In Thomas’ debut novel, we meet Starr, a teenager who has learnt to act differently in the two worlds she lives in: a poor neighbourhood struggling with gang crime and the contrasting private school she attends in the suburbs. Her life changes completely when she is the sole witness to the fatal shooting of Khalil, her best friend who was unarmed when a police officer pulled the trigger. She is soon dragged into protests and riots as she struggles to make the officer pay for what he did and bring justice for Khalil.
In Veronica Roth’s latest novel, we are taken to a dystopian galaxy, powered by the ‘current’ – a mysterious force powering everything in the planet system. We meet Cyra, the sister of the ruler of Shotet, a nation on the planet of Thuvhe. Her ‘currentgift’, a unique ability caused by the current flowing through her, means that she suffers from chronic pain and can in turn cause pain to others through touch. Her reputation causes the citizens of Shotet to fear her, and they don’t see her for who she truly is. Everything changes the day she meets Akos Kereseth, from the nation of Thuvhe, enemies of the Shotet people. At first, they think they couldn’t be more different, but as they begin to get to know each other, they realise stereotypes mean nothing when you have to survive…
In a controlling dystopian society, the government dictates what your job will be, who you will marry and when you will die. For 17-year-old Cassia, it’s her chance to be ‘matched’ with her partner for life. He’s supposed to be the perfect match, but she begins to fall in love with someone else and begins to wonder whether her society would be better if people could decide for themselves…
Every night since his mum started treatment for cancer, Connor O’Malley has suffered from the same nightmare. One night, it’s different. At exactly 12:07, the Monster, formed from a yew tree, goes walking. In return for telling 3 tales Connor must tell him something he has told no one – the truth.
In the second installment of The Mortal Instruments series Clary, the protagonist, is still learning what it means to be a Shadowhunter and finding out more about the world that has been kept hidden from her until recently. Clary encounters werewolves, vampires, warlocks and faeries as she tries to figure out how to wake her mother from a magically induced coma and how to stop her father from bringing evil to the Shadowhunting world.
Hello! Alyssa here. As fictionforteens.com enters its 3rd year I thought I’d look back through by book reviews from the past year and pick out my favourites for you. Please click on the title of each book to see the full review.
Say her name, Juno Dawson
Say her name is based around the legend of Bloody Mary, but with a twist. A group of teenagers try to summon the ghost of Bloody Mary, unaware of the consequences. The tension in the book grew as the story went on, making it very gripping. The plot twists were completely unpredictable as the reason behind the events in the book were slowly revealed.
Chaos Walking trilogy:
The Knife of Never Letting Go
The Ask and the Answer
Monsters of Men
By Patrick Ness
After reading other books by Patrick Ness and really enjoying them, I was eager to read the Chaos Walking trilogy. I really like the writing style and the vivid characters which really came to life, especially Todd, the protagonist of the trilogy. I saw A Monster Calls In the cinema last week and absolutely loved it, so I’ve bought the book and I will review it soon.
City of Bones by Cassandra Clare
City of Bones is the story of Clary Fray who finds out that she is a Shadowhunter, half-angel demon slayers tasked with keeping the human world safe. Clary and her friends encounter vampires, warlocks and werewolves in this action-packed fantasy novel. I’ve already begun reading the second book, City of Ashes which I’m enjoying so far.
Are there any books you’ve enjoyed recently? Please let me know in the comments!
Holding Up the Universe tells the story of two teenagers called Libby and Jack. Libby, a girl whose struggle with weight led to her becoming trapped in her house, finds that since that event people have struggled to forget that she was once “America’s Fattest Teen”. Jack, on the other hand, has been hiding his prosopagnosia (face blindness) from his friends and family. As the pair get to know each other, they learn that it’s what a person is like on the inside that counts.
Fifteen-year-old Clary Fray is a normal teenager, or so she thinks. One night, on a visit to a Manhattan nightclub, she witnesses the murder of a seemingly innocent boy. She later finds out that the ‘innocent’ boy was a demon, and the attackers were Shadowhunters, half-human, half-angel and tasked with keeping the human world safe from demons. When Clary discovers she too is a Shadowhunter, she begins to realise that all the stories of vampires, warlocks and werewolves are true…
Monsters of Men is the final instalment in the Chaos Walking series. After fighting the army of The Answer, the Mayor has another enemy to worry about — the native species, known as the Spackle. Meanwhile, Todd is doing everything he can to make sure Viola, his best friend, is safe. When the Mayor begins to struggle fighting the Spackle forces, he must make some difficult decisions to ensure the safety of the people of New Prentisstown.
Sitting in a sunny courtyard under a pomegranate tree, Dilvan Haco, a kurdish teenager, struggles to come to terms with what she saw earlier. A kurdish soldier called Rehana gives her a diary, and tells her to write down everything that happens to her, from leaving her village to watching her mother being kidnapped, because one day, the world will want to hear her story…From that day onwards, Dilvan keeps a diary as a testament to what happens to her and family.
This book describes the beautiful scenery perfectly, with a very contrasting subject matter. Most importantly, it shows the effect of war on children like Dilvan and her family, and it was an eye-opening for me to read. Dilvan and Rehana were inspirational characters, always positive and strong, confident female role models. It is such a powerful book that I couldn’t put down. .
I would whole-heartedly recommend this book to anyone who is interested in world affairs or if you are interested in other cultures around the world.
My next review will be Monsters of Men, the conclusion to the Chaos Walking Trilogy.