Tuesday, May 3, 2011

My Top Three Teen Reads

By Micheal Grant
     Sam is sitting in history class when his teacher suddenly disappears. Poof. Gone. And he's not alone. Everybody fifteen years or older has mysteriously vanished. As Sam and his friends try to figure out the disappearances, their strange new powers, and which pedal makes the car go, the "problem students" from the school down the street are preparing to wage war against the kids from Sam's school. And time is running out. Sam's fifteenth birthday is approaching and he's scheduled to disappear as well. GONE is an exciting, insightful young adult novel.
The Declaration
By Gemma Malley
     In Anna's world, a special drug  called Longlevity allows people to live forever. To prevent overpopulation, childbirth is outlawed and all resulting "Surpluses", including Anna, are trained to become good little slaves for the adults. Anna strongly believes she has no right to exist and hates her parents for bringing her into the world. But that all changes when she meets Peter. Peter is a new Surplus who is part of an underground movement against Longlevity. He says he knows Anna's parents and a way to escape their cruel Training Center if only she would agree to go. The Declaration is a brilliant page-turner with a twist ending.

The Hunger Games Trilogy
By Suzanne Collins
     Life in the postapocalypse country Panem is tough for seventeen-year-old Katniss Everdeen. Not only is she forced to poach food to support her little sister and widowed mother, but every year a boy and girl from each of the twelve districts are chosen to compete in the Hunger Games. The Hunger Games is a televised fight to the death put on by Panem's government to remind it's citizens that it's no use trying to rebel. When Katniss's sister's name is drawn, she doesn't hesitate to volunteer in her place. But things get complicated when the boy chosen is Peeta, who saved Katniss's life. A fast-paced thriller that's really not as gory as it sounds, I recomend The Hunger Games to everyone.
Warning: If you plan to read The Hunger Games but are currently in the middle of another book, finish that book first. The Hunger Games isn't the kind of book you can stop in the middle of.

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