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.
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