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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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Lord of the Flies 

by William Golding
09/29/2015 Categories: classic survival stories

Lord of the Flies is the story of a group of boys who crash on an island with no adults. They have to fend for themselves in order to stay alive. The leader, Ralph, tries to keep everything under control, with his friend, Piggy. Will everything go according to plan? Will they make it or break it?

I believed Lord of the Flies was very well-written. It showed you how a human being would act if placed in the same situation. The book expresses the dramatization of the civil and barbaric side of the human being.

I would highly recommend this book to others because it makes you wonder how a group of humans would act in the same situation the other boys were in. Would we act the same? Or differently? I would recommend this book to readers ages thirteen and up due to the violence and language.

Sara, 14

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The Death Cure 

by James Dashner
04/20/2015 Categories: dystopia survival stories

The final piece of the series, The Death Cure is about W.I.C.K.E.D's efforts to find an antidote to the epidemic that has plagued the world. The Gladers, as well as Group B, are cooped up in the organization's headquarters. After escaping, they travel to Denver, where they begin to see the true wrath of the Flare. Friends are lost in the chaos.

I love this book even though endings are always bittersweet to me. With events that come out of nowhere, I couldn't put down my book. I found myself haunted somewhat by the drudging finality of the story near the end. I didn't really like how Thomas has Brenda as a love interest, but the memorandum message from Chancellor Paige was a good last word.

This book would be great for anyone who likes having their heart thrown around with all of the surprising outcomes there are. Anyone who likes a good death will appreciate this novel, and anyone who likes a good mystery will pour over it like I have. And remember, W.I.C.K.E.D. is good.

Desiree, 14

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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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The Kill Order 

by James Dashner

The Kill OrderThe prequel to the Maze Runner, The Kill Order is the story of how the sun flares ruined society, how the Flare came to be. Taking place before any of the trials, it follows Mark, a survivor, and his tight group of friends as the insanity that is the Flare is unleashed and they search for answers.

At first I was a bit hesitant while reading it, I was being introduced to new characters which is not the most fun. After forcing myself to pour over the first dozen chapters (there are 67 but it goes by fast) I found myself becoming intrigued with the plot. I like how James Dashner is able to use words to form imagery in my mind's eye. With the occasional Dashner plot twist, I loved learning more about the back story with The Kill Order.

I would recommend this book to anyone who likes dystopian stories such as the Hunger Games or Divergent. If you like a good action story that's laced with romance and mystery, you'll love this amazing prequel. Or if you just like to get away with a good fiction, this is a good choice to do so. Warning though, you should read the other three Maze Runner books before this one; semi-spoiler alert.

Desiree, 14

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The Fault in Our Stars 

by John Greene

The Fault in Our StarsIn the book, a girl named Hazel Grace has cancer. She starts going to teen groups with other cancer teens. Hazel loves reading poetry.  She meets a boy named Augustus Waters. Ausgustus Waters is a handsome 16 year old. They eventually fall in love, but something tragic happens.

I loved this book. I consider this book one of the best books I've ever read. It had me hooked from the beginning to the end. I could not put this book down. The Fault in Our Stars is a definite page turner! This book is also one of the saddest books I've ever read. John Green knows how to make readers cry oceans. 

I would recommend this book to all teens, both boys and girls. It is a good read. Be prepared to cry your eyes out in this one!

Alissa, 14

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Lord of the Flies 

by William Golding
05/13/2013 Categories: human behavior survival stories

A plane crash leaves several young boys stranded on an island. Two of the boys, Ralph and Piggy, give rules to the rest to gather food, make shelters, and create signal fires. A third boy named Jack takes a different path and through the actions of these children. Lord of the Flies reveals the animal nature of humans that the author believes is true.

The novel is middle of the road for me. It contains several themes and ideas in a dangerous atmosphere. Being stranded on an island is dangerous enough but once you recall that all the characters in the book are young boys, the book becomes a lot darker and more suspenseful. Personally, I disliked that all of the characters are male, whereas if the story was told with females, I believe it would have been more interesting.

Chances are, the average teenager has read this novel. If not, I would be hesitant on a recommendation unless the reader wants a thought provoking novel with ideological sandboxes to dig into.

Jakob, 15

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Wild Things 

by Clay Carmichael
04/01/2013 Categories: action animals friendship survival stories

Wild ThingsImagine that your mom was mental and left you to your own devices to survive. Then she died. That's what happened to Zoe, a nearly 12 year old girl. Taken in by her uncle Henry, a blacksmith, she quickly warms up to him and befriends a wild cat and her wild half-brother along the way.

This book was really awesome! It was also nominated for an award!

Yes, I liked this book because Zoe showed a lot of maturity and trust. This is definitely a story for all to read.

5 stars

Hieu, 13

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Chicken Soup on the Real Deal: School 

by Jack Canfield

Real Deal coverThis book will tell you everything you need to know about how to survive high school. Literally your survival guide, this also features excerpts from the editor's life.

I would recommend this book because it was a really good read. It felt connected to me in a way I can't even imagine. If you like real-life books then go for this book.

Hieu, 13

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The Things They Carried 

by Tim O'Brien

This book is about a soldier and his experiences in the Vietnam war. He elaborates on the emotional and traumatizing experiences and demonstrates the difficulties of war.

I loved this book because it gave you a perspective on what occurs in war. It allows the reader to see the effects that war, especially Nam, had on the solders.

I would recommend this book to people who like history! This book will speak to all and make you realize the different aspects of war.

Melissa, 17

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The Hatchet 

by Gary Paulsen
12/12/2012 Categories: survival stories

Hatchet coverBrian Robeson is training to be a pilot and is flying as a co-pilot with another man. The man then has a heart attack and Brian has to try to fly the plane alone but can't keep control of it and crashes into a forest. Brian is left to fend for himself, fishing to get food, eating berries, and fighting off animals all in an effort to survive.

I thought it was written very well and was a very easy book to understand and read. I would definitely recommend this book to others. It is a pretty easy book to get into and fun to read. It could be the book to read on a plane ride or road trip. People who like solo-survival books would really like this one.

Kevin, 14

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The Cay 

by Theodore Taylor
12/12/2012 Categories: african americans survival stories

The Cay coverThis book takes place around the time of World War II. It involves a boy named Philip who one day goes on a boat back to Virginia with his mother. The boat sinks and the boy ends up surviving being trapped on an island with an African man and his cat. He then has to survive through starvation, thirst, and a hurricane, waiting for rescue.

I liked this book quite a bit. It was written very well. I found it very easy to get into and it was a pretty easy read.

I would recommend this book to others. I'm sure they would have a good and easy time reading it. People who would most like it would be ones that like the thought of surviving on a deserted island.

Kevin, 14

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Lord of the Flies 

by William Golding
12/12/2012 Categories: movie survival stories

This book is about a group of boys who were on a plane and crash on a deserted island. One boy named Ralph is wandering the beach looking for other survivors and finds one other boy, nicknamed Piggy. Ralph finds a conch shell, decides to blow on it as a signal for other survivors, if there are any, to come to them. It turns out they are all still alive and have to survive until rescue comes, that is, if it comes.

I thought this book was pretty good, but I couldn't really get into it to much. I thought it was a good concept for a book, but I feel it could have been better portrayed.

I would recommend this book to others because it is a good book if you don't have anything else to read. I feel that people who are into books that involve survival such as The Cay and The Hatchet would like this one.

Kevin, 14

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Variant 

by Robison Wells

Variant coverVariant is about a teen named Benson Fisher, who is enrolled in a school where there are no adults, internet, telephones, communication with the outside world, and ultimately, no escape. However, escape is Benson's only option for himself, even though no one has ever escaped before without vanishing or being killed. Benson is trying to figure a way out, as well as who he can and cannot trust.

Variant is an extremely interesting book because there are twist and turns at every chapter that make you want to reach the end. I literally read the novel in one night. As soon as you think the book might start to get boring, something pops up that is beyond your imagination.

If you like science fiction, survival, or coming of age genres, I would recommend Variant because of its action-packed, fast-paced content.

Taylor, 14

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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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