“We rode to war in a taxi-cab.” That’s how this dystopian novel starts out and it just doesn’t stop. The title of the book refers to bridges that cross over the river down the center of the city. Split into Cityside (the haves) and Southside (the have-nots), the bridges are gated, keeping the two sides apart. Nik is a Cityside kid with a great future ahead of him with the security force of Cityside.
…..and then his school is bombed, the gated bridges are broken down and Nik’s world and everything he knows is turned upside-down. How could Nik have it so wrong? Or does he?
The Bridge deals with identity, racism, brainwashed masses and war. The situation described in the book is eerily (and maybe purposefully) similar to the Israel-Palestine situation that exists today. Read this and then have your friends read it. You’ll be talking about it for a while.
A great first book from a New Zealand author that will leave you breathless and begging for more. The author’s website is: http://www.janehiggins.co.nz/ and has the book trailer and more.
Enjoy it, we did.
–reviewed by Michael Perry
Fall from Grace
Sawyer has his whole life planned out. Not by him, but by his parents and his girlfriend Zoë. He’s trying to figure out what he want to do, what he wants to be, and just who he really is. Grace, on the other hand, is spontaneous and a little cray. What Grace wants to do, Grace does. She has a plan to become famous. A plan to get rich. And a plan to have fun. When Grace walks into Sawyer’s life, he finds himself on a wild journey starting with stealing a mock UN treaty, then a math test until finally he’s planning an art theft from a museum! What? What’s happened to him? How did he get here? Told from Sawyer’s point of view, this fast-paced story will have you turning pages until you hit the ending from out of the blue.
–Posted by Michael Perry
Last week’s snow was something else, wasn’t it? 7.5 inches here in Indianapolis. And the whole city seemed to stop for a day. But then the sun comes out, the snow melts and spring comes back every year, doesn’t it?
But what if it doesn’t? Enter S.D. Crockett’s After the Snow. Set in a dystopian future where the Earth is in a modern Ice Age, this is the story of Willo, the son of a survivor/trapper, who is pretty good at surviving and trapping on his own. WIllo and his family live far outside the city, living on the land and on their own. But all that changes when Willo returns from a solo trip out trapping and hunting only to find his family gone, taken by the government he was taught to mistrust and stay away from. For the first time, he finds himself alone. Willo sets off across the frozen snow and ice to search for them, listening to the voice of a dog in his head. (You’ll understand when you read the book, I promise.)
During the journey, he meets and falls for a young girl. He also has to dig into his own family’s history and secrets, including who he really is and where his future lies.
Told in a dialect that is different at first, this story quickly brings you into the adventure and keeps you connected through the book. You’ll be reading this coming-of-age novel in one sitting and wanting to know more.
300 years in the future, the world has been reshaped by war, and society reformed by a rigid caste system. A ruling family has emerged, and a new princess is chosen in elimination style, televised for entertainment. America Singer is chosen from her district to live at the palace and vie for the heart of Prince Maxon. At first, she resents this intrusion into her plans for the future, but she comes to see that perhaps life is more complicated than anyone can anticipate. Although the palace is beautiful, the competition can be fierce, and there is always the threat of a rebel attack, which can and does happen at any time. Part dystopian novel, part fairy tale, The Selection is a fast read, and it’ll leave you wanting more, which will be out next spring in the form of “The Elite”.
But for those of you who can’t wait until the next book, there will also soon be a TV show! Check out http://www.theselection.org/!
Imagine if vampires had been living in America during colonial times. Now, imagine if they still not only co-existed with humans in the US, but also helped found a town. New Whitby, Maine, is such a town. The main character in Team Human, Mel, is human, but finds her life entwined with those of the vampires she despises who share her town. Her best friend, Cathy, falls in love with a vampire, and Mel also meets Kit, a human guy who was raised in a shade, or a group of vampires who live as a family. This book is very refreshing, funny, and thought provoking. I laughed out loud several times, and also found parts of this book so fascinating, I could not put it down. This is a fabulous read, full of interesting, well rounded characters. And not everything works out the way you think it will. I call this a teen human fiction, with vampires on the side.