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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…

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…

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…

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…

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,…

I Hunt Killers by Barry Lyga

How would you deal with your dad being serial killer? The book I Hunt Killers is set in present day, small town America, with the main character being a teenage boy, Jazz. Jazz is a normal kid. He works at his local YMCA, has a girlfriend, goes to highschool, but what makes him different is the fact that his dad is one of the nation’s infamous serial killer. Jazz’s personality it affected greatly by his involvement in his father’s crimes, since his father had taken him to the murders since he was just five years old.  When Jazz was twelve years old, his father was caught and imprisoned, leaving him to live with his delusional grandmother.  The book opens with Jazz at a crime scene of a young woman in his hometown. This crime scene would undoubtedly be the start of what Jazz feared the most, another serial killer. With Jazz’s unique ability to understand what the serial killers are thinking and how they act, it causes the reader to question what parts of Jazz’s dad make up Jazz. This uneasy tone is felt throughout the whole book as Jazz is fighting with his inner self and trying to prove…

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 Selection Series, a review by Silver S. and Caitlin R.
Drama , Romance , Series , Young Adult / January 19, 2017

The Selection Series by Kiera Cass For the protagonist named America, a low-class teenager, the Selection means everything. In the future, lands like Asia and the United States no longer exist; they have been redistributed among new countries. No longer are there presidents, but kings and queens rule all the land. Castes define people; prejudice towards lower classes is constantly evident in society. Illea is ruled by King Clarkson and Queen Amberly. Soon, their son Maxon will take over with his wife. However, he does not yet have a wife. Therefore, the Selection begins. One girl in Illea will become the queen. The Selection occurs when princes and princesses need partners to rule the country. Thirty-five girls are selected after applying. They stay at the palace, indulging in goods, food, and jewelry. Girls are eliminated until six remain, who are named the Elite. After more girls are eliminated, the choices are down to three. Then, only one is left. The One. America is a Five. In Illea, this is not the lowest class, but it is far from the top. Her caste consists of artists. She lives with many siblings and her two parents. She is content with her caste and…