June 13

‘Cinder’ by Marissa Meyer

“Even in the future the story begins with once upon a time.”

Humans and cyborgs crowd the streets of New Beijing. A deadly plague breaks out in Beijing. In space, Lunar people (people who live on the moon for e.g. Aliens) watch them, waiting to make a move (plan of attack). But no one knows that Cinder is their Hero.

‘Cinder’ is a science fiction book that is about a gifted engineer in New Beijing who is a cyborg but no one knows. It is revealed that Cinder is a cyborg by her stepmother, who accuses her for her step-sister’s sudden illness (the plague, caused because she is a cyborg). Prince Kai visits Cinder himself at the weekly market for her to fix his broken androids.

This book is for adults because they would understand the story line a lot better than children. Personally I didn’t like this book because it was boring and there was no excitement and adventure. Science fiction books are books that are not reality and include science like engineering, utopia, dystopia, good and evil etc. In conclusion this book is for adults because they would understand the story line a lot better so I give the book a 2/5 stars.

By Reilly J., Year 8

June 13

‘Specials’ by Scott Westerfeld

This book is about differences and equality mixed with futuristic themes. Is that your genre? Well, this book is for you. This book is very jam packed with emotions and jaw-dropping moments.

The book is called ‘Specials’ by Scott Westerfeld. It’s a futuristic science novel. Overall I would rate the novel an 8/10 because it had interesting scenes and characters. What happens is a bunch of 15 year olds are made differently and what if someone is special? Would they be judged differently?

Tally has been made differently from the rest and she has been made to fight others. What happens next you’ll have to read to find out. It is set in a futuristic place which was pretty cool and well explained. Yes it was, it summed up the story so well. Tally had changed so much and I didn’t really enjoy her character but it was good to see Shay back in the book.

In conclusion, I thought the book was good overall. I could have been a bit better and more interesting but I did enjoy it and I hope that you read it too.

Mia A., Year 8

June 13

‘The 5th Wave’ by Rick Yancey

In a world filled with manipulation, who can you trust? “The 5th Wave” by Rick Yancey is a sci-fi narrative set in a desolate future. When aliens attack mankind, survivors call these attacks “waves”. The first Wave took out half a million humans, the second wave killed even more, whilst the next wave (three) caused four billion deaths. Then came wave four where aliens disguised themselves as humans and invaded earth, which now leaves the fifth and final wave.

Cassie, the main heroine’s dad dies when she is at camp and she is forced to take on a parenting role for her brother but he quickly goes missing so she goes looking for him and is forced to run from the danger. But is the real threat human or alien?

I believe the book dragged out and I also could not get attached to any characters because who knows if they’re really humans or aliens. Finally, it was wasted potential as I felt like the story idea is great and it’s an amazing thought experiment that makes you question our society.

I felt like this book would be more suitable for people who like reading longer, drawn out books. Long books such as Harry Potter and Hunger Games are good but they twist and have an interesting story but ‘The Fifth Wave’ should have been way shorter as it has less twists and turns and is, worst of all, boring. It dragged out and was long and I didn’t get attached to any characters because they may be an alien. Overall I give it 3/10.

Flynn D., Year 8.5

June 13

‘Jump: Twin maker’ by Sean Williams

If you could be anywhere in a moment where would you go?

If you could change your appearance in a minute, what would you choose?

If you discovered something was very wrong with this perfect world, what would you do?

This book has a nice combo of action and exporting the future of technology. I would recommend this book to young adults or teens because they can relate to the characters when they feel some emotion and what they do.

There are a few main characters in the book ‘Jump’. One of them is Clair, who is very cautious. She doesn’t really like to try things unless she knows everything about them. Then she will really give it a go. There is also Libby, who is always keen to give everything a try. She is funny and optimistic. Then there is Q. Q is very strange. Clair says he can’t be trusted. She doesn’t trust her, but then she slowly does.

In the future, technology can teleport you anywhere instantly, anywhere you want. Imagine if there was such a code that could change your height, strength, making you more beautiful.

Clair wakes up one morning and gets a call about this ‘offer’. She thinks the offer is too good to be true. Her friend Libby gets the same call. She is sure she wants the offer. She thinks it will be great to have a new and improved version of herself. Clair’s worst nightmare comes when her best friend Libby falls into a deadly trap. Clair needs help. She gets Jesse (the school freak) and a wired but powerful stranger named “Q” to help her. Clair tries to help and protect Libby, even risking her own life to save her. Clair is running out of time as she is getting chased across the world. Will Clair save herself or try to save her best friend.?

This is a novel by Sean William.

Ethan G., Year 8


Ethan G., Year 8

June 12

‘Gone’ by Michael Grant

One minute there. The next, gone.

In a split second every person aged fifteen and over simply disappears from the small town of Perdido Beach in California. Panic sweeps over the young teens, preteens and toddlers as the fight for survival begins. Modern technology is useless, emergency services are non-existent and phone lines are down. Among the chaos of screeching cars, burning kitchens and looting children, the struggle for control emerges when strangers arrive in town. They begin acting suspiciously towards Sam Temple and Astrid Ellison, two friends from school. A boy named Caine Soren from Coates Academy gains the trust of numerous kids with a plan brewing to introduce a leader’s council, with Sam being nominated. But behind the false act, what are Caine and his malicious friends really planning?

Embark on a journey with Sam, his best friend Quinn and Astrid, to find Astrid’s severely autistic four-year-old brother and uncover the secrets hidden within an enormous dome enclosing their world like a bubble. Mysteries will be discovered, changing the world for some or ending it for others, as a radioactive nuclear plant reveals the shocking truth. Soon teens learn and adapt to new abilities becoming dangerous, rules are enforced and anyone who doesn’t follow Caine’s second in command, Drake Merwin, will surely pay the price.

Beyond the streets of Perdido Beach, animals mutate and evil creatures emerge. Outbreaks of war will determine who’s weak and who’s strong. Lives will be lost, promises will be broken and friendships will be tested. Who will be next to leave the constricting dome? The clock is ticking as breathtaking decisions are made by Sam to protect his beloved town and his closest friends. Gone is a book that keeps you guessing, is full of suspense and has some surprising twists. A must read for young teens who enjoy action and drama.

By Michaela P., Year 8

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

‘Delirium’ by Lauren Oliver

“The most dangerous sicknesses are those that make us believe we are well,” –Proverb 42, The Book of Shh.

Lena is running out of time. The day is near for her procedure but the one thing that is holding her back has golden brown hair, eyes like the ocean and a beautiful caramel-coloured skin tone. He is named Alex. Love killed Lena’s mother but will it take over her? Follow Lena and her best friend Hanna and see which path they choose.

‘Delirium’, written by Lauren Oliver, was published in 2011. It is the amazing story set in Portland, America 64 years after love has been named a disease and 34 years after scientists found a cure. Every teenager (18years old) must be cured before it’s too late; before they become an invalid.

Lena was very sure about the cure, the fence and the wilds “After the cure I’ll be happy…”  although after meeting Alex she then starts to question everything, question love, question her mother and question herself. The theme of the book is genetic engineering because of the way it reacts love and choosing for yourself and instead they do it all for you.

To sum up Delirium in a couple of words would be UNREAL, BEAUTIFUL and WOW. Delirium answers the nagging question of Love. What if it was a disease? And if you didn’t take the procedure you would be wanted by the government leaving you no choice but to go into the wilds. Which side would you choose? Love or no Love. The choice is yours.

I would rate this book out of 5 a 4, this would be because of how engaging it was to read. As soon as I started the book it was very difficult to stop. The age group it would be recommended for would be the young readers of 13 years and over. This book would be perfect for a female that loves Romanic, Sci-Fi books. Another book to put you on the edge of you would be “The Fault in Our Stars,” this book is Romanic and has every person getting the tissue box ready just like “Delirium.”

Mia A., 8.7

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


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.


‘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


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


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


‘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


“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


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


‘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


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

‘Red Queen’ by Victoria Aveyard

‘Red Queen’, by Victoria Aveyard is a story of a girl called Mare.

This is a world which is divided by the colour of blood, red and silver. Mare is a red, which is a commoner, and they are ruled by silvers which possess superhuman-like powers.

Mare is retrieved one day from her old rundown home and is ordered to work for the silvers in the palace. While in a royal ceremony in front of all the important silvers, Mare displays superpowers only a true silver could withhold. ‘The little lightning girl’ then was to act as a long-lost silver princess, as the queen orders.

The story was told that she was raised as a red but was silver by blood. Some questioned but most believed this and she was named Princess Mareena. She was forced to betray her family and blood and every day her true colours were hidden behind lies and makeup.  Mare is forced to fight mental and physical battles, but the physical were the dangerous ones because if ever her skin was pierced and her real self was revealed, her life would be in jeopardy.

This novel would suit readers of any age and gender. This book is good for people who like the genre of science fiction but not over the top with aliens and out of this world creations, so it is a balanced story with real life relations.

This book was filled with action and excitement on every page, keeping me intrigued. You will enjoy this book if you enjoyed The Hunger Games, The Selection, Graceling, or Divergent as it is a blend of these books as stated by the author.

This book was a great read and I rate it five out of five stars.

Alisha M Year 8

June 6

‘Incarceron’ by Catherine Fisher

“Only the man who has known freedom can define his prison.”

This futuristic thriller is set in and out of a prison called ‘Incarceron’. In the prison, there are different groups, with some members willing to die for freedom. Outside the prison, there is a frightening hierarchy that no one dares to question.

There are two main protagonists in this book, Finn and Claudia. Finn is a prisoner at Incarceron and is eager to escape. Claudia, however, is on the outside, but she is also stuck in her own kind of prison and is being forced into an arranged marriage. In an interesting twist, Claudia’s father is the Warden of Incarceron. Finn and Claudia both happen to find a ‘Crystal Key’ to communicate with each other. Together they plot an escape, which is not without its obstacles.

This novel has themes that are very relevant to a teenage audience, such as loyalty, trust, desire, and friendship. With a fast-paced plot that readers will find entertaining, the structure of Incarceron is simple and easy to understand. The characters are also multi-dimensional and surprisingly relatable. I also found the themes to be thought-provoking and clever. As a fan of novels with a dystopian edge, I found this to be one of the best steampunk stories I’ve ever read. Although it’s probably unfair to compare this novel to red hot page-turners like ‘The Hunger Games’, this book is right up there with some of the best dystopian novels on the shelves today. This was the first Catherine Fisher book I’ve come across, but it certainly will not be my last.

I would recommend this book to guys and girls over the age of 11, just because it takes a while to understand the storyline, and the themes may be too dark and mature for younger readers. This book is a must-read for those who enjoy high-tech, dystopian, steampunk, and sci-fi novels.

Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed this book and would rate it four out of five stars.

Cody C, 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

‘The Ropemaker’ by Peter Dickinson

“Nothing. Only you can hear what the cedars say. I can’t. And you know the way to the lake. Not me. And one day it’ll be you singing to the cedars, like Ma does. Not me.”  The Ropemaker (2.40).

Do you like novels that pull at your heart strings, tickle your funny bones and awake your inner sense of adventure? If you do, this book is a perfect read for you! “The Ropemaker,” by award winning author Peter Dickinson is a gripping novel with every page packed with mystery and a coming – of – age theme, through finding who you are. The Ropemaker is a Speculative Fiction / Science Fiction novel.

The Ropemaker is an unpredictable and unforgettable book with a complex storyline. It is a compelling and engaging story with a strong message for young readers, packed with depth, engaging challenges for sentimental characters from cover to cover. This is because main character Tilja, Urla’s daughter, did not inherit her mother’s power, but her sister Anja does. Tilja doubts her self-worth but doesn’t realise the power she has and its importance in the journey she will undertake.

The first setting we come to know is the Valley. It is a convincing environment that helps build the background of the characters. The Valley’s sense of a poorer, rural place scattered with farm land and nature’s beauty contrasts greatly to that of the hostile environment we grow to fear called the Empire. The ending is extremely satisfying as everything works out for the time being. Even though Tilja will eventually have to leave the farm to find her sister, everything ended in a peaceful manner for the time being. It was also a clever ending because who would have guessed that Tilja’s stubborn little horse, Calico would have played such an important role in the war between the Valley and Empire at the end?

The novel’s theme is the power within us and whether we use it for good or evil purposes. For example, the Empire and its security guards, individuals called “Watchers,” use their power for the evil bidding of the Emperor, and to harm anyone who uses their power in the Empire for any reason other than to profit the Emperor. He does this because he is evil and ambitious and doesn’t want any power greater than himself, thus the reasoning for the City of Death. This city is “warded” by Watchers because when you die in this book, your inner power is released. However, the inhabitants of the Valley like Tilja’s and another main character named Al’s family and their very significant descendants, use their powers to protect their fellow inhabitants of the Valley from war with the cruel Empire. When Tilja, Urla’s daughter, believes she has no power, she continues to doubt her self-worth, which is the message Peter Dickinson has expertly conveyed to young people through this novel.

Though I did thoroughly enjoy The Ropemaker, I found at times the writing too complicated and unclear, though I rate The Ropemaker 4/5.                                            

The highlight of the story was when Tilja discovered her true self and helped a character called Faheel bring down the Watchers. I believe this book is on the verge of being a fantasy novel so if you are looking for a futuristic completely Science Fiction novel, I would not recommend this for you. I do recommend this book for young adult readers who enjoy a range of Science Fiction and Fantasy novels with thrilling adventure that will keep you turning pages.

Ava H., 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


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


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


“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

‘Tomorrow, When the War Began’ by John Marsden

“We believed we were safe. That was the big fantasy.”

Wirrawee, the setting in the book, is covered by large farmlands, a small amount of industry and well known town residents.

Ellie, the main character, is a caring innocent teen who wants to go on a camping trip to Tailors Stitch with her six friends during the school holidays for a week. They found Hell, as the locals call it, a secret campsite that’s unspoilt. It can be accessed by the Steps of Hell.

During a quiet, damp, cold shivering night, Ellie is woken by the loud growl of hundreds of jets flying by at a low height leaving her and her friends confused the following day. Not long after, they slowly walked back up Hell’s Steps to the Landrover to return home to what they thought was going to be a normal afternoon. They first arrived at Ellie’s house to find her dogs dead, no connection to any radio or power, which left them unable to call anyone. Wirrawee was a ghost town. Do you think the town has been over run and in conflict? Are they in War? Is the life of many people dependent on them? Will there be another living day for anyone?

Tomorrow When the War Began most certainly is one of the best books I have read. It’s the touching story of an overwhelming experience, romance, action and friendship, a story that made it hard for me to put the book down whilst sitting on the edge of my seat the whole way through. This book teaches you the meaning of friendship, and how important it can be for you and your friends to stay together in times like this.

This book is not gender specific. Anyone who reads the book will enjoy the adventures, the breathtaking moments that will keep you hooked. The suitable age for this book would be from twelve years of age to eighteen. If you have read John Marsden’s books you’ll find this similar. I rate Tomorrow When the War Began a definite 5 out of 5 because it has been written very maturely and was so enjoyable to read.

Lilly-Rose H., Year 8