Student Review: Life as We Knew It

I read Life as We Knew It by Susan Beth Pfeffer, and it was an exhilarating and heart-warming novel. It is the story of a family in Pennsylvania who has to struggle to survive wild elements after a meteor hits Earth’s moon and knocks it out of orbit. This incident did not only cause damage to Pennsylvania or the United States but to the whole world. Volcanoes, earthquakes, and other disturbances to Earth occurred as a result of this catastrophe. I would recommend Life as We Knew It to anyone who enjoys suspenseful but emotional novels. Also, I think that this book would be better for teenaged girls because of the recurring boy/girl relationships and internal issues with the main character, Miranda. Life as We Knew It would also be good for teenaged girls because the whole novel is in the format of a diary written by Miranda who tells about the daily experiences of herself and her family. Lastly, I would recommend the novel because I think that it would show whoever reads it the value and importance of family and give them a greater appreciation of the simple things in life. I enjoyed Life as We Knew It very much and look forward to reading more of Susan Pfeffer’s works! – Morgan Thomas, 9th Grade

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Student Book Review: Dark Life

I would recommend Dark Life for a teenage boy or girl who is looking for an apocalyptic adventure book. The reason for recommending it is because there are two main characters named Ty and Gemma, so a girl or boy could enjoy this book. When their world is destroyed by rising oceans, Ty and his family moved underwater and started a home there. Most people moved underwater because chaos broke out above, but some stayed above the water and were called topsiders. Gemma came from above looking for her lost brother. I would recommend this book because of the fast paced adventure that makes the reader never want to put the book down. Also because the book makes the reader create a vision in his/her mind. This can be a little difficult at first but as the book goes on it gets easier. Last is the mystery in this novel is very exciting The mystery leads one to believe one thing is happening and then something will happen that makes you think totally different which I like.  In all, this book was a very action packed exciting novel that is a quick easy read. – Kyle Nicholas, 9th Grade

Student Review: Wither

Lauren Destefano’s Wither is a book that I just cannot put down. The main character, Rhine Ellery, is kidnapped and forced into the life of being the bride of a rich bachelor. The story takes place in a future dystopian world, after a huge world war, where only America survives. When scientists try to perfect the human race, they are successful, but there is a price. Males only live to age 25, and females only live to age 20. Since each life has an expiration date, young women, ages 13-18, are kidnapped from their homes and forced to marry people just so that they can produce children. This book initially appeals to me because I was told it was similar to The Hunger Games, another dystopian-world book I really enjoyed. While reading it, I find ways I can relate to Rhine since she was just about my age. Though our lives are completely different, I still saw the teenage-girl qualities in her. When I read it, I never want to put it down. Thankfully, it is part of a trilogy, so the excitement doesn’t just stop there. I feel that any girl my age who enjoys dystopian fiction books would really like Wither. I think that the book really proves that having everything one can imagine is not always fulfilling. In conclusion, I hope other girls will read Wither, and enjoy it as much as I did. – Lizzie Purnell, 9th Grade

Michael Grant’s FAYZ Series

I started reading the FAYZ books three years ago because it seemed like every middle schooler in our library wanted Gone, and you know that’s a good sign.  I loved Gone and Hunger, but got a little bogged down by the third title in the series, Lies.  So when Plague arrived in the library last year, I didn’t pick it up… until last week.  At which point, I spent my entire evening (and part of my afternoon at work–it counts! I’m a librarian!), tearing through the story.  Luckily for me, I didn’t have to wait for the next book to come out; Fear had just been released, so I immediately purchased it on the Kindle, and finished it the next day.

For those of you who haven’t started the series, the premise is that one afternoon a dome suddenly appears over a town in California, leaving only those under the age 15 inside.  For the first four books, the reader has no idea what happened to the people above that age, as the story focuses on life inside the dome.  The series reads like a mash-up of Lord of the FliesLost (as in the TV show), and X-Men. In other words, pure awesomeness. Stephen King’s Under the Dome (which I enjoyed) has got nothing on this.

Highly recommended.