Cress by Marissa Meyer

A book review by Faith Thompson

 

Cinder, Scarlet, Wolf, and Thorne have all found each other. They’re hiding in space right now, busy trying to recover from devastating attacks on the earth – when they are paged by a girl trapped on a satellite, desperate to escape. Her name is Cress, and she’s hopeful that Cinder and Company are the chance she needs to get away from her cruel mistress.

But when the rescue attempt goes awry, Cinder’s party is separated. Cress and Thorne are stranded in the middle of a desert, while the others are all lost somewhere in space.

Can they find each other again and save Kai from marrying Levana?

 

The Lunar Chronicles, book 3

 

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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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A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness

A book review by Faith Thompson

 

Conor’s mother’s illness isn’t getting better, no matter what kind of medications the doctors are giving her. At 12:07 PM, unable to sleep, he gets up and looks out the window – and sees a monster. The monster that looks just like the yew tree in the backyard.

The tree-monster makes a deal with Conor – it will tell him three stories. In return, he must tell it his story, the one with the terrifying truth. And it’s possible, Conor believes, that the monster will be able to save his mother.

During the day, Conor struggles to take care of his mom, whose chemo is making her constantly sick. He attends school and is bullied. His grandmother is staying with them, making things even more difficult for him.

But every night at 12:07, the monster returns. And things begin to change.

 

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Scarlet by Marissa Meyer

A book review by Faith Thompson

 

Cinder and her new ally, Thorne, are on the run from the authorities in New Beijing. Having broken out of prison, they must escape the Eastern Commonwealth, or they will be doomed.

On the other side of the world, the French Scarlet Benoit searches for her missing grandmother, who the police have given up on. Scarlet knows her grandmother wouldn’t vanish without telling her where she was going, so she fears the worst – kidnapping or murder.

A street fighter named Wolf offers to help Scarlet find her grandmother, and she has no choice but to trust him. But as tensions between the Earth and Luna rise, things are growing more and more dangerous. Scarlet searches for her grandmother as Cinder looks for both of them, and if they can’t find each other, things will get even worse than they already are.

 

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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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Michael Vey: The Prisoner of Cell 25 by Richard Paul Evans

A book review by Faith Thompson

 

It was just a day like any other for Michael Vey when he discovered that he wasn’t the only one with strange electric powers. Taylor, the gorgeous cheerleader from school, has them too, and their genius friend Ostin is eager to help them learn to optimize these powers.

But when Michael’s mom takes them to a pizza place to celebrate Michael’s birthday, she is kidnapped by a mysterious man with a couple more kids with similar powers to Michael’s. Suddenly Taylor is missing too. It’s up to Michael, Ostin, and a couple of bullies from school, the only ones who will give them a ride, to investigate the kidnappings and save them – but it may be a trap.

Someone is after Michael and Taylor’s powers, and it will take everything they’ve got to escape.

 

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The Shepherd’s Crown by Terry Pratchett

A book review by Faith Thompson

 

Tiffany is nearly a woman now. She’s seventeen and ready to take on her own steading — or district — to which she provides poverty relief. The Nac Mac Feegle are behaving themselves, finally, and she has a wonderful boyfriend named Preston.

But then things start to fall apart. Granny Weatherwax is old now and will die very soon. None of the witches are quite certain what to do without her, and they don’t know if they are capable of protecting Discworld without her guidance. And the gate into the Fairy Kingdom that Tiffany entered at the age of 9 to rescue her brother is glowing again.

The elves want revenge.

 

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Wintersmith by Terry Pratchett (The Tiffany Aching Adventures, book 3)

A book review by Faith Thompson
Tiffany thought her problems were over when she rescued her little brother Wentworth from the Fairy Queen. Now she’s thirteen and living away from home in order to train to become a real witch when she grows up. But then she makes a horrible mistake – in a crucial dance for the changing of the seasons.

Now the Wintersmith, Lord of Winter, thinks that she is the Summer Lady and is in love with her. People are dying when they crash into icebergs shaped like her on the ocean, and the world is covered in snowflakes shaped like Tiffany.

With the help of her friend Roland, some eccentric witches, and the Wee Free Men, Tiffany will have to try to fulfill her new role as the Summer Lady and make it to spring – and stay away from the Wintersmith. Because now he wants to marry her. And he is still not quite a man.

 

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