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Never Let Me Go 

by Kazuo Ishiguro

As children, Kathy, Ruth, Tommy, and all the students of Hailsham are taught that they are special children, that they have a purpose, and that above all they must keep themselves healthy. However, the true nature of their horrifying life's purpose is eventually revealed and they must deal with the psychological trauma of facing their fate one by one. 

Though disturbing to read, this novel is refreshing in its own way because it follows the lives of characters who do not necessarily fight the corrupt system that they are born into. This causes the readers to consider how acceptance and desensitization play a role in a society that is so much bigger than the power of one individual. Through such a pessimistic point of view, Ishiguro actually inspires the reader to not give in to corruption and to appreciate the beauty of life. 

This book is different. It isn't fun to read at all, but in a way it feels necessary. Frustrating and depressing, it forces the reader to consider the value of life and the twisted side of humanity that will do anything to live as long as possible. In addition, it deals with love, jealousy, fear, and regret. 

Juila, 18

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The Last Star 

by Rick Yancey
12/12/2017 Categories: romance sci fi survival stories war

The last start takes off shortly after what has happened in The Last Star. Cassie must fight between her love for Evan and her fear for his kind.

This book was in my opinion not as captivating as the previous two book in this series. It was in a way confusing with the flash backs it contained. But I did enjoy how it changed perspectives in each chapter.

Never the less I would still recommend this book because of how much I enjoyed the previous two. If you like the previous two book you might like this one.

Emily, 16

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The Infinite Sea 

by Rick Yancey
12/12/2017 Categories: action romance sci fi war

Cassie, her little brother, and squad 53 have all taken refuge in a hotel they call "Walker Hotel". Ringer decides that the hotel won't be safe for much longer and goes off in search of a new place to take refuge. Through this time they grow weaker and must prepare for the challenge of fighting the silencers and the child army.

I really liked this book and how it had different perspectives each chapter. It contains romance, action, and suspense.

If you liked the The Hunger Games or Divergent then you will love this book. Its full of suspense and action. 

Emily, 16

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The Fifth Wave 

by Rick Yancey
12/12/2017 Categories: romance sci fi war

1st Wave: lights out, 2nd Wave: surf's up, 3rd Wave: pestilence, 4th Wave: silencers. Cassie has survived all of them and is now alone, maybe the last human on earth. She was found by a "silencer" and shot in the leg and left for dead until Evan Walker finds her and nourishes her back to health. They must fight together to find Cassie's little brother and survive the 5th wave.

I absolutely loved this book and the other two that follows. It is a twisted survival story unlike any other.

If you like romances and thrillers then you would love this story. This is meant for an older audience though so I recommend this for someone 15 years or older.

Emily, 16

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Divergent 

by Veronica Roth
09/23/2017 Categories: dystopia romance sci fi

Beatrice Prior is a unique character. She grew up in one of many factions. Abnegation is a value found in her parents and brother, but not her. To be Abnegation is to be selfless. Beatrice finds it difficult to fit into her own family. After taking an an aptitude test, and discovering that she is in fact, different, Beatrice is faced with a new problem: Who is she? What faction will she pick at the Choosing Ceremony?'

I enjoyed this book because it really expresses the beauty of being different, and maybe even helping you find yourself. Imagine yourself as one of the teens at the Choosing Ceremony. What virtues do you most relate to? 

Everyone should read this. Despite some romantic text, this is a truly great story. 

Priscilla, 12

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The Diabolic 

by S.J. Kincaid
07/20/2017 Categories: action romance sci fi

Nemesis is a word and name that indicates negative influences, just like all the other Diabolic names. Diabolics are soulless, savage creatures, incapable of any human emotion other than love and rage. Or so everyone thought. When Nemesis is sent to the court of her tyrant King, she encounters unexpected situations: a supposedly insane but handsome man, a plot to destroy the king, dark motives, twisted lies, and . . . true love? When it comes down to it, will Nemesis trust what everyone's been telling her, or her heart . . . which tells her she can be something more?

I really enjoyed this book because it was a fantastic story about how a young woman breaks free of what everyone has told her about herself--and what she believed--and chose to be someone SHE wanted to be. Nemesis is also a very interesting character because she's strong and brave, but utterly confused by what her heart is telling her, and her head. But what I didn't like was that there were some sexual references--not a lot, but some.

This is a good book for anyone who likes a cool, strong, karate-chopping girl who finds out who she is only by not listening to the voices she had been listening to her entire life. There is some romance in it too, as an added bonus, which really makes Nemesis's whole world flip upside-down. Also, if you like the victory of a scenario where a tyrant is given his dues and replaced by a better person, this is also a good book. But here's a warning--this book is a little emotionally chaotic, especially at the end (personally, I relish it).

Keila, 14

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Scarlet 

by Marissa Meyer
06/29/2017 Categories: dystopia fairy tale retelling fantasy sci fi

Scarlet Benoit is a young, spit-fire farm girl living in Rieux, France on a farm with her grandmother. . . . Until she goes missing. As Scarlet madly scrambles to find her grandmother, she meets a shy street fighter named Wolf, who might be able to help her in her search. But Wolf seems to have a dark, secret past . . . a past that could put both Scarlet and Wolf in terrible danger.

I really enjoyed this book because it was filled with mystery, danger, a twist of romance, and a hint of horror in some parts. It was really interesting to see two different people--a shy street fighter and a fiery farm girl--slowly fall in love while at the same time trying to battle illusions and the past. I also enjoyed how it didn't have too much romance (some romance in other books is really sappy and bleh).

For those who enjoy a clean, exciting, fast-paced read with spit-fire girls and compelling mysteries, this is a really good book to look in to. If you like a lot of romance, this book isn't for you, but if you like a twist of it, then I suggest you try out Scarlet. The mysteries are really good ones in this book, too. You can tell it is really important as you get more hints and suspicions, but you don't get all the answers until the end.

Keila, 14

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Pretties 

by Scott Westerfeld
06/10/2017 Categories: dystopia fantasy sci fi technology

Tally is a pretty now, empty-headed and foolish, and she looks perfect and can't decide what to wear to a party. There at the party, she finds one of her old friends dressed up as one of her oldest nightmares; a Special, a member of Special Circumstances. He tells her that he hid a note and gift somewhere in an old mansion. She then finds something to return her to her older self; well, at least the way her mind thinks, and fights (yet again) against Special Circumstances to get what is right.

I thought it was a pretty good book. It wasn't as good as Uglies, the first book in the trilogy, but it was still very good. Tally goes on an adventure, finding what is right, and learns a little along the way.

I would recommend this book to you if you like romance and adventure. I recommend that you read the first book because, like almost all book series, all the books after the first one won't make sense if you haven't read the first book.

Cailin, 11

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Cinder 

by Marissa Meyer
06/07/2017 Categories: fairy tale retelling fantasy sci fi

A futuristic Cinderella tale, Cinder tells the story of a cyborg mechanic girl named Cinder, who catches the eye of the prince of New Beijing. While getting to know the prince, she learns about her history, another race with the power to control people, and how she is a large key into saving New Beijing- and the world.

I found this story extremely intriguing. A girl who is discriminated against yet still saves the world is inspiring, yet it's still a fictional page turner. As it's the first book in a series, The Lunar Chronicles, it's a really nice beginning that picks up speed and sets the mood for the rest of the series. It's a story that I stayed up late into the night reading.

Every book in the series, Cinder, Scarlet, Cress, and Winter, is perfect for anyone with a sense of adventure. The only thing I don't like are the small romantic bits, I found them awkward. You can't go wrong with this book, as there is something for everyone.

Alexis, 13

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Fahrenheit 451 

by Ray Bradbury
04/26/2017 Categories: sci fi

Fahrenheit 451 is about a future in America where books are burned by firemen along with the houses that are hiding books. Montag, the main character, has been a firefighter for 10 years. He has never questioned why they burn the books until he meets a 17 year old girl who tells him about the past and how no one was afraid of thinking.

I liked the book because I enjoy reading books about the future. It makes you think about how the future can be if people were to stop thinking. I like how the book had a young girl who was questioning why the future was so different from the past. It makes you think about how our present is different and sometimes worse than the past of many.

I would recommend this book to people who has ever questioned why we do things the way we do them today. Anyone who thinks about how different the future will be should read this book. Also the book is a great example of how there will always be people who will not settle for what everyone is doing and will always try to change things for the better.

Sandra, 16

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Fahrenheit 451 

by Ray Bradbury
04/20/2017 Categories: mystery older teens sci fi

Established in a dystopian society, books are outlawed and "firemen" are used to burn and eliminate these books in fear of knowledge and power among people. However, one fireman named Guy Montag uncovers the secrets of society's past and the origin of these book burnings which causes him to go deeper into the history of his society. As Montag discovers more and more secrets, he finds himself more in danger of losing his family, friendship, and his identity.

Fahrenheit 451 is a classic book that I believe everyone should read, because it signifies why reading is so important and it gives us this vision of what the future may be like if technology takes over our society and our world.

I would totally recommend this book to middle school and high school students, along with young adults. This book is more geared towards teens and young adults. I feel like they would enjoy it due to the interesting plot. 

Kirsten, 15

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I am Number Four 

by Pittacus Lore
04/20/2017 Categories: friendship high school drama sci fi

He has no name, really, or a permanent home; just Number 4, and his home was a planet in a different galaxy, that got taken over by another alien race. One month he's Broden living in Kansas, the next he's Zak in Montana. 4 has to move yet again, to stay as far away from the other alien race searching to kill him. John (which is his new name) settles in a new town in Ohio and when he finally feels at home, they come to kill him, but he and his friends fight back and stop them.

I thought it was a pretty good book. It was especially interesting with all the different alien people on Earth, with each race trying to kill each other.

If you like characters that are far different from everyone else and action, you would really like this book. This book made me want to never put it down, it was so good!

Cailin, 11

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Cinder 

by Marissa Meyer
04/20/2017 Categories: fairy tale retelling fantasy romance sci fi

Cinder is a cyborg who lives with her stepmother and stepsisters. One day, Cinder's stepsister Peony gets a deadly virus, and Adri (Cinder's stepmother) gets extremely upset at Cinder and signs her up for testing cures on people who are willing to volunteer. There, Cinder learns a lot about who she really is, and how she has to save the world from the Lunar people from the moon.

I really enjoyed Cinder! It was a great book, with lots of action and romance and cliff-hangers.

I would recommend this book to other girls who like romance and action with a touch of mystery.

Cailin, 11

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Feed 

by M.T. Anderson
03/04/2017 Categories: sci fi technology terminal illness

This book is about a futurist society where everyone has the internet implanted in their brains, even from a young age. This book follows a boy who has never had to think for himself and now has to learn there is more to this world then he had previously thought.

This book had a very good plot line, how a boy had to learn to think for himself. The writing however left a lot to be desired. The author, seemingly on purpose, uses very low level language, quite a bit of cussing, and slightly improper grammar. She does this because the main character is uneducated, which is very clever, but can be a little bit annoying.

I would not recommend this to someone who does not enjoy cussing or who gets annoyed by little grammar errors. The story line is very interesting though and I would recommend you reading it if you can ignore those other factors.

Mackenzie, 15

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The Host  

by Stephenie Meyer
02/23/2017 Categories: romance sci fi supernatural

The Host is an interesting story about "souls" who get placed in humans (erasing the original human), in order to take over their bodies and eventually the dying Earth. When Melanie, the main character, refuses to leave her body, her and the new soul placed inside of her must learn to compromise and work together to achieve what they want. At first Wanderer, the new soul, treats Melanie as an enemy, and wishes for nothing but Melanie to leave. However, when she begins to share thoughts and feelings with Melanie, Wanderer realizes that what the souls are doing is wrong as she begins to fall in love with Melanie's lover. The two souls go on an amazing story of love and hope to save the world and get back to the one they love.

I enjoyed The Host, because it is not only an interesting story of two conflicting souls, but also a lovers journey during the end of the world. This book is an interesting tale of human empowerment and the strength in their emotions when the world is being threatened.

I would recommend The Host to anyone who enjoys books about love, and the strength of human emotions. If you like love stories filled with action and passion, I highly suggest readind it!

Sara, 14

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