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
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April 23, 2013
The book is about the aftermath of a robot revolution, the characters born into a post-apocalyptic world. The main character is Nick, but his siblings Cass and Kevin are focused on as well. The characters know nothing about the world before the revolution, so when they find “pre-rev” artifacts they are very surprised. The world is filled with both cities and “freeposts” which are small villages of people using natural resources and moving from place to place so they are not spotted by the “bots”. Nick has lost one eye in an incident with a robot when he was an infant and is the oldest of the group. Cass is an athletic artist who spends her time drawing and sketching. Kevin is a technological genius, and knows more about technology than everyone in the freepost but his mentor, Tom. Each character is unique with their own personality.
It was a great book that reminded me of Brian Falkner’s futuristic thriller, “The assault”. I liked each characters’ personality but my favorite was Kevin. Being a 13 year old and surviving what he went through seems impossible. The time period is a bit unexplained (as far as you can tell it’s some time after 2049) but everything else is vividly described. The book’s ending is a bit predictable so that makes it less enjoyable. In the very middle is where it’s at its best, action mixed in with surprise and suspense makes for an amazing climax!
The most memorable thing in the book is that it seems like the author actually thought about things like if the revolution was so many years before the protagonist was born then why do the characters know exactly what it was like when it happened? Those Little flaws are what bother me about some books, but here the author actually took the time to go back and fix all the plot holes. It is an overall great book and you should probably read it in your spare time. It is just missing something that certain other books like “Vietnam” and “The Assault” have.
Review by Sampat, Grade 6, Tuckahoe Area Library
April 22, 2013
Just like in Shatter Me, Juliette is struggling to figure out how to deal with the fact that with just one touch she could kill someone. She’s found her soul mate, Adam who alone seems immune to her touch. The two of them, along with Adam’s younger brother James, find themselves in the heart of the rebellion against the government. Juliette finds herself among other people with abilities and learns to control and hone her powers. Most of the story takes place in the facility and follows Juliette struggling to accept who she is and how to use this killing power to help others. Characters you wouldn’t expect make more appearances and turn this novel into a thrilling sequel to Shatter Me.
The introduction of new characters is hard to do,especially if it’s done suddenly. Tahereh manages to introduce an abundance of characters who I grew to love, especially the boy with the lightning eyes. The emotions that Juliette felt were very well done, exactly what one would expect an isolated girl who’s coming in contact with more people than she has in her entire life to feel. Though it could be a little slow at times, there were other times where I could not put the book down for a second. I disliked the way the book took a sharp turn towards romance. Granted, all teen books are bound to have a little bit of romance in them, but near the end it felt like it was nothing but the love. It seemed unrealistic, especially the way the book was ended.
The ending was completely unpredictable and I don’t think I’ll ever be able to forget the huge twist that occurred then.
Review by Devon, Grade 11, Tuckahoe Area Library
April 17, 2013
The Clockwork Princess was the third and final book in the Infernal Devices trilogy. Tessa, Will, and Jem have to find a way to defeat Mortmain, and his army of clockwork creatures. While doing this seemingly impossible task, they have to deal with their feelings for each other. While Mortmain seems to be getting stronger and stronger, their at high risk of seeing their loved ones go. The conclusion to this trilogy was action packed while also having lots of romance in there.
There are many words I could use to describe this book. Amazing, thrilling, beautiful, and many, many more. This book was so addicting, I was reading it under the dinner table and staying up until 12a.m. reading this. Seeing Tessa and Will grow as characters and people was so amazing, and so was reading about the things they had to go do in this book. This book really did make me go through an emotional roller coaster.
One memorable thing in this book was how much strength and bravery was shown by Tessa and Will.
Review by Liza, Grade 7, Tuckahoe Area Library
April 16, 2013
When We Wake is about Tegan, a girl that wakes up a century later. You may be wondering how this is possible, right? Well, cryonics is the process of freezing someone’s body after they die so in the future, if there is a way of bringing them back to life, they can be brought back. Tegan must learn how to eat, talk, walk, and live the way that people from the next century can. This dystopian novel captures Tegan’s adventures and finding in her new life and the dangers there are to come.
If I could summarize this book in a few words, it would be suspenseful. There are many moments throughout the book that keep you at the edge of your seat and make you hunger for more. The twists, the sciences, the new life that Tegan has makes you try to predict what may happen to Tegan, but when you think everything is okay and Tegan is normal and her new life is okay, there is another surprise waiting. This book is especially great for people that like dystopian novels.
There are many points in the book where you feel like it is the best part but it does keep changing. I believe that the one moment that sticks with you is the moment that Tegan awakes. She did not know much about where she was or what had happened to her. It gives you a sense of how imagery the author was very skilled and knew how to use that tool the right way to create a picture with her words.
Review by Amalendu, Grade 7, Tuckahoe Area Library
April 15, 2013
There is deadly virus spreading through the island. As the virus spreads throughout Kaelyn’s circle of friends and family, the virus kills many and leaves people with no hope. Then, Kaelyn discovers a useful vaccine in her father’s abandoned laboratory which could possibly cure all the victims that were impacted from virus. Kaelyn and her friends head to the mainland to look for someone who could replicate the vaccine . They carried hope within them as they traveled this treacherous journey. Not everyone they met wanted her to succeed, they simply wanted to kill her and keep the vaccine for themselves.
This amazing story about a girl’s bravery to save the human race will leave any reader astonished! I liked that the author made this journey for the characters really dangerous allowing love as their only hope. The characters cooperated in a romantic way which helped their journey be successful. I also like the wording of the book because the author used “teenage vocabulary” allowing readers to understand the story more easily.
There were many memorable moments in the book which left me surprised. The author wrote the book in such a way that my feelings went with the story’s. When Leo gave Kaelyn a friendly kiss it gave her a spurt of hope for her journey. Even though Kaelyn knew there was a chance of er not making it back home she knew that at least someone cared, thanks to Leo.
Review by Zainab, Grade 6, Twin Hickory Area Library
April 15, 2013
This book was mainly about two girls, which were Cinder and Scarlet. The story was set in a world completely different from the one we live in, and the world itself takes a while to get used to. Cinder was a prisoner of the Easter Commonwealth, where Emperor Kai plans to execute her. His plans are sabotaged when she escapes with a man named Captain Thorne, and the Luna Queen, Levana, is outraged by this. He has five days to capture her or Earth will be attacked. Scarlet is halfway across the world from Cinder, and she has her own problems and burdens. Her grandmother has gone missing, and she only has a stranger who she’s drawn to, named Wolf, to help find the only family she has left besides her father who’s never been there for her. In a twisted turn of events, Cinder and Scarlet meet and play a larger role than they anticipated in each others lives. They end up having to help each other, and work together.
This book pleasantly surprised me. I came into reading this thinking i wouldn’t enjoy it that much, since it wasn’t what I usually read, but it was a nice surprise. I did not read the first book in this series, but even I could sense that Emperor Kai and Cinder had some type of romance in their past together. I never trusted Wolf’s character, but I liked him better in the end. I really liked the determination exhibited by Cinder and Scarlet,but especially Scarlet. She let nothing stop her the entire book, and I really admired that about her character.
One memorable thing in this book was the banter between captain Thorne and Cinder. At any moment he could make a joke out of things, which I also thought was good for Cinder, because of how serious she was.
Review by Liza, Grade 7, Tuckahoe Area Library
March 30, 2013
When a virus sweeps the world making everyone over eighteen infertile, teen girls become the most important people on the planet. Often richly paid with tummy tucks, college tuition, and large amounts of money, would-be parents hire Surrogates to bump for their children. Melody Doe is one such Surrogate. However, when her long-lost twin sister appears at her doorstep, a case of mistaken identity could lead to the biggest scam New Jersey of 2036 has ever seen.
I liked this book! It was descriptive, and the strategy the author used to write the chapters kept me on my toes. I could almost picture the characters in my mind, living out their separate lives. However, I wished for a little bit more background about the characters, and that the book contained a prologue. Overall, it was a great book.
A memorable thing about this book would be Jondoe’s and Harmony’s date. It was interesting, seeing how a person on a date with a celebrity would act, and what he or she would see happening!
Review by Hannah, Grade 6, Twin Hickory Area Library
March 18, 2013
This is the classic Cinderella story with a twist- Cinderella is a cyborg! Cinder owns a repair shop in the market square, and one day Prince Kai brings her a machine for her to fix! A plague is sweeping through the world and it leaves no survivors. Many people have been infected with letumosis including her sister and the king. After her step-mom “donates” her to plague research, many frightening discoveries are made- all to a downward spiral also involving a betrothal between Prince Kai and a alien queen who will surely kill Kia when she’s done with him and Cinder’s true identity.
This was a great book with a great blending of cultures. The problem was, I predicted the end almost halfway through the book! It still surprised me a little in the very end, but there was a little too much foreshadowing. All in all this is a wonderful book.
One thing that really stuck with me at the end of the book was how much it was the lunar alien queen that was the true “bad guy” and all the rest of the lunars were just normal people with extraordinary powers. Another thing is that Cinder couldn’t remember anything from before the crash, not even a single clue. I think that would have added just a little bit more to the book.
Review by Josie, Grade 6, Tuckahoe Area Library