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9 02, 2015

Review: The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken

By | February 9th, 2015|Categories: Children's Books, Dystopian, Love & Romance, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Series, Young Adult|Tags: , , , , |3 Comments

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the darkest minds book coverReviewed by Carrie Ardoin

In the past few years, the young adult market has become absolutely flooded with new series from the dystopian genre. This is mostly due to the success of The Hunger Games. So, as a reader, it’s been somewhat of a chore to weed out which series in this genre have something new or attention grabbing to offer. I believe Alexandra Bracken has definitely created something wonderful in the first book of the series of the same title, The Darkest Minds.

The reader is thrust into the life of our protagonist, Ruby Daly, on the morning of her tenth birthday. We find out that for the past couple of years, children have been dying in mass numbers due to an unexplainable disease the government calls IAAN. There is no known cure, and no way to predict

2 02, 2015

Review: The Jewel by Amy Ewing

By | February 2nd, 2015|Categories: Children's Books, Dystopian, Love & Romance, Series, Social Issues, Young Adult|Tags: , , , , |1 Comment

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the jewel book coverReviewed by Christen Krumm

Set in a world where slavery is posh, women suppress women, and death teases the corners of every platitude, Amy Ewing’s The Jewel is a smart story of one girl’s struggle to survive. Violet Lasting has been taken from her family in The Marsh as a young girl for the sole fact that she is able to bear children.  In The Lone City royal families are no longer able to produce a legitimate bloodline, so they rely on surrogates who have been nurtured to be incubators. Nothing more. After their training in the Auguries—gifts of augmentation—they are sent to auction. Each girl is ranked according to their talents and abilities. Violet, being highly ranked, went to the Duchess of one of the four founding families.

The Duchess initiates Violet into her new role as a silent slave.