Book Review: Partials by Dan Wells

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Kira Walker is a plague baby-one of the last children born before the devastating RM disease was released, causing all newborns to die within 48 hours. After interning in the maternity ward and witnessing firsthand the desperation and desolation the doomed infants cause, she is determined to cure RM and save the dwindling human race. Her plan is to capture one of their greatest enemy, the releasers of RM-the Partials, and study it. Breaking numerous laws, Kira and her loyal band of friends make their way through the dangerous lands held by rebellious human fractions and enter the wild land of the half-robot, incredibly strong Partials.

A transfixing sci-fi tale with a subtle lesson in acceptance, this story is a mixture of the most popular elements-action, romance, and adventure. Kira is a believable character, her intense drive to cure RM offset by her relationship problems with long time boyfriend Marcus. Courageous and confident, she lets her heart take the lead when her head is unsure. Her slow transformation from naive citizen to borderline rebel was perfectly done. I recommend this book to anybody who craves a thrilling and eerily realistic tale that is bound to have a sequel.

I’d rate this four stars — I loved it!

Reviewed by Marissa, age 15

Book Review: Legend by Marie Lu

In the future the republic and the colonies are at war. Then, a thief name Day meets a Republican named June. They find out some secrets they should not know according to the Republic. I particularly liked it when Day spit in Thomas’ face. There was nothing I didn’t like –  I completely enjoyed the book.

I would recommend this to anyone. It was a great book. It has an element of mystery in it.

Rating: 5 stars

– Reviewed by Spencer, grade 6

Book Review: Goliath by Scott Westerfeld

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Dylan and Alek are off to the Siberian wilds to pick up a mystery passenger who turns out to be an eccentric inventor claiming his latest invention – “Goliath” – is powerful enough to stop the war. Alek and Dylan become divided over whether or not to trust Tesla’s odd invention. Then Dylan’s (or Deryn’s) biggest secret is revealed to Alek — will their friendship survive?

Even though I haven’t read Behemoth, I had no trouble understanding what was going on. The plot was action-packed and the Darwinian creatures as creative as they were in the first book. The similar cover styles make this trio easily identifiable and the drawing add a unique flair to the books. This is a wonderful addition to the Leviathan series –a powerful book full of action, adventure, and two types of love — the kind between friends and something stronger. I hope another book is on the way!

Reviewed by Marissa, age 14