After the president and Congress were executed, a religious group took over what was left of the United States, renaming it the Republic of Gilead. Women are forbidden from reading and must wear the (conservative) dress that signifies their class. They no longer own property and must travel in pairs or with assigned Guardians. The only value in a woman is her ovaries. Handmaids exist only to bear children for their assigned Commanders and their barren Wives. Offred, the narrator of this tale, is a Handmaid who has grown used to the system but is disgruntled with it.
America Chavez, the leader of the Ultimates, has decided to go to university. After saving the world from a new bad guy, she starts her first day at the university for superheroes. One professor seems to be out to get her, so she decides to make her assignment big and impressive. Marvel’s America #1 begins a new series for America Chavez.
Publisher: Amulet Books Pub. Date: 2016 Genre: Science Fiction, Middle Grade Pages: 263 Rating: 5 out of 5 Stars Vanguard One Middle School is hosting the Robot Integration Program. The Robot Integration Program was created to help one robot, Fuzzy, learn to be human without the Pinocchio magic. He writes his own code using “fuzzy”… Continue reading Fuzzy by Tom Angleberger and Paul Dellinger
Series: The Chemical Garden Trilogy, #1 Publisher: Simon & Schuster BFYR Pub. Date: 2011 Genre: Dystopian YA, Romance Pages: 358 Rating: 4 out of 5 Stars Designer babies became the norm when the scientists discovered how to make a baby that would have a long lifespan and be immune to most illnesses, including cancer. The… Continue reading Wither by Lauren DeStefano
Synopsis from the Inside Cover: Mare Barrow’s world is divided by blood—those with red and those with silver. Mare and her family are lowly Reds, destined to serve the Silver elite whose supernatural abilities make them nearly gods. Mare steals what she can to help her family survive, but when her best friend is conscripted… Continue reading Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard
Synopsis from Goodreads: A nomadic alien species found itself trapped on a new-born Earth billions of years ago. And they were here just long enough to leave a legacy behind – buried in our DNA. 1713 – Captain Jack Finnegan’s remarkable success as a pirate and privateer turns out to be something much deeper. He’ll… Continue reading The Pandora Chronicles: Book 1 by Ryan Attard
Synopsis from Goodreads: Fifty years ago The Commander came into power and murdered all who opposed him. In his warped mind, the seven deadly sins were the downfall of society. To punish the guilty, he created the Hole, a place where sinners are branded according to their sins. Sinners are forced to live a less… Continue reading Branded by Abi Ketner & Missy Kalicicki
Synopsis from the Author’s Website: Incapable. Awkward. Artless. That’s what the other girls whisper behind her back. But sixteen-year-old Adelice Lewys has a secret: She wants to fail. Gifted with the ability to weave time with matter, she’s exactly what the Guild is looking for, and in the world of Arras, being chosen to work… Continue reading Crewel by Gennifer Albin
Lois Lowry’s Gathering Blue (the second book in The Giver Quartet) is about Kira, the two-syllable orphan with a twisted leg, who is spared by the all-powerful Council of Guardians. They want to use her gift of weaving to be the “designer of the future” (179) once she has completed re-threading the Singer’s Robe. My friend chided… Continue reading Gathering Blue by Lois Lowry
Synopsis from Goodreads: A searing, post apocalyptic novel destined to become Cormac McCarthy’s masterpiece. A father and his son walk alone through burned America. Nothing moves in the ravaged landscape save the ash on the wind. It is cold enough to crack stones, and when the snow falls it is gray. The sky is dark.… Continue reading The Road by Cormac McCarthy