Book Review || Scythe (Arc of a Scythe #1) by Neal Shusterman

Book Review || Scythe (Arc of a Scythe #1) by Neal Shusterman

28954189Title: Scythe (Arc of a Scythe #1)

By: Neal Shusterman

Pages: 435

Published: November 22nd, 2016

By: Simon Schuster Books for Young Readers

Genre: YA|Fantasy|Sci-Fi|Dystopia

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Thou shalt kill.

A world with no hunger, no disease, no war, no misery. Humanity has conquered all those things, and has even conquered death. Now scythes are the only ones who can end life—and they are commanded to do so, in order to keep the size of the population under control.

Citra and Rowan are chosen to apprentice to a scythe—a role that neither wants. These teens must master the “art” of taking life, knowing that the consequence of failure could mean losing their own.

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Double Book Review: The Rule of One by Ashley Saunders/Leslie Saunders & The Lost Sisters by Holly Black

Double Book Review: The Rule of One by Ashley Saunders/Leslie Saunders & The Lost Sisters by Holly Black

Title: The Rule of One (The Rule of One #1)

By: Ashley Saunders & Leslie Saunders

Pages: 258

Published: October 1st 2018

By: Skyscape

Genre: YA|Sci-Fi|Dystopia|ARC

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In their world, telling the truth has become the most dangerous crime of all.

In the near-future United States, a one-child policy is ruthlessly enforced. Everyone follows the Rule of One. But Ava Goodwin, daughter of the head of the Texas Family Planning Division, has a secret—one her mother died to keep and her father has helped to hide for her entire life.

She has an identical twin sister, Mira.

For eighteen years Ava and Mira have lived as one, trading places day after day, maintaining an interchangeable existence down to the most telling detail. But when their charade is exposed, their worst nightmare begins. Now they must leave behind the father they love and fight for their lives.

Branded as traitors, hunted as fugitives, and pushed to discover just how far they’ll go in order to stay alive, Ava and Mira rush headlong into a terrifying unknown.

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Book Review: The Winner’s Curse by Marie Rutkoski

Book Review: The Winner’s Curse by Marie Rutkoski

16069030Title: The Winner’s Curse (The Winner’s Trilogy #1)

By: Marie Rutkoski

Published: March 4th 2014

By: Farrar, Straus and Giroux

Genre: Fantasy-YA-Dystopia-Romance

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Winning what you want may cost you everything you love…

As a general’s daughter in a vast empire that revels in war and enslaves those it conquers, seventeen-year-old Kestrel has two choices: she can join the military or get married. But Kestrel has other intentions.

One day, she is startled to find a kindred spirit in a young slave up for auction. Arin’s eyes seem to defy everything and everyone. Following her instinct, Kestrel buys him—with unexpected consequences. It’s not long before she has to hide her growing love for Arin.

But he, too, has a secret, and Kestrel quickly learns that the price she paid for a fellow human is much higher than she ever could have imagined.

Set in a richly imagined new world, The Winner’s Curse by Marie Rutkoski is a story of deadly games where everything is at stake, and the gamble is whether you will keep your head or lose your heart. 

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Book Review: Restore Me by Tahereh Mafi

Book Review: Restore Me by Tahereh Mafi

34992929TitleRestore Me (Shatter Me #4)

By: Tahereh Mafi

Published: March 6th 2018

By: HarperCollins

Genre: YA-Dystopia-Paranormal-Romance

Juliette Ferrars thought she’d won. She took over Sector 45, was named the new Supreme Commander, and now has Warner by her side. But she’s still the girl with the ability to kill with a single touch—and now she’s got the whole world in the palm of her hand. When tragedy hits, who will she become? Will she be able to control the power she wields and use it for good?

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Book Review: Red Rising by Pierce Brown

Book Review: Red Rising by Pierce Brown

15839976Title: Red Rising (Red Rising Saga #1)

By: Pierce Brown

Published: January 28th 2014

By: Del Rey (Random House)

Genre: Fantasy-YA-Dystopia-Sci/Fi

“I live for the dream that my children will be born free,” she says. “That they will be what they like. That they will own the land their father gave them.”

“I live for you,” I say sadly.

Eo kisses my cheek. “Then you must live for more.”

Darrow is a Red, a member of the lowest caste in the color-coded society of the future. Like his fellow Reds, he works all day, believing that he and his people are making the surface of Mars livable for future generations.

Yet he spends his life willingly, knowing that his blood and sweat will one day result in a better world for his children.

But Darrow and his kind have been betrayed. Soon he discovers that humanity already reached the surface generations ago. Vast cities and sprawling parks spread across the planet. Darrow—and Reds like him—are nothing more than slaves to a decadent ruling class.

Inspired by a longing for justice, and driven by the memory of lost love, Darrow sacrifices everything to infiltrate the legendary Institute, a proving ground for the dominant Gold caste, where the next generation of humanity’s overlords struggle for power. He will be forced to compete for his life and the very future of civilization against the best and most brutal of Society’s ruling class. There, he will stop at nothing to bring down his enemies… even if it means he has to become one of them to do so. 

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Book Review: The Rose Society by Marie Lu

Book Review: The Rose Society by Marie Lu

23846013Title: The Rose Society (The Young Elites #2)

By: Marie Lu

Published:  October 13th 2015

By: G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers

Genre: YA-Fantasy-Magic-Paranormal

Once upon a time, a girl had a father, a prince, a society of friends. Then they betrayed her, and she destroyed them all.

Adelina Amouteru’s heart has suffered at the hands of both family and friends, turning her down the bitter path of revenge. Now known and feared as the White Wolf, she flees Kenettra with her sister to find other Young Elites in the hopes of building her own army of allies. Her goal: to strike down the Inquisition Axis, the white-cloaked soldiers who nearly killed her.

But Adelina is no heroine. Her powers, fed only by fear and hate, have started to grow beyond her control. She does not trust her newfound Elite friends. Teren Santoro, leader of the Inquisition, wants her dead. And her former friends, Raffaele and the Dagger Society, want to stop her thirst for vengeance. Adelina struggles to cling to the good within her. But how can someone be good when her very existence depends on darkness?

Bestselling author Marie Lu delivers another heart-pounding adventure in this exhilarating sequel to The Young Elites. 

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