Genre: Young Adult SciFi/Futuristic

Solstice by Jane Redd

Solstice by Jane Redd

An Awesome YA Dystopian/Romance! I love this type of story—young adult characters trying to survive post-disaster. In Solstice, the disaster is climate change—nearly constant rain and flooding. I would DIE in this world! The political/community setting is typical dystopian, a society where the adults are controlling (and ruining) everything. The basic conceptis emotion control via implanted chips. Although the chip thing has been done before, I still really liked it. I had high hopes for this story line, and guess what? It met all of […]

March 18, 2016 | 0 Comments
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Escape to Eden by Rachel McClellan

Escape to Eden by Rachel McClellan

A Fun, Plot-twisty Young Adult Dystopian Thriller Enhanced DNA can give you awesome superpowers, but it comes with a price—a shortened lifespan. When “Primes” have been genetically designed to the point that they’re no longer altogether human, pure human DNA to extend your life becomes a priceless commodity. If you’re one of the remaining few “Originals,” everyone is hunting you. Escape to Eden takes a few of the tropes from The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins and the Uglies series by Scott Westerfeld (two of […]

February 19, 2016 | 0 Comments
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Being Jamie Baker by Kelly Oram

Being Jamie Baker by Kelly Oram

Fun Female Superpowers! This book has been on my To Read list for several years. I finally got to it—and I really liked it! This is a pretty great read if you like super-powers and teenagers. A good mix of high school angst, young love, and dealing with the sudden onset of powers you can’t control. What did I think? The characters were interesting and funny. I loved the interplay between Jamie and Ryan. I liked the super-powers part of the story. There were some […]

February 16, 2016 | 0 Comments
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Review: Ready Player One by Ernest Cline

Review: Ready Player One by Ernest Cline

This book was recommended by friends who know I love Young Adult dystopian/futuristic stories. While the geek in me loved the tech in this book (there are days when I think I might prefer a world like that), and I could certainly appreciate the references to 70s/80s culture (Rush 2112 was my favorite album in high school), this is going to be a slow read for teens and a lot of parents will not approve. We see the world from the point of view of […]

May 8, 2015 | 1 Comment
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Sugar Coated by Shannen Crane Camp

Sugar Coated by Shannen Crane Camp

This was such a fun read! The plot was solid, the dialog was great. I loved the characters—I think that’s one of the strong points of this story. Brynn is determined and brave with some quirky habits, but most importantly, she is curious. And that’s what gets her into trouble. It’s also what I loved about her. I like to think I’m that type of person too. (But wow, maybe not. I’d love to have some of that tech!) Although there are two boys, Ty […]

June 20, 2014 | 0 Comments
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The Hunger Games Series by Suzanne Collins

The Hunger Games Series by Suzanne Collins

This is a three-for-the-price-of-one review because I read all three books back to back—and I think the power in this series is in the whole of it, not just one individual book. The Hunger Games • Catching Fire • Mockingjay I really liked this series. Yes, it’s brutal in places, disturbing. And I definitely think it’s for mature readers. I don’t think anyone under the age of 14 has any business reading these books, and for most teens, I’d say sixteen (or older) to read […]

October 25, 2012 | 0 Comments
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Extras by Scott Westerfeld

Extras by Scott Westerfeld

This is a good book. It might be a great book, except that I miss Tally from the first three books. **SPOILER: Yes, she does put in a cameo appearance in this book but…*** It took me a little bit to get into Aya’s world and the changes that Tally’s revolution brought about. But once I shook myself out of my pout over missing Tally, I quite liked it. Like Tally, Aya is strong and resourceful and about to uncover a mystery. It was fun […]

November 14, 2007 | 0 Comments
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Specials by Scott Westerfeld

Specials by Scott Westerfeld

I was a little worried after finishing Pretties. I had really loved Uglies. Pretties was okay, but it seemed to unravel a bit and loose ends were left hanging. But as I said in my review, I was willing to withhold judgment until I had a chance to read this one. Specials did not disappoint. Being a Special is totally cool; but to be a Cutter, Dr. Cable’s elite group of Specials, is even better. Specials are scary beautiful, very strong with reflexes so fast […]

October 10, 2007 | 0 Comments
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Pretties by Scott Westerfeld

Pretties by Scott Westerfeld

Pretties is book #2 in the Uglies trilogy (which is now a quadrilogy due to this). Again, the theme is that pretty on the outside doesn’t guarantee pretty on the inside, and sometimes you have to really fight for what you want—in this case, freedom. It also takes a look at what jealousy, betrayal and power can drive people to do and to become. Pretty Tally is sort of annoying at first. She and Shay are BFFs because neither one of them can clearly remember […]

July 20, 2007 | 0 Comments
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Uglies by Scott Westerfeld

Uglies by Scott Westerfeld

Uglies is book one of a trilogy.  My daughter read this and loved it, so I had to read it too. She’s not allowed to have book reading fun without me. I loved this book! I think this action-packed and highly entertaining futuristic novel which examines the definition of beauty should be required reading for all teens, but especially for 14 to 18 year old girls. I think boys would like it too, if they can get past the fact that the main character is […]

July 16, 2007 | 3 Comments
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