bodies on the line for each other. Everyday, the father and son starve and try to find any food. Constantly, they try to keep their minds off of one thing, death. Most of the time during the day, they are traveling on a road. This road leads the father and son to either help and success or failure and conflict. While traveling, the father and son have to overcome anything they may face both mentally and physically. One problem they constantly worry about is other people. To see or find people in this world is extremely rare, especially those who are still alive. The father and son worry that if they come across anyone, that their lives may be at risk.  When they do see or find other people, the boy asks his father, “Is it the bad guys? They could be the good…