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Renegades by Marissa Meyer

March 3, 2020

When Nova Artino’s Uncle Ace is killed in a battle, along with his invincible helmet, Nova and her fellow Anarchists are forced to move down into the sewers like rats. Nova is a young girl who would do anything to avenge her parents, little Evee, and now her uncle. On the other hand is a young Renegade, (the Anarchist’s nemesis) named Adrian Everhart, the son of Lady Indomitable, the deceased Renegade. He’s now under the wing of the Grand Warden and Captain Chromium, the invincible superhero. No one knows how Lady Indomitable fell from a building with the ability of flight, or who did it. 

Some people in the world of the book have special abilities since they were born. Nova can put people to sleep with her touch, and Adrian can draw objects and scenes and make them come alive. 

After failed tries by Nova to kill captain Chromium, she decides to go undercover as a Renegade for the recruitment every year. She gets in as Insomnia— she never needs to sleep. She makes friends quickly on her team: Ruby, who can grow red crystals instead of blood and makes weapons from it; Oscar, who can make smoke come out of his hands in any shape or form he wants; Danna, who can turn into one hundred butterflies and back into a human, and Adrian. Eventually, she will have to decide— Adrian or her family.

The book is written in the third person with switching perspectives from Adrian to Nova, and Meyer has an effective way to describe the objects in the room to make it seem like the reader is there with Nova and Adrian. Meyer also includes effective dialogue to make the situation seem believable. I enjoyed how Meyer could trick the reader into believing something that might not be true or to hide something to make her audience want to read more. She also creates suspenseful scenes, like when they are on their missions or when Adrian comes to visit Nova’s house. 

Meyer also had the characters change throughout the novel. For example, in the beginning, Nova was wanting nothing but revenge, but she matures and shows what she really wants inside of herself. Adrian starts out being an awkward teenager with superpowers, but he starts maturing, becoming an adult, and making his own decisions against the council. 

I loved how this book showed what would happen if the audience were living in a society with people that have superpowers. She showed it would be the rejects vs. the people in power that rose to the top. But in this situation, the people who didn’t have powers were under the control of Renegades. 

The pace of the book made the reader want to continue, with suspenseful scene after suspenseful scene. Meyer lets the characters cross paths without knowing it or go on missions together, and it keeps the audience reading for the moment where Adrian will find out that Nova is Nightmare. 

I rate this book a ten out of ten, and I recommend its high suspense and action to anybody who enjoys action-adventure, sci-fi, and romance. The third book in the Renegades series has just come out, and it is phenomenal. Meyer has also written the Cinder series, which is science fiction, and I loved it. This is not a book to be missed with its compelling story and lovable characters.


Feiwel & Friends, 592 pages

Ready Player One by Ernest Cline

February 29, 2020

For a poor eighteen-year-old orphan, Wade Watts, Oasis, a virtual universe, is the only escape from his miserable reality. But his Utopia suddenly melts into chaos when the owner of the Oasis, James Halliday, dies of cancer and puts the ownership of the game used by billions up to whoever can find an Easter egg hidden somewhere in the Oasis. Years later,Wade is too poor to leave his school planet and get back in time for class, but the whole world is shocked when his level three avatar is the first to find the copper key. As Wade takes on an almost impossible quest while racing all the gunters, he finds new friends and teams up with them to attempt to defeat all of his competition.

Ernest Cline uses first person to convey Wade’s perspective throughout the book, which helped me see his struggles and how Wade thinks when he is figuring out the cryptic riddles. I loved the way that Cline included a lot of movie, book, and video game references, including The Shining, and Joust (an arcade game). Using first person is also an effective way to describe the Oasis because readers see it through Wade’s eyes. 

The plot is suspenseful and fast-paced: Wade has to be ready to run away at any moment in reality and in the Oasis because if players die in the game, they lose all of their items and have to restart. Even though this is an action book it still will make readers emotional. I like how the title was an echo of the first words players see in the game after they have said the phrase that they use as a password. The game then says  “Ready Player One,” and players enterthe Oasis. 

If you’ve read Ready Player One already I recommend Warcross by Marie Lu. Fans of Ernest Cline would love this book because their virtual reality settings and conflicts are very similar. Ernest Cline’s first novel will leave you wanting this to be a series — and you’re in luck because the sequel is expected to come out sometime in late 2020. Additionally, there is a movie that came out on March 29, 2018, and if you look closely you might find some Easter eggs. 

I would recommend this book to anyone who is in sixth grade and up because it does have swearing in it, and to readers who like sci-fi and action. I rate this book a ten out of ten because it has a lot of action: you will never be bored while reading. 


Penguin Random House LLC., 385 pages

The Rig by Joe Ducie

April 6, 2017

Will Drake has escaped four high security prisons, but can he break free from the supposedly inescapable Rig? Being trapped miles from land, surrounded by the icy Arctic Ocean is no place for Drake, but he is determined to escape. In fact, when he first arrives at the Rig, he doesn’t feel intimidated and only sees his situation as a challenge.

Every teen prisoner is assigned a daily job, and Drake gets one of the hardest. Each day he must clean the Tubes, where the waste and sewage from the Rig goes (don’t worry, Ducie doesn’t go into too much detail about this). There are other stronger, tougher boys who also clean the Tubes and force Drake to be the one who climbs inside to clean them while the other boys lure him down with rope. Drake also meets a boy named Tristan who teaches him about how the Rig works, and they become bunkmates. When Drake gets in a fight with a very tough boy named Grey, he gets sent to the nurse’s office, where he meets Irene, a girl whose daily job is nursing and who knows some secrets about the Rig. Drake agrees to meet her one night, and she shows him something that completely changes Drake’s perspective of the Rig— and the book’s genre along with it.

I thought Ducie did a great job describing the setting. The whole book took place on the Rig, so I was able to keep track of what took place where. I got a strong sense of how scary and dangerous the prison was. Duice also developed the characters well. Tristan knows all about technology, and he understands how the Rig’s security functions. Irene likes to explore the Rig and knows its many secrets. Drake uses his friends’ knowledge to build a plan of escape. Drake does not like to make friends at first, as he accidentally killed a friend he made while escaping a prison before the Rig, but he grows to enjoy spending time with Irene and Tristan. Together they make a great team.

I also enjoyed how the book was set up. First, Drake arrived at the Rig and learned where each room was. Then, he made friends with Tristan and Irene, at the same time as he learned about his nasty job and the daily schedule. Finally, he planned escape. This effective setup resulted in a real page-turner and a fast-paced novel.

The only aspect of this book I would change is when Drake starts to play Rigball, a game like lacrosse, but with electromagnetic sticks (Tristan finds these interesting) and no rules on tackling or fighting. I found this part a bit unsettling, but with all the violent people on the Rig this was a realistic way for them to have fun.

Prepare yourself for an amazing book full of strong imagery, great character development, and an exciting plot. I would give it a ten out of ten and recommend it to anyone who enjoys exciting escape stories with a fantastic setting and awesome characters.


Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Co., 308 pages

Monument 14: Savage Drift by Emmy Laybourne

January 27, 2017

Now at Quilchena Refugee Camp in Canada, Dean and the survivors from Monument 14 are safe. The only concern is that Josie is missing. She is now at a Type O containment camp in Missouri where everyone is going crazy due to the reaction from their blood type, and a mean guard called Vengar bosses everyone around. Niko finds out where she is from the start of the book and is determined to rescue her. Jake, Astrid (who is still pregnant), and Dean want to go with him. So a man at the refugee camp takes them to an airport in Idaho where their newest adventure begins.

Monument 14: Savage Drift is a great conclusion to the Monument 14 series. I appreciated how Laybourne switched between the perspectives of Josie and Dean, which were very different, especially at the beginning when Dean and his friends have all that they needed at Quilchena Refugee Camp, while Josie, at the Type O containment camp, is treated terribly. People there are constantly fighting, but a kind man named Mario looks after Josie and the other kids. I also enjoyed how Laybourne recorded the number of each day since the hailstorm at the bottom of each page. I could easily keep track of which day it was. I thought Laybourne described the setting well. I could picture it although I think that the first book had better imagery because the characters spent the whole novel in the store. However, I would change how much Dean, Jake, and Astrid argued. In the other books they seemed to get along better and worked as a team to protect the little kids.

Laybourne’s character development was also effective. Dean, at first, seemed to stand up for Astrid too much and argued with Jake often, but as the book went on, he learned that he was overly protective and became more of a leader, with a little help from Niko. Josie, on the other hand, was very helpful to Mario and in looking after the little kids. She also was good at standing up for herself when crazed Type Os were being cruel to her. As the book went on she kept trying to escape, never giving up.

Overall, I really liked this book. I enjoyed how It switched between Josie and Dean’s perspectives, and the settings were intriguing and easy to picture. I would rate it a nine out of ten and recommend it to anyone who likes exciting, survival books and great character development.


Square Fish Books, 308 pages

Sweet by Emmy Laybourne

January 25, 2017

Laurel is an average teenage girl—with a wealthy best friend. Tom Forelli is a celebrity who needs to shed his childhood “Baby Tom-Tom” image. The Cruise to Lose is the opportunity of a lifetime for both of them.

When the diet drug Solu is created, the company holds a luxury cruise for only the richest of the rich to get a sneak peek at their new, seemingly-magical, sweetener that not only tastes exactly like real sugar, it also helps the eater lose weight. At first, Laurel and Tom’s paths cross in a somewhat cliché way (literally running into one another), but their reason for staying in each others’ lives is unique: neither has taken Solu, which means neither has experienced the strange symptoms popping up in the rest of the passengers, such as extreme addiction to the point of murder. The passengers get crazier and literally bloodthirsty, including Laurel’s best friend, Vivika, and Tom’s to-the-public “girlfriend,” reality-star Sabbi Ribiero. As the only sober people on the ship, Tom and Laurel unite to put an end to the cruise and take down Solu before it is released to the public.

Laybourne switches perspectives between Tom Forelli and Laurel. Because these two characters are so alike in personality but come from contrasting backgrounds, I felt the plot had more dimensions to it. It creates the expectation of predictability in the readers’ minds, then goes in a surprising direction. There are twists and turns no reader could expect, giving the novel its breakneck speed.

An aspect I particularly loved was how Laybourne packed multiple themes into one book to appeal to multiple audiences. It contained bits of dystopian science-fiction, contemporary realistic fiction, disaster/survival, adventure, and magical realism. Even if you prefer only one of those five genres, Laybourne’s way of fusing them together is intriguing and unique: perfect for this novel.

Prepare yourself for a book filled-to-the-brim with shocking twists (including a conclusion no one could’ve foreseen) that you can finish it in a day. Sweet reveals human nature’s dark side when we want something badly, but also the beauty of two different personalities working together.


Feiwel and Friends, 272 pages

Two Takes on The Martian by Andy Weir

February 11, 2016

The MartianKatie’s Perspective:

When an intense dust storm with high winds on Mars overwhelms a team of NASA astronauts and causes an emergency evacuation, Mark Watney waits, impaled by an antenna. He is left behind for dead. Once he wakes up, he realizes his team has left for their year-long journey back to Earth. He travels to the Hab (short for “habitat”) to sew himself up and scavenge for food, water, and any means of communication with Earth. This comedic botanist must use his own genius resourcefulness to survive for the next four years until the Ares 4n mission lands, 3,200 km from Watney’s current location.

This novel is formatted with “sol entries” recorded by Watney to document his recent accomplishments and stability in the Hab. In case anyone ever finds it, he wants him or her to know how he lived as a Martian. Including these entries is an effective plot device of Andy Weir’s because it speeds up possible drag-on from explaining every single detail. It is also a nice recap of any material a reader may have missed from before and makes accessible any scientific information that didn’t make sense.

In The Martian, Weir explores a great theme that is important for young adults: believing in yourself. Throughout this book, the number and difficulty of the adventures Mark Watney attempts are risky, but important. I enjoyed reading from the narration of Watney because the small but powerful elements of humor were a nice balance among the drama and seriousness of the plot. He was a strong, optimistic protagonist who never gave up, even in the hardest situations.

As a lover of both science and action-adventure, this book immediately sucked me in. Each chapter held a new surprise or problem that you knew Mark Watney could find an incredible, ingenious way to solve—from making water by burning hydrazine and growing potatoes from soil, to driving a rover two thousand miles and contacting Earth.

I recommend this book to anyone who can read— seriously. No matter what type of reader you are, you’ll love it. I, of course, gave this book a perfect ten. I also recently saw the film based on this novel and loved it just as much. I would suggest reading the book first, but definitely watch the movie after. Overall, I loved this fast-paced novel and the sense of excitement it gave me while reading. I hope you take my advice, and love this New York Times best seller as much as I did.



Kaleb’s Perspective:

In a future world not far beyond civilization today, teams of astronauts visit Mars to search for life and to research scientific data. As a dust storm forces the Ares III team to flee and return to earth, a satellite antenna impales the botanist Mark Watney. Fearing that Watney has died, the remaining astronauts leave Mars as soon as possible.

A few hours later, Watney wakes up looking into a bright sky; that’s when the shock sets in. He looks down to see a metal rod protruding from his side. Watney stumbles back to the HAB (Mars Lander Habitat) with no way to contact Earth. At the same time, the horror-struck astronauts entering the Mars orbit in the MAV (Mars Ascent Vehicle) sit in silence, thinking their best friend has died.

This captivating novel is a prime example of modern day sci-fi. It’s written from two point of views: Watney’s and NASA’s. While reading Watney’s portion, readers soon find out that it’s written in diary entries recorded through the HAB.

The Martian reminded me of classic Michael Crichton; the narrative voice is constantly feeding readers information, from detailed machines to chemical analysis. Watney is a funny protagonist who makes little jokes all the time, about the captain’s disco music or messages to and from NASA. He is also extremely smart: not only is he a botanist, he’s also a mechanical engineer. With these skills he is able to fix and avoid major complications. When reading, one of the problems to occur to me was food. Planning for a space expedition means astronauts plan for what they need, and avoid any extra weight. Luckily potatoes will soon inhabit Mars. His expertise as a botanist gives Watney the knowledge of plants, seeds, and sunlight.

The NASA ground team supplies media and newscasts with as much data they can. A young woman by the name of Mindy Park, who takes and observes satellite photos, reveals something game-changing for the people on Earth: Watney is still alive. Keeping the information from his fellow astronauts, NASA and other space organizations formulate ideas to get Watney home. After much controversy, a Chinese space station offers to launch supplies and food to help Watney survive until the Ares IV team arrives. The problem with this is that Ares IV is hundreds of kilometers away and lands in a few years.

Weir engages the reader with many plot twists. As soon as I thought events were unfolding as planned, an explosion or some catastrophic event proved me wrong. Strangely, I was disappointed that any time there was a problem, Watney was able to fix it or find an alternate solution. This was unrealistic and made it seem that anyone can live on Mars with a little training.

The Martian has been turned into a movie and has had thousands of great reviews. The actor Matt Damon, who portrayed Mark Watney, won a Golden Globe for Best performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture – Comedy or Musical. He was able to show more emotion in the movie with body expressions, which made it even more captivating. All in all, I would give this book a five-star rating. I would also recommend this novel to any reader—young or old, boy or girl. I was placed in “the zone” any time I picked up the book and didn’t ever feel weary.


Crown Publishing Group, 385 pages

I Am Legend, by Richard Matheson

March 3, 2015

iamlegend-bookcover2When ravaging vampires lurk around your house at night throwing rocks at it, and you don’t know if you will live to see the light of morning, you consider your options: survive or die. Robert Neville is supposedly the last man on earth as the vampire onslaught continues. He finds there is nothing much left to do in the world, so he decides to preform experiments to determine why this disease is here. The first thing he finds out: he is immune.

Author Richard Matheson has created an apocalyptic world where few people survive a disease-ridden planet. This book is about one person named Robert Neville, a curious middle-aged man who wants to know why he is chosen to be the last. As dust storms blow viciously across the world, spreading what he thinks is the reason for the disease, Robert wants to know why it is happening. First, he realizes he is immune when he is bitten, clawed, or chewed he does not turn. When the disease first starts, family and friends all around him drop like flies and die or transform into vampires.

I enjoyed this book because I never knew what was going to happen next. At some points I wondered how this could continue on but Matheson picks right up on an engaging plot twist.

The narrative voice is from the third person point-of-view of Robert Neville, which is a cool way to write when there is only one character that the book follows. I didn’t like certain parts of the book where Robert Neville embarks on retrieving food from the “Oh so convenient grocery store down the block,” which I thought was an unrealistic feature because it makes it almost too easy for him to survive with all the food he needs. He also goes into the houses of neighbors and very descriptively murders the sleeping vampires that were hiding from the sun, which also makes it easy to survive the night and gain vengeance during the day.

There is a movie based on the book that is similar in that there are few people alive, but in the movie Robert Neville has a huge lab, test rats, and conducts different experiments that don’t seem realistic. In the book, Robert hangs garlic from his windows and creates wooden crosses which he nails to his house to prevent the vampires from entering his hideout. This novel placed me right in the reading zone, and I thought it would be great to have a second book in the series to know what happened after Robert Neville. I recommend this book to any person who likes apocalyptic themed books and loves captivating stories.


Tom Doherty Associates, 294 pages

Monument 14, by Emmy Laybourne

February 11, 2014

Monument 14 In 2024 in America, a sequence of natural disasters is taking place and millions of people are dying— a volcano erupts in the Canary Islands, which causes the island to explode; this creates hail and a ‘megatsunami,’ which triggers the largest earthquake ever recorded. All of this inflicts damage on NORAD’s storage facility, which causes a toxic chemical to leak into the air. At the same time, fourteen kids get trapped in a superstore on their way to school while trying to escape the hail.

I read this book in three days and I rated it a ten. Monument 14 had a fast-paced plot for the most part, but when it slowed down, it was the fascinating premise and the character interactions that kept me reading. The secondary characters all had distinct and different personalities.

Something I found interesting was that the main character, Dean, isn’t too memorable; there isn’t anything about him that makes him stand out when compared to protagonists of other books. I think that this actually contributes to the story because the plot is complicated, so having a stand-out lead character might overwhelm the reader.

Another thing I found interesting is that although there are thirteen other kids in the superstore, Monument 14 is told only from Dean’s point of view. Typically, in a situation like this, authors choose to switch among perspectives. Emmy Laybourne didn’t, which helped me get to know Dean better because I spent the whole book in his head. This also added some originality to Monument 14 because not many authors would choose to do this.

I would recommend Monument 14 to anyone who likes dystopian survival novels; this book fits perfectly into the genre.

If you like this book, the next installment is called Sky On Fire— I can’t wait to read it.


Square Fish Books, 294 pages

Ender’s Game, by Orson Scott Card

February 4, 2014

Ender's GameEnder Wiggin, a battlefield mastermind, is recruited at age six into battle school. After two alien invasions, the government decides to breed new leaders that could help them win a third invasion. Ender is one of them. He is brought to outer space among other “launchies” and, at age nine, is trained to be a star fleet commander. Their goal is to defeat the “buggers”.

Orson Scott Card is an amazing author. He describes the ship in such detail that I felt as if I were with Ender on his journey through battle school and through the difficulties he faced on his trip from age six to nine. Card also conveys Ender’s thought process well. Even though Card writes in third person, it feels like first person because of the amount and quality of his protagonist’s thoughts and feelings.

Card shifts between the perspective of Ender’s sister, Valentine, the authorities at the battle school, and Ender. By doing so, the reader sees the logic behind Ender’s training, as well as the political war down on Earth, which we see through the eyes of his sister. Card shifts between their perspectives smoothly and clearly.

In order to write this review, I had to read parts of Ender’s Game again. When I opened the book to a random page, I found that I couldn’t stop reading. The book was so fast-paced and captivating, that the idea of not reading the whole book again was un-thinkable. I re-read it in a day.

Card’s writing style was one of the best parts. The dialogue is written exactly how I imagine the kids at the battle school would say it. For those six-through twelve- year-olds, their grammar differed drastically. The six-and-seven year-olds used improper grammar such as “you bad,” while the eleven-and twelve- year-olds talked in long, knowledgeable sentences. It was details like those that made this book come alive for me.

Ender’s Game won the Nebula Award in 1985 and the Hugo Award in 1986 for best novel. The book deserved both of these awards. Starting with a captivating action scene and ending with an un-expected twist, Ender’s Game is a science fiction classic and by far my favorite book by Orson Scott Card.


Tom Doherty Associates: 384 pages

11/22/63, by Stephen King

February 9, 2012

In this stunning novel, Stephen King tells the story of Jake Epping, a high school English teacher who reads an essay by Harry, one of his GED students who is a janitor at his school. The essay explains the night that Harry’s family was murdered. So when his buddy, Al, discovers a time portal to 1958 in Lisbon, Maine, Jake doesn’t hesitate to embark on an adventure to save Harry’s family. But as he continues to make his way in 1958, he asks himself a bigger question: What if John F. Kennedy hadn’t been assassinated?

King splits the book up into six parts that separate different parts of Jake’s life during his mission. For example, one is called “The Janitor’s Father”, so the reader knows that King is going to talk about Harry’s dad, who murdered his family. The sections made the long book less intimidating for me. Also, even though I knew nothing about the Kennedy assassination, King made it possible for me to learn along the way, because Jake is also learning as he goes. This was a good technique, because it made me feel like I was Jake Epping.

I rated this book a ten because I loved the concept, which is the butterfly effect. The butterfly effect is a theory that if something is changed in the past or present, it might create a domino effect and change something else in the world. Learning in depth through amazing examples made me rethink some of my own actions. I also loved the balance between action and suspense that kept me on the edge of my seat.

King made a clear movie in my mind, since I saw the same things that Jake sees. He can do this because Jake is a first-person narrator. I liked that because it made me feel like I was right there with him.

I would recommend 11/22/63 to Stephen King lovers, people who have enjoyed movies like The Adjustment Bureau, or anyone who enjoys the longing to find out what will happen next. I wonder whether since I read 11/22/63 I might have changed something in the world’s future. Maybe this review will change your future.

Scribner, 849 pages


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Leviathan, by Scott Westerfield

May 18, 2010

WesterfieldLeviathan is about two different characters, each with different plots. One character is Aleksandar Ferdinand, the prince of the Austro-Hungarian Empire. His parents are assassinated when he is at home, and he is tricked into running in a Stormwalker, a giant two-legged walking weapon of war by Autto Clop and Count Volger, two of his teachers. Then Alek learns that his parents were assassinated, and runs to Sweden to get away from the people that assassinated his parents. Germans and Austro-Hungarians chase them all the way to Sweden because Alek’s mother is a commoner and they don’t want him to be king.

The other character is Deryn Sharp, a girl that enlists in the British Air Force disguised as a boy. On her first day, because of an accident with a Huxley ascender, a flying jellyfish-like animal, she ends up on the Leviathan, a famous living airship. Then they pick up an important passenger and Deryn gets involved with a mission while trying to keep her own secret safe. When the Leviathan crashes near Alek, both plots come together with both of them on board the airship.

Leviathan is set in World War I in terms of political events, but the technology is set in the future, that is why its genre is alternate history, not sci-fi and not like a war journal. The British Darwists have fabricated animals. They have hydrogen-breathing animals that fly like the Leviathan and the Huxley and they almost never use machinery. The Germans and Austro-Hungarians have Clankers, effective robots. All of the political events are the same and the only change in history is that Charles Darwin discovered how DNA works and the Germans and Austro-Hungarians made advances in engineering. Each side doesn’t like the other’s advancement. For example, the Germans and Austro-Hungarians are scared of the fabricated animals, because they think that they are unnatural. The British think that the machines are useless because you have to oil and clean them and they sometimes malfunction. Leviathan is a great book, definitely worth reading.


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The House of the Scorpion, by Nancy Farmer

May 6, 2010

scorpionMateo Alacran, known as El Patron, rules a small stretch of poppy fields between United States and Mexico, the futuristic country of Opium.  In Opium, things are run far different from anywhere else.  El Patron, a drug lord, is selfish and cruel because anything that he possesses, becomes his forever.  Whether the possession is a person or a useless object, it will remain his to the grave.  In Nancy Farmer’s future, clones are considered to be scum, lower than animals, and are not welcome anywhere because when a clone is made its brain is damaged forever because of the crude law.  Matteo’s life is saved, and he is forced to set out to live as normally he can while being a clone.

Mateo Alacran, the clone of El Patron, is forced to live his life in Opium where he is ignored, hated, and shunned by everyone except for his “father,” El Patron, his adopted mother Celia, and trusty bodyguard Tam Lin.  The only reason Mat is not banned or enslaved from Opium is because of El Patron’s orders to protect Mat.  But how long will those orders stay true?  Mat is confused why clones are hated and determined to find his destiny.  Can Mat survive in a place where he is hated?  Is their a place where he will be accepted as a normal boy, or is he destined to live his life forever thought of as a dirty clone?  Why does he exist in the first place?

Nancy Farmer does an amazing job of creating a problem so intriguing that you are forced to read on.  She adds the thoughts and feelings of Mat and great description of Opium and its rules.  The people of Opium are so different from our world now that you have to pay close attention to everything that happens or you will be lost.

I highly recommend this book to everyone who enjoys action, suspense, and mystery because you will love figuring out the purpose of Mat’s existence alongside of him.  For example, when Mat sees a brain damaged clone, he wonders how he can be a clone too and thoughts cloud his brain.  You experience all his thoughts and clues to solving the mystery with him.  Nancy Farmer creates such a crude and unfair future with many twists and turns you will be intrigued to read more and won’t be able to put this book down until Mat is safe along with the people of Opium and the rest of this future world.  In this amazing book, Nancy Farmer teaches about friendship, loyalty, and what it means to risk everything to right the wrongs of the world even if you’re only a clone, powerless and never meant to be.


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