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Never Let Me Go

by Kazuo Ishiguro

As children, Kathy, Ruth, Tommy, and all the students of Hailsham are taught that they are special children, that they have a purpose, and that above all they must keep themselves healthy. However, the true nature of their horrifying life's purpose is eventually revealed and they must deal with the psychological trauma of facing their fate one by one. 

Though disturbing to read, this novel is refreshing in its own way because it follows the lives of characters who do not necessarily fight the corrupt system that they are born into. This causes the readers to consider how acceptance and desensitization play a role in a society that is so much bigger than the power of one individual. Through such a pessimistic point of view, Ishiguro actually inspires the reader to not give in to corruption and to appreciate the beauty of life. 

This book is different. It isn't fun to read at all, but in a way it feels necessary. Frustrating and depressing, it forces the reader to consider the value of life and the twisted side of humanity that will do anything to live as long as possible. In addition, it deals with love, jealousy, fear, and regret. 

Juila, 18


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by Scott Westerfeld

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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by Scott Westerfeld

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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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by M.T. Anderson

This book is about a futurist society where everyone has the internet implanted in their brains, even from a young age. This book follows a boy who has never had to think for himself and now has to learn there is more to this world then he had previously thought.

This book had a very good plot line, how a boy had to learn to think for himself. The writing however left a lot to be desired. The author, seemingly on purpose, uses very low level language, quite a bit of cussing, and slightly improper grammar. She does this because the main character is uneducated, which is very clever, but can be a little bit annoying.

I would not recommend this to someone who does not enjoy cussing or who gets annoyed by little grammar errors. The story line is very interesting though and I would recommend you reading it if you can ignore those other factors.

Mackenzie, 15


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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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