Review Crew Book Reviews by Genre: Science Fiction

Shatter Me
Mafi, Tahereh
5 stars = Bohemian Rhapsody Awesome!
Review:

Juliette’s story begins in an insane asylum/prison. She knows why she’s there. She deserves to be there. However, when they bring her an inmate, she doesn’t know how to react. Juliette has so much strength, but she doesn’t know how to find it or control it, yet. She begins as a frangible, scared girl but becomes a daring and powerful woman, thanks to the wonderful villains in this first novel. Because of Juliette’s transformation, any reader will find some strengths within themselves, as well. And unlike some trilogy’s, Juliette’s story just keeps getting better.

Reviewer Grade: 12

Reviewer's Name: Madison H.
Fahrenheit 451
Bradbury, Ray
4 stars = Really Good
Review:

This book has been given more credit than it probably deserves. However, it is still a great novel. Bradbury has such beautiful writing, it grabs you from the first sentence. The story is about a man, Montag, who lives in the future as a fireman. Unlike today’s firemen, though, Montag is a fire-starter. He burns houses that have a single book in them, since books are illegal in this future. Montag meets a young girl, though, that changes his perspective on his previous perception of why books are so bad. If you are itching to read something quick, good, and that will make you think, this is a book for you!

Reviewer Grade: 12

Reviewer's Name: Madison H.
Cinder
Meyer, Marissa
5 stars = Bohemian Rhapsody Awesome!
Review:

This is one of my favorite book series of all time. Overall, it is a mix between star wars and princesses, perfect for both genders. Rather than set in the past like Cinderella, though, Cinder lives in the future. International affairs on Earth are not so much a problem as the impending war with the Lunars, ruled by Queen Levana. Cinder and Prince Kai have to squash their feelings for each other for more serious matters such as the epidemic spreading quickly across the world as well as how to keep Levana happy, in order to prevent a war against all of Earth. Read this book for an epic, unique dystopian along with a fantastic, surprising ending.

Reviewer Grade: 12

Reviewer's Name: Madison H.
UnSouled
Shusterman, Neal
4 stars = Really Good
Review:

After discovering the identity of a woman that Proactive Citizenry has attempted to erase from history, Connor and Lev set out on a search to find her, believing that she may have answers that could help them to finally end unwinding.

Meanwhile, Cam tries to find a way to destroy Proactive Citizenry from the inside. He figures that if he can do that, Risa will finally see how he feels about her. After all, she's the only one who makes him feel whole.

Together, the four of them just might be able to change the world and put a stop to unwinding, once and for all.

This book was pretty good. The previous books were about survival and trying to come up with a plan to end unwinding, so it was nice to see the characters actually have one. After so long of just trying to survive, hope is finally in sight. It's funny how some kids that the world considered to be useless have actually impacted it so much.

Reviewer Grade: 12

Reviewer's Name: Alex M.
UnWholly
Shusterman, Neal
4 stars = Really Good
Review:

After the revolt at Happy Jack Harvest Camp, people are starting to question how ethical unwinding is. However, many big companies are making a profit off of it, and refuse to let the business collapse. In fact, they want it to grow.

One of these companies, Proactive Citizenry, has created a being made entirely out of unwinded body parts. Camus Comprix, a futuristic Frankenstein, struggles to find a sense of identity and belonging in a world that sees him as an abomination. In a twist of events, he finds his fate tied with Connor, Risa, and Lev. Together, they struggle to survive and find a way to put a stop to unwinding.

I liked this book. It made me question life a lot. It's sad how some companies will try to do anything to keep making money. Also, I liked how the concept of Cam was explored. It was nice to see inside his mind. It helped to make the reader understand that as terrible as his existence might be, he didn't choose this life and was a victim as well.

Reviewer Grade: 12

Reviewer's Name: Alex M.
Unwind
Shusterman, Neal
4 stars = Really Good
Review:

After a civil war somewhere in the near future is fought over abortion, a compromise is made. Parents could sign an order to "unwind" their children between ages of 13 and 18. 100% of their body parts would be used, so they wouldn't die; their individual body parts would live on.

The book follows three runaways as they travel across the country, trying to stay whole. If they survive until their eighteenth birthday, they can't be harmed - but when every piece of them is wanted by a world gone mad, eighteen seems far, far away.

I enjoyed this book. It was fun to watch as the characters grew and fought to survive in a world that didn't want them. It also made me think a lot. I know that it's fiction, but it's still scary to think that anybody would agree to unwinding. This book was a real eye-opener.

Reviewer Grade: 12

Reviewer's Name: Alex M.
Extras
Westerfeld, Scott
4 stars = Really Good
Review:

All Aya Fuse wants to be is famous. She dreams of the day where she'll be one of the top 1000, instead of just some irrelevant extra. When she sees some girls surfing the mag-lev trains, she's sure that she's found her rise to fame. Instead, she discovers a cataclysmic secret that may destroy the world as she knows it.

I liked this book. It was interesting to see how the world had changed after the mind-rain. Usually I'm not huge on spin-off type books, but this one worked out alright.

Reviewer Grade: 12

Reviewer's Name: Alex M.
Awards:
Specials
Westerfeld, Scott
3 stars = Pretty Good
Review:

Tally is now a Cutter, which is part of a new branch of Special Circumstances. It's her job to keep the uglies down and the pretties stupid. The Smokies are smuggling in pills that destroy the brain lesions that keep the pretties dumb and mellow. The New Smoke must be taken down, but with Tally's history with them, will she be able to do it?

I didn't like this book a lot. The cutting was a huge turn off for me; I understand why it was being done, but I didn't agree with how the author handled it. I just couldn't get hooked on this book. It was mediocre.

Reviewer Grade: 12

Reviewer's Name: Alex M.
Pretties
Westerfeld, Scott
4 stars = Really Good
Review:

Tally has finally become pretty. As she's waiting to see if she'll be allowed into the "Crim" clique, she runs into somebody from her past, and her whole new perfect life is turned upside down yet again. Now, she has to choose between fighting to forget or fighting for her life.

This book was alright. The plot felt a bit repetitive to me; it was the same basic concept as the first book. It wasn't too bad, though.

Reviewer Grade: 12

Reviewer's Name: Alex M.
Life As We Knew It
Pfeffer, Susan Beth
5 stars = Bohemian Rhapsody Awesome!
Review:

This is absolutely one of the best books I have ever read. This book is incredibly terrifying in a realistic fashion, and the series kept me hungry for more. It is about a natural disaster that leaves the world in ruins. The story of a young girl’s survival is absolutely phenomenal. This book will entertain any audience. If anyone is looking for a truly good book to read, here it is!

Reviewer Grade: 9

Reviewer's Name: Gerilyn M.
The Selection
Cass, Kiera
5 stars = Bohemian Rhapsody Awesome!
Review:

Going into this book I had no idea what it was about, but it was a very pleasant surprise! This book is a utopian novel with a little bit of a romantic twist. I absolutely loved how differently the US was depicted in this book. This book wasn't very predictable at all either! The plot was about a girl who was put in a competition to become queen of her country. It was practically The Bachelor meets The Hunger Games. I personally thought this was one of the best books targeted towards teen girls, that I have read all year. If you enjoyed Divergent, The Hunger Games, or The Giver this is another book for you!

Reviewer Grade: 9

Reviewer's Name: Gerilyn M.
Awards:
Uglies
Westerfeld, Scott
5 stars = Bohemian Rhapsody Awesome!
Review:

In this book, everyone is turned "Pretty" by extreme cosmetic surgery upon reaching the age of 16. Tally Youngblood can't wait until the day that she's finally pretty... that is, until she becomes best friends with a girl named Shay. When Shay runs away, Tally is denied the surgery she's spent her entire life waiting for. She must choose whether to betray her friend, or stay ugly forever.

I loved this book. I enjoyed the plot a lot. It was fun to watch as Tally's beliefs were challenged and she developed as a person.

Reviewer Grade: 12

Reviewer's Name: Alex M.
Frankenstein
Shelley, Mary Wollstonecraft
5 stars = Bohemian Rhapsody Awesome!
Review:

Frankenstein begins with Robert Walton, an explorer, writing letters to his sister about his journey to the North Pole. Along the way, he rescues a man named Victor Frankenstein from an ice drift. The story follows Frankenstein down memory lane as he tells Walton about his pursuit for knowledge and the deadly consequences that followed.

I really enjoyed this book. I've always been meaning to read it, so I'm glad that I finally did. I loved how it was written; the characters were highly intelligent, and the word choice did an excellent job of showing it. The only thing that I wasn't so huge on was the end. It felt a bit too abrupt to me. Regardless, I found this to be an excellent book.

Reviewer Grade: 12

Reviewer's Name: Alex M.
The 5th Wave
Yancey, Rick
4 stars = Really Good
Review:

This book is about an alien apocalypse that comes in 5 waves. Except the aliens – called the “others” – aren’t the traditional kind that most people picture. The book starts off after four of the five waves hit. The main protagonist, Cassie, is in a tent all alone in the forest. The thing that I liked the most about this book was the fast-paced writing, which made it entertaining and enjoyable. However, a few characters weren't as interesting in my opinion and sometimes appeared generic or like the standard character in YA/dystopian series. Also, to be overly critical, I thought there wasn't any logic to a few things in the story. Overall, though, this book was very entertaining and I read through it quickly.

Reviewer Grade: 8

Reviewer's Name: Camille A.
What's Left of Me
Zhang, Kat
2 stars = Meh
Review:

This book is about a society where children are born with two souls. As they get older, the recessive soul of the two disappears, while the dominant one becomes the only one controlling the body. However, in some people, the recessive soul doesn't completely disappear, making them a hybrid. The society in this book doesn't accept hybrids, which our main characters – Addie and Eva – happen to be. I thought this book was okay for the most part. It was interesting to see the different characters’ personalities and how they interacted with each other, especially when sharing a body. However, I thought the pacing was just too slow. It took forever for something important to happen. There are maybe two or three pages that actually feel fast-paced, at least in my opinion. Also, the whole point of the story isn't too clear, such as why the hybrids are viewed as a threat and not accepted in society.

Reviewer Grade: 8

Reviewer's Name: Camille A.
Fairest
Meyer, Marissa
3 stars = Pretty Good
Review:

This book focuses on the main antagonist of The Lunar Chronicles series: Levana, before she became the queen of Luna. This book explains many things that were mentioned in The Lunar Chronicles, and shows Levana’s journey from an unfortunate youth into the powerful queen. It was interesting to see the world through the younger Levana’s eyes, and understanding her past. This book also describes drastic steps she took in order to become the ruler of Luna. The setting for the story, the moon, was described and built from a unique perspective, which made it interesting to see Earth from the moon’s.

Reviewer Grade: 8

Reviewer's Name: Camille A.
Morning Star
Brown, Pierce
5 stars = Bohemian Rhapsody Awesome!
Review:

Action-packed and heartbreaking, Red Rising has no doubt become one of my favorite series of all time. Morning Star is a powerful conclusion to a thrilling series that left me satisfied with how the story concluded. There are many points where I just want to stop and write down all the quotes I love in the book. Pierce Brown writes beautifully and he did every justice to Morning Star. Since it's a sequel and the final book to a trilogy, I won't say much about what happen in case someone new to the series happens to stumble on this review. If you are new, what you need to know about Red Rising is that it's a sci-fi fantasy that borrows elements from mythologies. Red Rising is a phenomenal series and I hope that more people would pick up and give this book a try.
Reviewer Grade: 12

Reviewer's Name: Vy D.
Golden Son
Brown, Pierce
5 stars = Bohemian Rhapsody Awesome!
Review:

This book left me speechless so many times, shocked by the brutality that brought upon hopes and dreams for a race of the oppressed. War is ugly, yet Pierce Brown paints art and beauty to every word written in this book. There wasn't a moment that bore me. My heart broke many times for the characters in the book, for Darrow, for the young innocent boy he once was and the death stained Reaper he has become. We witnessed the rise of the Reaper in Red Rising and his fall in Golden Son. This is one of the best book I've read so far this year, possibly one of my all-time favorite book. I definitely highly recommend anyone who has already read Red Rising to continue with this book. For anyone who have not read or heard of the series: please pick it up. It is very much worth your time.
Reviewer Grade: 12

Reviewer's Name: Vy D.
Vicious
Schwab, Victoria
4 stars = Really Good
Review:

Actual Rating: 4.5

If you love anti-hero, this book is for you. Vicious follows the stories of Victor and Eli, a pair of brilliant, arrogant yet lonely college roommates who share ambition and interest in EO, ExtraOrdinary human being with unnatural superbeing abilities. Vicious blurred the line between heroism and villainy, a moral gray area we often find ourselves standing in. From roommates to enemies, Victor and Eli engaged in a game of cat and mouse that kept me on the edge of my seat throughout the book. It was a very thrilling and exciting read and I can't wait for the next book in the series.
Reviewer Grade: 12

Reviewer's Name: Vy D.
Awards:
Reached
Condie, Allyson Braithwaite
5 stars = Bohemian Rhapsody Awesome!
Review:

When Cassia and Ky finally find each other, they lose each other yet again. Cassia works for the Rising from within the Society, while Ky works for them from outside the borders. Nothing goes as planned, though, as the veil lifts and things shift once again.

This is definitely one of the best books that I've read in a while. It tied up the trilogy quite nicely. I've read so many great series with terrible endings, but this was not one of them. The entire book kept me captivated until the very last second.

Reviewer Grade: 12

Reviewer's Name: Alex M.

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