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Cress : The Lunar Chronicles  

by Marissa Meyer
04/22/2016 Categories: fairy tale retelling sci fi suspense

Cress follows the journey of several people throughout their journey to save Earth from the lunar planet. The main focus throughout the book is on characters Cress and Thorne, who crashed on earth from a satellite, and they now must find their way through the desert. Cress has never been on Earth, so she must learn to adapt, and handle what she came to do.

I liked this book because it was never boring, and was interesting to read. The book mixes both action and romance to form a very well written book that keeps you guessing after every chapter, which is fun to read.

I would recommend this book to others if they like a bit of a futuristic aspect, and those who like love stories. The perspectives switch around after every chapter, so it may be appealing to some readers.

Natalie, 14

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The Hunger Games 

by Suzanne Collins
04/09/2016 Categories: action battles sci fi survival stories

Twenty-four teens are forced to enter. Only the winner survives. In the ruins of a place once known as North America lies the nation of Panem. Survival is second nature for sixteen-year-old Katniss Everdeen, who struggles to feed her mother and younger sister by secretly hunting and gathering beyond the fences of District 12. When Katniss steps in to take the place of her sister in the Hunger Games, she knows it may be her death sentence. If she is to survive, she must weigh survival against humanity and life against love.

Awesome book, I couldn't stop reading it. It has a lot of action. What I like about this book is that Katniss never gave up even though she faced some hard situations.

Yes, I would recommended this book others because it shows how hard life could be sometimes, but you never have to give. People who like a lot of action would like this book.

Yessica, 14

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Tracked 

by Jenny Martin
04/09/2016 Categories: action sci fi suspense

Earth as we know it has changed. The climate has become unstable, unsafe (in most areas) for human life. Major corporates now rule the land and oppress the people. Welcome to the world of Tracked. Phoebe Van Zant is a 17-year-old rally racer, the best on the streets. Her many victories catch the attention of Charles Benroyal, an owner of the most powerful corporation. She and her best friend, Bear, are blackmailed into joining Benroyal to race for him. When Phoebe finds out the Benroyal is playing a more dire game than she figures, it's up to Phoebe and her rebel friends to dethrone Benroyal and restore Earth to its former glory.

This book was amazing. There was plenty of action in the book along with adrenaline-pumping details of races. This book is something to die for.

The world in Tracked is almost exactly the same as the world in Hunger Games. Substitute the Games for rally racing, President Snow for Charles Benroyal, Gale for Bear, Peeta for Prince Cash, Katniss Everdeen for Phoebe Van Zant, and you've got the general idea of its similarities. For those who love Hunger Games, this is the book for you.

Hieu, 16

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The Mysterious Benedict Society 

by Trenton Lee Stewart
10/12/2015 Categories: adventure mystery sci fi

This book was about a man named Leopathdra Curtain who invents a machine called the Whisperer. Mr. Benedict, his brother who invented the Reciever, puts together a team of children to go to his school, the Institute, and stop him. The kids names are Constance, Kate, Reynie, and Sticky (George).

It was good because of how it projected the future. I liked it because it was like a science fiction book and mystery in one. It had a few futuristic machines like the Whisperer which can project thoughts into people's minds and make them think certain phrases.

I would recommend this book because it has cliffhangers between chapters, it leaves off at a exciting part. People who like mysteries should enjoy this book. It has parts that science fiction lovers would like. One example is that a machine can do a brain sweep and erase all memories. That type of machine hasn't been invented yet!

Stone, 13

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The House of Power 

by Patrick Carman

Atherton, an artificial world, is a three layer world that includes The Highlands, The Tabletop, and The Flatlands. The Highlands sank into The Tabletop and war erupted and now The Tabletop is sinking into The Flatlands. In The Flatlands, there are creatures called Cleaners that will eat every thing in their paths. The Highlands and The Tabletop must unite to defeat them.

I enjoyed reading The House of Power. It was good because it described what it might be like to live in any of the three levels on Atherton. It taught what might happen if the industrial race continues and we don't give Earth's resources time to replenish before we use them again and that we will eventually run out of resources on Earth. We might have to rely on machines to keep us alive and not be able to go outside because of the bad air quality and pollution.

This book takes place around 2105 and Atherton has been completed. It tells of a futuristic time where the Earth has become overly polluted and the sky is black which is why it is named The Dark Planet. I would recommend it to science fiction lovers. It it a great start to the Atherton series. It is one of the best books of science fiction I have ever read. 

Stone, 11

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The Hunger Games 

by Suzanne Collins
09/23/2015 Categories: dystopia fantasy love triangles romance sci fi

In the ruins of a place once known as North America lies the nation of Panem, Capitol forces the districts all to send one boy and one girl between the ages of twelve and eighteen to participate in the annual Hunger Games, a fight to the death on live TV. Sixteen-year-old Katniss Everdeen is chosen for her district. if she is to win, she will have to start making choices that weigh survival against humanity and life against love.

The Hunger Games is a splendid book because it tells about a possibility for the near future. I like how it is so descriptive throughout the whole story o whats going on, while reading it you can almost feel as if that person in the book was you.

I would absolutely recommend this book. If you like action and determination type stories this definitely is the book for you.

Melissa, 13

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The Revenge of Seven 

by Pittacus Lore
09/21/2015 Categories: action fantasy sci fi

The fifth in the series, this book continues the adventures of aliens from Lorien battling the Mogadorians on planet Earth. The Lorien Garde try to defend themselves as well as the planet as the Mogadorians begin their invasion.

I love this book because it is packed full with action, romance, and fantasy. I also think that the book is well written and Pittacus Lore is successful in getting the reader to give up the willing suspension of disbelief.

I would recommend this book to people who liked books such as the HostHunger Games, Fablehaven, and Divergent. It has the same action and romance feel but with a bit of an alien twist.

Emma, 18

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Things Hoped For 

by Andrew Clements
05/12/2015 Categories: music sci fi

Gwen is a violinist in Manhattan competing for entry to one of Manhattan's top music schools. She doesn't need more stress, but her grandfather disappears with only a phone message addressed to her as a clue to where he is. Then she meets Robert, who's also auditioning, and things suddenly don't seem so bad. But when a dead body is found in her home and an invisible man shows up inside her house, Gwen and Robert are suddenly brought together in a way they could never have imagined. Things Hoped For is the second in the series started by the book Things Not Seen.

Things Hoped For is a great book because it makes you think through different perspectives. I like how the characters from the first book of the series tie in with the setting and people of this book.

If you like science-fiction or suspense stories, you will very much enjoy reading Things Hoped For.

Julia, 13

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Things Not Seen 

by Andrew Clements
04/27/2015 Categories: body image handicaps sci fi suspense

Things Not SeenThings Not Seen is about a teenage boy named Bobby who wakes up one day and discovers that he's invisible. When the police get involved with his unique (or is it unique?) situation he has to learn how to survive in a world where people are frightened by the unusual. Will Bobby ever become visible again? Or will he have to stay this way forever, lonely and isolated from everyone but the ones closest to him?

I like this book because it shows how people view things differently. When Alicia meets Bobby she thinks he's just a normal person because she's blind. Everyone else, on the other hand, freaked out when they heard or felt Bobby, but didn't see him.

I would recommend this book because it's good and interesting to think about things from different perspectives. People who like science fiction with a little bit of suspense would probably like this book. 

Julia, 13

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The Bone Clocks 

by David Mitchell
04/06/2015 Categories: sci fi time travel war

The Bone ClocksThis book centers around the life of Holly Sykes, a seemingly normal girl from England. More importantly, it focuses on the lives that become wrapped up not only in Holly's, but the invisible struggle for power between two immortal, superhuman forces.

This carefully crafted book amalgamates the lives of mortals with those to whom immortality is simply a way of life. In doing so, Mitchell creates a book that both questions and answers how valuable our time on earth is. While some parts may prove to be a bit slow, the overall intrigue of the story is not lost.

The Bone Clocks is yet another title in David Mitchell's impressive repertoire of visionary novels. Enthralling story-telling, true to his style, pairs well with his cunning ability to leave you questioning even the simplest of motives. This newest novel of his is sure to capture those with a love of science fiction and honest realism alike.

Melina, 15

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The Scorch Trials 

by James Dashner
04/06/2015 Categories: action dystopia sci fi survival stories

The Scorch TrialsAfter being led to what appears to be a safe haven, Thomas and the Gladers are stripped of their contentment. They learn that the maze was only part one of the Trials, that they now have to endure part two. They travel across the Scorch, avoiding the Cranks that overpower the place.

Love this book. Unlike the first book, The Scorch Trials is almost 100% action, in the sense that the characters are barely ever sitting around doing nothing. The character developments are brilliant, and I love how confusing it sometimes got with all the plot twists.

I would recommend this book to people who adore young adult stories, like dystopian themes, love plot twists. Readers of the Hunger Games and Divergent series would most likely enjoy this book. Anyone who likes sitting on the edge of their chair, thinking "Oh my gosh what's going to happen??" would love this book. Be sure not to read these books out of order, got that?

Desiree, 14

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Cinder 

by Marissa Meyer
03/27/2015 Categories: adventure mystery sci fi

CinderThis book is about a girl who is caught between freedom and loyalty. Cinder, is a cyborg with an unknown past who works for her step mother and is constantly blamed for everything gone wrong in their lives. However, unbeknownst to her, her role in within the world is about to change.

I personally loved the book, it was really interesting to see a retelling of Cinderella set in the future. Plus, it was cool see the different point of views from characters because there was a lot more to the story line than just Cinder's.

I would definitely recommend this because it's filled with adventure, mystery, and some romance. Also, even though there is some romance it's not overpowering in any way.

Audrey, 17

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The Giver 

by Lois Lowry
03/24/2015 Categories: dystopia emotions & feelings ethics sci fi

The GiverThe Giver is a Newbery Medal winning novel written by the influential children’s and young adult author Lois Lowry. It tells the tale of Jonas, a boy who has lived his life in a world of perfectly crafted monotony, in a community of people who look similar to him, learn the same things as he does, and only know the world in one way- their Community, the small, enclosed city where everyone receives their role and spouse and children. He is chosen, at the age of twelve, to be an apprentice to the man known only as The Receiver- the man chosen to hold all the memories of the past, with all their pain and all of their joy. The Receiver is the one called upon to recall the memories of the past and find the wisest path in the face of a decision, and the current one is growing old and needs an heir to his title. Jonas embarks on a task that completely changes his world- as he starts to receive memories, he starts to experience things like love and colour for the first time. As he learns through tremendous joy and pain, Jonas begins to discover the sickening truths behind his Community- and starts to learn how potent the past can be.

The Giver is one of the most beautiful and moving books I have ever read. It is set in a world profoundly strange to us- there is no colour, no love, and everything is controlled. Everything is alien to our sensibilities, yet Lowry draws her readers into the mind and worldview of Jonas effortlessly. It has a sense of simple grandeur uncommon among the books that typically make it to the top of the Young Adult charts, and its heartbreaking yet ambivalent end sticks in its readers’ minds like a photograph. Jonas is at once a naïve boy and a beacon of hope for the triumph of love and emotion, and the background characters, while understandably bland, still feel real in a way.

Lois Lowry has been called the godmother of YA dystopia, and The Giver is unquestionably a shining example of her skill in telling moving stories about surreal and painful circumstances. Readers of dystopias will love experiencing the genre in its early days and exploring the roots of newer books like Suzanne Collins’s Hunger Games trilogy. Regardless of usual taste, The Giver is an important read for all young fiction fans.

Jake, 15

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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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