Fuse by Julianna Baggott

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image_126Genre: Sci-Fi/Fantasy/Dystopian

Sequel to Pure

Spoilers for Pure may be contained.

The story starts right where it left off, with Pressia, Bradwell and El Capitan working together at OSR and Partridge and Lyda with the Mothers. Before long, Partridge is headed back into the Dome, leaving the others behind to deal with the Dome’s newest threats and try frantically to decipher the information contained in the black box they acquired in the last book. Continue reading »

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Pure by Julianna Baggott

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Check out my review for Fuse, the sequel to Pure.

Genre: Sci-Fi/Fantasy/Dystopian

Winner 2013 Alex Award, the ALA’s award for “books written for adults that have special appeal to young adults.”

We’ve all read some version of this story. It’s yet another take on a dystopian/post-apocalyptic future, joining the countless others riding the coattails of The Hunger Games but never quite living up to it. It’s pretty similar in many ways to Hunger Games, Matched and Under the Never Sky, to name just a few. However…these books are totally my guilty pleasure, and this one didn’t disappoint. Continue reading »

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Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan

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Genre: Realistic fiction/mystery

Winner 2013 Alex Award, the ALA’s award for “books written for adults that have special appeal to young adults.”

Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore was a good read that didn’t quite deliver in the end. It started out promising and did keep me reading for most of it – I love a good mystery, especially one that contains ancient knowledge hidden in dusty old books. I did read it over a much longer period that was optimal – life got in the way for a bit, and also my toddler kept hiding it on me – so that broke up the momentum a bit. Overall it ended up being a good read with a few things wrong.  I would not design a unit around this but it could be a fun outside read for the right sort of student…I would recommend maybe 9/10th grade or 11/12 for students who need an easier read. Continue reading »

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