Posts tagged ‘sci-fi’

May 4, 2015

May the Fourth Be With You

by LisaTheLibrarian

Catalog list of Star Wars books for teens here. You can redo the search for “all” ages to see more choices.

April 21, 2015

Read + Review: Allegiant, by Veronica Roth

by LisaTheLibrarian

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Allegiant, the final book in the Divergent series, is in both Tris’s and Tobias’s point of view. Tris is in a prison for being a traitor in the previous book of the series, Insurgent. In the previous book, she revealed all sorts of information that changed the entire future of the city. Tris finds a way out of the prison and bumps into a group called the Allegiant, a group that plans to escape the city. Tris frees her brother Caleb from jail and flees the city. Along the way, Tris learns about the city’s past and the truth about the city. Read this book to find out more!

I liked this book, but not as much as the book four, which I just read recently. Tris’s view was very limited, as it always is. But I still liked the suspense, excitement, and surprises the book had. I did not like Caleb, because he is always a self-centered jerk. Overall, the book was very good. I was relieved when I found out that Tobias was also going to be narrating. I would recommend this book to people that like books packed with action.

I liked this book, but not as much as the book four, which I just read recently. Tris’s view was very limited, as it always is. But I still liked the suspense, excitement, and surprises the book had. I did not like Caleb, because he is always a self-centered jerk. Overall, the book was very good. I was relieved when I found out that Tobias was also going to be narrating. I would recommend this book to people that like books packed with action.

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Reviewed by James, grade 7, Gayton Branch Library

April 20, 2015

Read + Review — The Rule of Thoughts by James Dashner

by AmandaTheLibrarian

The Rule of Thoughts by James Dashner

In this book, The Rule of Thoughts, Michael Peterson is facing problems. In the previous book, he was just a Tangent, a computer program in an advanced game, made to think that he was a real human. He learns the truth, which changes everything he ever knew. All of his reality was nothing but strings of code. Later, after the Mortality Doctrine was used on him by Kaine, his nemesis, he wakes up in an unfamiliar home, in a strange place, in a reality of which he did not know, but that is the least of his problems. His Tangent life was downloaded into the mind of a human, resulting in dilemmas that he did not foresee. Now, he has no choice but to track down Kaine and get back what he wants.

Michael thought he was a good programmer until he met Kaine. Michael was an excellent hacker and good at coding, and he made friends with two others who shared his talents. Kaine, on the other hand, was a god in the Sleep, the computer world. He could control armies of monsters, change his appearance, and be in multiple places at once. However, he wants to become a human, in the same process that changed Michael. Yet, he still wants to live forever, and take over the VirtNet, the entire computer dimension. Michael and his friends have to stop him unless they want millions of human lives to be taken over by computer codes. Very few people are willing to help, and more questions are revealed at every turn. However, the biggest surprise is yet to come.

I found this book very entertaining and suspenseful. It kept me on the end of my seat, and made it very easy for me to visualize what was occurring throughout the book. I liked the author’s writing style and fluency. The characters were well described, and the plot was detailed and filled with many conflicts and situations. One factor I really liked about this book was how easy it was to jump into this book without reading the first one, The Eye of Minds. There was humor in the right places throughout this book. The one thing that I disliked was how the ending seemed too sudden, without explanation. I expected more, but it just promotes one to read this book’s sequel. Overall, I enjoyed reading this book, and I would recommend it to a friend.

Much of this book stuck out in my mind, but one particular part sticks out. This is how someday, the topics of this book may be similar to the future of humanity itself. Additionally, this could be a possible foretelling of the future that might reveal itself to be just as complex. This is inferred from how humanity evolves further with technology.

Reviewed by Shivram, Grade 7, Gayton Library
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April 18, 2015

Read + Review — The Hangman’s Revolution (W.A.R.P. Book 2), by Eoin Colfer

by MandyTheLibrarian

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The second book in the W.A.R.P. series, begins back in the future. Though the future is ruled by a dictatorship known as the Boxite Empire, under who the familiar protagonist Chevron Savano is stuck. After a confrontation with the Thundercats (not actual cats), Chevron gets sent back in time to Victorian London before Box takes over it. Now Chevron must again work together with Riley, an assassin’s apprentice, and Otto Malarkey, leader of the Battering Rams, to stop Box.

I enjoyed the book and the characters that it brought back. The only problem I could come up with was the character development of a few certain characters, they either progress too quickly for me to grow any connection to who they are or they don’t progress and fade into obscurity. Other than that the book was solid with the amount of tension as the protagonists never seemed to have the upper hand. The setting was historical accurate considering that it is set in historian London. Overall, a fun and exciting read.

The best moment is near the beginning of the book, in which Riley displays his prowess of magic to the rowdy crowd of Rams while making his retreat but before he could, the future caught up to him.

Reviewed by Alsharief, Grade 11, Twin Hickory Area Library

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April 18, 2015

Read + Review — I Remember You, by Cathleen Davitt Bell

by MandyTheLibrarian

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Juliet is an overachieving high school junior who has her life planned out for college and law school. On the other hand, Lucas, a senior, knows that he will enlist in the Marines, following the footsteps of his father and other relatives. Ever since their first meeting in Physics class, Lucas encounters feelings of déjà vu towards Juliet. He claims to have memories of their romance and that he have already experienced it. Initially, Juliet was skeptical of Lucas’s claims, but as the story progresses, Juliet realizes that his flashbacks will unravel the future of their blossoming relationship.

This book consists of a blend of romance and science fiction. In the beginning, the story was quite fast paced and the romance between Lucas and Juliet seemed a bit rushed. At times, it suffers from certain cliche scenes that are typical of the romance genre. However, the story becomes more exciting as it progresses and the ending was satisfying and well-written. This book is great for people who enjoy teen romance, angst, and a bit of science fiction.

This book was memorable in the way it was able to successfully capture the bittersweet feelings of a first love.

Reviewed by Bonnie, Grade 8, Twin Hickory Area Library

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April 18, 2015

Read + Review — The Rule of Thoughts by James Dashner

by MandyTheLibrarian

The Rule of Thoughts by James Dashner

After Michael goes on an incredible adventure in They Eye of Minds, he’s back, except this time he’s on his own. The virtual world of the Sleep can be one of the best places on earth, however it can also be one of the most dangerous. Best friends Michael, Sarah, and Bryce have found this out the hard way. They embark on an adventure in the Sleep and reality to defeat the evil Kaine. He wants to use the mortality doctrine to populate the entire world with computer programs and he’s already begun.

I enjoyed how James Dashner built Sarah and Bryce up as they became bigger, more important characters. His surprises and sudden twists keep the reader on their toes. One of the best and worst parts of the book are the cliff hangers. Some are large, some are small, some are answered, and some are left hanging.

Any reader will always remember the exciting cliff hangers, they are the best part about the entire book.

Reviewed by Silas, Grade 8, Glen Allen Library

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March 19, 2015

Read + Review — The Maze Runner by James Dashner

by AdrienneTheLibrarian

maze runnerThe Maze Runner is about a boy named Thomas who finds himself in a box surrounded by boys who say words that don’t make sense to him. Even worse, he seems to not be able to remember anything about himself, his age, family, etc. He can only remember his name and what he has learned, such as speaking or riding a bike; though, he doesn’t remember who taught him those things. The boys tell him that they have been there for two years and every once in a while, a new person is sent. Thomas most of the time gains vague answers to questions about the place but slowly learns that they are surrounded by a maze that keeps them from getting out. The next day, a girl arrives in the Box, who is unconscious and nearly dead. She is first girl, who Thomas seems to remember from somewhere, though that shouldn’t happen. She woke up immediately, declares that ‘Everything is going to change,’ and falls into a coma and the boys find a paper in her hand that says, ‘She’s the last one. Ever.’

I really enjoyed this book because of the suspense and writing style. There was so many mysteries that connected and lead to even bigger things that I could not put down the book. Everything came as a surprise and seemed so obvious later. The suspense of this book was thrilling and the writing style made the book enjoyable to read. I could picture everything that was happening in the book, even the slight, wry humor thrown in once in a while. All in all, I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who enjoys mystery, fantasy, and suspense.

One thing that is memorable and really stuck with me the entire book, was how all the boys, including those who were living near the Maze the longest, had developed a system of authority and sort of a government, really. I would imagine if you put a lot of boys ranging from the ages 10-18 all in one place and never let them out, I would think that they wouldn’t ever be able to organize themselves and be able to take care of everything, as well as develop a system of authority. All of them realized a lot of things really quickly, which really surprised me.

Reviewed by Ananya, grade 6, Twin Hickory Area Library
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March 4, 2015

Read + Review — Fairest by Marissa Meyer

by AdrienneTheLibrarian

FairestFairest is a intriguing tale about a young princess who only wants to be beautiful and fall in love with an already taken man. Princess Levana was scarred as a child when her sister and crown princess, Channary, throws her into a fire. This is only the beginning of her troubles. It tells all about the Lunar Court and Levana’s role (or lack thereof).

I thought it was amazing. It reveals the calculating inter-workings of the Lunar Court. It helps explain some of the gaps in the earlier books, such as Levana’s connection to Cinder and the other characters. This is another great addition to the Lunar Chronicles.

Levana’s twisted mind won’t let you decide if you pity her or if you despise her.

Reviewed by Emily, grade 8, Tuckahoe Area Library
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March 4, 2015

Read + Review — A Thousand Pieces of You by Claudia Gray

by AdrienneTheLibrarian

After the dThousand Pieces of Youevastating and sudden death of her father, Marguerite and one of her closest friends, Theo, race through multiple dimensions after the supposed killer. They utilize the strange device Marguerite’s parents invented, which is called the Firebird. This device allows one to travel through many different dimensions that are in existence. You can only travel through the dimensions when you are wearing the device around your neck, and only after it has been activated. These dimensions can be almost exactly the same as your home dimension or completely different and extremely dangerous. Here’s the catch — the Firebird hasn’t really been used before, so no one knows what could happen when you jump from one universe to the next.

Originally, I was captivated by this book because of its amazing description and beautiful cover. While reading it, I found myself getting lost in the fascinating characters and plot. I really enjoyed following the characters in their multiple life or death adventures. Some of the nail-biting moments in the plot made me not able to put it down! Since finishing the book, it has become one of my all-time favorites.

The different descriptions of the alternate universes and the well developed characters in this book really make it an interesting, fast-paced, unforgettable, and fun read.

 
Reviewed by Kayla, grade 9, Glen Allen Library  
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March 4, 2015

Read + Review — The Young Elites by Marie Lu

by AdrienneTheLibrarian

youngelitesA widespread fever, known as blood fever, infected and killed most of the population of Kenettra.  A few young children survived, and were left with strange markings on their bodies.  Among these survivors is Adelina Amourteru.  The Inquisition Axis, an agency that works for the king, is trying to kill every one of the survivors.  The people with markings are also known as malfettos.  The Inquisition Axis believes that malfettos could be a potential threat to the world.  A group of malfettos with exceptional abilities, the Young Elites, recruit Adelina Amourteru.  The Young Elites try to find others like themselves to destroy the Inquisition Axis and eventually rule Kenettra.

I think The Young Elites was an amazing book.  Some parts were full of tragedy, and others full of action, suspense, and love.  The Young Elites’ multiple genres kept my interest in the book.  Certain parts of the book could be improved in comedy, but overall, The Young Elites is one of the best books I have ever read.

One memorable thing about the book is Adelina Amourteru’s expression when she first meets Enzo, a Young Elite.

 

Reviewed by Atharva, grade 6, Twin Hickory Area Library
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