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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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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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Throne of Glass 

by Sara J. Maas
06/28/2017 Categories: action dystopia fantasy romance royalty

In a world where magic is forbidden, a young assassin named Celaena Sardothien is working a mine as her prison sentence. But, being chosen by the Crown Prince, Celaena will be able to fight to serve as the King's Champion, if she can defeat twenty three other convicts. But as the competitors start dying one by one, it stops being a fight for freedom but a fight for survival. And she's the only person who can stop this evil.

This book is a mystery within itself. The writing style was intricate. The way how the past is explained throughout the book instead of in the beginning was beautiful, and everything came together in the end. It's extremely unpredictable, but in a good way. For me, I found it boring at first but kept reading because I knew something big would happen. But before I knew it, I was hooked. The characters really drew me into it.

I would recommend this book to anyone wanting a storytelling experience. It does take a bit of time to get into, but after that I think that the writing style just pulls you in. This book would also be good for people who like to come up with theories. It does have a love triangle, which I found a bit awkward, but for fans of dystopias such as The Hunger Games, I think that you'll like it. It's also the first book in the series.

Alexis, 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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The Road 

by Cormac McCarthy
05/10/2017 Categories: dystopia older teens survival stories

The Road is set in a post apocalyptic time, about the journey of a man and his son.Their journey takes several months as they travel over landscapes where most of civilization was wiped.

I really liked this book because I like reading books that are set in post apocalyptic times. It was interesting to read how a father and son interact with each other after having to live in a place where most people are gone. It made me think about what I would do if I lived in a post apocalyptic time.

I would recommend this book to anyone that likes reading about post apocalyptic stories. Also the book deals with survival, and how they have to survive and watch over each other.

Sandra, 16

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Uglies 

by Scott Westerfeld
04/20/2017 Categories: dystopia friendship social classes technology

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Tally is a girl who can't wait to be 16, because when she does, she will be turned "pretty". Where Tally lives, everybody over the age of 16 looks the same; perfect skin, bones remade to the exact length, perfect everything. But Tally's wish is slowly crushed and turned into something else when she meets Shay, who wants Tally and her to run away to a mysterious boy in the wilderness, and never turn pretty.

I thought this book was very good and thrilling. The author seemed to have the setting in the future; where North America is long history, and the 10 billion people who lived there, 300 years before this new government and society, were called "rusties".

I would recommend this book to people if you like future-settings with some rebellion and excitement.

Cailin, 11

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The Hunger Games 

by Suzanne Collins
04/20/2017 Categories: action dystopia movie romance

Katniss Everdeen is a 16-year old girl who's job is to keep her mother, and her little sister Prim, and herself, alive. Then her whole life is changed when she volunteers to be tribute in the Hunger Games. She must fight to stay alive and play along with her fellow tribute to keep themselves alive, and be crowned victors of the games.

I thought this was a very amazing book. It shows you just how unfair things can be in life, and how diverse every person, culture, and country is different. You can also relate this book to the world, and how different and diverse everything and one is different. 

I would recommend this book to people who like action, romance, and surprises.

Cailin, 11

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The Giver 

by Lois Lowry
02/23/2017 Categories: dystopia ethics movie

The Giver, a well praised and well written book, is about a boy named Jonas who realizes that his world may not be as perfect as it seems. In this supposedly idyllic society, Jonas trains with the giver, or all knower in his town. When he, and only he, is exposed to the knowledge of the past, he realizes that everything that is happening in his once called home. In an effort to protect his loved ones, and live life the way it should be, Jonas realizes that he must successfully escape this fake world and leave behind the wrong world he use to love.

I loved reading The Giver, because it has a lot of deeper meaning and hidden messages underneath the interesting plot. This book has quite a bit of social commentary as well as an interesting plot that will leave you wondering why in the end.

I would highly recommend this book to anyone and everyone, because of the well written messages laced in the outstanding plot. If you like books with depth, and interesting stories, I recommend The Giver.

Sara, 14

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Nineteen eighty-four 

by George Orwell
01/28/2017 Categories: dystopia ethics politics

The main character Winston Smith lives in London, Oceania. There is a ruling party known as Big Brother; they watch everyone's actions and they control everything. In this dystopian society, you don't have basic human rights. Winston realized this and started to rebel, first by purchasing a diary on the black market. It was against the law to have freedom of thoughts. People feared what would happen to them if caught, since those that have, disappeared. Throughout the novel, Winston battles against the inhuman society he lives in.

I enjoyed this novel, it was amazing. It deals with a society that is much different than ours. Also, it's quite interesting to witness the extremes one would go to simply enjoy life as a human being.

I would definitely recommend this novel to others. If you like reading how one goes against society's laws to stand up for their beliefs and how twisted a government could be to their people, then this is for you.

Johanna, 16

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Divergent 

by Veronica Roth
11/24/2016 Categories: action dystopia movie

In the book Divergent, Veronica Roth explains how Tris's world changes in a matter of days. Responsible for choosing her own future, she becomes part of the Dauntless group and discovers that she is divergent.

I loved this story a lot and also the movies. Although I like the book better because it has more details about what she's feeling. Her emotions and her hardships are expressed and show the action and romance better.

I would totally recommend this book to others. I believe everyone would enjoy it because, like duh, its amazing.

Anahi, 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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A Girl Called Fearless 

by Catherine Linka

A Girl Called Fearless is about a dystopian society where the majority of child bearing age women have died, so the men control everything that the older women and younger girls do. One teenage girl, called Avie, has been promised in marriage by her own father to a much older man that she hates. Avie decides to run away, and this is the story of her journey.

The first half of the book is incredible, with a dynamic character, Avie, and problems for her to face. The second half was also good, but it had a slightly different tone that was not quite as adventure-filled.

This book would be a great read for fans of the Matched series or The Heir series.

Amanda, 16

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Mockingjay 

by Suzanne Collins
09/29/2015 Categories: action dating drama dystopia romance suspense

Against all odds, Katniss Everdeen has survived the Hunger Games twice. But now that she's made it out of the bloody arena alive, she's still not safe. A revolution is unfolding, and it is up to Katniss to accept responsibility for countless lives and to change the course of the future of Panem.

I absolutely loved the book. It was simply amazing. I really liked this book because of the love story and the fight scenes it had.

Yes, I would recommend this book to others of an older age of about 12 because of some the the intense fight scenes and the sort of love triangle that goes on. But over all I really like this book.

Melissa, 13

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Catching Fire 

by Suzanne Collins
09/29/2015 Categories: action dating drama dystopia suspense

The 75th Annual Hunger Games. The tributes were chosen from the existing pool of victors from each district. District 12 only has three victors indicating that Katniss Everdeen will have to go into the arena once again along with Peeta Mellark who volunteered for Haymitch. They will have to fight for their lives again.

I really enjoyed the book Catching Fire because it was so well written, it could easily be imagined. The book was so intriguing, it had sudden changes in the events and unpredictable outcomes. With the character Katniss there was a great example of what true will power, determination, power, and bravery.

I would recommend this book to all. It has a bit of everything in it. I'd advise those who love books that make you imagine the scenarios and love action packed books Catching Fire is definitely the book for you.

Melissa, 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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