Guest Blogger: Kalvin, Grade 10
Setting (Place): Mars
What would you rate this book: 4 out of 4 Stars
I enjoyed reading the novel as a whole. The way the main character gets off Mars and survives the most impossible battle is very intriguing. The main character’s personality is charming, humorous, and intelligent. I also enjoyed how he used his scientific knowledge to figure out his escape.
This novel tells a story about a man who is stranded on Mars and uses his scientific intelligence to find his way home. Dropped into a nightmare without an ending the main characters humor and sarcastic gestures molds a enjoyable setting even though the deadly situation is still present. The character’s practice in college is very interesting because his earliest studies aided him in his survival. Using old scrap left on Mars to create a safe haven for himself and his horrific music. Knowing survival will be nearly impossible Mark Watney uses all his resources to one day finally contact Earth and find a way back home.
People who enjoy scientific based novels, where the path to salvation is through science will thoroughly enjoy this book. Also if the individual enjoys space exploration and the sense of danger this novel jammed packed with heart dropping content. I feel like you should read this book because it gave me a different perspective on life. Most of us in society take what we have for granted, which being said if we were to be left on Mars, it would be a gruesome ending. We are lucky to be able to go to school, eat healthy food, drink healthy water, and live in a house. People in third world countries could only dream of having all of this. The Martian gave me a sense of respect toward the world.
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: Samantha, Grade 11
Genre: Dystopian, Science Fiction
Setting(Time): Far in the future, post World War IV
Setting (Place): New Beijing
Rating: 4 out of 5 Stars
I rated Cinder four stars because it is a very unique take on the idea of remaking the classic “Cinderella story.” The story completely moves in a new direction with the classic fairy tale, making it into an entirely different concept. Meyer’s worldbuilding is extensive, and she creates and interesting futuristic society that has both classic elements of Sci-Fi and original ideas -- all while tying it together under the framework of a fairy tale. Cinder’s life as a cyborg also adds a perspective that Meyer captures extremely well throughout the novel, showing her everyday struggles in dealing with her robotic body. Overall, the novel is well written and puts an uncommon spin on a common tale.
Thousands of years in the future, in the streets of New Beijing, a deadly disease called letumosis is plaguing the population. Overhead, a colony of lunar people resides on the moon, hungry for power as they watch the city decay. Seventeen year old Linh Cinder must struggle through living in the city as a cyborg -- a characteristic that makes her a second-class citizen. With a forgotten past and a stepmother who hates her, Cinder keeps her head low working as a mechanic, longing for the day where she can leave the city for good. However, after chance encounter with Prince Kai, Cinder finds herself tangled in a power struggle between the Lunar’s and the leaders of the Eastern Commonwealth. Cinder is forced to come face to face with her mysterious past and discover the truth about the Lunars -- and about herself. Despite being treated as a second class citizen, Cinder comes to learn that there’s something unusual about her -- and that she may be more extraordinary than she thinks.
Cinder peered down at her drab clothes. Her empty ankle.
Peony’s dress. The old foot that Iko had saved. The silk gloves.
Her head bobbed before she knew what she was agreeing to, and she used the shelves to pull herself standing. ‘I’ll go,’ she muttered. ‘I’ll find him.’
‘Take the chip,’ said the girl on the screen. ‘In case we need to contact each other. And please, don’t tell them about me. If my mistress found out--’
Without waiting for her to finish, Cinder bent over and pulled the chip from its drive. The screen went black.” (Ch. 32, pg. 323)
Cinder is a novel geared towards young adults. It is a great novel for readers who enjoy dystopian and science fiction, as well as new takes on classic stories. Readers should also be aware that the novel has a romance element that is prominent throughout the story. I’d recommend Cinder to people who enjoy books like the Divergent series.
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.
Reviewer: Chase, Grade 11
Genre: Philosophy Science Fiction
Setting(Time): 43 BBY- 5 ABY
Setting (Place): a Galaxy far far away
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
I rated this four stars, because I feel it helps enlighten the reader on real philosophy of the world and its through Star Wars
The Star Wars Universe contains a variety of stories, settings, characters, and beliefs. Each of these simplistic items have an incredible amount of detail. This book helps look deeper into the concept of all the character, roles in the movies, and how their actions can be related to beliefs through all of ancient and modern history. Audience:
This book may seem to be allocated to nerds, but it is intended to be read by everyone. This book teaches the views of morality and ethics of human society and touches upon the beliefs of the best philosophers in history.
Setting (Place): Several places among the USA
Rating: 4 out of 5 Stars
It is a great work of fiction and a good look into the world of an axis victory in WW2, but the amount of characters and their arcs get quite confusing.
The year is 1963, with the axis victorious in the Second World War, Germany has split the USA with the Japanese Empire. How will the characters be able to conform from their old world to the next? Audience:
Those who would like this book would be people who are interested in alternate worlds where certain events in history went in different directions, and people should likely read this if they would want to see how the world would turn out.
Guest Blogger - Chase, Grade 11
Genre: Science Fiction
Setting (Place): Space
The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, written by Douglas Adams, is about the story of characters in an unlikely group after surviving the destruction of Earth and seek the answer to the most asked question in the universe through comedic adventures and events. I personally enjoyed this book overall. It never takes itself seriously and is actually pretty funny. For instance, one summary of an alien from the characters version of the Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy read “Here is what to do if you want to get a lift from a Vogon: forget it. They are one of the most unpleasant races in the Galaxy. Not actually evil, but bad-tempered, bureaucratic, officious and callous. They wouldn't even lift a finger to save their own grandmothers from the Ravenous Bugblatter Beast of Traal without orders – signed in triplicate, sent in, sent back, queried, lost, found, subjected to public inquiry, lost again, and finally buried in soft peat for three months and recycled as firelighters. The best way to get a drink out of a Vogon is to stick your finger down his throat, and the best way to irritate him is to feed his grandmother to the Ravenous Bugblatter Beast of Traal. On no account should you allow a Vogon to read poetry at you.”.
The main characters of the book are hilarious in their own ways. Marvin is a robot with depression, which he always makes a claim that everything is unpleasant and there is no point to life. Arthur Dent, a confused man on everything and Trillian are the last humans in existence after the destruction of Earth by the vogons and Trillian knows almost everything about the galaxy after exploring it with Zaphod Beeblebrox. Zaphod is a two headed alien and the president of the galaxy, who ran away from presidency and stole a ship called the Heart of Gold, because he was simply bored. Zaphod was also the one who ordered the Vogons to destroy Earth for a “hyperspace bypass”, but it was so Trillian wouldn’t go back to Earth.
In this book, there are qualities that make some of plot funny. The writer of this book wanted the reader to enjoy the comedic plot of the story. Countless writers have tried to write comedic sci-fi, like Martians, Go home, John Dies in The End, or Emperor Mollusk Versus The Sinister Mind, but these books don’t have the same comedic feel as The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy.
I would strongly recommend this book to anyone that doesn’t mind sci-fi and has good appreciation for humor.
Guest Blogger: Chistina (Grade 9)
Setting (Place): Oklahoma, United States
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
The novel is difficult to get into which kept it from getting a five star rating, but if you keep reading you will not regret it. The plot itself is very unique and really captures your attention.
This book is based in a future society where the whole world is in ruins. Every decision made up until the year 2044 slowly proceeded the destruction the destruction of earth. Due to earth’s failing communities every person is left jobless, carless, and practically homeless. The only escape from this poverty ridden world is the OASIS. OASIS is the world’s most realistic virtual reality game and most every person on earth hides away from their life's problems in the game. After the death of the games creator, James Halliday, it is revealed that Halliday hid an Easter Egg somewhere in the OASIS and whoever finds it gets to inherit his fortune. A teenager, Wade Watts is one of the many people out to find this hidden Easter Egg. Along the way Wade meets some new friends who work together to find the Egg before an internet corporation (the IOI) does and uses the money to monetize the OASIS.
Any person that is a fan of Science Fiction would probably be interested in reading this novel. Maybe even some gamers would enjoy this rendition of classic Science Fiction, Dystopian and Utopian books. I would definitely recommend this book to my fellow geeks out there because of how well put together this piece of literature truly is.
Reviewer: Grace (Grade 9)
Setting(Time): About 100 years in the future
Setting (Place): The moon
Antagonist(s): Violet, Quendy, Link, Calista, Marty, and Loga
What would you rate this book: 4 out of 5 stars
The book was hard to follow at first, but was very interesting and intense towards the end.
This book is definitely for teens and young adults. The book has mature content (language), but is not mature enough to be an adult book, or one that an adult over 30 would probably enjoy. The book is set about 100 years, or so, in the future. All of the characters are connected by a social media chip, called the feed, that is placed in there head at or around (usually) birth. In this book, the protagonist, Titus, and his friends go to a party where he meets the most beautiful girl he’s ever seen. The group quickly becomes close friends with the girl, named Violet. Soon after they meet her, they all go to a party that is on the moon. At the party a man hypnotizes a few of the young teens. They all go to the hospital and learn that nothing is wrong. Later on, the reader learns that Violet was permanently affected by the hypnosis, and there is nothing Titus can do for her. The book is about his struggle to figure out how he feels about Violet and the thought of her dieing, and Violet’s struggle with the disease she has and planning the rest of her life.
Why do you or don’t you feel that others should read this novel?
I think others should read this book because it’s a short book that someone can read in under a week. Its cute and is not followed by another book or have a movie.
Want to make a recommendation?
* Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh's Young Adult Booklists
* New York Times Books Section (links to their Best Seller Lists)
* YALSA Book Awards & Booklists
* YALSA's Teens' Top Ten