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Teen SRC 2020 – 1984 by George Orwell

Nineteen Eighty Four: Amazon.ca: Orwell, George: Books

1984 by George Orwell illustrates a dystopian society and political prophecy in which Big Brother is always listening in, and high-tech devices eavesdrop in people’s homes.  1984 takes place in a world of endless war, where fear and hate are used as weapons against foreigners. It is a world that has the government insisting that reality is not “something objective, external, existing in its own right” — but rather, “whatever the Party holds to be truth is truth.”

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TeenTober 2019 – Exo by Fonda Lee

Exo by Fonda Lee

A long time ago, there was a war between the aliens and humans. The aliens won and gave humans some technology to let humans have very strong shells. Humans with these are called exos. There are also humans still against the aliens called Sapience. Donovan Reyes, the son of the exo government was captured by the Sapience and his father won’t negotiate. Donovan’s life is on the line, if his father negotiates, sapience wins, if his father doesn’t Donovan dies.

This book was great because it had an exciting mix of action and science fiction. I would recommend this book to 13 years and up because of the rare but gruesome scenes.

Teen SRC 2019 – Exo by Fonda Lee

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In the book Exo, written by Fonda Lee, aliens have ruled Earth for almost a century and there’s been peace for almost as much time. Some people still believe humans should fight for their freedom, but Donovan Reyes doesn’t agree. His dad is the prestigious Prime Liaison of the Earth colony and Donovan’s exo, an alien technology attached to his body (exoskeleton, you could say) will guarantee him a high-ranking army position in the future, for sure.

Everything goes wrong, though, when he’s kidnapped in one of his missions by a human revolutionary group bent on killing him. When they learn of his connection to the Prime Liaison only do they let him live, as a bargaining chip. But Donovan knows his dad, and he knows that the Prime Liaison won’t sacrifice anything for the planet’s safety, not even his own son. Donovan doesn’t have much time, and he has to escape before the Sapience leave him for dead, killing the future of a peaceful Earth along with him.

Exo gets a 8.5/10. It’s a surprising interesting take on the usual dystopian story, and I loved each of the characters. The plot kept me at the edge of my seat, and I enjoyed the ending. I would recommend it to all dystopian fans.

Teen SRC 2019 – Stronger, Faster, and More Beautiful by Arwen Dayton

Stronger, Faster, and More Beautiful

Stronger, Faster, and More Beautiful by Arwen Dayton are a collection of six stories, each set further in the future than the last. Each of them tells the story of a teenager whose life are affected, in either a positive or negative way by gene-editing technology.

Each of the stories are unique and interesting, but I only enjoyed about half of them. It’s scary to imagine what life will be like in the future, and while the author has portrayed it beautifully, reading about a gentically modified boy-dolphin gave me the creeps. Also, the stories were short and abruptly having to switch between each of them interrupted the flow of the story. Stronger, Faster, and More Beautiful gets a 6.5/10. I enjoyed it, but I wouldn’t recommend it to others.

Teen SRC 2019 – Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins

Intense and quick-paced, Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins is the perfect finale to a stunning series.

Disclaimer: There will be spoilers for the previous books here but none for Mockingjay itself.

Through perseverance, determination and sheer luck, Katniss has managed to escape the grasps of the Capitol once more. Peeta, however, was not so lucky, having been taken captive by the Capitol and suffering both mental and physical abuse.

Now known as the Mockingjay, Katniss is a symbol of the rising rebellion against President Snow’s dictatorship and is working with the rebels to support their cause. Throughout the book, the effects and consequences of war are explored, making this a very realistic story (which is a good thing!).

I thought this met and exceeded the hype put around it as the conclusion to such an exciting story. The ending wasn’t perfect, making it so much more believable because wars have casualties, that’s just plain fact. I really loved this book and the entire series to be completely honest. Would DEFINITELY recommend it to anyone! The messages from this book were received loud and clear, a full 10/10 stars from me.

Teen SRC 2019 – Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins

Hey friends! So first of all, if one of you has already written a review on Catching Fire (since it’s a very popular book), let me know and I’ll add a link to your review!

Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins is the sequel to The Hunger Games which I have also reviewed before (click here). It takes place in a country where the Capitol (and its citizens) have all the power and dictates over the other cities, also known as districts. Every year, to reinforce fear in the poverty-stricken districts, the Hunger Games are held. They are essentially fights-to-the-death between 24 unlucky competitors for the grand prize of glory, survival and rest of their life in luxury. It is cruel, gory and completely senseless because all it ends up being is entertainment for the bloodthirsty capitol citizens. *SPOILER FOR HUNGER GAMES, NOT CATCHING FIRE* The shocking co-victory from Katniss and Peeta in the 74th Hunger Games has stirred an uprising in the districts. President Snow notices this and starts to threaten Katniss before their Victors’ tour around the districts. Then, an unexpected twist comes along… *OK DONE!*

Thoughts: Love, love, loved this book. This series isn’t popular for no reason! It’s an amazing example of character development, world-building and plot set-up all being spectacular and blending smoothly together. It definitely deserves its 9.5/10. The 0.5 off is because it didn’t make me feel too emotional but other than that, literary perfection; You can’t not find it interesting.

Teen SRC 2019 – Extras by Scott Westerfeld

Although I didn’t like the book all that much, props to the cover!!

Lol, I’m back!! With the last book of the series I’ve been reviewing for the past month 🙂 I understand if you guys hate me by now but what kind of evil creature can just stop reading mid-series? Not me, that’s for sure. Also, honestly Inshal, just win the grand prize already and spare my pain of trying to match you. With finals approaching I’m literally surrounded with books I would LOVE to read but just CAN’T and it’s killing me.

Extras by Scott Westerfeld is the technically the last book in the Uglies series but it’s a little detached from the original storyline. The plot was completely new but the characters we have grown to love are still there, don’t worry, they’re just joined by a few new ones. It starts off a bit slow but once we got over the one boring part, things moved along pretty fast once more. I didn’t like this book as much as the others because it’s really hard to adjust to a whole new story when you’re still so hung up on what happened in the previous books. I also thought the plot was WAY too rushed despite being slow in the beginning and also very…odd. It didn’t really make sense to me because it had nothing to do with the previous books and had taken on almost a whole different genre which made it super unrealistic for me. Another thing is, the romance was honestly so bad it might as well have been non-existent. It was wayyy to hurried and not well-developed at all, not very satisfying… However, the worldbuilding is of course, still fantastic and the ways of their world were very interesting to me. Moreover, since it is the last book of the series, it made me feel a sense of completion despite it not being really connected to the other books, which gives it bonus points in my rating.

Overall, I’d rate this book a 7/10 because I really loved the world and I feel like so much could’ve come out of it but the plot was not good enough to match the setting. You wouldn’t really be missing anything if you just skipped this book so… I would still say it’s an ok read, not great though.

Teen SRC 2019 – Specials by Scott Westerfeld

Hey, yeah, I know some of you are probably getting tired of me posting about this series but hopefully, I’ve actually inspired a few to read this series too.

Specials by Scott Westerfeld is the finale of the Uglies trilogy.

Riveting and very fast-paced, this book was an amazing wrap-up to the series. Although I didn’t cry during the sad scenes, I definitely would have had it been at night, because reading right after math homework doesn’t help anyone get into their “feels” ok. Anyways, yes, I can promise some sad scenes but I actually loved that the author made legitimate sacrifices in the story because that made it SO much more realistic. I’ve read many stories where everyone ends up living happily ever after and although that means I’m super happy, it’s also just impossible that there were ZERO casualties. Another thing I liked about this series was the world-building, because as far as I can tell, there aren’t any plotholes I can think of which means that it’s just the right amount of detail, spread evenly between character development and the description of their world.

All in all, I would rate this book a 9/10. Not the best of the best but pretty darn close. The plot is amazing but the story itself is just missing that special something 😉 (did you see what I did there? ok i’ll see myself out). Definitely go read this series though! You won’t regret it and we can talk about it after 😀

Teen SRC 2019 – Pretties by Scott Westerfeld

Hey guys! I finished the sequel to Uglies: Pretties by Scott Westerfeld; so here’s the review for y’all 🙂

*Note: I’d recommend you read my “Uglies” review first. It’ll help you get a way better feel for the series and understand my synopsis a bit more, I wouldn’t want you to get lost and not want to read the book because of that.

My thoughts (no spoilers): I remember saying Uglies was fairly fast-paced but didn’t leave much of a long-lasting impression on me and Pretties is a little bit better than that. It too has a very gripping plot that made me unable to put it down but once I finished, aside from maybe an hour of that “returning to reality” feeling, I was fine. What this means is that it’s a really good plot but the emotional side of the book could be improved. Overall it’s a 4/5 stars from me, not unreal but a very good read nonetheless. In reference, I will definitely be reading the rest of the books but not necessarily crying over them.

Synopsis (a few minor spoilers that you can also get from reading the back cover): Tally is finally pretty. She now parties every day in New Pretty Town with her best friends and her biggest worry is whether she’ll pass the initiation to become a member of a Pretty clique. But one day, she gets a letter from her past that acts like the pulling of a plug. All of a sudden, her old memories are flowing in and she remembers the dark side of being pretty.

Teen SRC 2019 – Uglies by Scott Westerfeld

This weekend I managed to finish Uglies by Scott Westerfeld and begin a little of the sequel, are you proud?

Summary (no spoilers, I’m not EVIL): This story takes place in a dystopian world where at age 16, everyone is given a surgery to make them incredibly pretty. After the surgery, they are taken away from “Uglyville” and into “New Pretty Town” to live. The story focuses around a girl named Tally who is just weeks away from her operation. Her best friend, Peris, has already moved to “New Pretty Town” and she’s left alone and ugly. One day when she’s sneaking into “New Pretty Town” to visit Peris, she meets another ugly trying to do the same thing: Shay. They become fast friends and soon, their operation day is coming up. Tally is super excited to finally become gorgeous but Shay is skeptical. She confesses that she doesn’t wanna turn pretty and is going to escape the city to a place where she won’t have to get the surgery. Tally grudgingly promises not to tell and bids goodbye, but the day Tally is scheduled to receive her surgery, she gets an unwelcomed surprise…

Thoughts: I’ve been meaning to read this book for SO long and I’m glad I finally got around to it because it’s honestly pretty good. There are many plot twists and a lot of mystery so you’re not reading through too much filler. The world-building is also better than I expected and I believe this could honestly be a possible future of our world. I wouldn’t say it’s AMAZING but I’d say it was a good read. Final rating: 3.5/5 (I feel like that’s a bit harsh but it just didn’t leave a lasting impression on me). I’d recommend this to fans of dystopia, technology, science fiction and a little bit of mystery.