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The Bone Clocks

by David Mitchell

The Bone ClocksThis book centers around the life of Holly Sykes, a seemingly normal girl from England. More importantly, it focuses on the lives that become wrapped up not only in Holly's, but the invisible struggle for power between two immortal, superhuman forces.

This carefully crafted book amalgamates the lives of mortals with those to whom immortality is simply a way of life. In doing so, Mitchell creates a book that both questions and answers how valuable our time on earth is. While some parts may prove to be a bit slow, the overall intrigue of the story is not lost.

The Bone Clocks is yet another title in David Mitchell's impressive repertoire of visionary novels. Enthralling story-telling, true to his style, pairs well with his cunning ability to leave you questioning even the simplest of motives. This newest novel of his is sure to capture those with a love of science fiction and honest realism alike.

Melina, 15

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The Scorch Trials

by James Dashner

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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Cinder

by Marissa Meyer

CinderThis book is about a girl who is caught between freedom and loyalty. Cinder, is a cyborg with an unknown past who works for her step mother and is constantly blamed for everything gone wrong in their lives. However, unbeknownst to her, her role in within the world is about to change.

I personally loved the book, it was really interesting to see a retelling of Cinderella set in the future. Plus, it was cool see the different point of views from characters because there was a lot more to the story line than just Cinder's.

I would definitely recommend this because it's filled with adventure, mystery, and some romance. Also, even though there is some romance it's not overpowering in any way.

Audrey, 17

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The Giver

by Lois Lowry

The GiverThe Giver is a Newbery Medal winning novel written by the influential children’s and young adult author Lois Lowry. It tells the tale of Jonas, a boy who has lived his life in a world of perfectly crafted monotony, in a community of people who look similar to him, learn the same things as he does, and only know the world in one way- their Community, the small, enclosed city where everyone receives their role and spouse and children. He is chosen, at the age of twelve, to be an apprentice to the man known only as The Receiver- the man chosen to hold all the memories of the past, with all their pain and all of their joy. The Receiver is the one called upon to recall the memories of the past and find the wisest path in the face of a decision, and the current one is growing old and needs an heir to his title. Jonas embarks on a task that completely changes his world- as he starts to receive memories, he starts to experience things like love and colour for the first time. As he learns through tremendous joy and pain, Jonas begins to discover the sickening truths behind his Community- and starts to learn how potent the past can be.

The Giver is one of the most beautiful and moving books I have ever read. It is set in a world profoundly strange to us- there is no colour, no love, and everything is controlled. Everything is alien to our sensibilities, yet Lowry draws her readers into the mind and worldview of Jonas effortlessly. It has a sense of simple grandeur uncommon among the books that typically make it to the top of the Young Adult charts, and its heartbreaking yet ambivalent end sticks in its readers’ minds like a photograph. Jonas is at once a naïve boy and a beacon of hope for the triumph of love and emotion, and the background characters, while understandably bland, still feel real in a way.

Lois Lowry has been called the godmother of YA dystopia, and The Giver is unquestionably a shining example of her skill in telling moving stories about surreal and painful circumstances. Readers of dystopias will love experiencing the genre in its early days and exploring the roots of newer books like Suzanne Collins’s Hunger Games trilogy. Regardless of usual taste, The Giver is an important read for all young fiction fans.

Jake, 15

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Allegiant

by Veronica Roth

AllegiantIn the third book to the Divergent series, Tris and her friends work to answer questions about their society and previous and current leadership. Tobias's mom tries to take over the city, while Tris and her friends leave to find out more about their mysterious society. Once again, Tris and her friends assume the roles as heroes and work to free their people from unwanted leadership.

I enjoyed this book because it wrapped up the series nicely. It explained how their society came to be, and it gave more history into Tris's parents.

I would recommend this to anyone who read the first two books in the series and I would recommend the entire series to anybody who enjoys a good read.

Chanel, 15

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1984

by George Orwell

19841984 was a story set in a futuristic, dystopian society. The society had telescreens everywhere and they watched everyone at all times. If you showed any signs of rebellion toward the leader, Big Brother, the Thought Police would take you away and you would disappear. This story followed Winston, the main character, and his rebellious journey in a world where everything is manipulated and everyone is watched.

I enjoyed reading this book because it was intriguing to see how a society like that works and lasts that long. Most of my favorite books are set in a dystopian, futuristic society, so this novel fit perfectly with my interests.

I would recommend this novel to anyone who is intrigued my those sort of societies. It is a classic and everyone should be exposed to it.

Chanel, 15

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Pretties

by Scott Westerfeld

PrettiesAt the end of the first book in the series, Tally agrees to become pretty to be a test subject so that she can save her best friend from the pretty operation. But, when she is pretty, she sees no problem with staying pretty. In this book, it follows Tally's journey of changing her mental state to stay normal.

I liked this book a lot. It was interesting to see how the society worked and why it worked that way. I also like to see Tally and her journey to stay normal.

I would recommend this book to anyone who read the first one in the series. It picks up right where the first book left off.

Chanel, 15

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Divergent

by Veronica Roth

DivergentThis book is about a girl who has to choose what faction she wants to go to. The factions are Abnegation, Amity, Euriodite, Candor, and Dauntless. Before she has to choose, she has to figure out is she is selfless enough.

This book was amazing. Tris turned out to be one of the best characters in this book for me because of the way she acts. I also figured out that I would want to be dauntless out of all of the factions because you have to be brave in order to be in that faction

I would recommend this book to others because it was such a great book. This book is very suspenseful. Make sure you grab the other books in this series. You will be disappointed if you can't complete this series after you finish this awesome book!

Rebecka, 15

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Trackers

by Patrick Carman

TrackersAdam Henderson is a total technology whiz. He spent most of his early life creating software and gadgets. Then later, he meets some friends who are admitted to his secret world of technology. When he stumbles across some codes that turns out to be messages regarding his personal life, information that he's never told anyone, he decides to tell his friends what's going on. In this high-tech game of cat and mouse, the Trackers find out that they are in a deep mess, more than what they bargained for, and there's no way out.

It was a good book, with lots of high-tech software, gadgets, and suspense to keep me entertained

I would recommend this to anyone who likes technology and government-related books.

Hieu, 14

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Champion

by Marie Lu

ChampionIn this third and final book of Marie Lu's Legend trilogy, all hell breaks loose. The Republic and its new, young leader Anden doesn't have a clue what to do when the Colonies break the peace treaty between it and the Republic. Meanwhile, the Republic's best and only hope, Day, is slowly dying. It's a race against time as Day, June, and Anden try to find a solution to make peace with the Colonies and bring an end to the long-lasting war.

It. Was. Epic. There was plenty of action and suspense, mixed in with a few unexpected twists to the story. This book captured me in its world and kept me turning its pages day and night.

I would recommend this book to anyone, not just people that like this type of genre. It is another of those books that is just plain awesome.

Hieu, 14

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Vortex

by S.J. Kincaid

VortexEver wanted to have a computer in your head that allows you to do practically anything? Well, now you can (in a way.) In this futuristic book, Tom Raines and his friends are 99.9% human, with that 0.1% being part computer. They are part of a government branch that helps the military defeat the Russo-Chinese in World War III. There are many friends and enemies along the way (some more than others.) Then Tom is forced to make a decision between betraying his country and saving his friends. What will he decide? Read Vortex to find out.

It was very good. It had a lot of action, witty humor, suspense, and just plain awesomeness.

I would recommend this book to anybody, not just the people who like sci-fi. It is just that good.

Hieu, 14

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I am Number Four

by Pittacus Lore

I am Number Four

People from the planet Lorien get invaded by the Mogadorians and desperately try to escape to Earth. Nine of the saviors of the planet are being hunted down by Mogadorians and can't see each other for fear of breaking a charm that keeps them alive. Three are killed, and now Number Four is next.

I really liked it because the main character showed himself as someone who could kick butt. John Smith also had incredible powers that allowed him to protect his loved ones and himself. John's meeting with Number Six was the best part, because he was reminded of his planet and regained hope.

I would recommend this book to anyone who likes aliens and people who have special gifts. This is a story about love and also the power of a group of people can prevail over evil.

Jacki, 17

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Eve & Adam

by Michael Grant & Katherine Applegate

Eve & AdamAfter Evening Spiker's leg was torn off in a car accident - and subsequently re-attached - she's been bored out of her mind while recovering at her family's high-tech pharmaceutical company. To ease her boredom, Evening's mother assigns her the task of designing the perfect boy, using a simulator the company made. But "Adam" isn't just a simple computer simulation, especially when he comes to life. Suddenly, questions about the company's shady background, and even about Evening herself come to light in this thrilling YA novel.

Eve & Adam is very engaging, with many thrilling chase scenes that make it impossible to put down. The main characters are likable enough, though a bit two-dimensional. My only complaint is that the plot was a bit far-fetched, and the background and setting weren't completely solid. There are a few real-life connections, like Apple Inc., and the band, The Pixies, but it still felt as if the book was set in the future.

I think that many people would enjoy Eve & Adam. The book itself is barely 300 pages, and anyone who likes reading romance with a dash of sci-fi would love it.

Kristine, 15

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Maximum Ride: the Angel Experiment

by James Patterson

Angel ExperimentMaximum Ride is the leader of her "flock"- 5 other kids who, like her, have wings and can soar above the clouds. They were experiments created by crazy scientists and have hard lives, from battling wolf/human hybrids to rescuing Angel from the School where they were tested and created.

I loved this book, from the action to the love, this book was truly amazing. I really liked how much Max cared for her family and would do anything to help them.

I would absolutely recommend this book to anyone who likes an exhilarating, fast-paced story with a well thought out story plan. It has the perfect amount of surprise and suspense.

Chanel, 14

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Uglies

by Scott Westerfeld

UgliesTally Youngblound lives in a futuristic society where all citizens are considered "ugly" until they undergo a surgery making them "pretty" at age 16. She declines this transformation after meeting a gal named Shay, who before leaving, tells her of a different, more interesting and rebelling life. Tally is then blackmailed by the leaders of the society, Special Circumstances, to find Shay or else never become pretty. This launches her into an adventure as a spy, whilst learning the deep secrets of her world that definitely aren't pretty. 

Uglies was a very good novel in many ways, but what stood out to me was the world it took place in. It really made me contemplate about an attractive future and how easily it could be manipulated. Aside from that, this book was very well detailed in its technology, and it moved at a quick pace despite its length.

Overall, this is an excellent novel for anyone who needs their dystopian fix. Anyone who enjoys sci-fi fiction would get a knack out of it, too.

Jakob, 15

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