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Divergent Series by Veronica Roth

Posted in Science Fiction Reviews with tags , , , , , , , , on May 12, 2013 by teensreadteenbooks

Anyone heard of the Divergent Trilogy by Veronica Roth? It’s only the most popular, most anticipated movie to come out this year. There’s two books in the trilogy currently, Divergent and Insurgent, with another coming out October 22, 2013 to be named Allegiant.

The series follows sixteen-year-old Beatrice Prior who lives in a society where people are divided into factions. There’s Abnegation (the selfless), Amity (the peaceful), Candor (the honest), Dauntless (the brave) and Erudite (the intelligent). When Beatrice takes the aptitude test, she finds she doesn’t fit into just one faction, but three (Abnegation, Erudite, and Dauntless). She is called a Divergent and to never tell  anyone. When Choosing Day comes around, Beatrice must leave her dull life in Abnegation and Beatrice decides to join the Dauntless. Nicknaming herself Tris, Beatrice tries to fit in and survive the hardcore, dangerous initiation of a Dauntless initiate. Tris must push herself to place higher in the ranks of initiates so she doesn’t get cut before being named a full-fledged member. Along the way, she must keep her secret hidden even from the boy she falls in love with. Tensions heighten between the factions, and Tris sees what being divergent really means.

The divergent trilogy is one of the best apocalyptic series out there right now. I love the action scenes that Tris and the Dauntless bring to the book. It keeps the reader begging for more but also worrying for Tris’s safety. The relationship between Tris and Four is unstable but sweet nonetheless. Despite all the obstacles, their love survives. Likewise, the enemy faction  in the book definitely threatens the main characters of the book, but Roth creates an amazing ending filled with loss and love.

Anyone who likes the Divergent Trilogy would like the Matched trilogy and the Hunger Games trilogy.

Michael Vey series by Richard Paul Evans

Posted in Science Fiction Reviews with tags , , , , , , , on May 8, 2013 by teensreadteenbooks

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Back to a series review! Today we will focusing on the Michael Vey series by Richard Paul Evans. Definitely a science fiction book, Evans tells the story of Michael Vey, a teenage guy with tourette’s syndrome. The sequel, out now, is called Michael Vey: Rise of Elgen. The third Michael Vey book is too be released sometime this year.

Michael and his best friend Ostin get bullied by three guys named Jack, Mitchell, and Wade. To protect himself, Micheal uses his secret ability and shocks the bullies, knocking them down. A girl named Taylor sees this and reveals to Michael she has a power too. She can “reboot” someone’s memory and read their mind by touching them. Both of them receive scholarships from a mysterious Elgen Academy, but upon Michael telling his mom, she freaks out. As they leave the resturaunt they were in, Michael is confronted by a man named Dr. Hatch and two kids. Michael is then knocked out, his mother is kidnapped, and Taylor is taken captive. As Michael recruits the bullies and Ostin to help him rescue Taylor and his mother, they all get captured themselves. Trapped within Elgen Academy, Taylor and Michael realize there’s darkness within its walls. Resistance leads to torture. Michael learns things about Dr. Hatch and his company that really twists things around.

Michael Vey is a true science fiction book that has kids with abilities, prison cells that manipulate you through your biggest fears, and evil scientists. The book has amazing characters and the hero aspect of the story where Michael tries to rescue his friends multiple times keeps the reader on edge. Dr. Hatch is truly a devious, evil character that you hate but love at the same time. Its suspenceful and you root for Michael and his friends the entire time.

Anyone who likes this series would like the book False Memory or the Percy Jackson series.

Jumper Series by Steven Gould

Posted in Science Fiction Reviews with tags , , , , , , , on May 3, 2013 by teensreadteenbooks

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One of the series I love that is not well-known and not a best seller is the Jumper series. You may or may not have seen the movie Jumper starring Hayden Christensen. It’s based off of the first book that I’m about to talk about, but it definitely takes a different spin on the plot. If you want to see the movie trailer, click this: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JMasdjup_JU&feature=youtube_gdata_player

There’s three books in the series. In order, they go Jumper, Reflex and Impulse. All written by Steven Gould, the stories follow David, a man who can teleport wherever he wants, whenever he wants.

In the first book, David ends up escaping his abusive father, moves to NYC, and begins robbing banks. Eventually, David meets Millie, a girl from Oklahoma who he falls in love with. Despite his happiness, everything eventually catches up with David as his mother is killed, and the NSA consistently attempt to capture him in order to use his abilities for their own use.

In the second book, Reflex, the reader finds that David married Millie. Also, David occasionally works for the NSA on cases he deems morally sound. While on a mission, David is kidnapped by a powerful criminal organization with influence of American agencies and Brian Cox, David’s NSA handler, is killed. While David is tortured and experimented on, Millie figures out a way to rescue her husband.

And in the last book, Impulse, which just recently was released, David and Millie are helping people in need all around the world. Alongside them is their teenage daughter, Cent. Like a teenager, Cent wants a normal life with friends and a school and a boyfriend. She has been forced to live in hiding her whole life because of the men who tortured her father and other agencies looking to manipulate them. Eventually, Cent discovers she can jump like her father. With this revelation, her parents agree to put Cent in a small town high school in the middle of nowhere. She meets friends, takes of snowboarding, and even falls in love. But that doesn’t come without trouble. Cent also takes on the bullies in town which ultimately brings attention to herself. Cent tries to balance her jumper life with the one she’s always wanted, but it ends up being harder than she originally thought.

In this series, Steven Gould creates amazing stories with David and his family. Each book progresses perfectly as David builds a family and matures into a man. The relationships Gould builds between his characters help the reader understand the situation they’re in. Likewise, the science fiction aspect of the book is great. Who would have thought to make a book about a teleporting man? The overall series captivates the audience and makes it hard for the reader to set it down.

Gone Series by Michael Grant

Posted in Science Fiction Reviews with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on May 1, 2013 by teensreadteenbooks

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If you are into darker novels about 400 pages in length, the Gone Series is perfect for you. Over the six books, there’s death by murder, plague, starvation, and by accident. It’s a book of survival of the fittest, definitely one of my favorites by far.

The book consists of several main characters, mainly focusing on Sam, a teenager who lives with his mother. Sam and the rest of the kids in Perdido Beach, California find themselves alone as all adults in the area disappear before their eyes. Along with this mystery, a grey dome appears around the town, making escape not an option for the kids. Scared out of their minds, the kids must work together and survive many unnatural adventures that they only knew existed in science fiction movies. Many of the characters are revealed to have mutations that give them an upper hand in the strange world they live in. Nicknamed the “FAYZ” (Fallout Area Youth Zone), Perdido Beach sees friendships develop into intimate relationships, normal boys turn into monsters, and eventually, babies being born to darkness.

The Gone Series maintains an interesting plot that’s complex and mind-boggling at the same time. Grant intertwines all of his character’s destinies to make sure he keeps his audience on the edge of their seats. Likewise, Grant makes sure the reader understands his characters’ strengths and weaknesses. For example, Sam has one of biggest weapons in town in the palm of his hand (ironic if you read it), but he doesn’t want to lead the other kids. The action scenes in the series are suspenseful, intriguing, and ultimately, make the books so much better!

I recommend this book for anyone into more dark, somewhat violent books. Anyone who likes the ominous feel to this series would like Witch and Wizard by James Patterson and the Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken.

If you like to see the book trailer for the first book of the Gone Series , click this link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uf8B3FM1L8c

 

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