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Legend by Marie Lu

March 18, 2015 · No Comments · Dystopian Fiction

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Day lives in the slums of Lake Sector of Los Angeles in the Republic of America where the plague is infecting people right and left.  He is desperate to obtain vaccines for his family members but this is difficult as Day is the Republic’s most wanted criminal. June has just finished her military training for the Republic; setting records and capturing the Republic leaders’ attention.  When her brother, Metias, is murdered, June is recruited to go undercover in the slums of Los Angeles to find Day, who is suspected of the killing, and bring him to justice.  June and Day become wrapped up in a series of suspenseful events that keep pages turning in this thrilling read.

 

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Ship Breaker by Paolo Bacigalupi

February 11, 2015 · No Comments · Dystopian Fiction, Young Adult

ShipBreakerNailer lives on a beach in the Gulf Coast region in the future.  Society is divided by classes: the business affluent and the laborers.  Nailer survives as a laborer.  He works on the light crew scavenging copper wire from wrecked oil tankers and ships.  Each day he works hard to bring in his quota so he can continue to work and live in dismal conditions on the beach.  After a city killer hurricane passes through the Gulf area, Nailer and his friend, Pima, discover the wreckage of clipper ship on a nearby island.  With all the swank crew dead, Pima and Nailer set out to scavenge the ship of all its valuables but as they begin to cut the rings off the fingers of a beautiful young passenger, Nailer sees her eyes move.  Pima urges Nailer to kill the dying swank, get the gold and get off the wreck. Nailer has another idea.

 

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The Selection by Kiera Cass

January 14, 2015 · No Comments · Dystopian Fiction, Romance

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The Selection by Kiera Cass is the first book in a trilogy.   America is encouraged by her boyfriend, Aspen, to enter the selection.  America and Aspen are from different castes and it is unlikely America’s parents will allow them to marry.  The future king of Illea, Prince Maxon, will choose his future queen from eligible young woman through The Selection.  All eligible and interested young ladies apply and thirty-five will be selected to travel to the palace to live for an unspecified amount of time while Prince Maxom makes his decision.  America caving to pressure from her mother and Aspen registers and, of course, is chosen as one of the thirty-five.  This fast-paced The Bachelor meets Divergent is an entertaining read.

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If I Stay by Gayle Forman

January 14, 2015 · No Comments · Realistic Fiction

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Mia loves her family. She loves her boyfriend Adam.  And Mia loves music, especially the classical music she plays on her cello.  She is faced with conflicting choices that add pressure to decisions she must make for her future.  Then suddenly she is faced with just one decision and just one heartbreaking choice.

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The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater

September 15, 2014 · No Comments · Mystery

 

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Blue Sargent, the only non-clairvoyant in a family of clairvoyants, sits in the isolated and abandoned churchyard with her Aunt Neeve on St. Mark’s Eve where her aunt watches the soon-t0-be dead walk by.  Then she sees a boy!  Blue Sargent, non-clairvoyant, sees a soon-to-be dead boy!  “Get his name,” Neeve commands.  Blue asks the boy his name.  “Gansy.” Why could Blue see him?  “There are only two reasons a non-seer would see a spirit on St. Mark’s Eve, Blue. Either you’re his true love,” Neeve said, “or you killed him.”  Gansy and Blue meet.  Blue finds herself drawn to Gansy.  Gansy attends Aglionby, a local private school in Henreitta. He’s a Raven boy.  Gansy and his friends, Ronan, Adam and Noah, are on a quest.  Blue is caught up in their quest all the while knowing that within the year Gansy will be dead.

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The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater

September 15, 2014 · No Comments · Fantasy

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Every November on the beaches of the town Thisby, crowds come to view the Scorpio Races.  Riders attempt to ride the wild and dangerous capaill uisce (water horses) for the fame and profit.  This year Puck Connelly is determined to ride her beloved horse Dove against the blood-thirsty capaill uisce and win.  Winning will mean her brother, Gabe, can stay on the island along with her and her younger brother, Finn, and they can remain a family. The capaill uisce drowned both her parents leaving Puck and her brothers to fend for themselves.  If she enters, if she is allowed; it will be the first time a female has entered the races.  It will also pit her against Sean Kendrick, the returning champion, who works for the Malvern stables. At ten, Sean witnessed a gray uisce horse kill his father while training for the Scorpio Races.  Every year at the Scorpio Races, some riders finish, some riders die and there is only one winner.

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Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein

December 9, 2013 · No Comments · Historical Fiction, Young Adult

“Verity”, a British spy in Nazi-occupied Ormaie, France, finds herself captured by the Gestapo. The Nazi interrogaters give her a choice to give them information or visit the guillotine.  Verity chooses the first option and in writing to reveal her secret mission, she weaves a story of her friendship with Maddie.  Maddie, the pilot, who flew Verity to France.  Maddie whose piloting skills kept the plane from crashing after the tailplane was hit from gun fire from the ground.  Maddie who was able to get Verity to Ormaie and keep the plane steady while Verity parchuted to the secret location. Verity, like Scheherazade, gives the Nazis a wonderful tale in the details of her secret mission which prolong her life.  But will her tale be enough to insure her survival?

 

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Matched by Ally Condie

October 8, 2013 · No Comments · Dystopian Fiction

 

The Matching Cermony is a big event in a teen’s life.  Cassia has been matched with Xander from her own community.  Everyone is happy for Cassia and she is happy, too.  Xander and Cassia have been friends since childhood.  It is also fortunate that Xander lives in Cassia’s community when most other matches do not. Life for Cassia is comfortable.  But when Cassia views her match chip in the portal, a face pops up on the screen for just a few seconds. It’s not Xander.  It’s another familiar face.  Another young man in her community that Cassia knows.  “I don’t understand.  The Society doesn’t make mistakes.” Cassia finds herself questioning her perfect match and her perfect society.

 

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Lockdown by Alexander Gordon Smith

August 6, 2013 · No Comments · Action/Adventure, Science Fiction

Alex Sawyer, juvenile offender,  has been captured, convicted and sent to Furnace, the world’s most secure youth penitentiary.  Furnace is located a mile beneath the earth’s surface; a place of pure evil guarded by giants in black suits and where deformed beasts roam the tunnels at night. The days in Furnace, though not as terrifying as the nights, are spent in hard labor and avoiding the ruling violent gangs.  Alex discovers that many of the youthful offenders were framed for their crimes and the only way to survive is to escape from Furnace.  So Alex hatches a plan.  This book does not disappoint!

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Ranger’s Apprentice: The Ruins of Gorlan by John Flanagan

August 6, 2013 · No Comments · Action/Adventure, Fantasy

Book One of the Ranger’s Apprentice series, The Ruins of Gorlan, finds Will excited about the prospect of improving his station in life. Will  is a ward of Baron Arald, the Lord of Redmont.  He arrived as a baby in a basket with a note which stated, “His mother died in childbirth.  His father died a hero.  Please care for him.  His name is Will.”  On Choosing Day, Will and the three other wards, hope to select their jobs with the Castle Redmont. Will desires to join battle school and become a knight. Sadly, he is rejected from battle school but his stealth and ability to blend into the surrounding are noticed by the Ranger Halt.  Will is selected to become Halt’s apprenctice and train to be a member of the Ranger Corp.

Meanwhile, the evil Morgarath is amassing a platoon of Wargals and deadly Kalkara which he found in the Mountains of Rain and Night. Morgarath readies his army for revenge on the kingdom.

At some point in this tale the two shall cross paths and the adventure will draw you in.

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