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Gathering Blue by Lois Lowry is another book that examines a future society.  Orphan, Kira, has a bad leg and lives in a community where people like her who can’t work are shunned and disposed of.  Her only friend is a young boy and his dog.  When Kira faces the highest council for judgment and is kept alive because of her almost magical talent to weave and embroider.  But now that she is being treated so well, she finds that she is more prisoner than guest, and starts to discover the horrifying truths that are buried deep within the community.  Long after you read this will be contemplating not only the book but the values that you have been taught to accept.  My favorite part of this book is when Kira is describing the Singer’s Robe so vividly that you can not only see the robe and feel the texture of it, but you can imagine the events and places that are depicted so vividly that it feels as though you are there.  I really liked this book and it will definitely keep you turning the page.  I guarantee that you will not be sorry if you decide to try this book!

 

I give this book 4 1/2 out of 5 bookmarks!

 

Reviewed by: Austen A.

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The book The Giver by Lois Lowry was fascinating! Jonas, a young boy, is about to become a Twelve in his community, which seems ideal. There is no conflict, poverty, unemployment, divorce, injustice, inequality, or hunger. Family values are most important, teenage rebellion is obsolete and good manners are the way of life. But when Jonas becomes a Twelve, he is selected for a rare and extremely special task. He is trained by a man called the Giver who has a special talent and bares a bigger burden than anyone in the community could begin to comprehend, and throughout his training, Jonas finds that there are many dark secrets that are hidden in the depths of this fragile but perfect world. The story of this perfect world was captivating and I thoroughly enjoyed it. The idea was complex but the way it was told was with totally simplicity. It is sort of sci-fi, but it is so fascinating, I think that it’s a book everyone should read! It analyzes our most deeply held beliefs and questions everyone of our values that have been taken for granted. In this world, where everything is literally black and white and there is no such thing as love, color, emotion, difference, the idea of utopia and distopia is explored in an interesting way. It has an abrupt ending, so just be prepared, because there isn’t really any warning that it’s about to be over! I would highly recommend this to everyone, if you read this book, it will change the way you look at the world and you’ll never take the smallest thing for granted again. So, this is a definite addition to your list of must-reads.

I give this book 5 out of 5 bookmarks!

Reviewed by: Austen A.

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Gone By: Michael Grant

Gone by Michael Grant an enthralling book that is rather post-apocalyptic.  Suddenly, in this town in California on the coast of the pacific ocean, everyone vanishes in the blink of an eye, everyone, that is, over age 15.  All of the teachers, cops, doctors, firemen, parents, everyone over age 15 simply blinked.  At the same time, phones, internet, and television disappear as well.  Everywhere inside the barrier is affected, and there is no way to get help.  The kids, teens, and toddlers have to fend for themselves.  They face hunger, power hungry bullies, sinister creatures and some sort of mutation in animals and even the kids themselves.  Powers, unimaginable, dangerous, and impossible powers, everyone is changing and growing stronger everyday.  But people are choosing sides and the outcome doesn’t look good.  I loved this book! I was instantly absorbed by the story.  Action, adventure, super powers, and a hint of romance thrown in here and there, definitely made this one of the best books I’ve read this year!  I would recommend this book to everyone!  I think that there is something in it for everyone!  Romance for girls and for the guys, action and adventure and dark creatures and super powers!  So, if you’re not planning on reading anything else right now, I’d highly recommend picking up Gone, and you will not be able to put this down!  

 

I give this book 5 out of 5 bookmarks!

 

Reviewed by: Austen A.

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The book The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins captivated me, though I would have to say that this is definitely NOT the book for everyone. Definitely not a book for the faint of heart, The Hunger Games tells the story of a young girl, Katniss Everdeen, who takes the place of her younger sister in the annual Hunger Games. Katniss lives in the nation of Panem in the ruins of North America, and the Capitol, the city in control, holds the annual Hunger Games, a reality show where the participants fight to the death on national television, to remind the rest of the nation what happens when the disobey. When Katniss’ younger sister is chosen as a participant, she steps in for her and unconsciously is thrown into the Games. I think this book is absolutely addicting! You have to know what will Katniss do? Will she survive? Are her second-nature survival skills going to stand a chance against the district 1 trained kids? But, not only is there the classic idea of survival of the fittest, but there is still the underlying coming of age story. A young girl, trying to figure out who she is and what her feelings are, all of this is intricately weaved together to create an enthralling story that will keep you up late reading. I would compare this The Lord of the Flies by William Golding, young kids trapped in the wilderness, trying to survive on their own and not go completely crazy and savage. It forces the characters to make hard choices, choices that way survival against humanity, and life against love. My favorite part of this book is when Katniss is being judged and ranked at the contender training arena and the judges are paying attention to her, so she shoots an arrow at the pig on their table and hits it right in the eye, scares them half to death, bows and leaves! I think it shows not only her skills, but her spunk and fiery spirit! This book is not or everyone though, if you are not a big sci-fi fan, or you aren’t comfortable with all of the savage, gory, fight to the death sort of thing, it’s not for you. But if a story about love, finding yourself, and waking up to imminent death every morning sounds good to you, I say definitely add this to your reading list!

I give this book 5 out of 5 bookmarks!

Reviewed by: Austen A.

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