Stars — 4/5
Summary — The company says Otherworld is amazing — like nothing you’ve ever seen before. They say it’s addictive — that you’ll want to stay forever. They promise Otherworld will make all your dreams come true.
Simon thought Otherworld was a game. Turns out he knew nothing. Otherworld is the next phase of reality. It’s everything you’ve ever wanted.
And it’s about to change humanity forever.
Welcome to the Otherworld. No one could have seen it coming.
Thoughts — I loved Otherworld. It was funny and somewhat serious at the same time. It almost felt like reading about a possible future for our world, just because in reality, technology is so advanced now that it’s kind of scary. The characters in Otherworld all had their own attributes that made them, them. Like, Simon had his nose, or Kishka as he called it.
Simon was my favorite character. He was hilarious even though his parents didn’t seemed like they cared at all. His childhood wasn’t full of loving memories and his parents were rich and constantly gone. That just made me love him more. I’ve also found that characters with the name Simon have gone through so much, but they have a great sense of humor.
Another thing that was great about this book was that I got to meet Jason Segel and Kirsten Miller at Yallfest a couple of weeks ago and it was amazing. They were hilarious and I stood in line for twenty minutes to get the book signed. Their panel was awesome!
Age — 13+
Summary – The Renegades are a syndicate of prodigies — humans with extraordinary abilities — who emerged from the ruins of a crumbled society and established peace and order where chaos reigned. As champions of justice, they remain a symbol of hope and courage to everyone … except the villains they once overthrew.
Nova has a reason to hate the Renegades, and she is on a mission for vengeance. As she gets closer to her target, she meets Adrian, a Renegade boy who believes in justice — and in Nova. But Nova’s allegiance is to a villain who has the power to end them both.(Goodreads)
Thoughts – I absolutely loved Renegades! It took me less than a day to read it. I couldn’t put it down, just like I couldn’t put down any of The Lunar Chronicles books or how Heartless was impossible to stop reading. That’s what I love about Marissa Meyer’s books — they pull you in and they won’t let you out until you’ve devoured the entire story.
This month, I was lucky enough to meet Marissa Meyer and see her in a panel with Cassandra Clare which was amazing! She was super nice and I got Cinder and Heartless signed. I wrote a review on YALLfest so go check that out!
My favorite character in Renegades would have to be Nova. She was strong and though her abilities weren’t showy, they were silent and powerful. On the other hand, my least favorite character was Ingrid, she was just horrible to the other Anarchists.
I highly suggest this to anyone that likes superheroes or anyone that enjoyed Marissa Meyer’s other books.
Age – 12+
Review by: apiazza4
Umberland, the second book in the Everland series, by Wendy Spinale is a remade version of Alice in Wonderland. This series is about the deadly Horologia virus ripping through the world. The English were working on the virus in a lab but the Blooded Queen of Germany strategically bombed this lab so that the virus got released into the air. Everyone is falling ill and there is no end in sight.
In this book, Doc finds the Professor’s journal that includes a missing ingredient of the virus. This ingredient is a poisonous apple from a tree that supposedly no longer exists. With this new information, Doc realizes they aren’t sick at all – they are poisoned. He needs this apple to make an antidote. Countless people are depending on it and he must enlist the help of someone crazy to retrieve the apple. Since Doc needs to stay and care for the ill, Duchess Alyssa of England goes to the Maddox Hadder, who knows how to get the apple. The apple tree is in the middle of the Bloodred Queens labyrinth. This is already extremely dangerous, but with two of the Bloodred Queen’s men looking for the same thing, it is even more so. With the Duchess gone and the Queen too ill to rule, England goes into chaos.
I liked this book because it was a twist on regular fairy tales and it combined a lot of different fairy tales into one interesting story. I recommend this book because it is very interesting and you will not be able to put it down.
Linh Cinder is a cyborg in New Beijing, working for her stepmother, Adri. Cinder is a mechanic who works with Iko, a droid. The world is being taken over by the plague letumosis, and the emperor of the Eastern Commonwealth had recently caught the disease. One day Prince Kai comes to visit Cinder, and he gives her a droid that had stopped working. He jokingly said how it held vital information, but Cinder believes that it actually might not just be a joke. Above all of this The Lunar Queen is plotting to become the empress of the Eastern Commonwealth. With her job and her stepmom blaming her for her stepsister catching the plague, Cinder has to fix Kai’s mystery droid and the whole world is in danger of the Lunar Queen, Levana. No one is aware that the world’s fate relies on just this poor mechanic.
Cinder is written by Marissa Meyers, and is the first book in the Lunar Chronicles. It is a dystopian novel that takes place after “World War IV”. It is a great book and I would recommend it to anyone who enjoys futuristic novels. It stops with a cliffhanger and is continued with the second book, Scarlet. This book is a very interesting and detailed book. It was fun learning about the new technologies that played a large role in the book. It is a great read and related to the famous Cinderella.
Warning: If you have not read the previous two books in the Mortality Doctrine Series, there are spoilers!
Michael used to love going into the Virtnet. Now every time he goes in, he is risking his life. And Kaine’s master plan is nearly complete. The Mortality Doctrine is slowly blurring the line between the Virtnet and real life. Agent Weber having failed and lost Michael’s trust, Michael has to trust new and unexpected allies. But are these people worthy of being trusted? The Burn-and-Pillage-y Trilogy has to put an end to Kaine’s plan before the world is over run with Tangents.
The Game of Lives is the 3rd and final book in the Mortality Doctrine Series. It has multiple plot twists and a rather happy ending. Although, I personally hated the ending. Throughout the whole series it made Maze Runner references, which bothered me a lot. I know that James Dashner wrote both series, but it just bothered me that they referenced it and the two series kind of merged. And the ending was a little bit of a cliffhanger. So if you don’t mind references from The Maze Runner and a cliffhanger at the end I would recommend this book to you. This whole series was a bit weird, but I eventually just finished the book just to find out the ending, not because it was good. This series definitely is not my favorite dystopian trilogy, but if you’re just looking for a book to read I would turn to this one.
Warning: Do not read if you haven’t read The Eye of Minds! There are spoilers!
Everything was fake. Or was it? Michael is a Tangent, and his whole life was in Lifeblood Deep until he finished the Path and took over Jackson Parker’s body, unintentionally. Soon he finds out that Jackson has a girlfriend and parents and little sister, who are on a vacation. Two men show up and say they work for Kaine. They take Michael to see Kaine, but Michael just barely gets away. After he escapes he knows he has to find his best friends, Sarah and Bryson. As Michael gets the Trifecta to Dissect-ya back together, Kaine is working to spread the Mortality Doctrine worldwide. Tangents have already began to take over human bodies. But as the chaos spreads through the VirtNet, the VNS prefers to pretend that everything is okay. Michael and his friends have to take on Kaine, with the virtually useless help from the VNS. Agent Weber has a plan to take down Kaine, and since Michael has no other plan they decide to work with her. But did Michael put his trust in the right people? And will Agent Weber’s plan work? Read the 2nd book to the Mortality Doctrine series to find out.
The Rule of Thoughts is the sequel to The Eye of Minds and I personally loved it. Although I hated the plot twist at the end of book one, I accepted it. This novel is a great book if you’re looking for a thriller that will keep you turning the pages. And I would not recommend reading this book at night, because you will be up all night reading it. Anyone who enjoys dystopian novels definitely should also try out the Mortality Doctrine series.