June 12

‘The Industry’ by Rose Foster

If you love action, code breaking skills, mysteries and plot twists, then ‘The Industry’ is the book for you. ‘The Industry’ written by Rose Foster is a fantastic book because of its mysterious characters and action.

It is about a girl named Kirra Hayward who gets kidnapped by a shadowy group of mercenaries called the Industry. They are using her for her code breaking skills. She is torn away from her family and close friends.

The story is set in school, Kirra’s house, plane and the Industry’s base and it is based in the present day. ‘The Industry’ is aimed at all ages from 13+ because of its action and mystery. It may not be suitable for younger kids. For example, Kirra gets kidnapped and violently thrown into a van.

Overall this is a brilliant novel because of the suspense and action. This is a book once you start reading you don’t want to put it down.

Ethan B  8.3

June 12

‘The Girl with all the Gifts’ by M.R. Carey.

This was the first book written by this author. The title was very interesting and very eye catching. It’s a good but very long novel.

The novel is a sci-fi mystery/thriller and the depth of characters and story line was intriguing. The early chapters were hard to follow as the author tries to explain very clearly what’s happening. Melanie, a 10-year-old girl, is one of the main characters. She is very intelligent, seems sweet and innocent, but has an infectious disease that has taken over the world.  However, the children are infected differently to adults, and are no threat to humans. Melanie is sent to a military base where the adult humans perform tests on her and a lot of other children. Something goes wrong, and Melanie eats human flesh for the first time. It is then a child psychologist and doctor try to help her, as Melanie can provide protection and lead them away from the ‘hungries’ (adult flesh eating humans). The story leads to an ending of survival as the second generation of hungries – ones who are infected by the virus but retain their mental and human behaviour can help rebuild the world.

This sci fi novel has a mixture of themes – good and evil, monsters, mixed with superpowers and thrilling end of world scenarios. The use of these themes created a lot of suspense. The author is inferring that humans can be loving and compassionate people especially to those who are different and that mankind still has hope for survival after disasters.  This can be compared to present day institutions and hospitals which treat people who have an illness or disease.

People would enjoy this book because it was full of suspense.  The highlight of the story was how they got locked up in their rooms and they can’t see anybody else except in class but they can’t talk. When interacting with people the children are locked in their chairs and they only get a shower once a week on Sundays. They do this as the infected pose a threat to healthy humans.

This book would be recommended for children as young as 11 years and for adults who are interested in zombies, thrillers, shooting etc. It is suitable for both males and females. It would be rated a 4 because it’s not the ‘perfect’ book, but it is intriguing and has a good story line to it.

Tegan H., Year 8

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Huge zombie herds, mysterious rooms and suspicious people all pulled together into one book. This is The Girl With all The Gifts.

The Girl With all The Gifts is a mysterious yet hugely intriguing novel to read. The book is written with on point words describing how the character feels, and as you continue to read on, you begin to feel the character’s emotions too.

The Girl with All The Gifts is a novel based on a virus, that spreads throughout the entire world, and there are only a small majority left who are not affected by the virus. But there is one special girl who has the power to remain human, but still be infected at the same time. This “gift” that she has helps her throughout her whole journey, from the dirty cells where she lived every day curious about the outside world to the rotting, decaying buildings that once formed a beautiful city.

This novel is insanely entertaining and is a book you can just never seem to put down. Not only is it exciting, but it really does touch the hearts of the readers. The author, M. R. Carey, describes the exact emotions of the character so it almost feels real. Melanie, the lead character in this novel, would most likely be the most interesting character. The fact that she knows what she is, and has the power and the strength to contain it, really stands out, especially in a world full of war and viruses.

I highly recommend this novel to people who take an interest in mysterious rooms, spine-tingling moments, viruses and jaw-dropping action. The highlight of the story from my perspective is when Melanie comes in contact with humans who are mistreating the person she loves most, her teacher, and uses her infection to save her. Over all, this book gives great description of the character’s emotions and is extremely entertaining. In regard to it being such a good novel, I rate this book a 8/10 would recommend to everyone.

By Emily S., Year 8

June 12

‘Impostor’ by Susanne Winnacker

“‘Wow! What a welcome,’ I said under my breath. Ana shrugged.

‘People want to know the truth. The newspaper has been reporting about the murderers for weeks and everyone’s scared. You’re the only victim that survived and people are making up their own theories about that, how you have come back from the dead.”

‘Impostor’ is a science fiction book. It is a book that people are going to remember because it’s a very interesting book and people would be glad to read it. It was predictable.

The story was very engaging and made me want to keep flipping the pages. The setting also helped the book be enthralling and the characters believable, especially Tessa. Tessa stands out in the book because of her special power.  The ending was fascinating.

The theme in this book is spy/crime, conveyed effectively.  It’s telling people you can do what you want without being knocked down by others.

This book was a very good book to read.  It could be recommended as a good sci fi book for young adults because the book is based on a young adult and her problems working for the FBI. It would rate 4 out of 5.

Makayla B., Year 8

June 12

‘The Adoration of Jenna Fox’ by Mary E. Pearson

“I used to be someone. Someone named Jenna Fox. That’s what they tell me. But I am more than a name. More they tell me. More than the facts and statistics they fill me with. More than the video clips they make me watch. More. But I’m not sure what.”

Does this engage you? Does this make you want to read more?

Then you should read ‘The Adoration of Jenna Fox’.

‘The Adoration of Jenna Fox’, is a science fiction story about a girl called Jenna who ends up in a terrible car crash and ends up in a coma for a year. When she awakes she doesn’t remember who she is.

This book is really good. I liked this book because you discover who Jenna Fox is. I recommend this book for people who like to find out who the characters are.

Alyssa R, Yr 8.

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‘I used to be someone. Someone named Jenna Fox. That’s what they tell me. But I am more than a name. …More. But I’m not sure what.’

Award winning young adult novel, The Adoration of Jenna Fox, is written by the talented Mary. E. Pearson. This captivating novel, based on a fictional 17-year-old, is a page-turning futuristic masterpiece.  Its combination of science fiction, medical mystery and family determination also raises many moral and ethical questions.

In short, the plot is based on how far parents will go to save their child, and the lengths a child will go to become their own person. With that said, have they both gone too far? The novel is set in the not-too distant future America, where biotechnical advances in medicine have made synthetic body parts possible, and seventeen-year-old Jenna, who is suffering from loss of memory due to an accident, must learn to regain her memory. Over the course of time, she begins to remember things, but her thoughts don’t fit in with what her parents are telling her. Although Jenna Fox is clearly adored by her family and grandmother, is their adoration too much? As Jenna grows stronger, her determination grows with her, and the storyline takes the reader on an intriguing journey.

The main theme of The Adoration of Jenna Fox is an individual’s questioning of one’s self.  In this case, Jenna is questioning if she is even considered human. This is because Jenna has been recreated with biotechnology. For instance, her memories are converted into a biological backup computer and then loaded into her body. Of course, when Jenna realises this is happening, she begins to question if she is even a human being. This theme certainly applies to teenager readers because adolescents are often self-conscious and regularly question themselves and the world around them.

Finally, the book concludes with an epilogue which it can be said raises as many questions as it answers. All in all, Mary E. Person’s intriguing young adult Science Fiction novel is an enjoyable read, suited in particular to those fascinated by medical mysteries and bio-ethics.  The Adoration of Jenna Fox certainly deserves a five-star rating.

Eloise O., Year 8

June 6

‘ Worldshaker’ by Richard Harland

‘Worldshaker’ is a meticulously crafted sci-fi novel by Richard Harland, published in 2009. The book features a flawed human civilisation that thrives on the unstoppable, pulverizing, steampunk juggernaut, rightly named Worldshaker.

The novel follows two main adolescent protagonists: Col and Riff. Col is the son of the Supreme Commander, and is in the position to soon inherit the role. It goes without saying that Col has lived a carefree, illustrious life of high nobility.

Riff, on the other hand, is a female slum-dwelling Filthy who has lived a troubled, unsafe life. From birth, all Filthies were shunned by society, and were required to toil away for the Worldshaker in order to live. Riff, however, was a Filthy who sought change and freedom. She denied her fate as a slave and pursued a better life. Upon discovering her actions, the governors soon took matters into their own hands, and Riff was on the run as a wanted offender, until she met Col. Through distasteful conversations and interactions that enthral the audience, the two soon become the most unlikely of friends. As they secretly spend more time together, Col questions the validity of all he has been taught in his life.  It dawns upon him that if it was all a lie, then he was the only one with the power to do something about it, even if it meant putting his eminent future at stake.

Jam-packed with action, adventure, realism and science fiction, Worldshaker invites readers of any age to follow Riff and Col, as she desperately fights to save her own life and the lives of her brethren, and as he supports her. Overall, Worldshaker is well worth the time taken to read it, and is a true page turner. Out of 5, I would personally rate this book a 4.5.

By Kurian J., Year 8

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Have you ever doubted life on our earth?

If you have, don’t do it again. Imagine a world stuck on a gigantic mobile city, never being able to see the bright blue sky again or feel the fresh wind flowing through your hair ever again. That’s how the people are living on board the juggernaut Worldshaker in the novel written by Richard Harland called ‘Worldshaker’.

This is an eye-opening compelling science fiction novel about a boy named Colbert Porpentine who is lucky enough to live on the upper decks of the juggernaut with his family because his grandfather is the leader of the worldshaker.

There are two main characters: Colbert Porpentine and Riff the filthy girl from the lower decks. The story starts when Col (Colbert) is woken by a noise made by the guards outside his room, soon to find out a “filthy” from the lower decks has escaped up into the upper decks, moments later to find himself looking at a girl filthy named Riff. The filthy (Riff) then reveals to Col that the filthies can speak and communicate with others and that they are just poverty-stricken people that everyone thinks badly of.

This book was extremely interesting. In my opinion, the story took off straight away and then slowed down a little after the story started, which for me was a good thing. The highlight of this book, in my opinion, was the ending because it really showed the underlying message, which to me was that we are all equal and also don’t judge someone for how they look.

For me, this book is aimed to be read by teenagers as I think younger kids may not understand some words and the story might get a bit confusing. I would rate this book a 4 out of 5 stars and I did really enjoy this book!

Jayda W., Year 8

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I think the author Richard Harland’s message is to not describe someone by their looks or what they wear.

The book was alright. It could have been better. What I thought was an attention grabber was how the guy at the top of the machine was a Sargent or was in the military and I thought there was going to be a war with the people at the bottom of the machine.

It was a science fiction book and was simple and predictable.

It’s kind of convincing and engaging but not in depth.

It didn’t tell too much of where they were.

The top guy yes but the girl no. The guy wears a uniform and is distracted. He doesn’t have a clue.

I think the novel’s theme is “It doesn’t matter what you look like or what you wear, we’re all the same”. This was easy to know what theme the author was trying to give. Don’t describe someone if you don’t know them.

The book could have been a little better at explaining where they were. The author’s trying to say “It doesn’t matter what you look like were all human.” It’s not the best example but it isn’t bad either. I would recommend this book for kids.

Alex V., Year 8

June 6

‘A Toaster on Mars’ by Darrel Pitt

It’s the year 2509 and planet Earth is under major threat by “the universes’ most evil villain.” Can PBI (Planetary Bureau of Investigation) Agent Blake and new partner Nikki track Bartholomew Badde down and foil his plans before he destroys all the electronic devices on the planet?

Do you love mystery, crime, comedy and futuristic sci-fi books? If you do, you will love this book. In fact, you be the judge.  Read it yourself and make your own mind up.

This story is set in the year 2509 (26th Century) on Earth 500 years in the future, where everything is very smart and technology is in everything (except food). You follow the story of a middle-aged male named Blake, a Planetary Bureau of investigation (PBI) agent.

Blake is very mad when he is assigned a rookie cyborg named Nikki, so he does everything to try and get rid of her. When the head of Blake’s division tells him that she is there to stay, he just goes with the flow and helps save the world. Blake and Nikki are assigned to investigate a high threat coming from an evil genius Bartholomew Badde to destroy all the technology in the world. In the middle of the investigation, Blake’s ex-wife Astrid calls Blake to tell him that their daughter has been kidnapped, which thickens the plot for Blake and crunches more valuable time.

I think ‘Toaster on Mars’ is very well written and thought up but it wasn’t enjoyable for someone my age. For example, there is some out of this world things that probably won’t even happen for like another thousand years or more. Besides that, it was a very interesting book. I must say well done to the author for coming to such an interesting ending to the story and, I must admit it did leave me a little bit confused.

I recommend this book to ages 8 to 12 who are interested in futuristic mystery. I thought this book was little too young for me but I still enjoyed it. I rate ‘Toaster on Mars’ by Darrel Pitt 3 out of 5 stars.

Bryson R, Year 8

June 6

‘The Rise Of Nine’ by Pittacus Lore

“Until the day I met John Smith, Number Four, I’d been on the run alone, hiding and fighting to stay alive.

Together, we are much more powerful. But it could only last so long before we had to separate to find the others

I went to Spain to find Seven, and I found even more, including a tenth member of the Garde who escaped from Lorien alive. Ella is younger than the rest of us, but just as brave. Now we’re looking for the others—including John.

But so are they.

They caught Number One in Malaysia.
Number Two in England.
And Number Three in Kenya.
They caught me in New York — but I escaped.
I am Number Six.
They want to finish what they started.

But they’ll have to fight us first.”

Has this captured you? Do you want to keep reading? Or maybe find out what’s happening next?

‘The Rise of Nine’ by Pittacus Lore takes science fiction to another level! This book takes place on Earth after the Mogadorians have destroyed the Loriens’ planet. Now there are only ten left but after one, two, and three have been captured it’s up to the others to fight on.

This is an action-packed novel that always makes you ask what’s going to happen and before you know it, you’re halfway through the book.

I would recommend this novel for people over the age of 13 as there is some coarse language, and also for kids with amazing imaginations just like Pittacus Lore. Overall, ‘The Rise of Nine’ by Pittacus Lore shows captivating language to keep you reading, strong and action-packed events and an amazing storyline.

So do the Loriens get captured by the Mogadorians? Or do they fight them and win? This is where your journey starts, so get reading!!

Ted.L, Year 8

June 6

‘The Maze Runner’ by James Dashner

If trying to escape a giant maze filled with giant, gooey, stinging beasts is what you like, then the science-fiction novel, The Maze Runner ­by James Dashner is definitely for you.

The story stars a boy named Thomas who has just been dumped into the Glade, with about 50 other boys already there. But trouble is just around the corner. The first girl, Teresa, arrives at the Glade with the message that the Gladers need to escape the maze more than ever before.

The setting also adds interest to the story as you don’t know why they’re in a maze. A main character who stands out in Maze Runner is Teresa. As mentioned before, Teresa is a problem for the Gladers, not just because she is the only girl. During the book, you learn more about her as a character. This story is believable if you think into the future.

With the genre being science-fiction, this is a perfect theme for the novel. There are references to physics that the Gladers can’t believe. Don’t worry though, you don’t have to be Newton to understand it. This book involves aspects of adventure and thriller. The Maze Runner is one of those ‘page-turner’ books that you simply can’t put down.

At the end of the first book in this epic science-fiction trilogy, we learn why the Gladers were placed in the maze. The ending convinces you to read Scorch Trials and Death Cure.

With a maze of emotions, problems and solutions, the Maze Runner is one of the best novels that I have read. I really enjoyed this book because I feel as if you are in the Glade with Thomas and Teresa. The Maze Runner by James Dashner is an a’maze’ing book that I would recommend if you like the Hunger Games or Divergent series. I rate the Maze Runner 4.5/5 stars.

Katie R., Year 8

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‘The Maze Runner’ By James Dashner

Remember, Survive, Run. These are three words James Dashner gives the audience to describe his action-packed book, ‘The Maze Runner’.

The Maze Runner is set in a Maze, and in the middle there is a small area where a group of teenagers live and work together to survive. Where they live, there are four towering doors open to the maze that close at sundown, but they should only open one at a time.

The main character is a boy named Thomas who wakes up in an old rusty elevator. Once he gets to the top he is surrounded by a group of people looking down, but just like everyone else, Thomas can’t remember anything about himself at first. He can’t remember his own name. Shortly after he arrives, he learns everything he has to know but then he must make a choice that changes everything.

The reason you should read ‘The Maze Runner’ book is because there is so much mystery that it makes you want to read on to find out what might happen and how it’s going to affected the characters. All the character has their own interesting story.

I would recommend this this book for people aged 10-25 who want a fast-past action-packed book surrounded by mystery. I rate ‘The Maze Runner’ four out of five.

Carter N., Year 8

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“He began his new life standing up, surrounded by cold darkness and stale, dusty air.”

That was the opening sentence for this marvellous book, The Maze Runner. The Maze Runner is the first book in a trilogy by James Dashner. The author of this book did an outstanding job of making this book such a good read.

The Maze Runner is an action- packed, dystopian, science-fiction novel. I really enjoyed reading this book. It was nail biting, mysterious and a little sad. This book was such a page turner, I just read one chapter after another.

He doesn’t remember how old he is, he doesn’t remember his family. The only thing he remembers is his name. Hardly knowing himself, Thomas finds himself fighting for survival. When Thomas wakes in a strange lift he ends up stuck in the middle of a maze, powerless to try and escape. He is forced to be surrounded by other males who have been stuck in the maze for two years. Thomas knows there is a way out somehow, but the only thing is where. until he sees the doors, but the doors only stay open for a matter of time. What will Thomas do? One thing he finds out is that there are animal machines called Grievers that guard the maze and come out at night.

This book has also been turned into movie. I read the book before I watched the movie. I am glad I did that because I could picture it in my head and have my own way of understanding it. The characters in this book were very well described and all played their own part. The ending of the book was very frustrating, because Thomas completed the maze and finds himself stuck in another one. I really like the quote by the author of the book, ‘If you ain’t scared, you ain’t human.’ I liked this because it relates to this novel because it is about fighting for survival and being scared.

Overall, I really enjoyed this novel because when I first heard of it I wasn’t interested because I am not I fan of science fiction, but I am so glad it read it. It was very engaging and it was described very well. I recommend this book for people between the ages  of 12-17 because any younger than 12 may not understand it as much as teens. I rate The Maze Runner 4 out 5 stars.

Lily S., Year 8

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First Hunger Games, then Divergent, now Maze Runner.

I’m guessing you would like at least of one these, and they all have something in common. They are all science fiction. Maze Runner is only the first book in this incredible series written by American author James Dashner. The author James Dashner has written many books in the past such as The Eye Of Minds, The Fever Code, The Kill Order etc.

This book is a very action-packed and interesting story. All the characters in the story are mostly teens around the age of 17. I think the character that stood the most for me was Chuck as we learned more about the story of his life than anyone else. Overall, I loved the book but hated the ending. How could you end such a good book like that?

There are many themes that are portrayed in this book, but I think they mainly wanted this this book to be mysterious and scary but still wanted a bit of comedy to keep the readers entertained.

To conclude, I really enjoyed this book as it kept me on edge and I couldn’t stop reading. The only things was the ending, but I still think that was how they wanted it to end so you would read the next one and I’m very persuaded to. I feel as if everyone should read it as it would suit everyone. 4/5 for this book.  

Jarvier, Year 8

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‘The Maze Runner’ is the first book in a series written by the American author James Dashner. I have read many books of his, such as ‘The Scorch Trials’, ‘The Death Cure’, and ‘The Eye of Minds’. ‘The Maze Runner’ was first published in 2009.

Thomas wakes up in a metal box with no memory of who he is. He only remembers his name. Electric doors open overhead, with a group of teenage boys peeking through. The environment they were living in was like a farm surrounded by very high walls. They call it the glade. Beyond the high walls was a complicated maze with traps and robotic beasts called grievers.

This book is convincing. It gets me on the edge of my seat with the action in the novel. The writer’s style is uncomplicated and straightforward. The glade is the main setting in which the majority of the book takes place. It is surrounded by massive walls that make up the maze. In the glade, they make their own crops and bunks there.

The character that stands out to me is either Alby, the leader of the group, or Thomas, the main character. Thomas arrives in a cage and he proves to be brave, loyal and clever. He has a very limited memory of previous knowledge of the maze. If they get stung by the griever it becomes extremely painful for days or weeks. At the end, they escape the maze and there are people at the end that pick them up in the helicopter and they take them into the scorch.

The theme is friendship and to work together as a team and stay together, this is key throughout this book as Thomas makes relations with Alby, Minho, Chuck, Teresa, and Newt. Bravery is key throughout the maze to help save Alby.

I liked a lot about The Maze Runner because of the action and how we work together no matter what. The day after Thomas wakes up, a girl turns up in the glade; the first ever. This book is a good example of sci-fi because it has futuristic scenes and creatures. I recommend this book to young adults 12+ because it isn’t really for children because there are too many scary action packed scenes.  I give this book rating 9/10 because I really enjoyed it and I thought it was well written.

Anthony M., Year 8

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The Maze Runner is an action packed sci-fi book. In this story, a group of individuals are trying to cast their way out of the maze that has taken hundreds of lives. The author of the book is James Dashner, and it was published in 2014.The book is mainly based around sci-fi but it also has a bit of horror and romance. James Dashner has written all different types of books but this one is the most popular. I would like to say the novel is interesting and I would highly recommend it.

The novel is set in another world. You would have to work for the people first before they entered you into the maze. You wouldn’t know that you were going to the enter the maze. The land area in the middle of the maze is small. The people in the maze would have to work to survive and they only live in tree houses. Some people were trying to work a way out of the maze. They try and work out a pattern of the maze because it changes every night. Thomas, Teresa, Newt, Minho, Alby, Chuck, Frypan and Gally are the main characters trapped in the maze who are trying to escape.

I really enjoyed the book “The Maze Runner Scorch Trials” because it was engaging and has a head-turning plot. The strategies they used to get out of the maze were incredible. They all played a major role in the book and if none of them had followed Thomas’s ideas they wouldn’t have survived or made their way out. It was very hard for me to put the book down because of how interesting it was and the suspense of every page in the book.

I could highly recommend this book to 12 to 18 years old and people who have a strong taste of sc-fi and adventure. I thoroughly enjoyed the book and can understand why the book series is continuing. I rate this book a 9 out of 10 because towards the end I found it to be a rushed finish.

Jake M., Year 8

June 6

‘Little Brother’ by Cory Doctorow

‘Little Brother’ by Cory Doctorow was published in 2008. ‘Little Brother’ is an interesting and exciting science fiction novel. The things you read about have never happened because it is made up in the novel. Marcus, the main character, is only 17 years old. Marcus and his mates are caught up in an extremely dangerous terrorist attack on San Francisco.

The boys are arrested by the San Francisco police at the scene of the terrorist attack. At this point of the novel it gets exciting and it became so very interesting that this part of the novel engaged me to keep on reading.

The reasons why I loved this novel so much is that it is just so interesting that it engaged the reader. When I was up to the exciting part of Little Brother, I was so engaged that I didn’t want to stop reading.

‘Little Brother’ is a science fiction novel. Science fiction is when something is fake or hasn’t and never will happen in the world. Even though you might know that this book is fake and has never happened, you will still be excited to read this novel.

In conclusion, I thought that ‘Little Brother’ by Cory Doctorow was exciting and adventurous. It would be suitable for ages between 13 to 45 years old. I strongly encourage you to read this novel, because I enjoyed it very much and I think you should be interested in reading this novel yourself.

Riley F., Year 8

June 6

‘I am Number Four’ by Pittacus Lore

Imagine your home planet had been destroyed by aliens. You are living on earth still being chased by those aliens. Although you can leap buildings, run faster and punch harder than any human you can’t defeat them. Imagine you’re running away from them but no matter how fast you run you can still feel their breath on your neck, their hands reaching out for you. What do you do?

This is what the book ‘I am Number Four’ written by Pittacus Lore is all about. ‘I am Number Four’ has mystery around every corner and will keep the reader hooked.

It takes place mainly in Ohio and is seen through the eyes of John Smith, the fourth out of nine Lorien that have escaped their dying planet. They can only be killed in order, and the first three are already dead, killed by the Mogadorians who are responsible for killing Loric (the planet which John came from). Some other characters in the book are Henri Johns, John Smith’s guardian, Sam whom he befriends and Bernie Kosar. The Mogadorians track John to Ohio and bring a beast with them to kill John. A final battle breaks out that will decide the fate of the world.

The theme in the novel is good and evil. Many times in the book we see good go up against evil. The novel also tells the reader that even if you are different, people will help you.

In conclusion, I think that ‘I am number Four’ is a great book that has mystery, science fiction, aliens and good versus evil and will keep the reader hooked. This is a great book and one that I would highly recommend to read no matter how old or young you are.

Jack S., Year 8

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Aliens with super human powers flee to the earth but an evil one sees to it that they are sought out and the future of the Loric race hangs in the balance. This is the sci fi thriller by Pittacus Lore ‘I Am Number Four’. ‘I Am Number Four’ is an interesting book which follows the story of an alien boy called John Smith accompanied by his older, but loyal companion Henri, his protector. They transverse the asphalt of the USA running from a constantly lurking enemy.

‘I Am Number Four’ is a slow paced action suspense drama where any disaster could occur. The book engages the reader while keeping a very real and modern theme. This keeps the book believable and doesn’t turn into simply fantasy wandering into the impossible like many other sci-fi books like ‘War of The Worlds’ and ‘Divergent’. How the book develops and bonds the characters together is done well with memorable characters that feel realistic, especially Sam, a conspiracy theorist with a knack for aliens along with a very memorable and likeable personality. While the book does follow a decent storyline, its ending is quite generic. It may leave the reader disappointed, wanting something more interesting and different.

Throughout the story it addresses the theme several times about overcoming adversity while always remaining hopeful.  John saves his friends from a threat that destroyed his people. Hope is shown from the start to the end of the book and it leaves the reader with a morale of the story, that gives the book more of a memorial note.

To tie off the end of this review, the book contains a lack of original thoughts and plots.  It heavily suffers from a lack of quality and descriptive writing and the predictable plot fails to maintain the interest of the reader. On a good note the interactions and dialogue between the characters was done quite well, especially between Sam and John later in the plot. If you enjoyed books like the Percy Jackson series, you will likely also enjoy this sci-fi adventure which has an interesting but predictable plot.

In my total score rating, I scored ‘I Am Number Four’ 7/10. This book may only appeal to some readers more than others, so opinions may change between each individual.

Samuel P., Year 8

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“IN THE BEGINNING THERE WERE NINE OF US. We left when we were young, almost too young to remember”.

“Almost”!

“I am told the ground shook, that the skies were full of light and explosions. We were in that two-week period of the year when both moons hang on opposite sides of the horizon. It was a time of celebration, and the explosions were at first mistaken for fireworks. They were not. It was warm, a soft wind blew in from off the water. I am always told about the weather: it was warm. There was a soft wind. I’ve never understood why that matters”.

This amazing Sci-fi thriller full of action about aliens with all kinds of superpowers has even been given a review by the Director of the Transformers, “Number Four is a hero for this generation.”

– Michael Bay.

The story is set in a world where aliens and intergalactic wars have been fought. This book is set in the country America. It is about the war on Lorian, the former home planet for a good alien race. With their whole population gone it is up to the nine Lorians left to protect their race. Number 4 is the alien that we see the most in the book. With his guardian Henri also from Lorian, they flee from city to city seeking safety from the alien race that destroyed their home planet, but that is difficult if you’re next in line to be slaughtered by the violent and evil aliens.

John Smith (AKA Number 4) is what was known as a Garde on Lorian. He can develop legacies (powers) that no other man or woman on earth can. He uses these abilities to kill the Mogadorians (the aliens that destroyed his race) to regain his freedom and live a normal life.

Henri on Lorian is called a Cepan (Guardian). They each are assigned a Garde. The Cepan train them on how to use their powers, and to teach them about their planet’s history.

I would recommend this book to people ranging from 10-23 years as it is a book more for mature audiences. The book involves lots of killing and a few violent sections that people under the age of ten may not like or be able to read, but is an amazing read because of the way the book was very carefully made so that it made me feel like it was actually real and it is a perfect example of a science fiction novel. I would also recommend I AM NUMBER 4 THE MOVIE also for people mainly between the age of 11-25 years as the same examples above apply for the movie as well. I give this book a rating of 5/5 stars.

– Jarome S., Year 8

June 6

‘Ship Breaker’ by Paolo Bacigalupi

Imagine you’re in a world divided in two. There are those who are rich who sail around the world in huge clippers trading spices and making more money, and there are others who live in shacks made of anything they can get their hands on, tearing apart ships for a living. 15-year-old Nailer is the shortest person on his light crew which gives him the job climbing through the power ducts collecting as much copper wire as he can.

Are you the kind of reader who is interested in action-packed sci-fi novels? If you are, this is the kind of book for you.

This book is set in a dystopian world on the Gulf Coast of New Orleans where oil is limited and uncommon and stripping beached oil tankers is a common sight for 15-year-old Nailer Lopez and his light crew who work hard and endless hours to make a quota, until a massive storm hits the coast. With Nailer only just surviving, he finds a clipper ground and untouched by anyone and its only survivor, a young girl, could be his ticket out of his job. He would never have to go in or out of an electrical duct again.

Overall I enjoyed this book ‘Ship Breaker’, because of its interesting and bizarre plot and with its mysterious characters. I recommend this book for people who enjoy dystopian stories and are aged 10 – 15. I would rate this book 5 stars.

Seth O., Year 8

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“Killing isn’t free. It takes something out of you every time you do it. You get their life; they get a piece of your soul. It’s always a trade.”

Nailer is running out of time. He is getting too big for his work. Once he is sent off the crew he will be on his own, left with his drug driven, violent father in a beach shack with no food or supplies. One day a deadly hurricane hits the coast killing three of Nailer’s crew, but did this hurricane also wash up the “lucky strike” he was wishing for?

The novel is set in a dystopian future on the Gulf Coast of New Orleans, stripping old, rusty oil tanks that leak all over the beach. Nailer Lopez at the age of 15, and the rest of his crew, work long, hard hours to make quota and stay alive. Nailer and his crew struggle to survive off the tiny wage of pay and forever-lasting hours of work.

Since Nailer is small, he works in a dangerous environment, stripping copper wire from the old, ruined ship vents. Nailer knows he will soon be too big for his job and his only hope for survival is hitting a lucky strike.

A disastrous hurricane strikes and leads him to an unknown clipper ship, which has on board a young, rich girl. Nailer has two extremely hard decisions: should he proceed to live a bland, boring life, stripping ships, or should he take the biggest risk of his life and save the strange girl (Nita), to live an adventurous and wealthy life?

The novel “Ship Breaker” is an awesome read! The strange characters and amazing plot is what caught my eye. The suspicion kept carrying on page by page which is why I just could not stop reading.

This is definitely the most eye-opening novel I’ve read yet! If you’re into a book packed with action, quirkiness and darkness, this is most definitely a book that your heart will treasure.

I definitely recommend this book for teenagers (aged 13-18) who show interest in Science Fiction and strange, dystopian novels. This is one of my favourite books yet!

– Jay W, Year 8.

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‘Ship Breaker’ is an amazing Sci-Fi yet romantic book. It also has a lot of adventures and troubles along the way.

This Sci-Fi fiction book is about Nailer, his crew and drug addicted Dad, going on a big adventure on Nailer’s boat. On their trip Nailer leaves his violent, drug driven dad on a beach with absolutely no food or water and he had to figure a way to live.

If you love Sci-Fi and love action packed adventures and problems, then ‘Ship Breaker’ is the perfect book for you. It includes amazing things that nearly everyone could possibly like! ‘Ship Breaker’ is also about romance, loyalty, braveness and more. In the book the characters are very brave and smart because they do quite a few difficult things along their journey around the world.

I really enjoyed the book ‘Ship Breaker’. It’s really a good book about all kinds of themes, moods and set in different places, although it’s not my type of book.

I would recommend ‘Ship Breaker’ to people who absolutely love books set in different places, with variable themes and mood changing chapters. I would recommend it to readers over 10 years of age.

Kayla J, Yr 8

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‘Ship breaker’ is a book that is action packed Sci-fi. Somewhat romantic, and mysterious, this book is also to do with engineering and craft ship.

A good quote from ‘Ship breaker’ would be “I’m a chess piece. A pawn,’ she said. ‘I can be sacrificed, but I cannot be captured. To be captured would be the end of the game.” This quote signifies that Nailer never gives up and he is determined to win the ‘game’.

This book is set one hundred years from now and trouble is happening with the ice. It is a very gripping and suspenseful book as in some parts of the book it makes your heart beat a little faster.

This novel is set one hundred years from now when the ice is melting, oil is scarce and work is tough. The 15-year-old boy Nailer and his crew work hard hours from day to day, willing themselves to live another day. Nailer is getting too big for his work as a copper stripper who works on wrecked ships, but he doesn’t want to let his friends down as he knows if he stops his work he and his crew will be struggling to survive. Later on in the story, Nailer finds a young and wealthy girl that was the only survivor from a terrible hurricane that happened to a ship. He is torn apart as to which road he should take, whether it is to go with the girl or to stick with his crew and help them survive.

‘Ship Breaker’ is very interesting and in some places gripping and suspenseful. This book was really good because of its plot, having mysterious characters and its brilliant way of describing the experiences the characters are having. The book has a confusing but exciting start because you can’t really tell where it is going until the characters start to get involved. During the middle of the book it was so gripping that I didn’t want to put it down because there was something that made your heart race from page to page. It is a really good book for readers around 12-15 because it involves romance, suspense, thrill, survival and family.

In conclusion, this book was amazing and a really good experience to read. I recommend people to read it from the ages of 12-15 who are interested in a mysterious book that can take them places they thought they would never go. I rate this book a Four out of Five stars.

Olivia H., Year 8

June 5

‘Star Wars Jedi Apprentice: The Hidden Past’ by Jude Watson

“When you look at the Dark Side, careful you must be. For the Dark Side looks back.” –Yoda.

‘Star Wars: The hidden past’ involves a Jedi Knight by the name of Qui-Gon Jinn and his apprentice Obi-Wan Kenobi. This book is set on a planet called Phindar.

Upon arrival Obi-Wan meets up with an old friend called Guerra. Little did they know, Guerra’s brother Paxxi was the driver of the ship that flew them to Phindar. Upon spending time on Phindar, Obi-Wan and Qui-Gon discovered that the planet was ruled by a dictatorship called the Syndicat, who use an evil technology to punish the citizens of Phindar.  This technology wipes all the memory from a person’s mind. The people who have their memory wiped are called the renewed. The renewed are then sent to another planet, and dumped in a random area. They are then followed around by a camera and bets are placed on how long they will survive. Without being on Phindar long Obi-Wan runs into trouble. Will his memory be erased forever?

I liked this book because it gave some insight into the relationship between Obi-Wan and Qui-Gon before the major motion picture, Star Wars episode 1: A Phantom Menace. The book also sets the scene very well. I often felt while reading this book, that I was walking through the streets of Phindar. This book has many fight scenes that children would find enjoyable.

I would recommend this book to anyone from the ages 7-11, as it provides words that some children of these ages would find hard or challenging. Any ages over this may find this book boring or unwholesome. Although this is a very good book, I believe that it is missing that spark that makes a book great.

“Peace over anger.

Honour over hate.

Strength over fear.”

(A quote from the book.)

by Kobi H., Year 8

June 5

‘Maximum Ride: The Angel Experiment’ by James Patterson

Have you ever felt the urge to just fly, to escape all your worries, doubts and problems and feel the wind rush through your hair?  For some, it would be a dream come true. For the Flock, it is all they have ever known.

The Angel Experiment is the first novel of the Intriguing Maximum Ride series by James Patterson, a series jam-packed with life-threatening adventures and a whole lot of saving the world. The main focus of this series is Maximum Ride and her flock, featuring Angel, Iggy, The Gasman and Nudge. Iggy is blind, although he still manages to keep up with the remaining members of the Flock. The Gasman and Angel are siblings.

The themes explored in this novel include good and evil, monsters, genetic engineering and superpowers. These apply to teenagers, as they excite and encourage teenagers with a good imagination.  The themes also make them aware of the less than honorable people in the world and the caution teenagers need to take when dealing with people of the said description.

The Flock has been assigned one task, to save the world, which in theory seems simple enough.  However, there is one particular group that makes the task much more complicated: the Erasers, blood thirsty hounds eager to track down the Flock and stop them in their tracks. Whilst saving the world, Maximum Ride acts as a motherly figure to the children aged six to fourteen. She is currently trying to locate the biological parents of each member of the Flock, rescue Angel from a bunch of crazy scientists in lab coats, protect her Flock and discover who she is in the process.

This novel is set in the future in various locations across the United States, including New York City and California. It was very enjoyable because it has the characteristics that all brilliant novels should have: adventure, intrigue, fascination and action.

Another reason I enjoyed it is because it appealed to my interests and made me think what living in an alternate universe would be like. I loved the characters, particularly Maximum Ride, as she portrays the image of fearlessness and knowing when it is the right time to be emotional and to be brave. This is a story that requires your full attention therefore you begin to deeply engage with the characters.

I would definitely recommend this novel to both boys and girls interested in Science Fiction and action packed books between the ages of ten and later teenage years.  I have thoroughly enjoyed reading this book and hope to see what the future will hold for the remainder of this series. This first novel is truly deserving of a five out of five-star rating.

Charlize O, Year 8.

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With no home, no family, they are running for their lives. This is the incredible story of six kids, the oldest only being 13, running for their lives when captured by Erasers, (human werewolves) the  fastest predators around.

Does this captivate you? Are you the type of reader that would read the rest of this to see what’s about to happen?

The style is an action is a science fiction novel. I love this book because of the story it tells the reader. James Patterson, the author, has used such loving imaginative words to create the perfect scene in the reader’s mind.

What’s wrong with these kids? Why did they meet at a ‘school’? These very special six kids have angel wings; they were all normal kids just growing up in a ‘school’. Were these special kids designed to save the world? Or are they going to destroy the world we all live in.

James Patterson is the author of ‘Maximum Ride: The Angel Experiment.’ This books is about a girl, Max, who is trying to keep her family safe. This book is an amazing piece of work.  James Patterson captures the attention of those wanting to know what being a teenager is really like without a family.

The scaffold of this book is a little confusing as in one chapter Angel gets taken by the evil side (I then thought the book was going to stay with her missing) but a couple of chapters after Angel comes back because Max saved her.

The recommended age for reading this book is 13.

June 5

‘Extinction: The day the world ended’ by Lizzie Wilcox

“‘I don’t think that was an Earthquake,’ Mac said. ‘TSUNAMI!’ the twins screeched together.”

The amazing, action packed book that I am reading is ‘Extinction: The day the world ended’. The author of this amazing book is Lizzie Wilcock.

The story is set on planet Earth when humans are extinct, or are they? The main characters in the story are Mac and Annie. They are twins, and Mac is the oldest. Mac is a boy and Annie is the girl. Mac is around 13 years old and Annie is about 12 years old. The story starts when Mac and Annie wake up to an empty town with no one in it. Mac and Annie are scared and don’t know what to do. They go and try to find their parents but they are nowhere to be found.

They soon discover that someone is out to get them and they must act quickly to save their lives. I liked this book because after I read about ten pages it started to get super interesting and adventurous and every page kept getting more interesting. It is one of my favourite books that I have ever read in a long time. If Lizzie Wilcock made a series of these books I would buy her books to read. This is one hundred percent one of my favourite books that I have read in a long time.

I would recommend this story to boys and girls aged between 11-15 years old, because children at this age love reading books that are adventurous. This is the perfect book for them to read because it is adventurous, thrilling and exciting. I would highly suggest that adults read it too because it has so much action and it hooks you straight from the very first page. I would rate this book a ten out of ten because this book is full of entertainment, action and suspense.

Charlie C., Year 8

June 5

‘The Giver’ by Lois Lowry

(Undertaking an incredible & impossible journey)

In an isolated and futuristic society, twelve-year-old Jonas lives with his father, a Nurturer of infants, his mother, who works at the Department of Justice, and his eight-year-old sister, Lily. They are all awaiting December, for the Ceremony of Twelve, when Jonas will be given his assignment as a new adult of the community. “But for Jonas, things are different. While his friends are selected to be doctors or teachers, Jonas is sent to an old, tired man (The Giver), where Jonas discovers the dark secrets that lie beneath the surface of his world.”

Are you the kind of reader that takes interest in action-packed, dystopian literature with fantasy? If so, you must read this intriguing story!

The novel is about a world that has removed pain, war, emotion, fear and hatred. Everyone must look and act the same. At the age twelve, every member of the community is assigned a job based on their abilities/interests. At the Ceremony of Twelve, Jonas is given the assignment – The Receiver of Memory. The Receiver is the keeper of the community’s memory of the past, so the community can avoid making mistakes. As Jonas receives memories from the Giver, memories of pleasure, pain, colours, weather, excitement, terror, hunger and love, he realises how boring and empty life is in his community. The memories make Jonas’s life much more meaningful. Jonas grows more and more frustrated with the members of his community, and the Giver, who has felt the same way for many years. They plan for Jonas to go to elsewhere. So, the memories of the past can be released to his community. Once Jonas crosses the boundary of memories, all of them flow back into his society.

I really enjoyed the story ‘The Giver’ because of the engaging plot, interesting characters and Lois’s way of explaining pain and pleasure. After a thrilling and intense beginning, the story and its characters started to develop. This fantasy novel soon became impossible to put down. With eagerness carried from page to page, each answer developed new questions.

The themes of this book that young people are dealt each day is the importance of memory, the relationship between pain and pleasure and the importance of individuality.

I would recommend this book to capable readers 12 and above, who are interested in action packed science fiction, fantasy and dystopian literature.

I truly enjoyed reading this book, and it is easy to see why it won a Newberry Medal. I rate ‘The Giver’ by Lois Lowry five out of five stars.

H.M. Year 8

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Imagine a world where no one is different or in pain. There is no war, no fear or competition between anyone. This will also mean that love, compassion and laughter do not exist.

This science fiction book is based on an imagined scientific world that deals with human existence without emotions. How does that affect life and how will the main character Jonas learn to live his chosen life?

Through the book, we follow the life of Jonas, an 11-year-old boy who experiences his life-changing job at 12 years old. He meets his mentor The Giver and life is not the same.

The society that Jonas lives in is not complicated and this leaves Jonas wanting to change his people through the life calling he was given. As Jonas learnt to adapt his thoughts as the receiver of memories, he was able to take control of his emotions. His life changes once he becomes a leader and makes an impact on the life of his family members when entering different worlds. The author takes us on an imaginative concept of different reactions that humans can have and shows us that society really does need emotions good and bad to function suitably.

This book would be suitable for readers of the age from 12-14 as it is easy to read and keeps you interested to know what will happen next through the journeys it takes you on. The Giver was not your typical science fiction book dealing with aliens, monster and fighting. This supernatural world used what we have as humans and changed it to give a thoughtful story which allowed the reader to question and understand more about our human aspects of life.

By Trent L., Year 8

June 5

‘Elsewhere’ by Gabrielle Zevin

‘Sorry, but nothing of much importance ever happened to me… I’m just a girl who forgot to look both ways before she crossed the street.’

Are you the kind of reader who enjoys drama, fantasy and a bit of romance? If so, then ‘Elsewhere’ is the book for you!

The novel is set in the afterlife, where a young girl named Elizabeth had been hit by a car while riding her bike to the mall. She wakes up and finds herself on a cruise ship thinking that it’s all a dream, but when she watches her own funeral, she is forced to realize the horrible truth. The ship takes her to Elsewhere, a place where the deceased age backwards until they become babies and return to Earth to be reborn. Liz meets her grandmother, Betty, who died months before she was born. She also meets Owen Welles, a boy who died from smoke asphyxiation many years ago, and the two quickly develop a friendship. Elizabeth continually struggles to accept the fact that she can no longer turn 16, or get her driver’s licence and go to college. She endeavours to find a way to get back to Earth, so she can finally be with her friends, family, and go back to her normal way of life.

I really enjoyed the story ‘Elsewhere’ because it had a fascinating and riveting plot, with hilarious characters. I especially enjoyed Gabrielle Zevin’s creative way of describing and expressing the character’s thoughts and emotions. After a confusing beginning, the story became very interesting and this developed further throughout the book. This was a whimsical, enthralling take on life and death, and made me really appreciate my life, family and love. This book consists of certain themes that teenagers struggle with on a daily basis, such as grief, family and relationships. It shows us that even when things seem terrible, there will always be people that care enough to help.

I would recommend this book to capable readers from the ages 13 upwards who take an interest in fantasy, science fiction, romantic and humorous novels. I truly enjoyed this story and it’s easy to see why it has won various awards.  I rate ‘Elsewhere’ by Gabrielle Zevin five out of five stars.

Skye M, Year 8

 

 

June 5

‘Pandora Jones: Admission’ by Barry Jonsberg

Pandora Jones wakes up in a hospital feeling sick and weak. Pandora jJnes doesn’t remember much, but she knows there is something wrong. She realizes that there is a plague that has nearly ended humanity and the world. Pandora is one of the lucky people who has been moved to a quarantine facility called the school.

She has been told that only 10,000 people are alive. The school is a very heavily guarded facility. Most of the people alive don’t know what’s hidden inside it walls. Pandora finds out that the school is in Asia and there is something outside that the guards are protecting. The people in the school are all teenagers and when they are in the facility they are taught survival techniques and how to find food supplies. Pandora thinks the food in this facility is disgusting and not quite right. Pandora Jones Admission was created by Barry Jonsberg, an Australian author and teacher who has written 13 books. He was brought up in Liverpool NSW.

I Liked this book so much because it was so engaging and I thought I was there. In the book, they used descriptive language. I recommend to this book to teenagers and young adults because the if you are younger than a teen you might get a bit scared and if you are older than a young adult you might think the sci-fi is a bit junior.

Judge B., Year 8

June 2

‘The Wind Singer’ by William Nicholson

Do you enjoy reading a catchy book or science fiction/adventure fiction? I suggest you read ‘The Wind Singer’ by William Nicholson.

The Wind Singer was quite a slow book to get into however; you need to persist as it is an exceptionally good book. The Wind singer is part of a trilogy called ‘Wind on Fire.’ This book was a type of book that you always want to read and never put down. The Wind Singer wasn’t very predicable, which I enjoyed because you never know what is going to happen.

I personally think that ‘The Wind Singer’ setting adds another aspect and take on the book. The characters in the book seem realistic, however I personally think the story line of the book could happen in our everyday life.

In the Wind Singer, there are two characters that I personally think stand out the most. They are Kestrel and Bowman. These two character are brother and sister. I am so pleased and happy that I was read this book, as it was teasing because you didn’t know what was going to happen when you turned over to the next page, which I enjoyed. Although at the start of the book it was a little bit confusing, when you get to the end it all makes sense and adds up.

The theme of the book is science fiction/ adventure fiction. What I took out of the book is that if you do not do something wrong or illegal and you know you are going to get into trouble, then don’t do it in the first place!

Overall, I truly enjoyed the Wind Singer as it was excellent and really catchy. I think that the book was more adventure fiction than science fiction, however it did go under the Science fiction category. Out of five, I would rate this book a 3.5!

Daniella F., Year 8

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Sagahog! Pomparune! Saga-saga-hog!

I have not read any book by The Wind Singer’s author, William Nicholson. I think the book is a fantasy book. I found this story hard to understand because they could be talking about one thing but then skip straight to something else.

The story was convincing, but the setting didn’t really help to make the story convincing. I think that the characters do seem real. Pinpin stands out because she is such a sweet little girl, and seems to have a good personality. I think that the ending was good because it had some really good explanation words.

I think that the author is trying to say that you can’t give up on anything, and that you can’t always trust everyone. Also it could be saying to always take time with your test.  I think that because there were a lot of tests in the book and Pinpin was there to support the others. I didn’t really like the book because it was kind of boring as there wasn’t a lot of action, but I love how the characters are so bright and loving towards each other.

I don’t think that it was a science fiction book because there wasn’t much in there. 13 year olds and above should read this because it is more easily understood by that age group. The rate I give this book is a 6/10.

Mya H., Year 8

June 2

‘Reboot’ by Amy Tintera

She was once just a person like you and me. Now, her life is way different than she had have ever imagined. She kills with no regret and is considered the perfect soldier and the ‘Golden Girl’ of the facility. But, how long can she keep up her scary yet infamous reputation without ruining her chances with Callum?

Are you that type of person who loves a book that has a meaningful yet action-packed story line? What about one which has its own science fiction sagas with a hint of romance? If, so I am certain that this book is for you!

“Reboot” by Amy Tintera was published in 2013 by Harper Teen and is set in the Republic of Texas. Basically, five years ago, Wren Connolly was shot three times in the chest and after 178 minutes, she came back to life as a Reboot. A super human, you could call her. She is stronger, able to heal, and faster. But, as a result, she is also emotionless. This seemingly irrational situation occurred after a deadly virus swept over the entire Earth and life as she knew it collapsed. Hence, Wren, who is now seventeen years old, serves as a soldier for HARC (Human Advancement and Repopulation Corporation) as a reboot. As you get further into the book, we find out that Wren trains new Reboots that come into the facility. But, Wren normally takes the more skilled and less emotional reboots. Just like her. But her newest reboot is the exact opposite. Callum Reyes had only rebooted for 22 minutes, and is practically still human. Despite this, there’s something about Callum that Wren just can’t ignore. Later in the story, when Callum refuses to follow an order given by HARC, Wren is given one last chance to get him to follow it, or unfortunately, she has been instructed to eliminate him herself. Wren has never disobeyed an order before, and knows if she does, she’ll be eliminated too. But, she has also never felt as alive as she does around Callum. This perfect soldier is done taking orders.

I thoroughly enjoyed this novel because it has an engaging and unique storyline, and the author has created a reality for the reader which you can easily slip into. Amy also had this brilliant way of portraying her characters and the dialogue of each one, matching each character’s personality so perfectly. After an unpredicted and intense beginning, the story evolved, and I felt like I was there with the characters and experienced everything first hand. This amazing novel was quickly my favourite and I found it impossible to put down. With thrill and suspense that was conducted on every page, there was one main message that anyone could experience from time to time, and I believe that the author was trying to depict that. This message was that the book attempts to prove that often in life you don’t notice things about yourself and it takes someone else to show you. The majority of the novel was based around this as Callum showed Wren that she could feel emotions and that she just wasn’t a cold-hearted killer. He wasn’t fazed by the tough, untouchable act that she had going on and instead was intrigued and got her to feel something, to feel alive again. Thus, I believe this message is strongly shown and used in this book, and that is what makes it to be such an awesome and intricate novel and story line.

In conclusion, I would recommend this book to ages 12-18 and to someone who is a capable reader and is interested in science fiction, action, and drama packed storylines with a little bit of romance. I was truly entertained and enjoyed this book. Hence, I rate “Reboot” by Amy Tintera five out of five stars.

Taylah F Year 8

June 2

‘The Silent Invasion’ by James Bradley

“Because Gracie had begun to Change.”

This quote, from the novel ‘The Silent Invasion’, started the whole intensifying and extraordinary adventure. This science fiction themed novel is excellent for people who love the adventures of living life on the run and survival Are you one of those people?

‘The Silent Invasion’ by author James Bradley takes place in a world where all plant, animal and human life is being infected by spores from space with a horrible disease. 16-year old Callie discovers that her little sister Grace has been infected by the disease and is ‘changing’. Callie runs away from home with her sister, fleeing to the zone whilst avoiding quarantine, ruthless officers who take people away who are changing. On their mission to the zone they meet many strangers. Who can they trust? Will they make it to the zone? Or will they get hunted down by quarantine? This novel’s main protagonist Callie wants nothing more than to protect her little sister Gracie, so the determination to get her to the zone is what keeps Callie going.

‘The Silent Invasion’ is a perfect example of a science-fiction themed novel and it has a very interesting and intense story. Many times I could not stop turning the pages! This book really reminds me of The Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials because the protagonists in that novel are fleeing from Wicked, soldiers who are trying to hunt them down. When reading the Silent Invasion, the feeling of being on the move all the time and living life on the run was what I loved in The Maze Runner.

I definitely recommend this novel to anyone of 13+. Since the main protagonist is a teenager, there are a few coarse words so it would be better for people 13+ to read this. Also, the novel is in first person and goes through the story in Callie’s eyes, so other teenagers are able to live the experience as well! It is quite boring at the start, but after a while it does get interesting with many twists and new faces. If anyone loves science fiction and survival, then you should definitely read The Silent Invasion!

Taku S, Year 8