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The Hunger Games 

by Suzanne Collins
09/23/2015 Categories: dystopia fantasy love triangles romance sci fi

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 Death Cure 

by James Dashner
04/20/2015 Categories: dystopia survival stories

The final piece of the series, The Death Cure is about W.I.C.K.E.D's efforts to find an antidote to the epidemic that has plagued the world. The Gladers, as well as Group B, are cooped up in the organization's headquarters. After escaping, they travel to Denver, where they begin to see the true wrath of the Flare. Friends are lost in the chaos.

I love this book even though endings are always bittersweet to me. With events that come out of nowhere, I couldn't put down my book. I found myself haunted somewhat by the drudging finality of the story near the end. I didn't really like how Thomas has Brenda as a love interest, but the memorandum message from Chancellor Paige was a good last word.

This book would be great for anyone who likes having their heart thrown around with all of the surprising outcomes there are. Anyone who likes a good death will appreciate this novel, and anyone who likes a good mystery will pour over it like I have. And remember, W.I.C.K.E.D. is good.

Desiree, 14

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The Scorch Trials 

by James Dashner
04/06/2015 Categories: action dystopia sci fi survival stories

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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The Hunger Games 

by Suzanne Collins
03/27/2015 Categories: action dystopia fantasy

The Hunger GamesTwenty-four kids, and only one can survive. The Hunger Games is a story about twenty-four kids competing in an arena for their life. Using their skills and talents, these competitors will fend for their life, doing whatever it takes.

The Hunger Games was a very good. It was filled with action, romance, adventure, and more. I love how the author, Suzanne Collins, kept me at the edge of my feet, dying to know what comes next.

I would highly recommend this book to readers who love action and romance themed books. I believe it would be a good book for kids ages 13 and up because of the violence, language, and confusing plot. 

Sara, 14

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The Maze Runner 

by James Dashner
03/27/2015 Categories: action dystopia friendship mystery

The Maze RunnerThomas wakes up to a mysterious place known as the Glade, the center of a vast maze. The thing, though, is that there is no way out. Not yet.

I love this book so so much! I heard of the book after I watched the movie, and I bought the trilogy A.S.A.P. I love how the characters are so realistic along with how there are no pictures in the book, helping you imagine what they look like. I also like how there isn't romance between any of the Gladers.

It is a definite page-turner. If you like action, mystery, dystopian environments, and brilliant plot-twists, you will love this book. Even if you are a person who doesn't normally enjoy reading, I'm sure you will love The Maze Runner. Have fun, shanks.

Desiree, 15

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The Kill Order 

by James Dashner

The Kill OrderThe prequel to the Maze Runner, The Kill Order is the story of how the sun flares ruined society, how the Flare came to be. Taking place before any of the trials, it follows Mark, a survivor, and his tight group of friends as the insanity that is the Flare is unleashed and they search for answers.

At first I was a bit hesitant while reading it, I was being introduced to new characters which is not the most fun. After forcing myself to pour over the first dozen chapters (there are 67 but it goes by fast) I found myself becoming intrigued with the plot. I like how James Dashner is able to use words to form imagery in my mind's eye. With the occasional Dashner plot twist, I loved learning more about the back story with The Kill Order.

I would recommend this book to anyone who likes dystopian stories such as the Hunger Games or Divergent. If you like a good action story that's laced with romance and mystery, you'll love this amazing prequel. Or if you just like to get away with a good fiction, this is a good choice to do so. Warning though, you should read the other three Maze Runner books before this one; semi-spoiler alert.

Desiree, 14

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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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Taken 

by Erin Bowman
03/24/2015 Categories: action adventure dystopia siblings

TakenTaken takes place in a society where all boys disappear (The Heist) on their 18th birthday. After his brother's Heist, Gray Weathersby finds a letter addressed to his brother from his deceased mother. This letter opens up doors about Gray and prompts him to discover the secrets beneath his intriguing society. 

I really enjoyed this book. The society was interesting and the story flowed smoothly.

I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys reading about different kinds of societies embedded with adventure stories. The story is aimed toward a young adult audience, but anyone would enjoy it. 

Chanel, 15

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The day of their eighteenth birthday innocent boys are taken by a mysterious light from the sky. No one questions it, they just accept it. They call this The Heist. Gray Weathersby, a seventeen year old boy, is merely a couple months away from The Heist. His brother was already taken away from him and he did not want to be next. One day, Gray finds a note from his mother. After reading it, Gray starts to question the Council, his society, his family, and himself. In order to discover the truth, Gray will go on a journey that will answer all his questions.

Taken written by Erin Bowman, is an amazing novel filled with action, adventure, and romance. I enjoyed this book very much and I am very happy I gave the book a chance. I hope you do the same.

I recommend this book to readers who enjoy action/romance books. I also recommend this book to readers who are 13 and up due to the romantic scenes, violence, and crude language.

Sara, 14

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The Treatment 

by Suzanne Young
03/17/2015 Categories: action dystopia romance suicide

The world rests in the hands of two rebels facing a problem that might end life as we know it. The Treatment is a story of two lovers who struggle to stay alive, as they face a suicide epidemic.  

The Treatment is an amazing book because it helps motivate you to not give up, no matter how bad the situation is. I loved the way the author depicted the scenes. The well thought-out descriptions allowed me to imagine what is going on in my head.

I would recommend this book to people ages 14 and older because of its romance. Its uses a lot of sexual content that I believe would be inappropriate to readers less than 14 years old. It also uses inappropriate language.

Sara, 14

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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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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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Brave New World 

by Aldous Huxley
02/01/2014 Categories: classic dystopia identity


Brave New World tells the story of life in the World State, a new civilization in which everything appears to be perfect. It follows Bernard a social outcast, Lenina a woman who follows the rules, and John the Savage who cannot understand how they can live in a world without love, and without free will.

I did not really enjoy this book; at times it was hard to understand what the author was trying to say. The tone of the novel was also really dark, and the book ends in a very disturbing way.

I would not really recommend this book based on my preferences - the plot did not really interest me.

Daisy, 17

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