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TEEN CHALLENGE – Week 5

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It’s Week 5 of the Teen Challenge!  Halfway through the summer!  Can you believe it?  I can’t!

This week’s theme is Science Fiction and Adventure.  Often the two go hand in hand.  I’m a huge Sci Fi nerd, so I’m always happy to have that genre get some attention.

Check out this week’s challenges online or at your local library.  Get those challenges in, get your names in the draws.  May the force be with you and live long and prosper!

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Fairest – Levana’s Story (The Lunar Chronicles, Book 3.5)

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Fairest - Levana's StoryAs a prequel to the Lunar Chronicles, Fairest – Levana’s Story, written by Marissa Meyer, is a roller coaster of crazy incidents that will have you sitting on the edge of your chair with shock and anticipation. Join Levana throughout her painful childhood and the ugly truth of her adulthood. Her sister became Queen after their parents died and Levana suffered even more at her hands. Then, in some of the darkest times of her life, Levana finds someone who shines through the veil of despair – someone she had loved since a child. What starts off as innocent pining and muffled envy soon turns into a maniacal, desperate grab at his affections. Levana changes – becomes darker and more manipulative, deceiving herself the most. You will discover why she uses her glamour – why she values it so much – and why mirrors or any reflective objects will send her into a frenzy. It will shock you to the core, but whether it will change your view is yet to be determined.

Warning: it is not advisable to read this before reading the rest of the Lunar Chronicles, or you won’t really understand anything.

This book is a roller coaster. It starts off by explaining Levana’s situation – her family, her status, the Lunar community. Her situation isn’t all that different from ours and she had to deal with many of the problems we face today, including but not limited to being second best to a sibling.

The reason I say it’s a roller coaster is because it makes you feel so many different things throughout the book. See, Levana is the villain in the Lunar Chronicles, so when I first began reading, I was edging into the story cautiously. I start off with this negative image of Levana in my head and I’m expecting some sob story about a sad childhood or something.

And I got it.

I couldn’t help but sympathize with Levana when the author showed what her childhood was really like. But then Levana would do something crazy and I would be appalled once again. Then something tragic would happen and I would feel sorry. It just kept going like this. In the end, I came to a conclusion.

Some say that this story redeems Levana because it showed her motives. But personally, I do not feel that her motives justify her actions or make her any nicer. Sure we understand why she did the things she did and why she behaves the way she does. However, ultimately she’s deranged and some of the things she did were too extreme. No amount of sob stories and pathetic childhoods will ever excuse that.

The book was so action-packed and filled with plots and schemes. It was also slightly dark in the sense that a lot of terrible things happened – not so much that it would be considered a horror story, though. Everyone should read this book when they’re done the Lunar Chronicles. Brace yourselves for this worthy, riveting masterpiece.

Gone (The Gone Series, Book 1)

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GoneOne day, in the small town of Perdido Beach, everyone above the age of 15 disappears. Poof. Vanished into thin air. Why? No one knows. All that’s left are kids 0-14 years old. Confusion and panic ensue but the kids see that a world without adults can be fun and exhilarating. The kids in the town are soon joined by another group – the “troublemaker” kids from a nearby private boarding school. Together, they discover that some of them have mutations – super powers like telekinesis, healing, and shooting laser beams out of their hands. However, when supplies start running out and order begins to crumble without the adults, they begin to realize the dangers of living in such a world. The two leaders in the story clash in the struggle for power and survival. In the thrilling novel, Gone, by Michael Grant, a terrifying and ruthless world comes to life.

I’m going to tell you guys straight off the bat: this book is absolutely phenomenal. In fact, the whole series is just as riveting. Often compared to Golding’s masterpiece, Lord of the Flies, the book Gone contains the same darkness that added a thrilling element to the plot. It’s super intense, action-packed, and elaborately gives each character a part to play. But it is so much more than just a modern version of Lord of the Flies. It’s better, in my opinion.

One thing that made the book and series really stand out was the morbid aspect. It made the story so shocking and memorable in a way that personally, made me want to read it again and again. When you take into consideration the ages of the characters, you realize the gravity of the situation and how terrifying it actually is to be in their shoes. This is also a bit of a warning: the level of violence and scary things in this book is appropriate for most audiences. However, later in the series, things will become even more gruesome.

This book made me laugh and cry and I ranted about it to whoever I could whenever I could. Grant’s writing is simply outstanding and Gone is definitely a must-read.