This book is older...than me, but they revamped the cover and have rereleased them, so they look cool and interesting. It worked.
Down a Dark Hall is about a girl named Kit whose parents (well, mom and step-dad) drop her off at a fancy boarding school. This boarding school is BEAUTIFUL. It is a very old mansion that has been renovated to make it look as though it was brand new, from the time it was originally built. Kit, while not happy about going off to the boarding school, is smitten with how gorgeous it is.
Eventually, the other students begin showing up, except that she quickly realizes that only four students will be enrolled in fall semester, which seems sort of strange to Kit. But, everyone seem nice and she quickly makes friends with the other three girls. Then, things get weird. Kit starts having weird and creepy dreams and she feels like something is wrong at the mansion. Then, one night, one of her classmates begins screaming hysterically about seeing something looking at her while she was sleeping.
This mostly makes Kit believe something is WRONG at this mansion, but what?
What do these four girls have in common that will help solve the mystery of this mansion and boarding school?
We Were Liars was recommended to me from a Reading teacher at TR. It's not the sort of book I usually pick up (you know, there's so zombies or vampires), so I wasn't sure. But, she assured me that the end was totally "messed up." So, I had to give it a try.
Cady (Cadence) is one of those annoying overly rich girls who spends her summers at Martha's Vineyard at her summer island (yes, island) with the rest of her family. Everyone is pretentious and irritating and I almost stopped reading the book early on for that reason. But, the TR teacher ASSURED me that it got better. She was right.
First, we learn all about their annoyingly rich life. Then, Cady zooms ahead where she talks about having an accident, and can't remember what happened. No one will tell her what happened, she keeps getting sent on all these fabulous vacations to keep her busy. But, she insists on returning back to the island two years later, to try and remember what happened.
What actually happened, came out of nowhere. Even rich people aren't exempt from tragedy.
I got a little worked up and immediately went to the library to pick up Requiem, the last book in this series.
I don't want to give too much away, but there's a lot of action in this last book. The resistance finally takes a stand. The book is also narrated between Lena and Hana, her best friend from the first book. Her story is interesting.
We also get to find out what happened to Alex.
I'm not entirely pleased with how this series ended; it was a little abrupt for me. But then, I'm rarely satisfied with the way books end--I want them to keep going.
Pandemonium is the sequel to Delirium.
This book is told in a future and present narration. We read about Lena when she first crosses the fence into the Wilds and then the present, where she has a new identity, and she's spying for the Resistance.
I don't want to say too much, in case you haven't finished the first book, but, there's a HUGE twist at the end!
This novel is a few years old, although I hadn't heard of it until I saw it on some YA Literature list. This is such a unique story. Wool takes place in a future where something has happened that makes the air outside toxic, as in, you die within minutes. So, to combat that, people now live in silos--like the kind farmers use to store seeds and grain, except much larger. So, the silos are cleverly organized by levels. The lower levels is where all the machines are that keep the power and all that running. The middle level is where the IT department is to keep the computers and programs running. The top levels are for special people like the mayor and the sheriff.
To keep things running smoothly in the silo, people are FORBIDDEN to talk about wanting to go outside. If you do, you get sent to clean.
If you're sent to clean, it means you go outside, in a special suit, and you have to clean the lenses that send feed of what's happening outside into the silo. Then, the toxins become too much and you die.
After the sheriff is sent to clean, a new sheriff is appointed by the mayor, who is unfortunately murdered the day the new sheriff starts. The sheriff starts to realize that things in the silo are NOT the way they should be. That there are lies, murders, and so much cover up, she's beginning to question everything she's ever known about living in the silo and the world outside.
This was such a unique story line. There are so many repeated dystopia stories, and Wool is unlike any I have read. They also recently sold the movie rights to this book.
I just finished Unsouled, book 3 of the Unwind series. I honestly thought this would be the last book in the series...clearly I was wrong.
So, Unwind is the first book in this series. It takes place in a modern America, where medical technology is far beyond what it is now. In fact, medical technology is such that it can use any part of the human body and use it to help heal someone else. This technology is where unwinding was developed. The process of unwinding keeps the collective consciousness alive, so if someone who is in a coma is unwound and used as a organ donor, the person doesn't really die, just lives on in someone else. Sounds great, right?
Wrong. The government then markets the idea of unwinding as a way to get rid of children who don't cause trouble. First, children who are in juvie a lot get sent to be unwound. Then, eventually, parents get to send their children to be unwound, when they feel that the child, usually a teenager, can't be helped anymore.
So, fast forward to Unsouled. A group of teens who were supposed to be unwound escaped from a Harvest Camp where unwinding happens, and are set to stop unwinding; to get society to understand that unwinding is not living forever in someone else, it's still murder and it's wrong. But, when it's so easy to get rid of people, can unwinding ever end?
It took me a while to get through this book. Not because it was bad, but because I've had a fever for nearly five days. Makes it hard to read a book!
Where She Went is the sequel to the book If I Stay. In If I Stay, Mia lies in a coma in the hospital, after surviving a car crash that kills the rest of her family. She gets to decide to live, or stay, or die and be with her family.
This sequel is from the perspective of Mia's boyfriend. It's a few years after the accident, and he's visiting New York before his band goes on a big tour. He's been thinking a lot about Mia and begins to try and understand what happened to her and what events led him to be in New York.
It's an interesting end to this series.
I'm an avid reader. One thing I've learned in my many years on this Earth is that no matter what is happening in your life, you can always benefit from temporarily escaping life in order to become absorbed in a make believe story.