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Planet of the Apes  

by Pierre Boulle
04/25/2013 Categories: movie sci fi

In the not-too-distant future, three astronauts land on what appears to be a planet just like Earth, with lush forests, a temperate climate, and breathable air. But while it appears to be a paradise, nothing is what it seems. They soon discover the terrifying truth: On this world humans are savage beasts, and apes rule as their civilized masters. In an ironic novel of nonstop action and breathless intrigue, one man struggles to unlock the secret of a terrifying civilization, all the while wondering: Will he become the savior of the human race, or the final witness to its damnation?

I love science fiction, so I was drawn to this book when the Rise of the Planet of the Apes came out in theaters. I wanted to see what the original story was since I never saw the original 1968 film.  I love the social commentary Bouelle dishes out and the shocking ending that I never saw coming.

I would definitely recommend this book because it is a short read that opens your mind to crazy possibilities and makes you really think about the future of the human race. It also has plenty of irony like picturing inarticulate humans being subjected to degrading, invasive experiments and chimpanzees ruling the planet with intellectual might.

Rebecca, 17

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The Time Fetch 

by Amy Herrick
04/24/2013 Categories: adventure fantasy sci fi

Edward picked up a rock. Simple, right? Wrong. That rock was a Time Fetch, a mysterious rock that is home to some Time Foragers, little beings that eat time. Normally, it only eats the little time that won't be missed, but now that they are awoken from their deep slumber and escaped, they unravel the very fabric of time and space. The whole world will be unraveled... or will it? 

This book has a really good sci-fi concept. Sci-fi lovers will love the action and suspense.

Hieu, 13

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The Maze Runner 

by James Dashner
12/08/2012 Categories: dystopia sci fi survival stories suspense

Maze Runner coverThis book is about a boy named Thomas who wakes up in a mysterious box without any remembrance of the past or even how he got there. There are people peeking through the top calling out to him and eventually they throw down a rope for him to hold on to as they pull him up. It turns out that he is in an immensely large "town" made up of teens. The town is surrounded by giant walls, that somehow open at dawn and close at dusk, and outside the walls are giant mazes. Thomas has to learn how to survive with the other kids, but things start changing once he arrives and no one knows why.

I love this book, it is amazing! By far the best book I have ever read. This book is very thrilling and keeps you hooked in all the way to the end.

I would definitely recommend this book to other people. This book could easily become their favorite book as well and luckily is part of a series, so you won't be left hanging at the end of the first book. If you are into high-action, adventure books that keep you hooked in all the way through you will love this book.

Kevin, 14

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I Am Number Four 

by Pittacus Lore
12/06/2012 Categories: action romance sci fi survival stories

I Am Number Four coverThis book is about a young man, known as Number Four, or John Smith. He is one of the special aliens that came down from his former planet, Lorien. When the Mogadorians destroyed their planet, few were forced to leave the planet and come to earth. Only 11 of them made it to earth. They come to Earth to hide from the many Mogadorians that are hunting them and wait to go back to Lorien hoping to restore the planet.

I loved this book because it was full of action. I related to a girl named Sarah in the book because she was really into photography and so am I.

I would recommend this to both teenage girls and boys who likes books filled with sci-fi, action, and a little bit of romance.

Alissa, 14

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Max 

by James Patterson

Max ocverMaximum Ride and her flock is in danger yet again. With the Coalition To Stop the Madness (CSM) supporting them, they have three decent meals and a bed to sleep in. But a Chinese guy named Mr. Chu wants CSM to stop its protesting so he can go on to dump radioactive materials into the ocean. Max protests so Mr. Chu kidnaps her mom. Will Max and the flock defeat Mr. Chu and save her mom?

It was very good because it had the style of writing I liked and was full of action and suspense!

I would recommend this book to teens who've read the other Maximum Ride books and anyone who loves action and suspense. It is a must-read!!

Hieu, 13

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Orphanage 

by Robert Buettner
08/13/2012 Categories: battles military sci fi war

Image resultIn the novel Orphanage, extraterrestrials fire projectiles at major cities on earth leaving thousands orphaned and alone. The military needs volunteers to fight back and these kids are quick to sign up, having nothing to loose, they are sent to fight back.

I like this book because it has lots of action, humor, and amazing details throughout the story.

If you are a die hard sci-fi fan you will love this book!

Liam, 15

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Bunker 10 

by J.A. Henderson

Bunker 10 coverIn Bunker 10, several children living in a military outpost are left alone with nothing but their wits to figure out what happened. When a team of heavily armed killers arrives at the base things go from bad to all out warfare.

I liked this book because it is exciting and suspenseful. People who would like this book would be people who enjoy sci fi novels or video games.

Liam, 15

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The Strand Prophecy 

by J.B.B. Winner
08/13/2012 Categories: action sci fi suspense

Image resultIn The Strand Prophecy, a mysterious superhero named Strand discovers that the Earth is going through a rapid evolutionary cycle, which means that monsters of all kinds are threatening and killing humans. Strand has to protect the innocent, such as his niece, from both the monsters and the government, while dealing with his own internal struggles.

The Strand Prophecy is an incredible, well-written novel that is full of action, drama, and surprises. Even though its details and descriptions may go a bit overboard sometimes, it's full of pictures and sketches that help readers visualize the ideas and characters.

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recommend this book to all science-fiction lovers, from teens to adults. This
book is extremely underrated and unknown for how fantastic it is!

Jakob, 15

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Time Riders 

by Alex Scarrow
08/13/2012 Categories: sci fi

Time Riders coverTime Riders is a novel about three teenagers from different times in history who are drafted before death to keep history from being changed. While they are learning the ropes, another time traveler alters the course of WWII so the Nazis won.

I like this book because it is thrilling and has many different parallel futures that keep you guessing till the end. 

I would recommend this book to fans of books like Timeline and die hard sci-fi fans like myself.

Liam, 15

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Atlas Shrugged 

by Ayn Rand
08/13/2012 Categories: classic dystopia sci fi

Atlas Shrugged coverThe world is falling apart at the seams; orders and shipments are late, the country is in debt, problem after problem keep on arising and everyone is at a loss as to what to do. And through this chaos, Dagney Taggert wants to make sure that her railroad keeps on running, but she finds herself facing multiple obstacles as the "destroyer" tries to stop her. And now Dagney finds herself struggling to save the industry and keep real honest hard working men from the destroyer's grasp. And she finds herself realizing the true meaning behind the question: Who is John Galt?

Atlas Shrugged is by far one of the greatest and most thought-provoking books ever written. Rand forces you to stop and look around at the world and makes you wonder what is in store for the human race and if there's any hope for the future. The story, although complex at first, ties together nicely at the end. Although a simple story, Rand is able to write it in a way that keeps the reader on the edge of their seat. 

I would recommend this book to everyone who loves the classics and doesn't mind reading a very (and I mean very) big book. Atlas Shrugged is definitely for those readers who love to read about the world around them and want to be introduced
to a new train of thought.

Jana, 17

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Strand Book II: Extinction's Embrace 

by J.B.B. Winner
08/13/2012 Categories: sci fi

Image result for Extinction's EmbraceContinuing the Strand series, the world has taken refuge from the evolved monsters, finding new and more technological places to live. However, while discovering new evolved species, Strand and his team have to find out why millions of people are migrating north, as it houses a dangerous threat.

The second addition to the Strand series, Strand Book II: Extinctions Embrace, is an interesting follow up to the first book, taking place quite some time after the first. Personally, I found it to be a bit underwhelming compared to the first book, as it introduced way more characters than I think were necessary.

I only recommend this book to those who have read the first, as it  is way easier to follow that way.

Jakob, 15

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Subject Seven 

by James A. Moore
07/24/2012 Categories: action sci fi suspense

Subject Seven coverIn the book Subject Seven, James A. Moore writes about a government project gone awry. Subject Seven, a "sleeper" assassin living inside a teenager, breaks free and searches for others like him to destroy the thing he hates most, the people who created him.

I like this book because it is suspenseful and keeps you guessing. The action is also thrilling and goes into in depth detail of the characters' thoughts.

I would recommend this book to someone who likes action movies and science fiction.

Liam, 15

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Twisted Metal 

by Tony Ballantyne
07/24/2012 Categories: action sci fi war

Twisted Metal coverTwisted Metal is a book about a robot named Karel who lives in Turing City, a city where free thinking, intelligent thought, and individuality is encouraged. On the city's borders are the mechanized army of Artemis that have conquered many a city before and have imposed their philosophy that everyone should be the same to promote equality. As these two societies butt heads, the reader can only guess who will come out on top.

I like this book because it is action packed and has a wide variety of characters who share their point of view along with Karel.

I would recommend this book to people who like science fiction and robots, as well as fans of war stories.

Liam, 15

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A Crack in the Sky 

by Mark Peter Hughes

Crack in the Sky coverA Crack In the Sky is a dystopian novel about Eli, the youngest member of the Papadopolous family that runs Infiniticorp. After a global disease wipes out much of humanity, Infinticorp builds domed cities for the survivors. Eli notices flaws in the holographic sky over Atlanta. He is determined to find out the truth even when nobody else will believe him. His quest leads him to question all he has ever known and what secrets the domes hide.

I like this book because it keeps you guessing until the end and shows a glimpse of a future that may not be too far away.

I would recommend this book to anyone who likes post apocalyptic novels and science fiction.

Liam, 15

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The Fox Inheritance 

by Mary Pearson
07/03/2012 Categories: action dystopia sci fi suspense

Fox Inheritance coverJenna, Kara, and Locke were great friends who stuck together through everything, but one day an accident happens and as they lay dying, Jenna's father scans and saves their minds in the hopes of saving them. 260 years later Locke and Kara awaken to a new world and learn that Jenna has been alive for the past 260 years and has done nothing to save them from the darkness. After finding out that they are nothing more than floor models for prospective buyers who may want to preserve their minds for the future, Locke and Kara run away and find themselves in a whole new world. The two get separated, but their destination is the same: Jenna. Locke finds himself rushing against the clock because he knows that Kara's mad, he knows she wants revenge. 

This book is fantastic; the sequel to The Adoration of Jenna Fox, this book gives you insight as to what happened to the other characters and the lives in store for them. The future world that Pearson creates is realistic. This book will leave you wondering about the importance of friendship, trust, and the human mind and soul.

I would recommend this book to everyone who loves to wonder about the future and where mankind is headed. It will definitely leave you wondering and questioning. If you loved The Adoration of Jenna Fox, then this book is a must-read.

Jana, 16

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