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Warcross

Title: Warcross
Author: Marie Lu
Series: Warcross #1
Recommended for: 6th grade and up
Pages: 353 pages
Call Number/Link:  TEEN FICTION LU, M.
Synopsis: For the millions who log in every day, Warcross isn’t just a game—it’s a way of life. The obsession started ten years ago and its fan base now spans the globe, some eager to escape from reality and others hoping to make a profit. Struggling to make ends meet, teenage hacker Emika Chen works as a bounty hunter, tracking down Warcross players who bet on the game illegally. But the bounty-hunting world is a competitive one, and survival has not been easy. To make some quick cash, Emika takes a risk and hacks into the opening game of the international Warcross Championships—only to accidentally glitch herself into the action and become an overnight sensation.

Convinced she’s going to be arrested, Emika is shocked when instead she gets a call from the game’s creator, the elusive young billionaire Hideo Tanaka, with an irresistible offer. He needs a spy on the inside of this year’s tournament in order to uncover a security problem . . . and he wants Emika for the job. With no time to lose, Emika’s whisked off to Tokyo and thrust into a world of fame and fortune that she’s only dreamed of. But soon her investigation uncovers a sinister plot, with major consequences for the entire Warcross empire.

Comments: This is a interesting dystiopian where gaming has become a part of everyones life, by wearing special glasses you earn points for just about everything.  The game itself is like capture the flag, except that you are in a virtual world where steping stones disappear, and just about anything can happen.  I am not a gammer, so I think the world set up seemed well done.  I would be interested to hear someones view who is a gamer. I will say that I was able to figure out early on who the mysterious hacker was, but I am not sure of motive.  I am very interested in what the next book will bring.

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Posted by on November 29, 2017 in Sci-Fi, Teen

 

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The Testing

Title:The Testing
Author: Joelle Charbonneau
Series: Testing #1
Recommended for: 
Pages: 339 pages
Call Number/Link:  TEEN FICTION CHARBONNEAU, J.

Synopsis: It’s graduation day for sixteen-year-old Malencia Vale, and the entire Five Lakes Colony (the former Great Lakes) is celebrating. All Cia can think about—hope for—is whether she’ll be chosen for The Testing, a United Commonwealth program that selects the best and brightest new graduates to become possible leaders of the slowly revitalizing post-war civilization. When Cia is chosen, her father finally tells her about his own nightmarish half-memories of The Testing. Armed with his dire warnings (”Cia, trust no one”), she bravely heads off to Tosu City, far away from friends and family, perhaps forever. Danger, romance—and sheer terror—await.

Thoughts:  I am enjoying this series.  I started reading these since the author will be visiting later this year.  I think that the story is well written and pacing is great.  Malencia (Cia) is a thinker, I love how you see her thought process in her decision making.  I really like that Cia’s never loses her humanity throughout the testing. This first book is the testing process, so you learn about the process, the next two books talk more about University and political agendas. This is a great series and look forward to reading more by Joelle Charbonneau.

 
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Posted by on August 23, 2017 in Dystopian, Teen

 

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The Rose Society

23846013Title: The Rose Society
Author: Marie Lu
Series: Young Elite #2
Recommended for: 8th grade and up
Pages: 416
Call Number/Link: Teen Fiction Lu, M  

Synopsis: Adelina Amouteru’s heart has suffered at the hands of both family and friends, turning her down the bitter path of revenge. Now known and feared as the White Wolf, she and her sister flee Kenettra to find other Young Elites in the hopes of building her own army of allies. Her goal: to strike down the Inquisition Axis, the white-cloaked soldiers that murdered her love, the Crown Prince Enzo Valenciano.

But Adelina is no heroine. Her powers, fed only by fear and hate, have started to grow beyond her control. She does not trust her newfound Elite friends. Teren Santoro, leader of the Inquisition, wants her dead. And her former friends, Raffaele and the Dagger Society, want to stop her thirst for vengeance. Adelina struggles to cling to the good within her. But how can someone be good, when her very existence depends on darkness?

Review: Man, oh man, is this one turning dark and I believe the third one will go even darker. Even though you can tell Adelina is going insane, you can’t help but still root for a bit. She’s a product of circumstances. She has rarely known anything but cruelty and you can tell how that guides her steps. There is one Elite who can reach her, beyond her sister, but she keeps pushing him away again and again. I wanted to yell out her for that, because he seems to bring out the light/good in her and it would be interesting to see how she healed when she allowed him in her life. The twist with the powers was a good one and I’m excited to see where it takes them in book three.

Read-a-likes
Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard
Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir
Cinder Series by Marissa Meyer (reminds me a lot of Fairest)

 
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Posted by on September 30, 2015 in Dystopian, Teen

 

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Red Queen

41xTH4whq9L._SY344_BO1,204,203,200_Title: Red Queen
Author: Victoria Aveyard
Series: Red Queen
Recommended for: 8th Grade and Up
Pages: 383
Call Number/Link:  Teen Fiction Aveyard, V.

Synopsis: The poverty stricken Reds are commoners, living under the rule of the Silvers, elite warriors with god-like powers.
To Mare Barrow, a 17-year-old Red girl from The Stilts, it looks like nothing will ever change. Mare finds herself working in the Silver Palace, at the centre of those she hates the most. She quickly discovers that, despite her red blood, she possesses a deadly power of her own. One that threatens to destroy Silver control.But power is a dangerous game. And in this world divided by blood, who will win?

This is a GREAT book. The was the selection for the teen book group last month and we almost all enjoyed it. There is a good amount of action, but there are some lulls in the book as well as it deals a lot with political and mind games. However, the lulls aren’t too bad & some of it is pretty cool/shocking. There is kind of a love triangle going on, but it’s not too horrible. Most of the book Mare is just trying to figure things out. The silver world is so different from anything she’s ever known and it takes everything she has to adjust to this new life AND try to control her powers. It’s a pretty quick read and I guarantee this one will be flying on the shelves!

Read-a-likes:

  • Matched by Ally Condie
  • Shatter My by Tahereh Mafi
  • Young Elites by Marie Lu

Bonus:

Here’s the video I’ve been showing to the teens during school visits!

 
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Posted by on May 23, 2015 in Dystopian, Teen, Uncategorized

 

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