Spill Zone

By Scott Westerfield

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Plot: “Three years ago an event destroyed the small city of Poughkeepsie, forever changing reality within its borders. Uncanny manifestations and lethal dangers now await anyone who enters the Spill Zone.The Spill claimed Addison’s parents and scarred her little sister, Lexa, who hasn’t spoken since. Addison provides for her sister by photographing the Zone’s twisted attractions on illicit midnight rides. Art collectors pay top dollar for these bizarre images, but getting close enough for the perfect shot can mean death—or worse.” -Publisher

Writing: (And drawing, in this case.) The art in this graphic novel is beautiful. I read once that a great artist can imply objects with a few strokes of the pencil, and that is definitely the case for artist Alex Puvilland. The story was interesting and exciting, and the theory is creative.

Age Level: Ages 13 and up would like this book. There are a few bad words and ghost-like things and mutants and such, but otherwise it’s okay.

Overall: This graphic novel is a really exciting adventure, not to mention a little creepy in a good way. I thought the illustrator did a good job rendering the creepiness, but the colors are a little too bright for a plot like this. Otherwise, it’s an amazing book!

Renegades

By Marissa Meyer

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Plot: Nova Artino has hated the Renegades, a group of superheroes that is the governing power in her world, ever since they didn’t show up to save her family many years ago. Now she is bent on revenge as she infiltrates the Renegades in order to bring them down from the inside. Once initiated, she finds herself making friends and more and wonders which group is right or wrong. Continue reading “Renegades”

The Lunar Chronicles

By Marissa Meyer

Book 1 of the Lunar Chronicles

Plot: Marissa Meyer takes four classic fairy tales and re imagines them in a dystopian future in which humans have colonized the moon. Each of these stories connects into a string of adventures to stop the Queen of the moon and save Earth and everyone they love. Continue reading “The Lunar Chronicles”

Scythe

By Neal Shusterman

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Plot: Humanity has advanced to the point where healing is so easy that nobody ever dies. Of course, overpopulation quickly became a problem. The solution: Humans trained in the art of killing, used to kill off the excess immortals. But what happens when some of the scythes decide that they should have the ability to destroy a lot more of the population? Continue reading “Scythe”

Dry

By Neal Shusterman and Jarrod Shusterman

Plot: In California, the drought situation had been escalating for a while. One day, the water completely runs out. Almost immediately, Alyssa’s state becomes a war zone, where people would do horrible things just for a drop of water. This book looks into human nature and what happens when a life-giving resource runs out. Continue reading “Dry”