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Teen Book Review

Science Fiction

Cinder (by Marissa Meyer)

Rating 4

Reviewed by Maggie, Spencer Staff

Cinder, a talented mechanic, is approached by a handsome man to fix his broken down robot. She quickly realizes that it's not just any handsome man, it's the prince! With a plague ravaging earth and war with the evil queen and people of Lunar on the horizon, this futuristic science fiction retelling of Cinderella, the first in Meyer's Lunar Chronicles series, is far from your standard fairy tale.

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Divergent (by Veronica Roth)

Rating 4

Reviewed by Elizabeth, Corporate Parkway TAB

Divergent is about a girl named Beatrice who lives just as the rules of her faction and her society tell her to. The five factions in this dystopian Chicago each model a virtue: selflessness, honesty, peacefulness, intelligence, and bravery. This is meant to keep everyone happy but this government is hiding secrets. One day, Beatrice decides to step out of her own box and try something new. This first book in a trilogy is action-packed, thrilling, and keeps you guessing. If you liked the Hunger Games, I would 110% recommend this for you.

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Jurassic Park (by Michael Crichton)

Rating 5

Reviewed by Joseph, grade 7

Jurassic Park is a wonderful sci-fi novel. It is an exciting novel about visiting a mysterious island off the coast of Costa Rica that surprisingly has dinosaurs living on it. This islands is a giant theme park for dinosaurs, including Tyrannosaurus rex .

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Torn (by Margaret Peterson Haddix)

Rating 5

Reviewed by Natalie, grade 7

I liked Torn because the storyline keeps moving so you never get bored. Torn is about a boy named Jonah and his sister Katherine. They time travel to help missing children in time to get back to their time period. Torn is a book you can never put down.

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The Angel Experiment (by James Patterson)

Rating 4

Reviewed by Joshua, grade 7

I really enjoyed reading this book. James Patterson is a good writer. I think I am going to read the rest of the books in this series. There is a lot of action in his books that will keep you reading more. I think you should really read this book, you won't be sorry.

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Live Free or Die (by John Ringo)

Rating 4

Reviewed by Ryan, grade 11

In Live Free or Die, John Ringo spins a new story off of the traditional "first contact" scenario. Using a masterful blend of patriotism, science, and pure luck, the main character, Tyler Vernon, tries to free Earth from extraterrestial dictators by trading with other aliens. This is the first book in the Troy Rising series. 

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Soulbound (by Heather Brewer)

Rating 4

Reviewed by Sam, grade 9

The first installment in the Tril series Soulbound revolves around a girl Kaya who is forced from her home to an academy where she must stay and learn to heal her partner or her parents will be put to death. Forced into a war she barely knows against monsers called graplars who killed her best friend she desides she wants to learn to defend herself and not just wait for her barron Trayton. But who will train her for its against the rules for a healer to fight. Who will help her barron Trastonor his instructor Darius who has an unexplainable grudge against her.

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The Hunger Games (by Suzanne Collins)

Rating 5

Reviewed by Ryan, grade 6

The book I read is called The Hunger Games and the book is about Katniss Everdeen who volenteers as tribute over her sister in the annual Hunger Games, a fight to death on live tv. There are 24 tributes 1 boy and 1 girl from each district. I liked this book because it was a fast jarring of action and suspense and is one of my favorite books to read. 

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Catching Fire (by Suzanne Collins)

Rating 5

Reviewed by Jaide, grade 6

I think Catching Fire was a good book although I would not reccomened it to children under ten! Suprised me at every turn! Catcing Fire held my intrest and I never wanted to put it down! Suzanne Collins is very descriptive and I can picture every scene! Catching Fire and the other books in this series have mature topics, but have positive messages too.

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I Am Number Four (by Pittacus Lore)

Rating 5

Reviewed by Brianna, grade 9

I Am Number Four is a very enjoyable book. This book is about a group of aliens from the planet Lorien. Lorien was taken over by aliens from a different planet. The group of nine kids and their Cepans came to Earth and are being hunted by the other aliens, the Mogadorians. Numbers one through three have been killed and Number Four is on the run but the Mogadorians are close behind. I highly recoomend this book for anyone who enjoys romance and action stories.

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