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Orphanage 

by Robert Buettner
08/13/2012 Categories: battles military sci fi war

Image resultIn the novel Orphanage, extraterrestrials fire projectiles at major cities on earth leaving thousands orphaned and alone. The military needs volunteers to fight back and these kids are quick to sign up, having nothing to loose, they are sent to fight back.

I like this book because it has lots of action, humor, and amazing details throughout the story.

If you are a die hard sci-fi fan you will love this book!

Liam, 15

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Bunker 10 

by J.A. Henderson

Bunker 10 coverIn Bunker 10, several children living in a military outpost are left alone with nothing but their wits to figure out what happened. When a team of heavily armed killers arrives at the base things go from bad to all out warfare.

I liked this book because it is exciting and suspenseful. People who would like this book would be people who enjoy sci fi novels or video games.

Liam, 15

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The Strand Prophecy 

by J.B.B. Winner
08/13/2012 Categories: action sci fi suspense

Image resultIn The Strand Prophecy, a mysterious superhero named Strand discovers that the Earth is going through a rapid evolutionary cycle, which means that monsters of all kinds are threatening and killing humans. Strand has to protect the innocent, such as his niece, from both the monsters and the government, while dealing with his own internal struggles.

The Strand Prophecy is an incredible, well-written novel that is full of action, drama, and surprises. Even though its details and descriptions may go a bit overboard sometimes, it's full of pictures and sketches that help readers visualize the ideas and characters.

I
recommend this book to all science-fiction lovers, from teens to adults. This
book is extremely underrated and unknown for how fantastic it is!

Jakob, 15

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Time Riders 

by Alex Scarrow
08/13/2012 Categories: sci fi

Time Riders coverTime Riders is a novel about three teenagers from different times in history who are drafted before death to keep history from being changed. While they are learning the ropes, another time traveler alters the course of WWII so the Nazis won.

I like this book because it is thrilling and has many different parallel futures that keep you guessing till the end. 

I would recommend this book to fans of books like Timeline and die hard sci-fi fans like myself.

Liam, 15

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Atlas Shrugged 

by Ayn Rand
08/13/2012 Categories: classic dystopia sci fi

Atlas Shrugged coverThe world is falling apart at the seams; orders and shipments are late, the country is in debt, problem after problem keep on arising and everyone is at a loss as to what to do. And through this chaos, Dagney Taggert wants to make sure that her railroad keeps on running, but she finds herself facing multiple obstacles as the "destroyer" tries to stop her. And now Dagney finds herself struggling to save the industry and keep real honest hard working men from the destroyer's grasp. And she finds herself realizing the true meaning behind the question: Who is John Galt?

Atlas Shrugged is by far one of the greatest and most thought-provoking books ever written. Rand forces you to stop and look around at the world and makes you wonder what is in store for the human race and if there's any hope for the future. The story, although complex at first, ties together nicely at the end. Although a simple story, Rand is able to write it in a way that keeps the reader on the edge of their seat. 

I would recommend this book to everyone who loves the classics and doesn't mind reading a very (and I mean very) big book. Atlas Shrugged is definitely for those readers who love to read about the world around them and want to be introduced
to a new train of thought.

Jana, 17

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Strand Book II: Extinction's Embrace 

by J.B.B. Winner
08/13/2012 Categories: sci fi

Image result for Extinction's EmbraceContinuing the Strand series, the world has taken refuge from the evolved monsters, finding new and more technological places to live. However, while discovering new evolved species, Strand and his team have to find out why millions of people are migrating north, as it houses a dangerous threat.

The second addition to the Strand series, Strand Book II: Extinctions Embrace, is an interesting follow up to the first book, taking place quite some time after the first. Personally, I found it to be a bit underwhelming compared to the first book, as it introduced way more characters than I think were necessary.

I only recommend this book to those who have read the first, as it  is way easier to follow that way.

Jakob, 15

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Subject Seven 

by James A. Moore
07/24/2012 Categories: action sci fi suspense

Subject Seven coverIn the book Subject Seven, James A. Moore writes about a government project gone awry. Subject Seven, a "sleeper" assassin living inside a teenager, breaks free and searches for others like him to destroy the thing he hates most, the people who created him.

I like this book because it is suspenseful and keeps you guessing. The action is also thrilling and goes into in depth detail of the characters' thoughts.

I would recommend this book to someone who likes action movies and science fiction.

Liam, 15

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Twisted Metal 

by Tony Ballantyne
07/24/2012 Categories: action sci fi war

Twisted Metal coverTwisted Metal is a book about a robot named Karel who lives in Turing City, a city where free thinking, intelligent thought, and individuality is encouraged. On the city's borders are the mechanized army of Artemis that have conquered many a city before and have imposed their philosophy that everyone should be the same to promote equality. As these two societies butt heads, the reader can only guess who will come out on top.

I like this book because it is action packed and has a wide variety of characters who share their point of view along with Karel.

I would recommend this book to people who like science fiction and robots, as well as fans of war stories.

Liam, 15

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A Crack in the Sky 

by Mark Peter Hughes

Crack in the Sky coverA Crack In the Sky is a dystopian novel about Eli, the youngest member of the Papadopolous family that runs Infiniticorp. After a global disease wipes out much of humanity, Infinticorp builds domed cities for the survivors. Eli notices flaws in the holographic sky over Atlanta. He is determined to find out the truth even when nobody else will believe him. His quest leads him to question all he has ever known and what secrets the domes hide.

I like this book because it keeps you guessing until the end and shows a glimpse of a future that may not be too far away.

I would recommend this book to anyone who likes post apocalyptic novels and science fiction.

Liam, 15

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The Fox Inheritance 

by Mary Pearson
07/03/2012 Categories: action dystopia sci fi suspense

Fox Inheritance coverJenna, Kara, and Locke were great friends who stuck together through everything, but one day an accident happens and as they lay dying, Jenna's father scans and saves their minds in the hopes of saving them. 260 years later Locke and Kara awaken to a new world and learn that Jenna has been alive for the past 260 years and has done nothing to save them from the darkness. After finding out that they are nothing more than floor models for prospective buyers who may want to preserve their minds for the future, Locke and Kara run away and find themselves in a whole new world. The two get separated, but their destination is the same: Jenna. Locke finds himself rushing against the clock because he knows that Kara's mad, he knows she wants revenge. 

This book is fantastic; the sequel to The Adoration of Jenna Fox, this book gives you insight as to what happened to the other characters and the lives in store for them. The future world that Pearson creates is realistic. This book will leave you wondering about the importance of friendship, trust, and the human mind and soul.

I would recommend this book to everyone who loves to wonder about the future and where mankind is headed. It will definitely leave you wondering and questioning. If you loved The Adoration of Jenna Fox, then this book is a must-read.

Jana, 16

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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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Cinder 

by Marissa Meyer
04/26/2012 Categories: fairy tale retelling romance sci fi

Cinder coverIn New Beijing, cyborgs and humans live together, not peacefully, but still together. Cinder, a cyborg, is one of New Beijing's finest mechanics. However when her life becomes intertwined with Prince Kai, her world turns upside-down. She must let Prince Kai think of her as a human or she will be punished. She is also the only person immune to the deadly disease that is spreading fast. Soon, New Beijing will count on her to save them from all dying out.

Cinder is similar to Cinderella, but with a new age twist. I like the similarity between both stories, but I also like the huge difference in them. I would recommend Cinder to anyone who needs a refreshing new story of one of the oldest tales in history.

Aleck, 14

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The Dark City 

by Catherine Fisher
02/29/2012 Categories: fantasy sci fi

Dark City coverThe world used to be governed by magic and the Order, who used valuable Relic Boxes to heighten their powers. Now, it is controlled by the Watch, which outlawed all the Makers of the Order and spun lies about them, clouding the truth. Galen and Raffi are two of the last of the Order. Along with mysterious Carys, they travel to the heart of the evil, Tasceron, in order to completely banish the Watch from their land.

This book was average, mainly because it never really held my interest very well. I thought the entire plot was drawn out too long, and I wasn't sure where the entire story line was going until the very end. However, the setting in which the story is placed intrigues me, though I wanted to give up reading multiple times. All in all, I was disappointed with the outcome of The Dark City (the first in the Relic Masters series).

I would recommend this book to those who like sci-fi or fantasy, but if you're in need of something constantly exciting, you might get a bit bored with this.

Erica, 16

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Havoc 

by Jeff Sampson

Havoc coverEmily Webb, human-werewolf hybrid, is back in action: this time along with Spencer and some new cohorts--and enemies. As she uncovers more of her mysterious past, and how she and the others became werewolves in the first place, Emily realizes how dangerous the path the teens tread can be.

The best part of the book was, in my opinion, the addition of more Deviants. Dalton, who recently recovered from his head injury, is back in the game and excited to test out his new abilities. However, what pained me the most was the escapades the group shared, such as breaking into a secret lab and whatnot without much difficulty. I felt like the events portrayed in the book were unrealistic as a whole, yet somehow the naivety of the Deviants were fitting--after all, they're only teenagers.

Again, with the massive cliffhanger at the end of the sequel, I am eagerly anticipating the third installment of Vesper. If you like werewolves (or simply teens who can kick butt), check out this book the next time you drop by at the library!

Erica, 16

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Leviathan by Scott Westerfeld 

01/31/2012 Categories: adventure sci fi steampunk suspense

Deryn Sharp is a girl who has always been fascinated by heights and, more importantly, the air. She masquerades as a boy and enters the Airforce, soon becoming a daring and valued airman. Meanwhile, Prince Aleksandar of Austria suffers a shock when both his parents are murdered overnight, and he must escape his country to seek safety elsewhere. In a world where hybrid creatures and giant robot-like weapons fight in an ugly World War I, the two struggle to survive until their fates collide...

This was my first steampunk book, and it was both weird and fascinating how the lines between future and past were blurred. The inventions made by the Clankers and creature-weapons made by the Darwinists astounded me. I also loved the pictures included in the book. 

Anyone who likes steampunk, historical fiction, slightly futuristic genres, battles, and a mindboggling storyworld, you might want to check this one out. Be careful, this book is pretty long! But if you love it and can't wait for more, this is the first in a trilogy. The sequels are Behemoth and Goliath.

Erica, 16

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