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book cover courtesy of SyndeticsFalling, Cat Clarke (72 pages) – It’s a hot summer night, Cam is having the party of the year, and Anna has big plans. Her best friend Tilly’s come out, and Anna wants to set her up with the only other gay girl in school. That should take the heat off Anna and her own guilt over cheating on Cam. As the party hots up, Anna sets off a chain of events that will change all their lives forever.

First lines: “You’re not supposed to kiss someone who ISN’T your boyfriend. It’s pretty much the first rule of relationships. But that’s what I did last night.”

book cover courtesy of SyndeticsStrangelets, Michelle Gagnon (272 pages) – 17-year-old Sophie lies on her deathbed in California, awaiting the inevitable loss of her battle with cancer. 17-year-old Declan stares down two armed thugs in a back alley in Galway, Ireland. 18-year-old Anat attempts to traverse a booby-trapped tunnel between Israel and Egypt. All three strangers should have died at the exact same moment, thousands of miles apart. Instead, they awaken together in an abandoned hospital—only to discover that they’re not alone. Three other teens from different places on the globe are trapped with them. Somebody or something seems to be pulling the strings. With their individual clocks ticking, they must band together if they’re to have any hope of surviving.

First lines: “Sophie Page felt herself getting closer. Every inhalation drew further apart from the previous one until there were measurable gaps between them.”

book cover courtesy of SyndeticsGolden, Jessi Kirby (277 pages) – Seventeen-year-old Parker Frost may be a distant relative of poet Robert Frost, but she has never taken the road less travelled. Valedictorian and quintessential good girl, she’s about to graduate high school without ever having kissed her crush or broken the rules. So when fate drops a clue in her lap – one that might be the key to unravelling a town mystery – she decides to take a chance.

First lines: “There’s no such thing as a secret in this town. But I’m keeping this one, just for today. I fold the letter once, twice, three times and slide it into my back pocket like a golden ticket, because that’s what it is. A ticket out.”

book cover courtesy of SyndeticsCrash, Lisa McMann (233 pages) – Jules lives with her family above their restaurant, which means she smells like pizza most of the time and drives their double-meatball-shaped food truck to school. It’s not a recipe for popularity, but she can handle that. What she can’t handle is the recurring vision that haunts her. Over and over, Jules sees a careening truck hit a building and explode and nine body bags in the snow. The vision is everywhere – on billboards, television screens, windows—and she’s the only one who sees it. And the more she sees it, the more she sees. The vision is giving her clues, and soon Jules knows what she has to do. Because now she can see the face in one of the body bags, and it’s someone she knows.

First lines: “My sophomore psych teacher, Mr. Polselli, says knowledge is crucial to understanding the workings of the human brain, but I swear to dog, I don’t want any more knowledge about this. Every few days I see it. Sometimes it’s just a picture, like on that billboard we pass on the way to school. And other times it’s moving, like on a screen. A careening truck hits a building and explodes. Then nine body bags in the snow.”

book cover courtesy of SyndeticsUnbreakable, Elizabeth Norris (479 pages) – Four months after Ben disappeared through the portal to his home universe, Janelle believes she’ll never see him again. Her world is still devastated, but civilization is slowly rebuilding, and life is starting to resume some kind of normalcy. Until Interverse Agent Taylor Barclay shows up, asking for Janelle’s help. Somebody from an alternative universe is running a human-trafficking ring – kidnapping people and selling them on different Earths. And Ben, with his unique abilities, is the prime suspect.

First lines: “Some days are so perfect, they just don’t seem real. They’re the days when you wake up and aren’t tired, when the sun is shining and the breeze kicks up from the ocean, keeping you from getting too hot or too cold, and everything you do goes right. Like you’re inside of a movie with your own soundtrack, where you’re so happy that you can’t help just spontaneously breaking into a smile. Some days are like magic.”

book cover courtesy of SyndeticsStung, Bethany Wiggins (290 pages) – There is no cure for being stung. Fiona doesn’t remember getting the tattoo on her right hand – the one she knows she must conceal at any cost. She doesn’t remember her world exploding. She doesn’t remember her house falling apart. She doesn’t remember humanity dividing. But it has, into those who have the tattoo and those that don’t. Those bearing the tattoo have turned into mindless, violent beasts that roam the streets and sewers, preying upon the unbranded, while a select few without tattoos live protected inside a fortresslike wall. But Fiona has woken up branded, on the wrong side of the wall and … normal.

First lines: “I don’t remember going to sleep. All I remember is waking up here – a place as familiar as my own face. At least, it should be. But there’s a problem.”

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