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Teen SRC 2021 – Honor Among Thieves by Rachel Caine

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Honor Among Thieves by Rachel Caine is one of the best series I ever read. This series is about a futuristic world, where humans have invented intergalactic travel and met a type of aliens called Leviathan. These Leviathan are gigantic aliens that take are living spaceships and they made a program called Honors. In this program, humans are chosen to go on these Leviathan to supposedly explore the outer reaches of space.

Zara Cole, or main protagonist, is a thief and she got recruited into the Honors program for some reason. There, things take a dark turn, and Zara, her copilot, Beatrice, and her ship, Nadim, must try and survive.

I enjoyed this book a lot because it was fast paced and had many interesting plot twists. I would recommend this book to people who enjoy action packed, sci-fi books.

Teen SRC 2021 – Honor Bound by Rachel Caine

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Honor Bound by Rachel Caine is the second book of the series Honors. It follows Zara Cole, a thief who was on Earth, but got put into the Honors program to fight an intergalactic war against a species of aliens called phages who prey upon the living starships. Zara’s starship is called Nadim and her co pilot is Beatriz have to exterminate those creatures.

Due to this book being a sequel, I would recommend reading Honor Among Thieves first so you roughly know what is going on. I enjoyed this book a lot because it was pretty fast paced and it didn’t seem as if one character was just carrying the plot. I would recommend this book to people who like reading action books with a bit of romance.

Teen SRC 2021 – Ender’s Shadow by Orson Scott Card

ENDER'S SHADOW reviewed - TPL Teens

Ender’s Shadow by Orson Scott Card isn’t exactly a sequel to Ender’s Game. It’s more of a parallel to the book, filling in its gaps from Ender’s friend, Bean’s, point of view. It covers Bean’s backstory and how he got into the space program along with how he eventually got put into Ender’s team. It even covers a lot of coincidences that Ender had been to naïve to realize until too late.

I really enjoyed the book because it had a lot of interesting information that paired well with Ender’s game. I’d recommend this book to whoever who likes Sci-fi with a lot of adventure. Reading Ender’s Game beforehand is optional, since most of the necessary information from Ender’s Game is covered in Ender’s Shadow too.

Teen SRC 2021 – Ender in Exile by Orson Scott Card

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In Ender in Exile by Orson Scott Card, we follow Ender and his sister, Valentine. Although it says that it’s a direct sequel to Ender’s Game, I would recommend against treating it as so because there are multiple books explaining the events between these two books. It also spoils that will happen in Bean’s story arc, so it’s best read after you read this after Ender’s story arc, Bean’s story arc, and Speaker for the Dead. It is about when news of Ender being known as a ruthless assassin spreads because he had accidentally killed two children. He wasn’t allowed to return to Earth, so he spends his time in space and colonizing other planets.

I really enjoyed reading this book despite not finishing Speaker of the Dead because most of the information was lightly covered in the book. It was nice to have closure to Bean’s story as well as knowing what has happened to Ender. I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoyed the Ender’s game series so they can have knowledge as to what happens to the characters.

Teen SRC 2021 – Aurora Rising by Amie Kaufman

Aurora Rising (The Aurora Cycle, #1) by Amie Kaufman

Aurora Rising by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff follows a group of cadets from Aurora Academy who were sent on a simple supply sending mission. However, they weren’t told that this would determine the outcome of a very long war. The crew consists of Auri, a girl with supernatural powers, Tyler Jones, a star pupil of the Academy, and many other people who are considered as misfits.

This book consisted of many plot twists and was very confusing overall. I didn’t like it a lot, but I’d recommend it to anyone who is a fan of interstellar romance or someone who likes reading about aliens.