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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…

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…

Life, the Universe and Everything
Action and Adventure , Comedy , Sci-Fi , War / November 6, 2017

In the story Life, the Universe and Everything, by Douglas Adams, the main conflict of the story are the robots threatening to destroy the Three Pillars recreating the Krikkit wars. The story Follows Arthur Dent, Ford Perfect, and Slartibartfast as they rummage to find what the robots are going to do next. The robots end up going to earth and stealing the ashes of the cricket stump. They also Pillage the ship Heart of Gold and take the core of the ship. This would end up releasing the people of Krikkit remaking the Krikkit wars, which was a whole galaxy fighting against Krikkit. The author chose to write Life, the Universe and Everything because of all the ideas that he had. The books this author writes are usually funny with twists. Reading them gives a feel on the universe and how the aliens around earth are much more powerful than we are, but also a lot more goofy. Overall, Douglas Adams wrote this book for his readers to unwind and have a fun time while reading, while at the same time exploring deep scientific and philosophical questions . Life, the Universe and Everything is the shortest book in the series,…

Armada by Ernest Cline – Benjamin Z.
Action and Adventure , Sci-Fi , Young Adult / November 3, 2017

Armada by Ernest Cline – Drones from another planet invade Earth. Sounds interesting, right? Well, the invading drones happen to look just like the drones in a video game. Zack Lightman, the protagonist, happens to catch a glimpse of a drone in his first period class. Zack is a typical teen gamer – he gets home from school, and immediately starts playing Armada, a video game, with his friends. Ever since it came out, he has been playing, and he is now ranked 6th in the world. His father died of a factory accident when he was a baby. Zack never really got to know his father, but still feels like he is a part of their family. One day, a spaceship from the moon flies to his school, and enlists him in the Earth Defense Alliance to protect Earth from the invading drones. Along with many other people who are very good at the game, he controls a drone to try and stop the incoming drone invasion from another planet. “They’re about to tell us the world is ending, you realize?” (Cline, 117). One of Zack’s friends realizes what they were brought together to do. I thought this book…

Dune by Frank Herbert
Action and Adventure , Mystery , Sci-Fi , Series / October 25, 2017

In the book Dune by Frank Herbert, the Atreides House has been condemned to death. Far in the future in the vast nothingness of space lies the planet Arrakis, seemingly desolate, being a desert planet. The planet, now in control of the Atreides, is where the abominable Harkonnen House used to reside, however remnants of their deadly rule still remain. The Atreides House, being elegant and extremely pensive within almost everything, are hated by the Harkonnens, being brutal and savage. Tribulation echos throughout time. Blood will be spilled.  Soon the only people left to fight the rest of the Harkonnens on Arrakis will be the people under Muad’dib, a transcendent being who sees what cannot be seen by others, the one who can see the flow of time. His banner will rage throughout the void known as space, leaving death and destruction in its wake; the people of the desert planet go from friend to complete worshipper as they throw themselves into battle in his name. That is what he, the Muad’dib, sees. People on Arrakis are killed only for one mind-bending substance, the spice. The spice controls all, destroy it you may kill a tremendous amount of people, keep…

Empty by Suzanne Weyn
Drama , Realistic Fiction , Sci-Fi , Young Adult / March 29, 2017

Empty by Suzanne Weyn is a story that takes place in the future, a future that is not too far away from now. Many of the nonrenewable resources are running out, like oil, natural gas and coal. Wars are happening  because countries are fighting for the resources, people are panicking because the price of power and gas are going up like crazy, and people are losing jobs because the stock market crashed. In this story, the main character, Gwen Jones, lives with her brother, Luke Jones. Gwen attends high school and Luke earns income on the black market by buying and selling gasoline to support the family. Gwen and Luke’s mother left them when they was young, therefore Luke is the only financial support for the family; Gwen and Luke’s father was never a part of their life. Luke knows where to get gasoline when most of the gas stations are closed. However, he illegally stores the gasoline in all types of containers in their garage, which eventually causes a fire and burns down the house. Afterward, a super hurricane lands on the south part of U.S.  As a result, most of the stores had limited food, and people attacked…

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…

Armada – Ernest Cline
Sci-Fi , War , Young Adult / May 3, 2016

Ernest Cline starts off introducing the main character, Zack Lightman, a nerdy teen who loves video games. He dreams of his dull boring reality transforming into an exciting sci-fi-filled adventure.  Zack lost his father at an early age and has been raised by his hard-working mother who isn’t home much due to her busy work schedule. Although having an anger problem, Zack is a very smart and caring person. He spends most of time at his part-time job, a video game store owned by his bizarre adult friend. His favorite video game is called Armada, and he and his friends have been obsessed with it. Zack has a special talent at the game and has found himself making, at times, the “world leader board.” His boring life all changes in the blink of an eye, literally, when one day he is sitting in his math class and sees what looks like a U.F.O.  After no one else notices it, he thinks he is just going crazy until he sees the U.F.O again. His whole life is about to change and the destiny of the earth is now in his hands. Cline does a great job of adding suspense and keeping the reader always interested. I found myself not being able…

Every Day – David Levithan
Action and Adventure , Romance , Sci-Fi , Young Adult / February 11, 2016

In the novel Every Day by David Levithan, there is a character named “A” who has no body or gender.  Each day he wakes up in another person’s body and has to adjust to being a woman or a man and where he is living.  “A” has to figure out how to adapt to the body for one day and absorb all the information about this body and the person’s memories as fast as possible.  “When I fall into the life of someone grappling, I have to mirror their strength, and sometimes surpass it, because I am less prepared” (Levithan 120). “A” has never experienced a normal life, only in the eyes of others who have their same daily life. The one thing that is keeping “A” sane is the fact that he is so in love with this girl named Rhiannon.  Once “A” wakes up, its main focus is to figure out how to get to Rhiannon no matter what gender it occupies, where “A” is, and the consequences after for the person he is living in. “A’s” daily life revolves around spending time with Rhiannon and managing to be with her. I would give this book a five out of five…