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Nineteen eighty-four 

by George Orwell
01/28/2017 Categories: dystopia ethics politics

The main character Winston Smith lives in London, Oceania. There is a ruling party known as Big Brother; they watch everyone's actions and they control everything. In this dystopian society, you don't have basic human rights. Winston realized this and started to rebel, first by purchasing a diary on the black market. It was against the law to have freedom of thoughts. People feared what would happen to them if caught, since those that have, disappeared. Throughout the novel, Winston battles against the inhuman society he lives in.

I enjoyed this novel, it was amazing. It deals with a society that is much different than ours. Also, it's quite interesting to witness the extremes one would go to simply enjoy life as a human being.

I would definitely recommend this novel to others. If you like reading how one goes against society's laws to stand up for their beliefs and how twisted a government could be to their people, then this is for you.

Johanna, 16

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The Wrong Side of Right 

by Jenn Marie Thorne
08/06/2016 Categories: family drama politics romance

The Wrong Side of Right is about Kate, who returns home from school to find her house surrounded by reporters. She learns that her long-lost father is running for President and wants her to join him on the campaign trail.

I enjoyed The Wrong Side of Right because of its thorough character development. I also enjoyed the novel's unexpected ending.

I would recommend The Wrong Side of Right to fans of political fiction. Readers who enjoy books with strong female leads, like Divergent, would enjoy this novel.

Amanda, 16

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This Shattered World 

by Amie Kaufman & Meagan Spooner

This book is about two complete opposites. She is the best soldier on the planet of Avon, and He is the leader of the opposing rebellion. When they both find that what they want really isn't that different, they must find a way to work together to stop the fight, and uncover a huge secret that could destroy their planet, all the while battling their inner demons.

This was a good book, because it provides an insight on how opposing characters can become the closest of friends, and how the right thing to do, isn't the easiest. It also introduces a great story about love in the midst of war.

I would recommend this book to those who enjoy science fiction and romance stories. The perspective of the novel shifts from chapter to chapter, so it may appeal to some readers.

Natalie, 15

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Fast Track 

by Julie Garwood

Fast Track is a story about Cordie, a teacher in Chicago. After Cordie's father dies, Cordie decides to find her mother who has been absent for most of her life. She and Aiden, her friend since childhood, fly to Australia to track down her mother. Once there, Cordie faces danger as her mother's family is determined to erase Cordie from their family history.

Fast Track, like the name suggests, is a fast-paced and exciting read. There are however, lots of  scenes with more mature content that may appeal to older teens.

I would recommend this book to fans of action and mystery novels.

Amanda, 16

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Allegiant 

by Veronica Roth

AllegiantIn the third book to the Divergent series, Tris and her friends work to answer questions about their society and previous and current leadership. Tobias's mom tries to take over the city, while Tris and her friends leave to find out more about their mysterious society. Once again, Tris and her friends assume the roles as heroes and work to free their people from unwanted leadership.

I enjoyed this book because it wrapped up the series nicely. It explained how their society came to be, and it gave more history into Tris's parents.

I would recommend this to anyone who read the first two books in the series and I would recommend the entire series to anybody who enjoys a good read.

Chanel, 15

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1984 

by George Orwell
05/13/2014 Categories: animals classic dystopia politics sci fi

19841984 was a story set in a futuristic, dystopian society. The society had telescreens everywhere and they watched everyone at all times. If you showed any signs of rebellion toward the leader, Big Brother, the Thought Police would take you away and you would disappear. This story followed Winston, the main character, and his rebellious journey in a world where everything is manipulated and everyone is watched.

I enjoyed reading this book because it was intriguing to see how a society like that works and lasts that long. Most of my favorite books are set in a dystopian, futuristic society, so this novel fit perfectly with my interests.

I would recommend this novel to anyone who is intrigued my those sort of societies. It is a classic and everyone should be exposed to it.

Chanel, 15

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A Feast for Crows 

by George R.R. Martin
05/13/2013 Categories: fantasy older teens politics war

A Feast for CrowsThis fourth installment in the Game of Thrones series chronicles the story of the characters readers have come to love. With the war in Westros changing tides, alliances are made, friendships broken, and many, many lives are lost. Everywhere there is chaos and scheming, and secrets never stay that way for long.

I liked this book because the believable characters keep the story rolling at a fast pace. The plot never stops twisting in ways you never expect, and the author goes in depth with every detail so I felt like I was standing alongside my favorite characters.

I would recommend this book to someone who wants to know all of the gritty details of the fights and enjoys seeing things play out from multiple viewpoints.

Liam, 15

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1984 

by George Orwell
04/29/2013 Categories: censorship classic dystopia politics

This story is about Winston Smith, who lives in a dystopian society called Oceania, which used to be the former Americas and British Isles. In Oceania, pretty much all of life is controlled by the government, simply called the Party.

1984 tells of Winston's rebellion against the Party and his struggle to remain himself.1984 is an amazing book. It really gets you thinking about how humans can survive in a society such as this one. Winston's narration is great also, very funny and thought-provoking.

Obviously, sci-fi fans would like this book, but really I'd recommend it to anyone, since it tells such a great story about human nature. It's not that hard to read, and one of those stories that can stay with you for a lifetime.

Kristine, 15

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Ready or Not 

by Meg Cabot

Ready or Not coverReady or Not is the sequel to All-American Girl. This book is about a not-so-normal teenage girl, Sam, and her boyfriend, the President's son. They test their love for each other by doing different things and the main problem is, Sam is not ready for any of them.

Ready or Not is an interesting book because you get to see how the main character grows as a person and the strong love she shares with her boyfriend. I like how the book is perceived by a relatable teenage girl.

If you like reading about struggles a teenage girl has and how she gets through them, you would love to read Ready or Not by Meg Cabot.

Ashley, 14

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The Inner Circle 

by Brad Meltzer
07/23/2012 Categories: action politics suspense

Inner Circle coverThe Inner Circle was a high speed political book about a young archivist in the National Archives who discovers a plot to blackmail the President and a secret intelligence team that has been around since the nation was founded. The archivist has to decide which party he should trust and what the right thing to do is.

This was a gripping book that I found hard to put down. The plot was well thought out and the action was real. The political setting in Washington D.C. also added intrigue to the story.

I would recommend this book to people who enjoy plot twists, political schemes, action, and fast paced writing.

Brian, 15

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