Guest Blogger: Mira Yin, Grade 11
Genre: Dystopian/Science Fiction
Setting (Time): A Dystopian Present/Future
Setting (Place): Oregon, America
What would you rate this book: 5 out of 5 Stars
The Program is a wonderfully written dystopian novel. The main characters each have very strong characters that are very well explained throughout the novel. As a reader, I became emotionally attached to some of the characters, due to their relatable personalities. The plot leaves the reader on edge at all times, with suspenseful chapter endings, twists and turns throughout the novel; the author leaves readers unable to predict what happens next in the story.
Read this novel, enjoy the plot, love the characters and experience this new world.
In a world where suicide is a national issue, Sloane and James must protect each other from The Program, a "suicidal" treatment plan. Once somebody is admitted into The Program, they return as clean polished versions of themselves with a lack of memories; the government has seemed to remove their personalities and their memories with their suicidal thoughts. Sloane and James must work together to hide their increased depressive feelings, as their world seems to crumble around them. Sloane has lost her brother, lost her best friends, and refuses to lose her boyfriend, James. With their love for each other, they must save each other from the government's plan for those with depressive and suicidal thoughts: The Program.
I back toward the window. My face is hot and my mouth is wet. I think I’m drooling, overwhelmed with rage as I growl at them…
This life, it’s over. I meet my mother’s eyes and force a bitter smile. “I’ll never forgive you,” I murmur. Then, just because this is my last moment of having a real emotion, I tighten my grip on the scissors. And I slash my wrist… a wave rushes over me, crashing above my head and drowning me in sleep
I hear a voice, but I’m too tired to open my eyes all the way. I try again and I fail. The voice laughs softly. “Is there anybody in there?” I feel a touch, a pinch in my arm, and then there’s a rush of adrenaline. My eyes fly open and I take in a sudden breath. My arms are tight at my sides, as if tied down.
“Ah, there you are,” the voice says.
“Welcome to The Program.”
This is a good book for any teenagers who enjoy dystopian themed novels. The plot line was so interesting and quite honestly unpredictable. The author is an amazing writer; she is able to paint such a vivid image of the story in the reader's minds. I could imagine every scene, every character, every interaction in the book clearly, with strong details and attributes. Sloane and James are main characters with faults, like regular humans, and relatable teenager traits, which makes the story much more interesting. This is a story of people working together to save each other, a story of determination and a story of love.
I truly recommend this book to everyone who wants to read it; whoever chooses to read this book will not be unsatisfied.
Guest Blogger: Samantha, grade 11
Genre: Fiction/Science fiction/Dystopian
Setting(Time): The Future
Setting (Place): England
What would you rate this book: 5 out of 5 stars
I think this book deserves a five star rating because it is one of my absolute favorite books. It grabbed my attention from the start and I didn't have to force myself to read it like I have had to in the past. The book is set in the future and since no one knows what the future holds, I find dystopian novels extremely interesting.
Slated by Teri Terry is an intriguing book about what the future may hold. The protagonist, Kyla, has to restart her life at the age of sixteen. She has to relearn how to walk, talk, and fit in with a new family that the government has assigned her. The government claims she was a terrorist and was given another chance at life by erasing her memory; she was given a clean slate. But that's the thing: Kyla remembers her past, just bits and pieces of it, but she's not supposed to remember anything. Throughout the book, Kyla feels as though the government is lying to her and she has no one to trust. She tries her best to fit in but she is not like the other Slated children. Eventually Kyla begins to remember her past clearly, will she go back to a life of crime or take another shot at life? Read the Slated, Fractured, and Shattered by Teri Terry to discover how Kyla chooses her fate.
"It's the shock, I suppose. My levels don't go down, they stay at about 5, but I stare at the image on the screen. Stare and try to take it in, but cannot. I start to shake. Missing? Where've I been since I was ten?"
People who love dystopian novels and mystery will love this book. There are many plot twists and descriptive scenes throughout the book so I would only recommend this book to people in their teens or older.
Guest Blogger: Chris, Grade 9
Setting(Time): Very far in the future
Setting (Place): Midwest
Rating: 5 out of 5 Stars
This book takes place very far in the future where an A.I. created by humans called the Thunderhead controls everything that happens on Earth. The only probably this futuristic has to deal with is overpopulation and not enough resources to go around. To solve this problem, the Scythes were creates. Normal humans give up their lives to become Scythes and kill people. Anastasia and Rowan become apprentices to join the Scythedom while having to deal with many problems and corruption along the way.
I think that teenagers are more likely to read this book due to the main characters being teenagers but since the plot of the book is so interesting, older people could like it as well. I highly suggest that people should read this book because it keeps you on the edge of your seat and make you want to stay up all night reading it.
Guest Blogger: Brad, Grade 9
Setting(Time): Very far in the future, doesn't give a specific time period
Setting (Place): Mars
Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
I rated it this because it is a very original idea and very interesting and the book kept me on my toes the entire time thinking about what was going to happen next and it kept me entertained the entire time i was reading it, i was never bored.
Red Rising is about a man named Darrow who has been tricked by the gold superiors, who has killed his wife and hid the truth from his people for many generations, using them only to work. Darrow allies himself with a group of rebels who turn him into a gold, his mission is to rise through the ranks of the golds and destroy their society from the inside out.
This book would interest anyone who picks it up. Especially if they like action and an original story. I feel others should read this book because it will keep them interested.
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