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Book Trailer of the Week– Maggot Moon by Sally Gardner

This week’s book trailer of the week is for Maggot Moon by Sally Gardner.  Standish, a 15 year old teen, lives in the desolate part of town in an alternate, dystopian 1956.  Life is hard for Standish in Zone 7.  He has a learning disability that makes him a target for bullies in school and the government has taken away both his parents and his best friend.  Standish knows a secret, though.  The moon landing that the government is heralding as proof of victory and accelerated weaponry is actually a hoax.  Standish is determined to reveal the government’s secrets, but can he do it alone and what other dark secrets will he discover in the process?  Click here to find Maggot Moon in the Library.

By Colleen, Teen Services Librarian on March 22, 2013 Categories: Book Trailer, Dystopian, Fiction

Book Trailer of the Week–Pulse by Patrick Carman

This week’s book trailer of the week is for Pulse by Patrick Carman.  Set in a dystopian future, Pulse centers on Faith who has the the power of the Pulse and does not know it.  Dylan also has the Pulse, and has been watching over Faith trying to find a way to connect with Faith and tell her about her powers.  As events unfold, and Faith learns about the Pulse, evil forces are at work to try and destroy those with powere and take over the world.    Click here to find Pulse in the Library!

By Colleen, Teen Services Librarian on March 9, 2013 Categories: Action/Adventure, Book Trailer, Dystopian, Fiction, Romance, Supernatural/Paranormal

Book Trailer of the Week– Under the Never Sky by Veronica Rossi

This week’s book trailer of the week is for Under the Never Sky by Veronica Rossi.  This novel is set in the future where there are two different worlds.  The world that Aria lives in is perfect, but a little too perfect.  Everyone wears screens over their eye and they participate in the world virtually.  Perry’s world is outside of Aria’s and is a savage wasteland where every day is a struggle to survive.  When Aria is cast out of her world to Perry’s, as a result of Perry’s actions, Aria must rely on Perry to survive despite how much she hates him for what he did.  Click here to find Under the Never Sky in the Library!

By Colleen, Teen Services Librarian on February 15, 2013 Categories: Action/Adventure, Book Trailer, Dystopian, Fiction

Book Trailer of the Week– Prodigy by Marie Lu

This week’s book trailer of the week is for Prodigy by Marie Lu.  This is the sequel to Lu’s action-packed first novel, Legend.  We find that June and Day have escaped from Los Angeles and are on a freight train to Las Vegas.  Once there they are hoping to meet up with a group of Patriots who want to take down The Elector.  June is fighting for the good of the people, and Day is fighting to find his younger brother.  Will they both succeed?  Click here to find Prodigy in the Library!

By Colleen, Teen Services Librarian on February 8, 2013 Categories: Action/Adventure, Book Trailer, Dystopian, Fiction

Casting Call for Divergent (the movie)!

A coworker recently sent me the notification below, that she received about an open casting call this Saturday for a chance to be an extra in Divergent, which is being filmed here in Chicago!  If you are a fan of Divergent and meet the qualifications listed below, then you should definitely try out!

For those of you who don’t know about Divergent, it is a novel written by Veronica Roth that takes place in a future dystopian Chicago.  In this society, there are five factions that a person must belong to.  We meet Tris on her sixteenth birthday when she has chosen to leave her home faction to become on of the Dauntless.  With her induction to this new faction comes a series of tests to determine if she is truly worthy to become one of the Dauntless faction.  What no one knows, however, is that Tris is actually a divergent–a person who can exist successfully in any of the factions.  This trait is a dangerous one, since it threatens those in power, and  Tris must keep it hidden or it could cost her her life.  Click here to find Divergent in the Library!



Open Casting Call This Saturday, February 9, 2013 from

10:00AM to 3:00PM at CINESPACE – Chicago Film Studios

CHICAGO, IL  February 4, 2013 – Atmosphere Casting of Chicago announced today that it is in search of background talent for Summit Entertainment’s Divergent starring Shailene Woodley and directed by Neil Burger.  Based on author Veronica Roth’s New York Times best seller, the film will commence principal photography this April in Chicago.  Summit Entertainment, a LIONSGATE® company, will release the film theatrically in North America on Friday, March 21, 2014.

Recruitment for participants in this shoot starts immediately as fittings for all will start in mid-February. Atmosphere Casting is looking to hire hundreds of Chicago locals to work as extras in the film, who are available during the shoot period: April 2013 through July 2013.

The open call will be held, Saturday, February 9, 2013 from 10:00AMto 3:00PMat CINESPACE– Chicago Film Studios.

CINESPACE - Chicago Film Studios 
2602 W. 16TH Street, 2nd Floor 
Chicago, IL 60608

Atmosphere Casting will be looking for the following:

● People with a “rural” farm hand look
● People with military, weapons or martial arts training
● People with stunt and/or stage combat training
● People with a “hippie” or Bohemian look. Longer hair preferred (both men and women)
● People with visible tattoos and/or piercings
● Ages 16 and up, all ethnicities

Plenty of free parking located in the lot across the street from CINESPACE– Chicago Film Studios.

While photos will be taken of everyone who attends the open casting call, participants are asked to also bring a candid photo of themselves, approximately 4x6in size, and be sure to legibly print their name, phone number and email address on the back it.

Only Illinois residents are eligible to participate in the open casting call. Please bring your Illinois issued driver’s license or state ID. School IDs are not sufficient. This will be checked before entering the casting call.

For more information about the movie and other fun items regarding extras on Divergent, please follow us at the following links: or

Take the Divergent Faction Quiz and see where YOU fit in

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The futuristic action adventure, based on author Veronica Roth’s New York Times best seller, will be directed by Neil Burger from a script by Vanessa Taylor.  Doug Wick and Lucy Fisher are producing the project via their Red Wagon Entertainment banner along with Pouya Shahbazian. Red Wagon’s Rachel Shane is executive producing.

Divergent is a thrilling action adventure set in a future world where people are divided into distinct factions based on their personalities. Tris Prior (Shailene Woodley) is warned she is “divergent” and will never fit into any one group.  When she discovers a conspiracy to destroy all Divergents, she must find out what makes being different so dangerous before it’s too late.

By Colleen, Teen Services Librarian on February 7, 2013 Categories: Action/Adventure, Dystopian, Events, Fiction

Book Trailer of the Week– The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken

This week’s book trailer of the week is for The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken.  This novel is set in the not too distant future where a virus has swept through the US and killed most of the adolescent population.  Those that survived developed psychic abilities.  However, thest survivors were rounded up and put into camps, because the government feared what they were capable of.  Ruby,16, has just escaped from one of the camps.  Will Ruby be able to survive and keep out of the reach of the government that wants to control her?  Click here to find The Darkest Minds in the Library!

By Colleen, Teen Services Librarian on February 1, 2013 Categories: Action/Adventure, Book Trailer, Dystopian, Fiction, Science Fiction

Book Trailer of the Week– Revolution 19 by Gregg Rosenblum

This week’s book trailer of the week is for Revolution 19 by Gregg Rosenblum.  This novel was created already knowing that it would be made into a movie.  So, you know it will be action packed and exciting! It is set in a dystopian future where robots are in control after a successful uprising.  Humans still exist, but are under robot control.  Three siblings, living in a free settlement, barely escape with their lives when robots find their home and destroy it.  Together they vow to find their family and friends and fight for their freedom.  Click here to find Revolution 19 in the Library!

By Colleen, Teen Services Librarian on January 18, 2013 Categories: Action/Adventure, Book Trailer, Dystopian, Fiction, Science Fiction

Pirate Cinema by Cory Doctorow

Pirate Cinema

by Cory Doctorow

Set in a near future dystopian Britain, Pirate Cinema centers on Trent McCauley.  Trent is an average teenage guy, with an obsession for creating movies.  Not the regular “point the camera and action!” movies, though.  Trent takes footage from old movies (his favorite are old films starring the popular actor, Scot Colford) and splices them together to create a new movie.  What Trent does is technically illegal under copyright law.  But Trent just can’t stop making his movies, and he knows what he creates are really good.  Trent just assumes that since everyone illegally downloads movies, music, and whatever else, as long as he is careful he will be fine.  However, Trent is not careful and he gets caught.  As punishment, his entire family cannot access the Internet for an entire year.  This means his sister can’t do her homework and continue to be an A student, his mom can’t get her medical prescriptions, and worst of all his dad cannot work.  Trent is ashamed and feels so guilty that he runs away from home to the streets of London.

One his first day on the streets he meets Jem, a street kid that helps him survive.  Jem and Trent actually do pretty well for themselves.  They find food for free from the dumpsters of grocery stores and restaurants and they find an abandoned pub that they refurbish and are able to live in (illegally).  They are so comfortable, in fact, that Trent is able to start making his movies again and soon he finds himself being recognized in the underground  pirating culture of London.  Trent’s underground fame, however, gets him involved with a political movement that wants to legalize downloading and copying licensed works for creative use.  Is Trent in over his head, or is he just the right person to take this movement all the way to Parliament?

The main focus of this Pirate Cinema is technology, piracy, fair use, and the right to creative expression.  However, this  novel is packed with a  ton of interesting issues.  There’s the drama of Trent living on the streets and learning how to survive, the family issues that Trent has to deal with, and there is even a love interest for Trent.  You should definitely pick this book up if you are interested in technology, especially when it comes to fair use and creative expression.

By Colleen, Teen Services Librarian on November 16, 2012 Categories: Dystopian, Fiction, Guys Reads, Staff Pics

Book Trailer of the Week– What’s Left of Me by Kat Zhang

This week’s book trailer of the week is for the book What’s Left of Me by Kat Zhang.  Set in an alternate America, in a dystopian society, people are born with two souls in one body.  As they age, one soul settles allowing for there to be one dominant and one dormant soul.  Narrated by fifteen year old Eva, she was pronounced “settled” and her sister Addie was determined to be the dominant soul.  But Addie and Eva know that this is not true.  Both of their souls exist in one body.  Eva and Addie are hybrids and must keep their secret, even from their family, or they will be sent to an institution.  But  how long can they keep this secret?  Click here to find What’s Left of Me in the Library!

By Colleen, Teen Services Librarian on September 28, 2012 Categories: Book Trailer, Dystopian, Fantasy, Fiction

Safekeeping by Karen Hesse


by Karen Hesse

Safekeeping is a new dystopia novel that is so realistic, you will feel like it is something that could happen tomorrow.  Set in the near future, the world is much like our world today.  However, the President of the United States is assassinated at the beginning of the novel.  This prompts the American People’s Party to take control of the government and institute martial law.  The narrator, Radley, is in Haiti volunteering at an orphanage when the President is assassinated.  She sets out to return home to her parents, because she is so worried about them, despite the warnings that it would be safer to stay in Haiti.  When Radley returns to her home in Vermont, she finds the house abandoned and does not know what to do.  Her home is not safe, and Radley is not safe since she has none of the new official documents or adults to take care of her.  Radley does the only thing she can think to do: she sets off on foot to walk to Canada with the hope that she will find her parents there.

Along the way Radley has to survive on discarded food that she often finds in dumpsters, steal to survive, and get out of more than one threatening situation with dangerous people.  The roads are not safe, so Radley sticks to the wilderness.  It is there that she meets Celia and her dog.  Though Radley is being cautious, she can’t help but stick to Celia.  Eventually they begin to survive together.  Will they make it to Canada?  Will they both survive in the wilderness?  Will Radley ever see her parents again?  Pick up Safekeeping for a dystopian that is unlike many of the ones being published today.  It is quiet but exciting, poetic and cerebral.  Safekeeping is a novel that will keep you thinking about it long after you have put it down.  Also included are photos taken by the author that make the story even that much more moving.

By Colleen, Teen Services Librarian on September 19, 2012 Categories: Dystopian, Fiction, Staff Pics