Little Brother by Cory Doctorow


This book was entertaining, informative, and thought provoking. It’s about Marcus who leads a group of teenagers (and anyone under 25) through the Xnet against the DHS (Department of Homeland Security). Terrorists have blown up the Bay Bridge and Marcus is thought to be part of the terrorist groups and is held secretly in prison. He is finally released and starts to carry out his revenge against the DHS who consider him a terrorist. It explains several alternative technologies that are used in the book. This story could happen tomorrow or could be happening right now.



Book Crush by Nancy Pearl


This book is cool because it is just lists of recommended reading. It’s divided by age and genre, so you can find books that are just what you want. It’s for teens and kids, and there is another book that is for adults.



Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins


Book Jacket
      District 12 is gone, obliterated, and the same goes for almost everyone who ever lived there. Harbored in the supposedly-destroyed safe haven, District 13, Katniss learns that almost all of Panem is in revolt against the Capitol, but the people of the Districts are still afraid and uncertain. The military master-minds at District 13 tell her that only she can serve as a rallying point to them, a reason to continue the revolution. Katniss is forced to choose between becoming the face of the rebellion or allowing the Capitol to regain its hold on the Districts, which she knows would be more crushing and suffocating than ever. The rebellion grows hot all across Panem, and Katniss and her friends are thrown into the thick of it more than once. Ultimately, the fate of Katniss and everything and everyone she has ever known rests upon her own shoulders. The question is whether she will rise to the challenge or crumble under it.
      The author’s tune really changed with this book, and I wasn’t sure I liked the sound of it right from the start. Where the other two books were engaging and rife with action, Mockingjay was full of drama and anti-war sentiments. Ultimately, I completely disagreed with the theme of the book. Many main characters die unnecessarily and the book just leaves a bad taste in your mouth. The ending is dissatisfying and makes you wonder what the author’s intentions were all along.
      Nonetheless, I read the book in a day, and it’s definitely worth the read- just don’t expect a grand, magnificent ending that leaves you feeling good.  It’s unfortunate, but if you were a die-hard fan of the first two books, as I was, you too may be changing your tune when you read Mockingjay.


Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins


Book Jacket
      Having survived the Hunger Games with a stroke of luck and an unexpected twist of fate, Katniss returns to District 12, finding that life is now completely different- and will likely stay that way from now on. She begins to settle in again, glad to be home, but the Capitol has other plans. Katniss Everden, the “Girl on Fire”, is now spreading that flame to the people of the Districts, and with an almost certain revolution on their hands, the Capitol is forced to act in an unthinkable way. This time, she knows for certain, she’ll never be returning to Districit 12.
      If I thougt the The Hunger Games was riveting, it’s only because I hadn’t picked up Catching Fireyet. The book moves so quickly and is so action-packed that you’re almost afraid to blink for fear you might miss something. The characters become bold and redefine themselves, and the plot thickens and begs you to support Katniss and everyone who surrounds her. Make sure you have absolutely nothing clouding your schedule when you pick up this book, because if you have other things to do besides read, you’re going to be canceling them.
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