Eleventh Plague by Jeff Hirsch XFICU
In a world decimated by a war with China and then a virulent plague, life as a scavenger is hard. 15 year old Stephen and his father have always been guided by his tough-as-nails grandfather. Take care of yourself, avoid others, survival is paramount. When his grandfather dies, Stephen and his dad have to figure out if they’re going to follow his isolationist ways or look for a different way to be. On his path of self-discovery, Stephen must deal with slavers, suspicious villagers, and the possibility of true love. Can he ever hope to leave the road and have a true home? Good, quick, easy read.
Temptation of Angels by Michelle Zink Teen
Helen Cartwright’s mother wakes her in the middle of the night and tells her to flee their quiet Victorian home. The only explanation Helen is given is a pair of names and an address. When she arrives in her nightdress, she is greeted by two young gentlemen and their skepticism if she is “the one.” So begins her journey into the world of the Keepers. Unbeknownst to her she one of the last three on earth. Their job is to keep the world in balance and battle the forces of darkness. Once there were 20 of them, but someone has been murdering them and their caretakers. Pretty good book. A little rote and obvious with the plot. No forbidden love, no matter what it says on the back cover.
Having escaped the Republic’s hands, June and Day run to Las Vegas hoping to find help from the Patriots. When the Elector Primo dies, and his handsome son takes charge, the Patriots decide that having June re-infiltrate the Republic to assassinate him is the only way to spark a revolution. But the new elector isn’t what June expected. Will she re-join the Republic in truth or stay loyal to Day and the Patriots? Or is there a middle road?
Thomas awakens in a black box/elevator with no memories but his name. He’s taken up to the Glade, into a society of boys. None of them remember anything before the Glade. In two years they’ve created a community with farm workers, cooks, animal slaughterers, and police. The most prestigious position, however, is maze runner. Those young men explore the ever moving maze that surrounds the Glade and have to make it back before dark. Though he’s not sure why, but Thomas is sure that he needs to be a runner. The day after he arrives, however, the unthinkable happens. The box brings up a girl holding a note that says “Everything will change.”
Elisa, the young queen, must go into the kingdom of her bitter enemies to save her kingdom and her true love. Once a pudgy, unwanted princess, Elisa has evolved into a strong queen who must now discover the champion within herself as prophecy has foretold. This series is great for people who like Tamera Pierce or like rooting for the underdog.
Jason, Percy, and Annabeth finally team up to take on Gaia. In this book the gods have gone crazy. Now that the Roman camp and camp half-blood have met and worked together, any god with a dual aspect is dealing with a split personality. Athena seems to be the worst. When Annabeth sees her and tries to ask advice, her mother rejects her and speaks nonsense. All Annabeth knows is that she has to follow the Mark of Athena to find something stolen long ago from Greece. By locating this object, the division between the Roman and Grecian aspects of the gods will be overcome.
This book is an exciting addition the Steampunk genre. Although the cover and back make it seem like a steamy romance, the text is definitely adventure. Set in Victorian England, the heroes of the book are “unlikely gathering of special young adults” who come together to fight the Machinist. Sam, with his spectacular strength, ability to heal, and half metal skeleton; Griffin – Duke at a young age after his parents untimely death who is able to move about the Aether and see ghosts; Emily – an Irish super genius with a talent for the mechanical; Jasper a super-fast American cowboy, and Finley- a working class girl cursed with a dual Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde nature. It reads a bit like a comic book, but still draws the reader into the story.
Dualed by Elsie Chapman Teen
Somewhere between the ages of 10 and 22, everyone in Kersh faces a challenge. They must dual their physical twin to the death. In an effort to create the strongest society they can in this post-apocalyptic, the rulers of Kersh take the genes of two couples, splice them together and impregnate both couples with identical zygotes. No one is given full citizenship until they are “complete” and have killed their double. West’s family hasn’t done well in the trials. Her younger sister and eldest brother both were the “lesser” twin. Her parents were collateral damage to other completions. Now alone, West has to figure out how to survive and be the last one standing.