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Snow, wind, relentless cold and the need to survive in a government controlled society are but a few of the obstacles Willo must overcome to find  out where he belongs. When his family disappears from the mountain where they have sought refuge from government controlled settlements, Willo sets out to find them and return to the clean air, fresh meat, and relative comfort of living in the forest. Along the way he discovers that his father was not who he said he was and that people in the settlement are seeking to find Willo and bring him to safety. Government soldiers are doing everything in their power to make sure that doesn’t happen. After the Snow is full of nail-biting adventure and the consequences of too much government involvement in the lives of people faced with a crisis.

 

Reviewed by Mrs. Vaughn

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If ABC’s The Bachelor, The Hunger Games, and Ally Condie’s Matched got together and had a baby, The Selection would be the resulting bundle of joy. The story takes place in a futuristic United States which is no longer the US as we know it; it is now a monarchy that was established after gaining independence from China. It’s an interesting storyline. Add to this society a strict caste system where it’s difficult to date and marry “down” and, of course, a secret romance that has blossomed between our heroine, the beautiful yet humble America Singer and her impossibly handsome friend Aspen (ahem, Matched). As the prince, an only child, comes of age, an invitation is sent out to every available maiden in the land to apply for “The Selection”. If chosen to compete, the candidate’s family is immediately raised to a higher caste. The winner becomes, what else? The Princess. 35 girls are selected to live in the palace and compete for the Prince Maxon’s heart and hand. It’s a sort of Bachelor reaping, isn’t it?! Brokenhearted America applies and is selected to compete. She goes with a guarded heart, only intending to enjoy the abundance of food and to help her family, but when she gets to know the real Prince Maxon, things take an interesting turn. Beyond some catty girl behavior and strange, violent attacks by rebel groups, this is a fun, light young adult read, most definitely part one of a series, and would be a good read for anyone who is into the aforementioned pop culture.

Reviewed by Mrs. Archambault

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Divergent fans, hang on to your hats because you will not be disappointed with this second installment of the trilogy. *Disclaimer: as a librarian at an all girls’ school, I love a good story with a strong female hero. This one fits the bill.* The story picks up right where the first left off. This futuristic society is left reeling after the Erudite ( intellectual) faction has used a sort of mind control to use the Dauntless (fearless tattooed warriors) to essentially wipe out the selfless Abnegation who ruled their society’s government. Our hero, Tris, is shaken after seeing many of her friends and family killed in battle and she and her boyfriend Tobias have found temporary shelter with the peace-loving Amity. You will enjoy this roller coaster story as Roth does a great job helping you experience both the physical and psychological challenges that the characters endure. Can Tris and Tobias’ love overcome the conflict? Can murder in the name of survival be forgiven, even if it is your best friend who killed your loved one? Just how many Divergent are there among the factions and how have they come to be? I recommend this series for older readers who don’t mind a darker, sometimes violent story a la Hunger Games. It’s a page turner and I’m anxiously awaiting the final installment, coming sometime in 2013.

If you’re interested, a good fan site for the trilogy is here.

 

Reviewed by Mrs. Archambault

 

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If you liked The Hunger Games, you will love Divergent by Veronica Roth!

One choice can transform you. Pass initiation. Do not fail! In sixteen-year-old Beatrice Prior’s world, society is divided into five factions — Abnegation (the selfless), Candor (the honest), Dauntless (the brave), Amity (the peaceful), and Erudite (the intelligent) — each dedicated to the cultivation of a particular virtue, in the attempt to form a “perfect society.” At the age of sixteen, teens must choose the faction to which they will devote their lives. On her Choosing Day, Beatrice renames herself Tris, rejects her family’s group, and chooses to become Dauntless but does she really have all the Dauntless characteristics and no others? After surviving a brutal initiation, Tris finds romance with a super-hot boy, but also discovers unrest and growing conflict in their seemingly “perfect society.” Is she Dauntless or is she Divergent and doomed to live outside society completely?

Reviewed by Mrs. Vaughn

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