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02.09.13 | Comment?

taking place in dystopian worlds:

book cover courtesy of SyndeticsThe Testing, Joelle Charbonneau (325 pages) – The Seven Stages War left much of the planet a charred wasteland. The future belongs to the next generation’s chosen few, who must rebuild it. But to enter this elite group, candidates must pass The Testing – their one chance at a college education and a rewarding career. Cia Vale is honored to be chosen as a Testing candidate, eager to prove her worthiness as a University student and future leader of the United Commonwealth. But on the eve of her departure, her father’s advice hints at a darker side to her upcoming studies.

First lines: “Graduation day. I can hardly stand still as my mother straightens my celebratory red tunic and tucks a strand of light brown hair behind my ear. Finally she turns me and I look in the reflector on our living area wall. Red. I’m wearing red.”

book cover courtesy of SyndeticsBZRK Reloaded, Michael Grant (432 pages) – In the second instalment of the series, the entire BZRK cell – including Noah and Sadie – has been left in pieces after the last round of battle with the Armstrong Twins, conjoined brothers who plot to rob mankind of its free will. Vincent’s mind is shattered, and his memories hold dangerous secrets – secrets that Lear, BZRK’s mysterious leader, will stop at nothing to protect. Meanwhile, Bug Man has taken control of the President’s brain, but playing with sanity is a dangerous game. The consequences can spiral way out of control, and the Armstrong Twins are not people Bug Man can afford to disappoint.

First lines: “Vincent felt the laugh building inside him. It was like a build-up of steam in a covered pot. Like a volcano whose time to erupt has come at last. He was being torn apart.”

book cover courtesy of SyndeticsRun For Cover, Eva Gray (207 pages) – In a terrifying new world, four girls must depend on one another if they want to survive. Rosie finds herself running for her life – again (check out the first time here). But this time she’s got Louisa – who can be okay sometimes, Maddie – who can’t stop complaining and Evelyn – the girl with a million conspiracy theories, along with her. If she weren’t so scared, Rosie would be totally annoyed. But one of Evelyn’s theories was right: the boarding school the girls were sent to belongs to the Alliance, the wrong side of the War. Rosie has no choice to run – and no one to rely on but her new friends. Whether she likes it or not.

First lines: “I’m not like the other girls. Louisa and Maddie and Evelyn – it’s like we’re from totally different planets.”

book cover courtesy of SyndeticsIcons, Margaret Stohl (428 pages) – When the Icons landed, everything changed. They called it The Day. The day the windows shattered. The day the power stopped. The day Dol’s family dropped dead. Earth lost a war it didn’t know it was fighting. Since then, Dol has lived a simple life in the countryside, far from the nearest Icon and its terrifying power. Hiding from the one truth she can’t avoid. Dol is different. She survived. Why?

First lines: “One tiny gray dot, no bigger than a freckle, marks the inside of the baby’s chubby arm. It slips in and out of view as she cries, waving her yellow rubber duck back and forth. Her mother holds her over the old ceramic bathtub. The little feet kick harder, twisting about the water.”

book cover courtesy of SyndeticsStorm Thief, Chris Wooding (387 pages) – Rail is lucky. The storm thief only took his breath. He wears a respirator now, but at least he didn’t die. There’s little hope in a the city of Orokos, where strange, dangerous storms rearrange the streets and turn children into glass. Until Rain and his friend Moa unearth a mysterious object, that could hold the key to the secret at the heart of Orokos. But there are others, such as the Chief of the Protectorate Secret Police who would do anything to get their hands on that power. Anything at all…

First lines: “The seabird slid through the black sky beneath the blanket of cloud, its feathers ruffling fitfully as it was buffeted by the changing winds. The ocean was the colour of slate. It bulged and warped in angry swells. Above, spectral light flickered within the thunderheads, and the air boomed.”

book cover courtesy of SyndeticsThe 5th Wave, Rick Yancey (457 pages) – After the 1st wave, only darkness remains. After the 2nd, only the lucky escape. And after the 3rd, only the unlucky survive. After the 4th wave, only one rule applies: trust no one. Now, it’s the dawn of the 5th wave. On a lonely stretch of highway, Cassie runs from Them. The beings who only look human, who roam the countryside killing anyone they see. Who have scattered Earth’s last survivors. To stay alone is to stay alive, until Cassie meets Evan Walker. Beguiling and mysterious, Evan may be her only hope for rescuing her brother and even saving herself. Now she must choose: between trust and despair, between defiance and surrender, between life and death. To give up or to get up. Cassie Sullivan gets up.

First lines: “There will be no awakening. The sleeping woman will feel nothing the next morning, only a vague sense of unease and the unshakable feeling that someone is watching her. Her anxiety will fade in less than a day and will soon be forgotten.”

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