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Cinder 

by Marissa Meyer
03/27/2015 Categories: adventure mystery sci fi

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
03/24/2015 Categories: dystopia emotions & feelings ethics sci fi

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
05/13/2014 Categories: animals classic dystopia politics sci fi

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
05/13/2014 Categories: body image dystopia sci fi

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
03/29/2014 Categories: action dystopia identity sci fi social classes

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
03/26/2014 Categories: action masterminds sci fi technology

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
03/26/2014 Categories: action dystopia plague romance sci fi war

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
03/26/2014 Categories: action sci fi suspense virtual reality

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
12/07/2013 Categories: movie sci fi

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
09/30/2013 Categories: romance sci fi

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
07/23/2013 Categories: body image dystopia sci fi

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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Son 

by Lois Lowry
05/22/2013 Categories: dystopia family drama sci fi

SonThis book is the sequel to The Giver. Son is about Claire, the mother of a young boy named Gabe. Gabe gets taken from Caire at birth, and she starts this big journey to find him.

I did like this book because it has sort of a dystopian setting. I also like this book because it is told by the point of Claire and not Jonas (a boy in the community).

I would recommend this to others because I think this book has a great plot and is not too intense for younger people

Sabrina, 14

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Planet of the Apes  

by Pierre Boulle
04/25/2013 Categories: movie sci fi

In the not-too-distant future, three astronauts land on what appears to be a planet just like Earth, with lush forests, a temperate climate, and breathable air. But while it appears to be a paradise, nothing is what it seems. They soon discover the terrifying truth: On this world humans are savage beasts, and apes rule as their civilized masters. In an ironic novel of nonstop action and breathless intrigue, one man struggles to unlock the secret of a terrifying civilization, all the while wondering: Will he become the savior of the human race, or the final witness to its damnation?

I love science fiction, so I was drawn to this book when the Rise of the Planet of the Apes came out in theaters. I wanted to see what the original story was since I never saw the original 1968 film.  I love the social commentary Bouelle dishes out and the shocking ending that I never saw coming.

I would definitely recommend this book because it is a short read that opens your mind to crazy possibilities and makes you really think about the future of the human race. It also has plenty of irony like picturing inarticulate humans being subjected to degrading, invasive experiments and chimpanzees ruling the planet with intellectual might.

Rebecca, 17

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