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Ashes 

by Ilsa Bick
06/28/2012 Categories: dystopia natural disasters suspense zombies

Ashes coverAnything can happen in today's world, even a nuclear attack. In Ashes, Alex, a young teen who has a monster inside of her, a brain tumor, decides to go hiking in the woods so that she can finally say good-bye to her deceased parents. In the middle of her camping trip, she meets Ellie, a little stubborn eight-year old brat, and her Grandfather. Suddenly, something happens. Grandpa falls over in pain and before Alex could do anything, she finds herself enveloped in pain as well. When she finally awakens, she finds Grandpa dead and for once she can smell. Alex takes Ellie and tries to make her way to the ranger station because right now she knows that they need help. Along the way, Alex and Ellie come across kids like them only there's one difference: they've become savage cannibals. Alex and Ellie are rescued on their way to the station by Tom, a soldier, and the trio join together to find out what has happened to their world and if there is any safe place, any order within this chaos.

Ashes is an amazing book that leaves you wondering and questioning. You are constantly in the dark and piece things together just as Alex begins to understand them. The story is compelling and will hold your attention from beginning to end. Like few other similar books, Ashes explores the dark side of human nature and shows how in chaotic situations we too can become savages, we too are forced to do things we would never have dreamed of doing.

I would recommend this book to all others who enjoy a compelling story and don't mind being left in the dark and not one step ahead of the characters. If you liked books such as The Maze Runner and Lord of the Flies, books about survival, books with what-ifs and how-comes, then Ashes is the book for you.

Jana, 16

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Catching Fire 

by Suzanne Collins
06/18/2012 Categories: action dystopia romance survival stories

Catching Fire coverCatching Fire is about a violent game called, The Hunger Games, where children fight to the death -- until one person remains standing. It contains romance, action, and drama.

Catching Fire is a brilliantly plotted book, and you won't be able to put it down until you are done. I like how it uses so much detail, and how the story is told from the perspective of Katniss, the main character. If you are a fan of science fiction books with romance mixed in, then you would love to read Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins.

I recommend reading the first book of this series, The Hunger Games, before reading Catching Fire.

Milla, 12

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Matched 

by Allie Condie
06/05/2012 Categories: dating drama dystopia

Matched coverCassia lives in the Society that controls everything. They control what you eat, what your job is, and who you love and marry. To most, it is hardly the price to pay for a long life. The Matching ceremony happens the year they turn 17, and it's where guys and girls find out who they will spend the rest of their lives with. When Cassia sees her Match, she is certain that he is the one, until she glances at the microcard she is given, and sees another boy she knows. She then has to choose, a thing the Society forbid a long time ago, between the life she knows and loves or the unknown. 

Matched is a book that makes you think about how lucky you are to have choices. Because the setting is in the future, and references back to this time, you realize what could become of our society and way of living. It really hits that note of how important choices are because without them, someone else would rule our lives.

I thoroughly enjoyed reading it! I would most defiantly recommend this book to others because of the way it makes you feel about your life. Some take this for granted when actually we are very lucky to have our own choices everyday! Matched is a book for all and is amazing!

Chanel, 13

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Hunger Games 

by Suzanne Collins
04/26/2012 Categories: action adventure dystopia romance

Hunger Games cover12 districts offer up 2 tributes to participate in the Hunger Games, a deadly game created as punishment for when the districts rebelled. One girl, Katniss Everdeen, does the most shocking thing anyone has ever seen or heard... she volunteers for the Hunger Games when her sister is chosen at an event called the reaping. Soon after, she and Peeta Mellark, the other tribute from her district, are then taken away to the Capitol to begin their training to fight for their right to live.

The Hunger Games is the most heart-stopping and palm sweating book I have ever read! Suzanne Collins did the most amazing job in writing this book. It makes you rethink your opinions of the underdogs in any competition.

I would recommend this book to anyone who loves a great action, love, and adventure book. It has everything you could ever need in a book.

Aleck, 14

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City of Bones 

by Cassandra Clare
04/26/2012 Categories: dystopia fantasy magic mystery

City of Bones coverCity of Bones is a story about a girl, Clary Fray, who finds out more about her family than she could have ever imagined. She finds that her mother used to fight evil monsters, that the boy she likes, or might even love, might be her brother who was supposed to be dead, and to top it all off... her father was the most evil and manipulative man in universe. Clary has seriously wished that she never went out that faithful night.

City of Bones is a very magical book. It makes you want to look into your family history and see what is hiding. The story itself has so many interesting parts that it can not be put down. I would recommend City of Bones to anyone who loves a great action and adventure page turner. You have to have a lot of time for this book because you'll never be able to put it down!

Aleck, 14

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Divergent 

by Veronica Roth
04/26/2012 Categories: dystopia identity romance suspense

Divergent coverIn a future Chicago, society is divided into five factions, each dedicated to a particular virtue- Candor (the honest), Abnegation (the selfless), Dauntless (the brave), Amity (the peaceful), and Erudite (the intelligent). Each year, every 16 year old must choose a faction to devote the rest of their lives to. For Beatrice Prior, her decision is between family and herself. She makes the choice to leave her family in Abnegation and be who she was really meant to be- Dauntless. First, she must compete with other initiates to stay in Dauntless and not become factionless. She endures many trials and finds out more about herself than she could have ever imagined. But, she must keep this information to herself... or she could be killed.

Divergent is the most amazing book that I have ever read. I like the moral lesson, to become what YOU want to become rather than follow the path everyone else wants you to choose.

If you can relate to having other people make choices for you, this book is meant for you. "One choice can transform you."-Veroncia Roth

Aleck, 14

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The Hunger Games 

by Suzanne Collins
04/09/2012 Categories: action dystopia movie suspense

Hunger Games coverTalented and resourceful Katniss Everdeen is the breadwinner of the family--except there hasn't been much bread to go around for her impoverished family. Set in a dystopian society far into the future, The Hunger Games follows Katniss as she is forced to venture into a deadly, gladiator-like battle, solely for the elite's entertainment.

The Hunger Games was one of those books that I just couldn't put down, but at the same time, I felt like it was very depressing, so I couldn't make it on to the next book. Although I can't deny that the plot, characters, and setting were both enthralling and imaginative, I just couldn't find the motivation to pull myself through another bittersweet book.

Honestly, I think that everyone should at least give this book a try, but 7th graders and up would understand it better than younger kids. Also, this book is not for the squeamish! If you're afraid of some gory (but not too elaborate) details, feel free to revisit this book when you're a little older.

Erica, 16

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Divergent 

by Veronica Roth
04/05/2012 Categories: dystopia suspense

Divergent coverDivergent is set in a post apocalyptic future. Everyone is split up into 5 groups called factions. At 16, you have to choose which faction to initiate into. Finding out she's divergent, which means she's meant for all the factions and can't be affected by any mind control devices, Beatrice leaves her faction and when one faction tries to take over, it's her job to save the world.

Divergent is one of the best books I've read. It makes you think about your own feelings toward life but still makes you want to read about Beatrice's.

People who really enjoy reading books like The Hunger Games or the Uglies series would really love this book.

Sydney, 15

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The Lab 

by Jack Heath
02/29/2012 Categories: action dystopia spies suspense

The Lab coverAgent Six of Hearts is the best and youngest field agent in the vigilante force, The Deck, fighting against the evil government ChaoSonic that has corrupted the continent. The world is filled with an impenetrable fog, creating pollution and sickness--it's a miracle if one can live to 60. As an old enemy that was supposed to be crushed rises up once again, it's up to Six to stop them from creating a weapon of mass destruction that will allow ChaoSonic to gain complete control of not only their continent, but the world.

I loved this book for the action scenes. What's more exciting than a teenage spy in a dystopian world? Heath caught me by surprise in many of the twists and turns in this book, and every character is both memorable and likeable.

Anyone who likes the Alex Rider series (spies) or even the Hunger Games (dystopia) would enjoy this book.

Erica, 16

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Witch and Wizard 

by James Patterson
02/06/2012 Categories: dystopia siblings witches & wizards

Witch and Wizard coverOne sister and one brother are accused of being a witch and wizard. It's about this new society, run by The One Who Is The One, and how they are afraid of kids because they suspect that they have powers.

I absolutely loved this book! I thought that the writing was very easy-to-follow, and it wasn't a complicated storyline! I love all books about different societies, and how it makes you think how lucky we are, living in a country like ours.

I would definitely recommend this book to all lovers of the Hunger Games. I read this book right after I read the Hunger Games series and didn't think low on either of them. This was overall an AMAZING book!!

Chanel, 13

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Mockingjay 

by Suzanne Collins
02/06/2012 Categories: battles dystopia romance survival stories

Mockingjay coverMockingjay is the last book in the Hunger Games series and picked up right where it left off in Catching FireMockingjay was all about the rebels and how they are trying to take over Panem and rule the country. Katniss has many decisions to make, including whether she wants Gale or Peeta. She is as determined as ever in this book to kill President Snow, but must decide if she likes President Coin!

Overall, Katniss is amazing and so is this book!! Itwas amazing and overall perfect. It was very interesting because it makes you think how nice our civilization really is. It made me think about my little sister and how much I really care about her, just like Katniss does to Prim. The book had the perfect ending!

Yes, I would recommend this series to everyone, whether you are a boy or girl! Mockingjay, by Suzanne Collins, has the perfect combination of romance and fighting and is perfect for anyone!!

Chanel, 13

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The Road 

by Cormac McCarthy
12/10/2011 Categories: dystopia survival stories

The Road coverBoth a father and a son head south through desolate America after an apocalypse occurs. The father and son, both nameless throughout the story, create a false sense of hope that down south the weather will be warmer and other people will be there. Whether either truly believed it is up to the reader. The father's sole reason for remaining alive is to help show his son how to survive in a world that, for the most part, is dead.

I did enjoy reading this book because it was an amazing story that demonstrates parental love. The only thing that I did not like from this book was the mother's lack of courage to keep on living right from the start. A good example to never give up would be this father and his young son.

I would most definitely recommend this book to anyone who is mature enough to withstand some gruesome scenes that although not vividly described, are shocking. This is an easy, fast read so it would not consume much of the reader's time. I would recommend you try reading it in one sitting because it is very fast paced.

Maribel, 16

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Divergent 

by Veronica Roth
12/07/2011 Categories: dystopia survival stories

Divergent coverSet in a dystopian futuristic society where people are split into five factions that describe their character, Divergent follows the story of meek Beatrice Prior, who becomes caught between following her peers' words and her heart. As she encounters various trials that she'd never imagined before, she becomes stronger-- both physically and mentally. 

I liked Divergent, possibly even more than the Hunger Games, maybe because it was still a dystopian society but with a breath of hope in it, while the Hunger Games had a mainly dark and hopeless feel to it. The characters and plot were awesome, and I look forward to the sequel! 

There are some brutal moments in the book as well as some between Beatrice and a male character that may not be appropriate for younger kids. Therefore I would recommend this to a more mature audience, such as 8th grade and up, of both genders.

Erica, 16

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