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Sanctum 

by Madeleine Roux

Sequel to bestselling photo-illustrated novel Asylum, author Madeline Roux creates a continuation of the original photo-illustrated novel. The book continues where the last book left off as three friends who had met at the Brookline asylum try to move past their trauma, but are still haunted by the past. Dan, Abby, and Jordan must now return to Camford, where Dan realizes darker secrets than he'd imagined.

Sanctum keeps the thrilling writing style of Asylum that makes the novel hard to put down. Readers frequently realize new secrets the characters discover making it difficult to want to stop reading. The story also has just the right suspenseful tone so it can be creepy even when reading in light of daytime.

I would recommend this book, particularly to people who enjoy mystery, horror, suspense, and psychological. It may be too dark for some and should not be read by the easily frightened, but it does also have its more lighthearted moments such as those revolving around the friendships of the main characters. This book is for people looking for a thrilling, suspenseful read.

Hayley, 17

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Variant 

by Robison Wells

Variant coverBenson is a foster child who has been moving around from foster home to foster home ever since the age of 5, but then he decides to apply to Maxfield Academy and gets accepted along with a scholarship. Benson feels that for once everything is looking up, but then he gets to the academy and he sees that nothing is right. The school has no adults and the kids have to follow complex and weird rules. Break the rules and the punishment is death. The entire school is divided into three groups: Society, Havoc, and Variant. Benson joins the Variants and from day one begins planning his escape. And then he stumbles upon the schools secret and nothing is the same. Is escape even possible?

This book was one of the most breathtaking, heart pounding, gripping books ever! From the beginning, the entire school is a mystery and as you read along, trying to uncover its secrets, you slowly become more and more entangled into the story. The ending, especially the last two lines, was a great cliffhanger and leaves you yearning for book two. Although some of the school's secrets are uncovered, there are still so many more questions that keep arising.

This book is one that I think everyone who loves action, fast-paced stories will love. Variant is somewhat a modern version of The Lord of the Flies. If you loved The Maze Runner series than this book is definitively the one for you!

Jana, 16

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Lord of the Flies 

by William Golding

A band of boys get stranded on an island, away from society and everything they've ever believed in. As they stray further and further away from humanity's notion of "justice" and "law", what will save the boys in the end? If they ever get rescued, that is.

Lord of the Flies is a classic book that's pretty unconventional. It is chock-full of meaning and depth and because of that, I give it four stars. It lacks one star because I was pretty upset with the ending, but I believe that the ending makes the book THE BOOK.

I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who would like to challenge themselves. Most kids read this as a required book in high school, which is where I suggest you start, but if you're younger and like to really read in between the lines, go for it! Be careful though, some aspects of the book are gory and the entire story is dark as a whole.

Erica, 16

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Lord of the Flies 

by William Golding

Lord of the Flies coverLord of the Flies is about a plane of boys that crash onto an island and try to survive. They first start out by having a leader, but slowly they start to go insane.

I liked the book, but it was a little hard to read because of the advanced vocabulary. It was definitely psychological and dealt with a lot of hidden meanings in sentences that made you have to go back and read it again. 

I would recommend this book if you like adventurous settings. Also keep in mind this book is a challenge, and I would say that children twelve and older could read this.

Audrey, 14

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