Divergent by Veronica Roth

divergent_book_by_veronica_roth_us_hardcover_2011 Divergent is the first book in the dystopian trilogy written by Veronica Roth. This book is set in the post-apocalyptic Chicago where all the survivors are divided into factions – Abnegation (selfless), Dauntless (daring), Edurite (intellectual), Candor (honest) and Amity (peace). All sixteen-year-olds take an aptitude test in order to decide which faction they really belong to. However the protagonist, Beatrice has results that are inconclusive hence making her a Divergent. Being divergent is very risky because the government doesn’t want people to have an independent will. The rest of the plot revolves around how Tris overcomes this challenges and discovers a war between factions. This book is very interesting and engaging. It has smooth transitions. The key details and descriptions about the five factions are really fascinating. The characteristics of each faction such as what they wear, what they eat, what they do and much more are the ones that attract the readers. The book is very detailed so that the readers understand everything about the book. There are some emotional moments when Beatrice leaves her family. At the same time the bizarre rules and procedures of the government, really puzzle the reader. The simulations are the scary and action-filled parts of the book. Overall this book is an action-filled, entertaining book. I would recommend it to anyone who loves books in the dystopian genre and who enjoys fast-paced events. Anyone who likes these types of books will find this book enjoyable.

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Reviewed by Dhanyasree Premsankar

Maze Runner by James Dashner


 I really liked this book because it was action packed, and the main character does not have his memory so it made me want to continue reading to see if he ever gets his memory back.I enjoyed this book a lot, and I want to continue reading the other books in the series. Overall I believe that this is a great book and that everyone should both read and watch the movie. My brother brought this book from his school library and it seemed really interesting so after him, I picked it up and started reading it. I kept on reading this book because I wanted to find out if the characters would survive and if the main character would get back his lost memories. I would give it to my friends, because they enjoy books that are action packed and have some mystery to them.

Reviewed by Oleon

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

Summary: Katniss is a 16 year old girl living in an oppressive society named Panem, where food is scarce and freedoms are limited. When the Hunger Games come around, a TV show where 24 children are chosen to compete with only one person coming out on top, Katniss finds that her sister is chosen. In an attempt to save her sister’s life, she takes her place and enters the Hunger Games on her behalf. Now she is playing for the ultimate prize – her life.

Why I picked it up: After all of the hype and praise I have heard about this book, and after someone recommended this novel to me, I had no choice but to investigate this novel for myself. I went into this book not expecting too much to happen and didn’t anticipate it to be anything more than a simple storyline. Little more than a few pages after the first chapter however, I learned that I couldn’t have been more off the mark.

Why I kept reading it: This book completely blew me away, the depth of this novel and its suspenseful and engaging storyline kept me hooked until through to the very last word.

Who would I give it to next: I would recommend this book to anyone who is looking for book that will keep you on the edge of your seat and that won’t let you put it down, as this book does that and so much more.

Reviewed by: Bj Wahhab