The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

A book review by Faith Thompson

 

Katniss Everdeen is just a girl trying to help her family survive in District 12, the poorest district in Panem. She illegally hunts in the woods with her best friend, Gale, and tries to protect her sister Prim.

But every year there is a reaping, in which a boy and a girl from each district are chosen to compete in the Hunger Games, a nationally televised competition from which only one kid can return alive. Katniss has taken steps to keep herself and Prim from being chosen, but on Reaping Day, her sister is selected.

Desperate to save Prim, Katniss volunteers to take her place. But as she continues down the road to the Hunger Games, she realizes that it will take everything she has to survive this game – and to retain her humanity.

 

The Hunger Games, book 1

 

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Son by Lois Lowry

A book review by Faith Thompson

 

Claire is a young woman in Jonas’s community who is chosen for the unexciting but vital job of birth mother at the age of twelve. She is to produce three children who can be adopted by families in the community and further its good.

But then Jonas disappears from the community, taking Claire’s first son, Gabe, with him. Claire, desperate to find her son, follows them, nearly drowning in a storm when the boat she is on sinks. She is saved by people in a community which is neither dystopian nor utopian – full of people who want to just live their lives in a quiet, rural place.

Claire has just allowed herself to think that she could be happy here when she decides that she still has to find her son. But it will take everything she has to get there.

 

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Cinder by Marissa Meyer

A book review by Faith Thompson

 

The Eastern Commonwealth of Earth is ravaged by a fearsome disease, letumosis, which kills you within days of its contraction. Cinder, a young cyborg who is the most gifted mechanic in New Beijing, does her best to stay healthy and stay out of the way of her stepmother, who blames her for most of the family’s problems.

But then Cinder’s stepsister, Peony, contracts letumosis. Cinder’s stepmother, frantic with worry, thrusts her into the palace laboratory, where she will be experimented on as the emperor’s scientists try to find a cure for the disease. Here she meets Kai, the emperor’s charming son, and learns of his possible impending engagement to the Lunar queen, Levana.

All is not as it seems and it is up to Cinder to figure it out.

 

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Messenger by Lois Lowry

A book review by Faith Thompson

 

The village from Gathering Blue has begun the healing process, but it is another village somewhere far away through the Forest that also needs redemption.

This village is the one place where the disabled, the rebels, and everyone who is discontent with the dystopian system of every other place in their world can find safety. Mattie, a young boy who carries messages from village to village, is happy to live there, doing truly good things for the first time in his life.

But when the people of the Village grow selfish and wish to keep new people from coming in, the Forest turns on them, growing wild and evil like it never has before. Now it is up to Mattie, his little dog, and his old friend Kira to save the Village – and the world – from the menace lurking in the trees. They are aided by a blue-eyed young man who is known to some as Jonas…

 

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Safekeeping by Karen Hesse

A book review by Faith Thompson

 

Radley went to Haiti to do volunteer work and to get away from the impending threat of the American People’s Party, who are likely to take over in the next election. When she gets home, she discovers that they have, and that the country is in an uproar.

Her parents have vanished and it’s not safe for her to stay at home. So Radley starts walking down the roads of Vermont, heading for Canada, where she may be safe. On the way there she meets another young woman named Celia, who is obviously hiding something. But what is it? Will there be safety in Canada? Will Radley ever find her parents again? You will have to read the book to find out!

 

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The Last Princess by Galaxy Craze

A book review by Faith Thompson

 

Ever since the 19 Days, when the entire world was destroyed by a series of natural disasters, Great Britain has been scraping out a living under the royal Windsor family. Princess Eliza knows something is wrong, but even she wasn’t expecting the family’s annual ball to be attacked by an insane murderer and usurper named Cornelius Hollister- the same man who murdered her mother.

Eliza finds herself alone, an orphan whose brother and big sister are being held hostage by Hollister. She goes undercover to try to save them and discovers both Hollister’s army and a secret Resistance. Desperate to save her family, Eliza is falling in love with a young man named Wesley and trying to keep away from Hollister. But how long will a sixteen-year-old girl last as the most wanted person in the world?

 

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Gathering Blue by Lois Lowry

A book review by Faith Thompson

 

When Kira’s mom dies, she is left to the mercy of the Guardians. Because of her disability, she has no way to support herself.  Kira is shocked to find the Guardians happy to give her a home and a job — repairing the robe that is worn every year at the Song Ceremony which relates to the world’s history. All is not as it seems, however, and Kira, her friends Thomas and Matt, and a little girl named Jo are the only ones who can figure it out.

 

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