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YA Book Review- Sky On Fire (Monument 14 #2) by Emmy Laybourne

The last time we saw the Monument 14, they were trapped inside superstore Greenway after a chemical weapons plant exploded and devastated their town. Half of these kids, aged 6 to 17, decide to revive the school bus that landed them in the store and find help and safety at the Denver International Airport. The other half decide to stay, because the chemicals in the air affect their blood type in a way that makes them raving, violent monsters. This story is broken up between the perspectives of two brothers: Alex, 13, determined to find their parents and save the day, and Dean, 16, who stays behind to protect the girl he loves and some of the younger children. The children who take the bus discover exactly how horrific the outside world has become. They do encounter other people along the way, but most of them are enemies that deplete their supplies and leave them to die. In the Greenway things are not very safe, either- the building is attached by outsiders who are desperate to survive. Who will make it?

This fast-paced thriller is the sequel to Monument 14, and the story does not slow down at all from the first book. Gruesome at times and heart-wrenching at others, this book is a great novel for anyone who likes to read a book straight through while sitting at the edge of their seat!

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YA book review- The 100 by Kass Morgan

**This book is not expected to be published until September of 2013 so you have plenty of time to get excited about it**

Humans have been living on a space station¬† far above the earth for three hundred years. They abandoned the planet because nuclear war contaminated everything with radiation and it was no longer safe to inhabit. Living on a space station was only supposed to be a temporary solution, and now that the station is starting to fall apart, the people in charge need to figure out how to save the last of the human race. That’s where 100 teenaged prisoners come in: in order to wipe their sentences clean and help save their race, they are being sent to Earth to see if the planet is once again safe for human’s to inhabit. Told from the point of view of four of these incarcerated teens, this book explores the new world humans have created and the old world we once dominated. Is Earth any safer than a dying space station?

This book is intense and is definitely the first in a series. Romances abound, but they are strained by the turmoil spreading throughout the population of human beings who have no idea what lies ahead for them. Pick this up if you like science fiction, dystopian stories, and teenage romances. Also, this book is the inspiration for the CW’s new TV show by the same name!


YA Book Review- Ender’s Game

This book is science fiction and dystopian of some of the best kind. The movie based on this book is due out in November of this year, so grab it in print before you enjoy it in theaters!

I’m going to let the Goodreads description tell you the details:

“In order to develop a secure defense against a hostile alien race’s next attack, government agencies breed child geniuses and train them as soldiers. A brilliant young boy, Andrew “Ender” Wiggin lives with his kind but distant parents, his sadistic brother Peter, and the person he loves more than anyone else, his sister Valentine. Peter and Valentine were candidates for the soldier-training program but didn’t make the cut–young Ender is the Wiggin drafted to the orbiting Battle School for rigorous military training.
Ender’s skills make him a leader in school and respected in the Battle Room, where children play at mock battles in zero gravity. Yet growing up in an artificial community of young soldiers Ender suffers greatly from isolation, rivalry from his peers, pressure from the adult teachers, and an unsettling fear of the alien invaders. His psychological battles include loneliness, fear that he is becoming like the cruel brother he remembers, and fanning the flames of devotion to his beloved sister.
Is Ender the general Earth needs? But Ender is not the only result of the genetic experiments. The war with the Buggers has been raging for a hundred years, and the quest for the perfect general has been underway for almost as long. Ender’s two older siblings are every bit as unusual as he is, but in very different ways. Between the three of them lie the abilities to remake a world. If, that is, the world survives.”

If you like to read about aliens, futuristic space wars, kids saving the day, or even if you like video games, definitely pick this up.

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YA Book Review- Requiem by Lauren Oliver

**Please note: This review contains spoilers of Delirium and Pandemonium, the first two books in this trilogy. Read ahead with caution!**

Lena and Julian have escaped the kidnapping and torture of the Scavengers, who they now know are working for Deliria Free America. Julian’s father, the founder of the DFA, is dead. And much to Lena’s agony, the boy she loved and thought she lost is broken but alive, and traveling with her friends. There is no time to dwell on heartbreak, though: the resistance is taking over the country and war against the controlling anti-love government is imminent. Meanwhile, in Portland, Lena’s best friend Hana is now cured and about to be married to the Mayor. She is perfectly content- or is she?

This series is a total thrill ride, with this final installment being no different. The format alternates chapters between Hana and Lena’s Point Of View, which really helps to see the plot development from all sides of their society. Anyone interested in the title should definitely read the first two books of the series- this is a great series for lovers of sci-fi, romance, dystopia, and thrillers!


YA Book Review- Pandemonium by Lauren Oliver

*SPOILER ALERT* If you have not read the first book in this series (Delirium) and you do not wish to read any spoilers, do not read below!


Lena has woken up in the Wilds. She has no idea where she is, or who is taking care of her. As she regains her strength and works through her crippling grief from losing Alex, she begins to work within the small community if people who have made their home in the untamed lands between cities. It almost seems too soon when they have to migrate south for the winter, which is made a more harrowing task than ever when their site is bombed by government planes. After trekking for miles, losing a group member to illness, being attacked by other, violent Invalids, and making it to the border of Manhattan, Lena becomes involved with a mission to infiltrate a radical group determined to administer the cure to infants and eradicate all uncureds. Kidnapping, abuse, more running, and a delicate budding romance keep this story moving at full-speed.

If you loved Delirium, you simply must read this next installment of the trilogy. Lena’s entire worldview has changed since we first met her, and so much more is going on behind the scenes of her society than we were led to believe in the first book. Once again, I think this series has something for everyone- it is action-packed, quickly paced, a scary image of a possible future, and carries an undercurrent of romance the entire time. Pick up a copy from your library today!


YA Book Review- Delirium by Lauren Oliver

In Lena’s future United States, love is considered a disease. It is blamed for all of the wars, illness, and hatred that humans have ever brought on themselves. This is why the government has come up with a “cure” that is supposed to prevent a person from experiencing love. It isn’t legal to administer the cure until the subject is 18, so Lena is waiting for her turn. She has an urgent need for the cure because of her family history: her mother committed suicide in the name of love. What Lena doesn’t realize is how much is going on beneath the surface of her little world and how much love still thrives. When she falls in love with a boy who was never cured, suddenly her urgent needs all center around him and she begins to realize just how terrible a world without love can be.

This book is beautifully written, full of intense moments, picks up with major action sequences towards the end, and really makes you think. I would say this book is great for almost anyone, especially romance readers, sci-fi- enthusiasts, and philosophers.  Additionally, this is the first book in a thrilling trilogy so keep an eye out for reviews of the next two volumes!


YA Book Review- Scarlet (#2 of the Lunar Chronicles) by Marissa Meyer


Last week’s post was about the first book in this futuristic series featuring famous fairy tale characters. This book, which is due to be published this February, stars none other than Red Riding Hood. Life on her quiet farm in a small French town never seemed out of the ordinary to Scarlet. That is, until her grandmother mysteriously disappears and no one will help Scarlet find her. Throw in a dangerous, surly stranger that goes by the name of Wolf and the reappearance of her once charming but now deranged father and you can quickly see that her life will never be the same. Expect to see the return of some of your favorite characters from the first book, including Cinder herself. I won’t reveal too much here so I don’t give away anything important, but Marissa Meyer sure knows how to write a story.

Once again, this book is great for sci-fi lovers, fantasy enthusiasts, action seekers, and also romance fans.