April 3, 2014
When Sophie gets an alarming email from her mother on Skin Island, she hires a pilot to take her there. It turns out that the daring pilot was her old friend Jim. When she arrives at Skin Island, Sophie discovers an alarming fact- she has a twin living on the island. Now, she must face a choice: save her newly awakened and confused sister Lux, or get herself and Jim off the island safely.
I really did like this book because of the storyline. It was just a cool book with a lot of action and adventure and even more twists and turns. The only thing I didn’t like was Lux’s personality. She seemed to simple for a genetically modified being.
One memorable thing about the book is when Jim finally remembers who Sophie is after they talk for a while. It seemed funny and kind of emotional to me.
Review by Sarah, grade 6, Twin Hickory Area Library
April 1, 2014
The book takes place in the future and in the middle of space. Jeth, the main character, is a thief and works for Hammer Dafoe, a crime lord and a very cruel person. Jeth’s uncle Milton gambled off Jeth’s ship Avalon in a card game to Hammer. In order to buy Avalon back. Jeth must complete jobs Hammer assigns him. The story is about one of those jobs, that take a turn for the worst.
The book itself was a little long, and I think it could have been split into two separate books. However, it was very good at describing the whole plot, and her writing style was intriguing. I really liked the big twist during their rescue mission in the Belgrave, and this was sort of the basis of the book. In addition, the chapters were sort of long, but at the end of each one, there was a huge cliffhanger to make up for it.
The most memorable part of the book was the notion of metaspace. Throughout the book the reader doesn’t have an understanding of what it is until near the end when it is explaned. I thought this idea of what could be was very interesting; the way the author came up with facts to back up her ideas but still made it seem story-like, and she explained it very well through the characters’ dialogue.
Review by Chad, grade 7, Twin Hickory Area Library
March 27, 2014
Our protagonist, Michael, plays in the Virtnet. The Virtnet is a lifelike game where a player actually feels the pain and death in the game but not in real life. Our antagonist, Kaine is going beyond any other player ever has by actually trapping players in the game and making them brain dead. The conflict arises when Michael witnesses one these events.
This book was very intense. It’s gets you on the edge of your seat. The Eye of Minds gives you the same thrill as the rest of James Dashner’s books. It gets you excited and makes you want to keep reading the book and not stop. I liked how descriptive and detailed the book was- I totally could see the action in my head.
Just like the rest of the books I have read by this author, there is a huge twist at the end. James Dashner always leaves me trying to figure out the next book.
Review by Joseph, grade 6, Tuckahoe Area Library
March 15, 2014
Scarlet is a futuristic, sci-fi twist on the story Little Red Riding Hood. This book is about a girl named Scarlet who is searching for her grandmother. The story intertwines with a different plot about a girl named Cinder. Both girls are discovering more about themselves and the epidemic around them.
The plot of the book was astounding. It continued to keep you interested throughout the story. I love, loved the intertwining plot lines that never allowed me to be bored. I’ve always loved fairytales and different takes on them. This one definitely takes the cake.
I love the way you see glimpses of the original little red riding hood story. The connection to wolf and the antagonist group of the book, The Lunars, is really clever.
Review by Jordan, grade 8, Tuckahoe Area Library
October 26, 2013
Icons is a book by Margaret Stohl set in the post-apocalyptic California. Other beings, or aliens, have invaded and taken over Earth, and have destroyed millions of lives within seconds. The few survivors are all clumped in dense metropolises throughout the world, living in fear of their new rulers. These rulers have set up “Icons” which inhibit all life when someone approaches. These Icons control life, electricity, and almost every other aspect in people’s lives. Everybody lives in poverty and confusion. All except for the small amount of Icon Children. These children, which include the main characters Dol and Ro, must unite and work together throughout this book to restore the world to its former glory.
Personally, I enjoyed this book very much. The characters’ way of thinking was well planned out and realistic. Their emotions and feelings were also very relatable, which contributed to the overall book. Also, it was very well worded and the vocabulary used helped me to picture the book better.
One memorable thing about this book was the struggle it took for Icon Children to unite themselves.
- Reviewed by Shane, grade 7, Tuckahoe Area Library
October 26, 2013
More Than This begins with the main character drowning and having his head break upon the jagged rocks of the sea. Then he wakes up. He finds himself outside in a desolate environment that he vaguely remembers. He’s convinced that this is his own personal hell but what he doesn’t know is that hell has more surprises up its sleeves.
This book really keeps with the impression of being alone. For the first few chapters, you get to know Seth while he ponders on his own life as he travels through the barren wasteland. Seth feels truly alone and that’s how the book makes you feel. Also Seth is an interesting character, having woken up in a barren wasteland after his death (which he has no recollection of), it’s interesting to see how he reacts to his surroundings and how he delves deeper into the meaning of his death.
My favorite parts were when Seth would dream about his life before death. It provided insight into his character and gave him feeling. And afterwards, Seth ends up feeling more confused than ever and mostly on the brink of despair. This book shows that your true torture is being left alone with your thoughts.
Reviewed by Alsharief, grade 10, Twin Hickory Area Library
October 9, 2013
Two of our favorite books, The Book Thief by Mark Zusak and Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card, are coming to the big screen in November. If you have missed the trailers check them out! Think they will do justice to the books?
August 27, 2013
“You know,” said Arthur, “it’s at times like this, when I’m trapped in a Vogon airlock with a man from Betelgeuse, and about to die of asphyxiation in deep space, that I really wish I’d listened to what my mother told me when I was young.”
“Why, what did she tell you?”
“I don’t know, I didn’t listen.”
The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, by Douglas Adams. Some copies are shelved in the adult sections of the library, but lots of people read it for the first time as teens. Click cover to find a copy. Note that there are ebook copies, so you could read it just like the author imagined we would read one day.
May 9, 2013
Mila 2.0 is truly a very thrilling sci-fi must read! Mila is a normal teenage girl, going through the typical ups and downs of a teen’s life. Mila and her mother move to a small town in Minnesota after Mila’s father is killed in a fire. Mila tries to fit in and adjust as the new kid in town, and meets a girl named Kaylee (who soon becomes her best friend). Because of Kaylee’s outspoken and energetic personality, Mila has begun to be accepted into her school by her peers. But that is when a new boy moves into town, and let’s just say he is more than average looking. It’s obvious that Kaylee set her eyes on him from the beginning, but it seems that the new boy, Hunter, is only interested in Mila. Tensions rise between the two best friends, and as Kaylee recklessly drives Mila and Hunter home, Mila is thrown from the vehicle and is injured on her arm. However, instead of blood coming out of her arm, there is metal and other fluids. When questioned, Mila’s mother is forced to tell the truth, that Mila is actually an android, and her mother and father are scientists. Since Mila was developing human-like feelings, her mother stole her from the military and raised Mila as her own child. Now the government has found out where she is and they are running to capture her. Mila must make the right decisions and flee with her mother from the military and other enemies.
Debra Driza enchanted her readers with the beautifully written plot and resolution. Mila’s personality was visualized very vividly. I was so caught up in the train of emotions I felt with Mila as she went up and down in her life that I lost track of time! The reader can truly understand Mila’s feelings as she finds out she is actually an android, and all this time, most of her life had been created. Readers run along with Mila as they try to escape the clutches of the military. This book is a must read for anyone who likes dramatic, emotion gripping reads.
I personally thought that the best part of the book was when Mila found out that she was actually an android. The wave of emotions she had was unimaginable and never should anyone have to experience living a life of lies. This is just one of the many moments in the book that were memorable.
Review by Ajitha, Grade 7, Gayton Library
May 3, 2013
May the Fourth Be with You
Some more Star Wars humor on our Pinterest Board.
James and Elliot review a Star Wars book, here.