The Lazarus Machine

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Crilley, Paul. The Lazarus Machine. New York: Prometheus Books, (2012).

ISBN: 978-1616146887, e-book, $7.69.


              Incorporating the ever-popular Sherlock storyline, The Lazarus Machine explores the workings of a government looking for more power that a seventeen-year-old young man is forced to investigate when his father is kidnapped. What is the government up to, and why did his father get mixed up in the mess?

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In the After

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Lunetta, Demitria. In the After. New York: Harper Collins, (2013).

ISBN: 978-0-06-210546-2, Paperback, $9.99.


               In the After there are no voices, there is no laughter, and there is no happiness. Sixteen-year-old Amy was watching television one day when it happened. The life she knew was gone. She’d seen her neighbors killed and eaten right in front of her eyes, but she managed to survive. For three years, Amy and Baby, a toddler she finds one day when scavenging for supplies, live as successfully as anyone could hope to survive. Thankfully, or maybe not so thankfully, they are rescued and taken to a safe zone where a number of other people are living happily with no understanding of what the After is really like. As Amy tries to cope with these sudden changes, she finds herself under the watchful eye of those in charge, and before she knows it, Amy is struggling to escape this new-found haven. More than anything, she now wants to find herself back In the After.

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Divergent

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Roth, Veronica. Divergent. New York: Harper Collins, (2011).

ISBN: 978-0-06-2024-03-9, Paperback, $9.99.


               Divergent is not something you should be, but that’s exactly the label that Tris is given after she takes a test that decides where she should spend her life. In a futuristic America, people are separated into four factions. On their sixteenth year, teenagers are  allowed to decide with which faction to spend their lives. They can either stay in the one they were born into or, very rarely, decide to switch, disgracing the faction in which they were raised. When Tris’ test comes up with more than one faction, she will soon find that there may be more pressing questions than which faction she should choose. Why is her current faction in so much controversy? Why are the other factions trying to over throw them? And, more importantly, what does it mean to be Divergent?

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The Maze Runner

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Dashner, James. The Maze Runner. New York: Random House, (2009).

ISBN: 978-0385737951, Paperback, $9.99.


               What if you found yourself in a strange place, not knowing your name or anything about your past? That’s what happened to Thomas. He woke up in an elevator, and when the doors opened he was greeted by a group of boys his age in the middle of a giant maze. These boys had already been searching for a way out, sending out the strongest to run the maze, but were unable to find an exit. Picking up clues and encountering vicious monsters, Thomas and the boys’ search becomes more frantic as they try to find out why they are in the maze, who they were before they got there, and what has happened to the rest of the world. Will they find there way through? Will the monsters that guard the maze catch them? What if you woke up one day and found yourself as the next Maze Runner?

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The Coldest Winter Ever

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Souljah, Sister. The Coldest Winter Ever. New York: Pocket Books, 1999. Print.

ISBN: 978-1416521693. Paperback, $7.99


Ghetto-born and bred, Winter’s family finally now lives on the wealthy side, what with her kingpin dad and all. Access to all the money and luxuries she could ever hope for, Winter develops a spoiled, privileged look on life and unhealthily uses it to her advantage.

 “Now I realized that me and him were just alike. We were both born to win. And, when we were not winning, it was OK ‘cause we were busy planning to win.”

Unfortunately, what Winter must learn is that too much time on top doesn’t prepare you for the trip to rock bottom.

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Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children

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Riggs, Ransom. Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. Philadelphia: Quirk Books, 2011. Print.

ISBN: 978-1594746031; Paperback: $9.99


              What if you encountered something that wasn’t what it seemed? When Jacob’s grandfather suddenly dies, he is left with a confusing set of last words that lead him to an old World War II orphanage on a dreary-looking island in search for answers. However, everything Jacob’s grandfather ever told him about monsters, his family of orphans on the island, and sweet Miss Peregrine wasn’t exactly the truth, but it wasn’t exactly a lie either. Expecting a well-preserved orphanage and a sweet old lady to talk to, Jacob instead finds an empty, broken down house and an island of rude, unwilling civilians to ask for help. Relying on only a couple of clues, Jacob must explore the chilling remains of the orphanage for answers. What did Jacob’s grandfather mean by his last words? And what was the true story of Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children?

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