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Reclaim the Stars by Zoraida Cordova
"This book is a collection of short stories written by Latin American authors and based on Latin American culture and superstition. Each story creates an entirely unique, captivating fictional world involving spaceships, galaxies, magic, and other realms of existence. The tales explore a wide variety of themes, from love to rivalry to the reality of death. Connecting to concepts such as the Day of the Dead and mythological creatures, each story contains engrossing, educational aspects of Latin American folklore. No matter your interests, you are bound to be enthralled by the fascinating worlds created within the pages of this book and find a story that you fall in love with.
I really enjoyed the fantasy and futuristic elements of the book. Reading this is an experience similar to returning to childhood, exploring fantasy, space travel, magic, and monsters. A few are confusing and seem hastily-written, but many are well-written, deep and symbolic."
The Future We Left Behind by Mike A. Lancaster
"A thousand years after the Straker Tapes were recorded, society has changed dramatically. Humans have been upgraded a few more times, and the world has changed dramatically. People and technology have become one. Life is fully dependent on the assistance of technology. Peter Vincent lives in a life surrounded by technology in a world that prides itself on science and denies the Stracker Tapes.
I thought this book was okay. It was a little more advanced than the first book in the series, but still simplistic. A great idea, but the plot was boring at times and the ending was okay at best."
Human.4 by Mike A. Lancaster
"Kyle Stracker lives in the middle of nowhere. He enjoys life in a small town, but not much updated technology. He volunteers to be hypnotized at the community talent show by one of his peers. When he wakes up, he, and the three other hypnotized participants, find that the world has changed forever. Everyone is still and nothing makes sense.
I would rate this 2.5 stars if I could. One good thing is that the style of writing is futuristic and original. On the downside the writing was very simplistic. This is more of a sixth grade book rather than young adult. It did have a cool concept, but it was executed poorly. "
The Giant (Quarantine) by Lex Thomas
"After the students in McKinley High were freed, many were gunned down, but several escaped. They roam the state, hiding from any adults. People are starting to return to Colorado and some are ready to completely eliminate any virus carrier. Gonzalo graduated a while ago, but he still loves Sasha. He heard about the incident at the school, and is confident that he can still find Sasha before it's too late. He is willing to do whatever it takes to find his love, even though he no longer carries the virus and is just as susceptible to death as everyone else.
I wasn't aware that this series is a trilogy. When you look up the series online it shows up as a four book series (with this as the finale), but this is more of an extra, optional book. It was a little disappointing to find out that there wasn't really any talk about the ending of the third book, which leaves it as a cliffhanger. This book was okay, but it didn't have a big and interesting plot. "
The Burnouts (Quarantine) by Lex Thomas
"Although he is not a senior, Will knew he finished puberty when his nose started to bleed. The virus left his body and he escaped the school by tricking the parents. Now Will is outside and he just found out David is alive. But they just can't leave the school how it is. Gangs still run the halls and violence erupts constantly. Neither of them can fathom what might be happening to Lucy. She has no gang and is completely on her own and they both need to save her.
I liked this book a lot and I think it is better than the other books in the series. I'm really excited about the last book in the series next. "
The Saints (Quarantine) by Lex Thomas
"Whatever hope that students at McKinley High is now crushed. They all hoped that they were freed, but instead they were trapped once again. Only this time a new gang--a group of infected from the outside--joins them. They begin to get more information from the Outside, including contact with some parents that aid them in survival. Will and Lucy have to work hard to make sure they survive longer, especially since they don't have David to back them up anymore.
I liked the action and I would definitely say that this book is better than the first in the series. It can be a little gruesome at times but it's really suspenseful. "
The Fifth Wave by Rick Yancey
"The first four waves took out most of Earth's population. Now Cassie believes she may be humanity's last hope. The Others came to Earth and people aren't sure what they want. Now Cassie is alone in the woods fighting for her life. She is convinced that staying alone is the only way to survive, but that can only last for so long.
I love the ending of the book, but the beginning is a little tedious with not much action. The ending is amazing, though. "
The Other Side of the Sky by Amie Kaufman
“Although their worlds may seem to be divided only by clouds, Nimh and North’s worlds are polar opposites, not even knowing of one another. But when North- a prince who wants adventure and exploration- plane crashes down onto Nimh’s land, she believes it to be destiny. A part of a prophecy she was told as the divine one of her people long ago. As the two start sharing details of their people, feelings spark for one another, but a dark magic and crews of people are coming for Nimh. For her title, her throne, and North.
I really enjoyed the world building in this book, along with the magic system and prophecies and how it affected the characters. The writing style was very descriptive and humorous, adding depth to the characters that only added to the enjoyment of the experience.”
Goddess in the Machine by Lora Beth Johnson
Andra was a normal teenager living in a futuristic world with extremely advanced technology. Her mother was one of the leading scientists of her time, and as part of an experiment, Andra and her family were put in a cryonic sleep for 100 years. However, something goes wrong and Andra is woken up by Zhade after 1,000 years, not 100. The world has completely changed and Andra is regarded as a goddess. If she doesn’t play along, the people will kill her for being a fraud. Andra struggles with surviving, trusting Zhade, and figuring out what happened to her.
At first, I did not really enjoy this book. I found it hard to understand, since the author wrote with a futuristic dialect of English, and I thought it could be a bit slow sometime. However, the story has many major twists which had me hooked for the second half of the book.”
Me and Mr. Cigar
“Oscar spends his day either partying or spending time with his dog, Mr. Cigar. Oscar believes that Mr. Cigar is psychic. They are inseparable and he never leaves without his unique dog. Oscar also works at a new tech company and throws parties with his best friend Lytle. Then Oscar suddenly finds himself on the run from government guys with a secret and heading to New York to save his sister.
The only word I would use to describe this book is weird. The character has a psychic dog and one of his best friends is a drug dealing clown. It is no doubt the weirdest book I have ever read. There is not really any plot until halfway, but when it happens, it is really good.”
Phantom Wheel by Tracy Deebs
“Six hackers achieve their dream when they get invited to compete for a scholarship by the CIA. Each must hack their way through a simulation in order to win the grand prize. Owen, one of the six, feels something isn’t right and doesn’t compete. After more research when he gets home, he realizes that it wasn’t the CIA and it wasn’t a simulation. The rest of them unknowingly created a virus to infect millions of phones on New Year’s Day. In an effort to undo what they did, they must join together and reveal what the company was really planning.
I loved this book and would totally recommend it. There is so much action that you wouldn’t expect. The author does an excellent job of writing the plot and action involved.”
The Ballad of Ami Miles by Kristy Dallas Alley
“After an Illness that left many women unable to have children, Ami Miles was raised in a survival compound with her family. One day her parents bring home a man to have children with her, hoping she is bearable. Not wanting to do it with him, she decides she has had enough. She sets off to find her mother that went into hiding when she was a baby and maybe find a mate she wants. On her journey she discovers not only what life truly can be about but also how to live life to the fullest.
I don’t like this book because even though it takes place in the future, it has many old-school values. I understand that it would make sense in the book, but it is still not good. I thought the book was a little boring.”
The Good For Nothings by Danielle Banas
“Cora Saros comes from a family of intergalactic smugglers, but struggles to fit in. When a heist goes wrong after she tries to prove herself, she lands in prison. The prison warden then offers her a deal—she will be released if she can bring him back the treasure of immortality. She and her cellmates take the deal together. They need to travel across different galaxies together to find all keys to unlock the treasure and avoid everyone trying to stop them in the process.
I did like this book because it has elements of adventure and romance. This book is perfect for science fiction lovers.”
Uglies by Scott Westerfeld
“The novel is set in a world where everyone is considered ugly. When they turn 16, they become pretty by surgery. 15-year-old Tally dreams of becoming “pretty” but then she meets shay. Shay is rebellious and does not want to be pretty. When shay runs away, Tally is forced to go after her and in doing so, she realizes becoming a pretty is not all what is seems.
I loved the book because the concept is so real as in the real world, everyone is obsessed about being pretty. I will recommend this book to those who like dystopian novels.”
The Maze Runner by James Dashner
“Thomas, the main character, suddenly wakes up in a strange new world. He learns that he, as well as many other boys, are trapped in a maze. He also struggles with not remembering his life before the maze at all. Though the boys have spent over two years trying to solve the maze, it seems impossible and many boys seem content to build a new life there. However, strange things start to happen as the maze begins to move apart, and Thomas knows he must escape before it’s too late.
I really liked this book. I thought it was suspenseful and thrilling that the readers only knew as much as the main character. However, I thought it took a bit too long to get to the action and climax, though that might have been because I was listening to the audiobook.”
Unwind by Neal Shusterman
"Three teens run away in order to avoid being unwinded, where their body is disassembled and donated to others. Connor will be unwinded because he is trouble. Risa is because of her orphanage budget cuts. Lev always knew he was as part of his religion. All need to escape their fates to live and are willing to do whatever it takes to survive.
I really liked the book because it keeps you on your toes. Even though the description sounds a little boring, it turns out to be way better than I thought. The book also revolves around philosophical thoughts around what it means to be alive (but not in a boring way). This is easily one of my favorite series!"
Caught by Margaret Peterson Haddix
“Jonah and Katherine have traveled through time before. However, they learn they have to return Albert Einstein’s daughter to history, a daughter they didn’t even know existed. Einstein did have a daughter named Liseri, whose life is shrouded in misery. When Jonah and Katherine go back in time, Einstein and his wife Mileva seem to understand all about time travel. Mileva has no intention of letting her daughter disappear…
I liked the book because it was educational, as I never knew Einstein had a daughter. In addition, it gave more insight on Mileva, whom no one really talks about.”
Divergent by Veronica Roth
“A girl named Tris lives in a society split up into factions. She gets tested to see what faction she gets into, but she tests into multiple of them. This means she is Divergent! This is bad news for Tris because that makes her a target. She has to pick a faction and try to blend in. She picks Dauntless and has to leave her family and learn how to hide her Divergent tendencies. There is some romance, a bit of drama and a bit of war.
I actually liked this book. I didn’t think I was going to like it, but I felt like it was a really fun read. The end was really exciting and made the whole book feel like it had stakes. I read this book after watching the movie and it helped me understand what happened in the movies because there were times that it was confusing.”
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