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Check out the latest Divergent trailer!

It looks so good!  What do you think of the movie’s interpretation of the dystopian Chicago setting?  We think it’s pretty cool that to see what a possible future Chicago could look like!

By Colleen, Teen Services Librarian on February 5, 2014 Categories: Dystopian, Movies, Trending

Attack on Titan by Hajime Isayama

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by Hajime Isayama, translated and adapted by Sheldon Drzka, lettered by Steve Wands

Attack on Titan is a relatively new manga and anime series.  The manga was first published in Japan in 2010, it hit stateside in 2012 and the series currently is in its eleventh volume, published this month.  It is much better known as an anime series, apparently the art is better, but I have yet to figure out how to watch it (apparently you can stream it online) so I decided to start out by reading the manga.  I have been hearing a lot of good things about it and I was not disappointed!

The basic storyline of Attack on Titan (summarized from my reading of volumes 1 and 2) is that world has been overrun by Titans.  They are scary, ugly, creepy, and destructive giants.  They eat humans, though they don’t seem to need to eat humans to stay alive, and the only way to kill them is to attack the back of the base of their neck–hacking away until you have killed them.  Trying to kill them any other way only leads to the titan’s regeneration.  To survive, the remaining humans have built a large structure of different levels of walls.  Think of it like a bullseye–each wall protecting different classes of citizens, and a military force to protect the walls with a lot of high tech gear.  In the first volume, we meet Eren, Armin, and Mikasa three teens who have never seen outside the wall.  Eren longs to explore the outside world, however, as he is on the verge of leaving the city the three teens are almost killed when a colossus titan destroys the first wall and allows the smaller titans to invade and eat the humans. Narrowly escaping, the teens end up training for military service and the series continues to follow the three as they battle the titans.

I have read the first two volumes in this series, and I can’t wait to read the rest!  It is really a fascinating story, and I think the most appealing thing is learning more and more about the Titans, their history, and what the humans can do to try and survive and destroy the titans.  Yes, some of the art of this manga is pretty basic, and I have seen some stills from the anime so I can understand why it is the better of the two when it comes to the art.  But some of the manga art really makes the titans seem even more creepy.  Check out a couple below:

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Here’s a look at the Colossus Titan.

 

 

 

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Here’s a Titan about to eat Eren’s mother

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

So, if you like manga with high action, some sci-fi and fantasy, some scary elements, and a really good story, then you should definitely check out Attack on TitanClick here to find the first book in the series at the Library!

 

 

By Colleen, Teen Services Librarian on January 8, 2014 Categories: Dystopian, Fantasy, Fiction, Graphic Novel, Science Fiction, Supernatural/Paranormal

Book Trailer of the Week– the first clip released from Divergent the movie!

Interesting choice for the first official clip from the upcoming Divergent movie, since it is a quiet and emotional moment between Tris and four.  But it is a great look at what to expect from the two actors who will portray the two main characters.  Here it is:

What did you think!?  Divergent will hit movie theaters in March 2014.  If you haven’t read any of the books in the trilogy or you want to re-read them, follow the links below to find them in the Library!

Divergent trilogy by Veronica Roth

  1. Divergent
  2. Insurgent
  3. Allegiant

 

By Colleen, Teen Services Librarian on December 27, 2013 Categories: Action/Adventure, Book Trailer, Dystopian, Fiction, Movies

The Testing by Joelle Charbonneau

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by Joelle Charbonneau

The Testing is not your average dystopian– I have been reading plenty of dystopian novels lately and when  I came across The Testing, I knew I had to check it out.  Yes, there is a strict and some may say corrupt government in place which puts its young people through trials, however this is where this dystopian differs from the rest.  In order to attend college, those who live in the United Commonwealth must participate in the Testing.  For Cia, who desperately wants to attend college, her chances of qualifying for the Testing are very limited, since there have been no candidates from her colony selected to take part in the Testing for years. This year, however, there are four and Cia is one of them.  Cia knows she will never see her family again, but she hopes that it is because she has passed the Testing and enters college and not because she failed.  Cia knows that if someone fails they are never seen again.  Cia’s father participated and passed the Testing.  Before she leaves he warns her to not trust anyone.  It is then that Cia knows the Testing is more dangerous than she ever could have imagined.

This novel really picks up when Cia enters Tosu City to participate in the series of exams to determine her fate.  At first they just seem rigorous, but as Cia continues to advance, the tests become more and more intense and soon it is not a fight to attend college, but a fight to stay alive.  As Cia progresses, she also begins to make allies and enemies.  Her strongest ally is Tomas, who is from her colony but who she barely knew while growing up.  As they get closer and rely on each other more, a romance forms, and when they enter the last test– a physical show of force as students fight to survive a trek through dangerous territories riddle with traps and deadly competition–Cia and Tomas will do everything they can to be sure each survives. 

I would definitely recommend The Testing to anyone that likes dystopian fiction, especially fans of The Hunger Games and Divergent.  It’s also a good read for those who like a lot of action and adventure, but be warned: there are some gruesome scenes in this novel!  Also be sure to look out for the sequel to The Testing, Independent Study, which hits bookshelves in January!

By Colleen, Teen Services Librarian on November 25, 2013 Categories: Action/Adventure, Dystopian, Fiction, Romance, Science Fiction, Staff Pics

Reviews by You!

We'll Always Have summer We’ll Always Have Summer
by Jenny Han
Belly has always loved Conrad, but dated his brother Jeremiah. When Jeremiah proposes she expects although she doesn’t love him like she should. The wedding gets closer and Belly keeps waiting for Conrad’s love. Will she ever be loved by him?
Review submitted by Paige.
Confederacy of Dunces A Confederacy of Dunces
by John Kennedy Toole
This book is hilarious, one of the funniest books I’ve ever read. The characters are so well developed.
Review submitted by Jake.
HungerGames The Hunger Games
by Suzanne Collins
I thought this book was amazing! I’ve read it many times before and I just couldn’t put it down!
Review submitted by Josephine.
Digital Fortress Digital Fortress
by Dan Brown
This book follows NSA employee Susan Fletcher and fiancé David Becher as the agency struggles to crack a seemingly unbreakable code. I enjoyed this book because it has plenty of twists and action and makes you keep reading.
Review submitted by Ellen.
Crossing the Wire Crossing the Wire
by Will Hobbs
This book is packed with adventure as a boy tries to cross the border into the U.S. to work and support his family in his hometown in Mexico. I would highly recommend this book for anyone entering 8th grade or higher.
Review submitted by Michael.
Running Dream The Running Dream
by Wendelin Van Draanen
A book that proves you can do what others think impossible. 5 stars!
Review submitted by Sydney.
I Emma Freke I, Emma Freke
by Elizabeth Atkinson
This book was about a girl named Emma. She never really fit in and only had one friend. She doesn’t know who her dad is or that side of the family. She was invited to a reunion from her dad’s side. When Emma comes back she is a new person. I thought this was a great book.
Review submitted by Kendall.
HungerGames The Hunger Games
by Suzanne Collins
This book is amazing! It’s romantic, gross, a cliff hanger, adventurous, and more! I loved it!
Review submitted by Julia.
It Happened to Nancy It Happened to Nancy
by Anonymous
When Nancy is raped, her attacker leaves something behind that Nancy will never be able to forget, the HIV virus. As the virus rages through her body, Nancy must come to terms with herself before it is too late.
Review submitted by Paige.
flowers for algernon Flowers for Algernon
by Daniel Keyes
Imagine a dream of yours. Imagine that you have it but then it is taken away from you. This is what happened to the main character in Flowers for Algernon. His dream was to be smart, and he was smart until it was taken away from him. This book would be best for 8th graders and older.
Review submitted by Michael

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By Colleen, Teen Services Librarian on November 21, 2013 Categories: Action/Adventure, Dystopian, Fiction, Funny, Guys Reads, Historical Fiction, Issues, Nonfiction, Realistic Fiction, Reviews By You, Romance

Join us to celebrate the release of Catching Fire!

On Sunday, November 17 celebrate the movie release of Catching Fire (11./22), the second in the Hunger Games trilogy. Learn how to make yourself over with our own Cinna, create a craft, and test your knowledge of Suzanne Collins’ series. You might even win a prize! Dress up like your favorite character from the series and enjoy snacks and refreshments.  For teens in grades 6 – 12.  Click here to register in advance!

By Colleen, Teen Services Librarian on November 14, 2013 Categories: Dystopian, Events, Fiction

Reviews by You!

CatchingFire Catching Fire
by Suzanne Collins
Katniss Everdeen gets put back into the Hunger Games with the victors from the last 25 years. All of the victors then have to fight to the death.
Review submitted by Anthony.
CupcakeQueen The Cupcake Queen
by Heather Hepler
It’s a great book for middle grade students. Very interesting. Great book for passing time.
Review submitted by Veronika.
BlackDuck Black Duck
by Janet Lisle
This is a book when an ordinary 14-year-old boy is surrounded by the Prohibition. He must decide between following or breaking the law.
Review submitted by Emma.
Ghosts Grave The Ghost’s Grave
by Peg Kehret
He is haunted by a ghost telling him to dig up his body because his location of burial is not where he wanted.
Review submitted by Atit.
Angel Experiment The Angel Experiment
by James Patterson
I loved the book, it is action packed with adventure and humor. Join Max and the gang for an epic journey and possibly saving the world.
Review submitted by Ariel.
Wolf Brother Wolf Brother
by Michelle Paver
Wolf Brother is about a boy named Tomak, and how he saves the world 6,000 years ago. The threat to the world is a bear with a demon stuck inside of it.
Review submitted by Kurt.
Smile Smile
by Raina Telgemeier
This book is about a girl who can never get her smile right. When she comes back from Girl Scouts and she races her friends back home, she trips and falls and breaks her 2 front teeth. It took 3.5 years to repair! Read the book to find out!!!
Review submitted by Jacob.
persepolis Persepolis
by Marjane Satrapi
It was great. It was also fun to read since it was a comic. Funny and it tells about Iran war.
Review submitted by Linda.
lion witch wardrobe The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe
by C.S. Lewis
Lucy goes into a magic wardrobe and meets a fawn. She goes again with her brothers and sister, and they become kings and queens of the land inside the wardrobe. Lucy and her family have many adventures together.
Review submitted by Brandi.
Stargirl Stargirl
by Jerry Spinelli
I really liked the book Stargirl. This book was full of suspense and difficult decisions. The book is about a mysterious girl who is new at public school, and expresses her true original self.
Review submitted by MaryKate.

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Reviews by You!

13 Reasons Why 13 Reasons Why
by Jay Asher
This book tells the sad story of why Hannah Baker killed herself. It’s a marvelous read and the suspense makes you want to know what happened to Hannah. Although sad, this book is a great read. Read it now to learn the 13 reasons why.
Review submitted by Sarah.
Downriver Downriver
by Will Hobbs
After reading this book I really wanted to go white water rafting. I’ve done it before but nothing as extreme as the characters in Downriver were doing. They did the big stuff when they weren’t supposed to.
Review submitted by Abi.
HP3 Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
by J.K. Rowling
This was such a great book! There was a lot of action and some secrets were revealed. I loved the early Christmas present Fred and George gave Harry (The Marauder’s Map). Overall this book was amazing!
Review submitted by Tania.
HIVE H.I.V.E.
by Mark Walden
This book is a must have! It has action on every turn. From a martial arts expert to a computer genius, this book has it all. I give it a 9.5/10.
Review submitted by Rasheed.
13Gifts 13 Gifts
by Wendy Mass
12 Finally was a spectacular book. I enjoyed it very much and I couldn’t put it down. 13 Gifts is a funny story about friendship and everyone should read it.
Review submitted by Patricia.
Room Room
by Emma Donghue
I really liked it but it was very sad. It made me question whether I really need all the luxuries I take for granted. It was horrifying to know the little boy Jack went through all of this and didn’t know how bad it was.
Review submitted by Kathleen.
Divergent Divergent
by Veronica Roth
A book very similar to The Hunger Games, in which the narrator (Tris) is to choose between the different factions: Dauntless, Abnegation, Candor, Amity, and Erudite. In which, she chooses Dauntless and she had to work really hard. And it is her story to fit in to her new society and, finally, of her fighting to survive and keep her friends and family safe.
Review submitted by Feba.
100 Things Cubs Fans Should Know 100 Things Cubs Fans Should Know and Do Before They Die
by Jimmy Greenfield
I loved this book because I am a die-hard Cubs fan and it told me so many cool facts I didn’t know.
Review submitted by Steven.
Ruins of Gorlan The Ruins of Gorlan
by John Flanagan
If you love fantasy, adventure, and the medieval times, you will read this book and imagine the details without any thought. Read it already! 5/5 stars!
Review submitted by Dev.
light Light
by Michael Grant
An amazing conclusion to the Gone series! The enthralling events kept the pages turning until the end. I would definitely recommend this series to anyone who enjoys sci-fi and suspense.
Review submitted by Marie.

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By Colleen, Teen Services Librarian on November 6, 2013 Categories: Action/Adventure, Dystopian, Fantasy, Fiction, Mystery, Nonfiction, Realistic Fiction, Reviews By You, Science Fiction

Reviews by You!

sky on fire Sky on Fire
by Emmy Laybourne
This is a fast-paced, action adventure novel with lively characters. If you like action movies this is a book for you.
Review submitted by Abi.
Red scarf girl Red Scarf Girl
by Ji-li Jiang
Red Scarf Girl is a great book about standing up for what you believe in and being strong. The book focuses on the communism in China. Overall, it’s an excellent book.
Review submitted by Amanda.
Keeping Faith Keeping Faith
by Jodi Picoult
After her parents’ divorce, Faith starts talking to imaginary friends and one call her “God” is helping her perform miracles and repeat Bible verses when she has no religious upbringing. When a reality TV show tries to debunk her claims, will they finally believe her?
Review submitted by Paige.
red_pyramid The Red Pyramid
by Rick Riordan
Riordan has yet again given readers a book that is a genuine page-turner. Carter and Sadie Kane are descendants of two ancient blood lines. Their lives are turned upside down when their father is trapped. This book is a mystifying tale that will please everyone.
Review submitted by Tania.
Diary of a Young Girl The Diary of a Young Girl
by Anne and Otto Frank
This is the touching diary of a fourteen-year-old Jew in the Second World War. When her family goes into hiding in an attic, she records her brave life.
Review submitted by Lea.
Delirium Delirium
by Lauren Oliver
Delirium is set in a time when people in the USA believed that love was a disease. Thus they found a cure. Now, when anyone turns eighteen they have to get the cure. Lena always wanted the cure but when she meets a boy she finds true love. I would recommend this book to all of my friends.
Review submitted by Christina.
Alchemist The Alchemist
by Paulo Coelho
The Alchemist draws deep emotions and sparks and thoughts about what is destiny. Learn about your personal legend and Santiago on his journey.
Review submitted by Ariel.
Flawless Flawless
by Sara Shepard
Flawless was the sequel to Pretty Little Liars. The books are really different than the TV show. The end was also really surprising. I really liked this book.
Review submitted by Nicole.
Island of Blue Dolphins Island of the Blue Dolphins
by Scott O’Dell
Karana’s tribe left her with her brother. Three were killed from a pack of wolves. Karana survives years on the island alone, until she finally gets found.
Review submitted by Sofia.
Insurgent Insurgent
by Veronica Roth
I love this book. Probably mostly because I loved Divergent and I was dying to know what happened next. And now I’m just waiting for the third book. (I hate cliffhangers) x(
Review submitted by Rhiannon.

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Join us for the Allegiant Book Release Party this Sunday!!!

allegiantDo you love to learn like the Erudite? Or do you see yourself more in the risk-taking Dauntless? As part of the Library’s Book Crossing program, we’re celebrating the release of Allegiant, the third book in Veronica Roth’s Divergent trilogy. This Sunday October 27, come dressed as your favorite character or your interpretation of one of the five factions. There will be activities and trivia, and prizes will be awarded, including copies of Allegiant. Snacks and refreshments will be provided.
For teens in grades 6 – 12.
Click here to register in advance!

By Colleen, Teen Services Librarian on October 24, 2013 Categories: Action/Adventure, Dystopian, Events, Fiction