Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard

Red Queen

by Victoria Aveyard

This is a world divided by blood—red or silver.

The Reds are commoners, ruled by a Silver elite in possession of god-like superpowers. And to Mare Barrow, a seventeen-year-old Red girl from the poverty-stricken Stilts, it seems like nothing will ever change.

That is, until she finds herself working in the Silver Palace. Here, surrounded by the people she hates the most, Mare discovers that, despite her red blood, she possesses a deadly power of her own. One that threatens to destroy the balance of power.

Fearful of Mare’s potential, the Silvers hide her in plain view, declaring her a long-lost Silver princess, now engaged to a Silver prince. Despite knowing that one misstep would mean her death, Mare works silently to help the Red Guard, a militant resistance group, and bring down the Silver regime.

But this is a world of betrayal and lies, and Mare has entered a dangerous dance—Reds against Silvers, prince against prince, and Mare against her own heart.

book 1 in the Red Queen series

Ratings and Reviews from the Librarians

Miranda rated it ★★★★ and said, “A great start to a new series. This was reminiscent of Steelheart for me as far as the premise that some people have powers and some don’t goes, but with a great fantasy setting and royal governmental intrigue and conspiracy. I really enjoyed reading this and I will be looking for more in this series and by this author.”

Betsy rated it ★★★★.

The Glass Arrow by Kristen Simmons

The Glass Arrow by Kristen Simmons

The Glass Arrow

by Kristen Simmons

The Handmaid’s Tale meets Blood Red Road in Glass Arrow, the story of Aya, who lives with a small group of women on the run from the men who hunt them, men who want to auction off breeding rights to the highest bidder.

In a world where females are scarce and are hunted, then bought and sold at market for their breeding rights, 15-year old Aya has learned how to hide. With a ragtag bunch of other women and girls, she has successfully avoided capture and eked out a nomadic but free existence in the mountains. But when Aya’s luck runs out and she’s caught by a group of businessmen on a hunting expedition, fighting to survive takes on a whole new meaning.

Ratings and Reviews from the Librarians

Miranda rated it ★★★★ and said, “A great new stand-alone dystopian for die-hard fans. I loved having a strong heroine who fought back for her people and ultimately sacrificed herself to save the day. The development of the relationship between the MC and her hero was also well done. Overall, a wonderful new book for previous fans of Simmons and other dystopian authors.”

Betsy rated it ★★★.

The One by Kiera Cass

The One by Kiera Cass

The One

by Kiera Cass

The time has come for one winner to be crowned.

When she was chosen to compete in the Selection, America never dreamed she would find herself anywhere close to the crown—or to Prince Maxon’s heart. But as the end of the competition approaches, and the threats outside the palace walls grow more vicious, America realizes just how much she stands to lose—and how hard she’ll have to fight for the future she wants.

book 3 in the Selection series

#6 in MLD Teen Choice Awards 2015

Ratings and Reviews from the Librarians

Vivian rated it ★★★★ and said, “Four stars for satisfying entertainment. The author obeyed all the rules she’d set up for her story, she stayed in charge of her script, there were sufficient twists and turns to keep me engaged through this third and final installment, and the fact that it was syrupy was fine with me. I liked that she avoided the trend of first person present tense narration — a writing style with which I have little patience (although she uses it in the epilogue). I liked that the chapters did not switch point of view, ever. Thank you. I liked that it was America’s story, not Aspen’s or Maxon’s or anyone else’s. I liked that she had a little fun renaming countries and toying with politics, but that she never meant for any of it to be taken seriously. She didn’t have any agenda (that I could see) other than entertaining. It’s refreshing to read a book that doesn’t demand any ‘conversations’. I liked that her characters were consistent through the series. I liked all the strings being neatly tied up. Yes, I may have had a disappointment or two, but hey. I wouldn’t mind her following this up with spin-off series. For me this was as much fun as Pride and Prejudice.”

Lorna rated it ★★★★ and said, “3 1/2 stars rounded up. Nothing great, but for the most part I enjoyed my time spent at the Palace and was satisfied with the way everything turned out.”

Bekka rated it ★★★ and said, “3 1/2 stars—This was a good conclusion to the series. I still think the MC is a bit on the wishy washy side, but she has grown over the course of the books. I thought the ending was slightly contrived, but overall this was an enjoyable read.”

Miranda rated it ★★★.

Betsy rated it ★★★ and said, “Definitely kept me guessing until the end. There might have been a few too many plot twist though.”

The Rule of Thoughts by James Dashner

The Rule of Thoughts by James Dashner

The Rule of Thoughts

by James Dashner

From the New York Times bestselling author of the Maze Runner series comes The Rule of Thoughts, the exciting sequel to The Eye of Minds. Fans of the Divergent series by Veronica Roth and The Hunger Games will love the new Mortality Doctrine series.

Michael completed the Path. What he found at the end turned everything he’d ever known about his life—and the world—completely upside down.

He barely survived. But it was the only way VirtNet Security knew to find the cyber-terrorist Kaine—and to make the Sleep safe for gamers once again. And, the truth Michael discovered about Kaine is more complex than they anticipated, and more terrifying than even the worst of their fears.

Kaine is a tangent, a computer program that has become sentient. And Michael’s completing the Path was the first stage in turning Kaine’s master plan, the Mortality Doctrine, into a reality.

The Mortality Doctrine will populate Earth entirely with human bodies harboring tangent minds. Any gamer who sinks into the VirtNet risks coming out with a tangent intelligence in control of their body.

And the takeover has already begun.

book 2 of the Mortality Doctrine series

Ratings and Reviews from the Librarians

Miranda rated it ★★★ and said, “I feel like I have to think too hard with these. They are great for fans of things like The Matrix, but I don’t really enjoy having my mind pulled around like this repeatedly. Well written and put together, but not my favorite.”

The Young Elites by Marie Lu

The Young Elites by Marie Lu

The Young Elites

by Marie Lu

“I am tired of being used, hurt, and cast aside.”

Adelina Amouteru is a survivor of the blood fever. A decade ago, the deadly illness swept through her nation. Most of the infected perished, while many of the children who survived were left with strange markings. Adelina’s black hair turned silver, her lashes went pale, and now she has only a jagged scar where her left eye once was. Her cruel father believes she is a malfetto, an abomination, ruining their family’s good name and standing in the way of their fortune. But some of the fever’s survivors are rumored to possess more than just scars—they are believed to have mysterious and powerful gifts, and though their identities remain secret, they have come to be called the Young Elites.

Teren Santoro works for the king. As Leader of the Inquisition Axis, it is his job to seek out the Young Elites, to destroy them before they destroy the nation. He believes the Young Elites to be dangerous and vengeful, but it’s Teren who may possess the darkest secret of all.

Enzo Valenciano is a member of the Dagger Society. This secret sect of Young Elites seeks out others like them before the Inquisition Axis can. But when the Daggers find Adelina, they discover someone with powers like they’ve never seen.

Adelina wants to believe Enzo is on her side, and that Teren is the true enemy. But the lives of these three will collide in unexpected ways, as each fights a very different and personal battle. But of one thing they are all certain: Adelina has abilities that shouldn’t belong in this world. A vengeful blackness in her heart. And a desire to destroy all who dare to cross her.

“It is my turn to use. My turn to hurt.”

book 1 in the Young Elites series

#7 in YALSA’s Teens’ Top Ten 2015

Ratings and Reviews from the Librarians

Miranda rated it ★★★★ and said, “Thanks to Edelweiss and the publisher for access to this title. I loved Marie Lu’s Legend series, and I was excited to see her move to something new. For the most part I enjoyed everything about this one. It was a great dystopian read, and I know there is still a big following for this. It was a little darker and harsher than most though as the MC struggles with her self-worth and value as a person. She has a lot of self-loathing and is dealing with it, along with dealing with her hatred for others and how they treat her. This would have been more of a solid 3 star rating for me, but the epilogue was a great addition and has me wanting the next book NOW.”

Fire & Flood by Victoria Scott

Fire & Flood by Victoria Scott

Fire & Flood

by Victoria Scott

Time is slipping away…

Tella Holloway is losing it. Her brother is sick, and when a dozen doctors can’t determine what’s wrong, her parents decide to move to Montana for the fresh air. She’s lost her friends, her parents are driving her crazy, her brother is dying—and she’s helpless to change anything.

Until she receives mysterious instructions on how to become a Contender in the Brimstone Bleed. It’s an epic race across jungle, desert, ocean, and mountain that could win her the prize she desperately desires: the Cure for her brother’s illness. But all the Contenders are after the Cure for people they love, and there’s no guarantee that Tella (or any of them) will survive the race.

The jungle is terrifying, the clock is ticking, and Tella knows she can’t trust the allies she makes. And one big question emerges: Why have so many fallen sick in the first place?

book 1 in the Fire & Flood series

Grasshopper Jungle by Andrew Smith

Grasshopper Jungle by Andrew Smith

Grasshopper Jungle

by Andrew Smith

Sixteen-year-old Austin Szerba interweaves the story of his Polish legacy with the story of how he and his best friend , Robby, brought about the end of humanity and the rise of an army of unstoppable, six-foot tall praying mantises in small-town Iowa.

To make matters worse, Austin’s hormones are totally oblivious; they don’t care that the world is in utter chaos: Austin is in love with his girlfriend, Shann, but remains confused about his sexual orientation. He’s stewing in a self-professed constant state of maximum horniness, directed at both Robby and Shann. Ultimately, it’s up to Austin to save the world and propagate the species in this sci-fright journey of survival, sex, and the complex realities of the human condition.

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