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Reviews by Tag: dystopia

Teen Review
Lois Lowery
Reviewer's Rating: 
5
Wednesday, Jun 13, 2018

Twelve year old Jonas lives in what seems like an ideal world. Everything is chosen for you, where you live, who your spouse is, what your job is, because, according to the community leader, when people have the opportunity to choose, they choose wrong. But Jonas never expected his life assignment to be the Receiver. He is assigned to learn from the Giver, but not what he thinks he is going to learn. With the help of the Giver, he begins to understand the dark secrets behind his fragile community.

I don't remember reading a book as fast as I read this one. It was a great read. I...

Teen Review
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James Dashner
Reviewer's Rating: 
4
Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Thomas wakes up in the lift with no memory except that of his name. He is surrounded by other boys whose memories are also gone. They are in the glade, and it is surrounded by towering stone walls that make an ever-changing and limitless maze. It is the only way out, and no one has ever gone through it alive. But then a girl arrives, the first girl ever, and she carries a terrifying message.

The plot was fast paced, suspenseful and full of surprises. The twists and turns this book took shocked me unlike any other book I've read. It also has some creative lingo but I found it easy to...

Teen Review
Richelle Mead
Reviewer's Rating: 
4
Monday, Aug 1, 2016

Adelaide is a countess used to getting anything she wants, but she is tired of all the comfort and luxury. So she poses as a servant to escape and start a life in the new world by going to the glittering court. It was designed to transform impoverished young women into the upper class so they can gain powerful and wealthy marriages in the colonies across the sea. She manages to keep her true identity hidden from everyone but the son of the man who created the court, who is a hiding a dangerous secret of his own. It is hard to deny the attraction simmering between them, but if acted upon,...

Teen Review
Jessica Khoury
Reviewer's Rating: 
5
Friday, Jul 29, 2016

Pia grew up in a secret laboratory hidden in the rainforest, completely cut off from the outside world. She was raised by scientists to be the first of a new immortal race. But one night, she discovers a hole in the fence separating her from freedom, and sneaks out. She meets Eio, a boy from a local village, and together try to discover the dark and sinister story of her origin.

Origin is a beautifully told, shocking new way to look at an age-old desire: to live forever, no matter the cost. I loved...

Teen Review
Lauren Oliver
Reviewer's Rating: 
3
Friday, Jun 10, 2016

Before scientists found the cure, people thought love was a good thing.

They didn’t understand that once love -- the deliria -- blooms in your blood, there is no escaping its hold. Things are different now. Scientists are able to eradicate love, and the government demands that all citizens receive the cure upon turning eighteen. Lena Holoway has always looked forward to the day when she’ll be cured. A life without love is a life without pain: safe, measured, predictable, and happy.

But with ninety-five days left until her treatment, Lena does the unthinkable: She falls in...

Teen Review
Karen Healey
Reviewer's Rating: 
5
Thursday, May 26, 2016

When Tegan decides to donate her body to science, she never expected to wake up 100 years later locked in a top-secret facility with no idea how she got there, or what happened on the day that was supposed to be the best of her life. The future isn’t at all what she had hoped, and when she learns the terrible secrets of the government that saved her, she must decide whether to keep her head down and try to survive, or fight for what she knows is right.

I have a few minor criticisms. The emotional freight of some of the interactions between Tegan and her friends on occasion comes...

Teen Review
Vicotria Aveyard
Reviewer's Rating: 
5
Thursday, May 12, 2016

Mare Barrow's world is divided by blood. There are the Red Bloods and the Silver Bloods. Red Bloods have a hard life, they live in villages with very little money. Silver Bloods, on the other hand, are royal and live up in the palace; ruling the Reds. Mare is Red, with little money and no job. When her friend, Kilorn gets assigned a place in the war, Mare does everything she can to help, even finding herself in the Silver world. She finds out she is an unusual Red, because she can do things only Silvers can do. Find out more by reading this exciting book!

I think this book was...

Teen Review
Suzanne Collins
Reviewer's Rating: 
5
Friday, Feb 19, 2016

The nation of Panem is a post-apocalyptic version of North America. It consists of 12 poorer districts and the powerful and wealthy Capitol. Early in it’s history, the 13 districts rebelled against the Capitol which resulted in the destruction of the 13th district and, as punishment, an annual televised show called the Hunger Games. Each year, all the districts must choose a boy and a girl to send to the games that are forced to fight to the death, until only one survivor remains to claim victory. When Katniss’ sister Prim is chosen, she volunteers to stand in her place. She and the other...

Staff Review
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Lauren DeStefano
Reviewer's Rating: 
4
Monday, Dec 7, 2015

Sheltered and naive. That's the narrator of this book. She's always lived a protected, easy life, and doesn't have much to be anxious about. Of course, she lives in a world without poverty. Where there has never been a murder in her lifetime. Where crime, accidents, and disease are minimal, and almost everyone lives happily and safely to old age. (As far as she knows, anyway.) So life is good and there's no reason to question anything.

Staff Review
A pair of hands, palms opened and covered in Henna designs,
Holly Bodger
Reviewer's Rating: 
4
Wednesday, Oct 28, 2015

The year is 2054 and India has a ratio of 5 boys to 1 girl. Girls have now become valuable assets. To combat the selling of daughters to the highest bidder, a group of women have founded a closed country they named Koyanagar. In Koyanagar, young men are chosen to compete for a chance to marry a girl. It is now Sudasa's turn to witness the testing of five young men and then choose one to become her future husband. Sudasa does not want a husband, she does not want to marry and bear children.

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