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by M.T. Anderson

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

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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I Am Number Four: The Lost Files: The Legacies

by Pittacus Lore

This book was a companion novel to the I Am Number Four series going into the backstory of several main characters. There are two stories about the Gaurde who are aliens that have come to earth to stop an evil race of aliens called the Mogadorians from destroying the planet. The Gaurde fled their own planet when Mogadorians destroyed it. The third story is about one of the Mogadorians and his experiences as the son of an important general.

This was a great book that showed the backstory of several characters from the series and went more in depth about the Mogadorians race as well. It's action packed and a great read. The whole idea behind the aliens in the book was really fascinating and fun to read.

I would definitely recommend this book but it would make more sense and be more enjoyable if you read the first book in the I Am Number Four series before you read this one. I started the series because of a recommendation. The whole series is action packed and great for anyone who likes a good fantasy novel.

Isabella, 14

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This Shattered World

by Amie Kaufman & Meagan Spooner

This book is about two complete opposites. She is the best soldier on the planet of Avon, and He is the leader of the opposing rebellion. When they both find that what they want really isn't that different, they must find a way to work together to stop the fight, and uncover a huge secret that could destroy their planet, all the while battling their inner demons.

This was a good book, because it provides an insight on how opposing characters can become the closest of friends, and how the right thing to do, isn't the easiest. It also introduces a great story about love in the midst of war.

I would recommend this book to those who enjoy science fiction and romance stories. The perspective of the novel shifts from chapter to chapter, so it may appeal to some readers.

Natalie, 15

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These Broken Stars

by Amie Kaufman & Meagan Spooner

These Broken Stars is a story about two very different people; a soldier who came from nothing, and a girl who was born into one of the richest families in the galaxy. Together they must find a way to survive after they crash landed on a deserted planet. They encounter an eerie discovery on their way back home.

I really did like this book, because it provides an interesting view of the future through Science Fiction. The story’s location not only includes planet Earth, but the entire galaxy. The combination of Science Fiction mixed with a love story provides a good book, and excellent story line.

I would recommend this book to those who enjoy Science Fiction and romance stories with shifting perspectives.

Natalie, 15

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Their Fractured Light

by Amie Kaufman & Meagan Spooner

This book is about two people; Gideon, a galaxy renowned hacker, and Sofia, a brilliant con artist. When their paths collide one day, the pair is forced to work together to survive, all the while struggling to trust each other, and, ultimately, themselves. The two must find a way to overcome their hurdles and find a way to save the universe.

I liked this book because it shows the value of choice, and how people are what they choose to be. It also shows how hard work trust can be, but how wonderful it is when it's achieved. The biggest lesson in this book, is how to still love after enduring so much pain, and how love is found in the most unexpected places.

I would recommend this book to those who enjoy science fiction and romance stories. The perspective of the novel changes from chapter to chapter, so it may appeal to some readers.

Natalie, 15

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Cress : The Lunar Chronicles

by Marissa Meyer

Cress follows the journey of several people throughout their journey to save Earth from the lunar planet. The main focus throughout the book is on characters Cress and Thorne, who crashed on earth from a satellite, and they now must find their way through the desert. Cress has never been on Earth, so she must learn to adapt, and handle what she came to do.

I liked this book because it was never boring, and was interesting to read. The book mixes both action and romance to form a very well written book that keeps you guessing after every chapter, which is fun to read.

I would recommend this book to others if they like a bit of a futuristic aspect, and those who like love stories. The perspectives switch around after every chapter, so it may be appealing to some readers.

Natalie, 14

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The Hunger Games

by Suzanne Collins

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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Tracked

by Jenny Martin

Earth as we know it has changed. The climate has become unstable, unsafe (in most areas) for human life. Major corporates now rule the land and oppress the people. Welcome to the world of Tracked. Phoebe Van Zant is a 17-year-old rally racer, the best on the streets. Her many victories catch the attention of Charles Benroyal, an owner of the most powerful corporation. She and her best friend, Bear, are blackmailed into joining Benroyal to race for him. When Phoebe finds out the Benroyal is playing a more dire game than she figures, it's up to Phoebe and her rebel friends to dethrone Benroyal and restore Earth to its former glory.

This book was amazing. There was plenty of action in the book along with adrenaline-pumping details of races. This book is something to die for.

The world in Tracked is almost exactly the same as the world in Hunger Games. Substitute the Games for rally racing, President Snow for Charles Benroyal, Gale for Bear, Peeta for Prince Cash, Katniss Everdeen for Phoebe Van Zant, and you've got the general idea of its similarities. For those who love Hunger Games, this is the book for you.

Hieu, 16

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The Mysterious Benedict Society

by Trenton Lee Stewart

This book was about a man named Leopathdra Curtain who invents a machine called the Whisperer. Mr. Benedict, his brother who invented the Reciever, puts together a team of children to go to his school, the Institute, and stop him. The kids names are Constance, Kate, Reynie, and Sticky (George).

It was good because of how it projected the future. I liked it because it was like a science fiction book and mystery in one. It had a few futuristic machines like the Whisperer which can project thoughts into people's minds and make them think certain phrases.

I would recommend this book because it has cliffhangers between chapters, it leaves off at a exciting part. People who like mysteries should enjoy this book. It has parts that science fiction lovers would like. One example is that a machine can do a brain sweep and erase all memories. That type of machine hasn't been invented yet!

Stone, 13

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The House of Power

by Patrick Carman

Atherton, an artificial world, is a three layer world that includes The Highlands, The Tabletop, and The Flatlands. The Highlands sank into The Tabletop and war erupted and now The Tabletop is sinking into The Flatlands. In The Flatlands, there are creatures called Cleaners that will eat every thing in their paths. The Highlands and The Tabletop must unite to defeat them.

I enjoyed reading The House of Power. It was good because it described what it might be like to live in any of the three levels on Atherton. It taught what might happen if the industrial race continues and we don't give Earth's resources time to replenish before we use them again and that we will eventually run out of resources on Earth. We might have to rely on machines to keep us alive and not be able to go outside because of the bad air quality and pollution.

This book takes place around 2105 and Atherton has been completed. It tells of a futuristic time where the Earth has become overly polluted and the sky is black which is why it is named The Dark Planet. I would recommend it to science fiction lovers. It it a great start to the Atherton series. It is one of the best books of science fiction I have ever read. 

Stone, 11

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The Hunger Games

by Suzanne Collins

In the ruins of a place once known as North America lies the nation of Panem, Capitol forces the districts all to send one boy and one girl between the ages of twelve and eighteen to participate in the annual Hunger Games, a fight to the death on live TV. Sixteen-year-old Katniss Everdeen is chosen for her district. if she is to win, she will have to start making choices that weigh survival against humanity and life against love.

The Hunger Games is a splendid book because it tells about a possibility for the near future. I like how it is so descriptive throughout the whole story o whats going on, while reading it you can almost feel as if that person in the book was you.

I would absolutely recommend this book. If you like action and determination type stories this definitely is the book for you.

Melissa, 13

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The Revenge of Seven

by Pittacus Lore

The fifth in the series, this book continues the adventures of aliens from Lorien battling the Mogadorians on planet Earth. The Lorien Garde try to defend themselves as well as the planet as the Mogadorians begin their invasion.

I love this book because it is packed full with action, romance, and fantasy. I also think that the book is well written and Pittacus Lore is successful in getting the reader to give up the willing suspension of disbelief.

I would recommend this book to people who liked books such as the HostHunger Games, Fablehaven, and Divergent. It has the same action and romance feel but with a bit of an alien twist.

Emma, 18

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Things Hoped For

by Andrew Clements

Gwen is a violinist in Manhattan competing for entry to one of Manhattan's top music schools. She doesn't need more stress, but her grandfather disappears with only a phone message addressed to her as a clue to where he is. Then she meets Robert, who's also auditioning, and things suddenly don't seem so bad. But when a dead body is found in her home and an invisible man shows up inside her house, Gwen and Robert are suddenly brought together in a way they could never have imagined. Things Hoped For is the second in the series started by the book Things Not Seen.

Things Hoped For is a great book because it makes you think through different perspectives. I like how the characters from the first book of the series tie in with the setting and people of this book.

If you like science-fiction or suspense stories, you will very much enjoy reading Things Hoped For.

Julia, 13

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Things Not Seen

by Andrew Clements

Things Not SeenThings Not Seen is about a teenage boy named Bobby who wakes up one day and discovers that he's invisible. When the police get involved with his unique (or is it unique?) situation he has to learn how to survive in a world where people are frightened by the unusual. Will Bobby ever become visible again? Or will he have to stay this way forever, lonely and isolated from everyone but the ones closest to him?

I like this book because it shows how people view things differently. When Alicia meets Bobby she thinks he's just a normal person because she's blind. Everyone else, on the other hand, freaked out when they heard or felt Bobby, but didn't see him.

I would recommend this book because it's good and interesting to think about things from different perspectives. People who like science fiction with a little bit of suspense would probably like this book. 

Julia, 13

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