World War Z

by Max Brooks

World War Z coverWorld War Z is the written oral history of the zombie war. It is a series of interviews of survivors and people who fought on the front lines.

I like the book because the writer's diction gives it a feeling of reality and you can almost see the person being interviewed talking to you directly.

I would recommend this book to people who love zombie stories and suspense.

Liam, 15

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The Help

by Kathryn Stockett

The Help coverThe Help is about a white woman named Skeeter helping African-American maids get their voice heard. This book is set in the early 1960's, where the risk of Africans speaking out is extremely dangerous.

I liked this book, because it gave insight on what it was like to be both a white, and an African person during this time, instead of just one group's perspective.

I would recommend this book to everyone, but especially to those who like reading about historical and inspirational books.

Alexis, 15

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The Graveyard Book

by Neil Gaiman

Graveyard book coverThe Graveyard Book is about a boy named Nobody Owens (often shortened to Bod) who was adopted by the ghosts in a graveyard after his family was killed. He has to learn the secret abilities of the dead, but once he leaves the graveyard, he has to confront the man who killed his family. 

The Graveyard Book was very thrilling and ominous, but still had humor and was hard to put down once I started. I personally liked its compelling and well-done artwork, which really matched the atmosphere of the book. 

It is definitely one of the more creepy books, but anyone who can accept that will be satisfied. I highly recommend it.

Jakob, 15

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The Strand Prophecy

by J.B.B. Winner

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

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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The Time-Traveling Fashionista

by Bianca Turetsky

Fashionista coverLouise Lambert does not know what is coming to her when she tries on a vintage pink dress! All aboard the Titanic, with rich guests, and just gorgeous gowns for every occasion. When Louise is mistaken for Mrs. Baxter, she is loving the new life on the Titanic, until the moment that she remembers that the Titanic was known for its sinking! She then tries to save her friends and loved ones, and when she returns back home, she knows more about the Titanic then she ever thought possible!

The Time-Traveling Fashionista was an amazing book to really understand everything that went on during the Titanic voyage. It was a very easy read if you are looking for something interesting but not confusing!

I would recommend this book to anyone who is interested in the story of the Titanic, or anyone who is into high fashion!

Chanel, 13

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Atlas Shrugged

by Ayn Rand

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

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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Blood Fever

by Charlie Higson

Blood Fever coverThe novel Blood Fever by Charlie Higson is about the adventures of a young boy named Bond, James Bond. Upon visiting his cousin on the island of Sardinia, he learns of a relative of one of his schoolmates was kidnapped by pirates on the Mediterranean sea. Soon he is caught up in an island-wide war and must save the prisoner and escape with his life.

I like this novel because it has all the elements of the original James Bond books and has all new characters. I recommend this book to all James Bond fans and people who love adventure.

Liam, 15

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Subject Seven

by James A. Moore

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

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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Caribbean

by James A. Michener

Image result for Caribbean by James A. MichenerThe book Caribbean, is actually several stories in one book. It tells the history of the Caribbean islands through the eyes of the people who had a major effect on the archipelago. It contains all points of history from the first tribal conflicts in Cuba to the Revolutionary War to WWII to the reign of Fidel Castro.

I like this book because it has many memorable fictional characters who mingle around with historical events and people. it has detailed accounts of battles fought through letters written by the solders who fought them.

I would recommend this book to anyone who likes historical fiction and adventure.

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 Dead

by Charlie Higson

The Dead coverThe Dead is a prequel to the book, The Enemy, taking place a year before the action in the previous book. Around the world, everyone over 18 has turned into flesh eating monsters. In London a group of teenagers from a boarding school try to escape to the city to find food and somewhere to live.

I like this book because it is fast-paced, full of action and adventure and has multiple plot twists. Plus,there is a character who has the same name as me which doesn't happen often with me.

I would recommend this book to people who like Zombie action and sarcastic, witty humor.

Liam, 15

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The Enemy

by Charlie Higson

The Enemy coverThe Enemy, by Charlie Higson, is about a group of kids surviving in a world where all adults have turned into zombies. After one kid by the name of Small Sam is taken by the adults, the rest decide to find a new place to live where there is more food and better defended. When Small Sam escapes, he tries to find his way back home to find it empty.

The Enemy is  a great book that keeps you up wanting to see what happens next!

I would recommend this book to anyone who loves witty humor and zombie carnage.

Liam, 15

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