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The Book Thief by Marcus Zusak (review by Shivani A. ’17)

The Book ThiefThe Book Thief by Markus Zusak
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Markus Zusack’s novel, The Book Thief revolves around Liesel Meminger’s life during the time period of World War II in Nazi Germany. The novel is narrated by an overworked personification of Death, who provides an interesting point of view throughout the story. Liesel first meets Death when she is nine years old, when she is forced to bury her six year old brother. This is also the first time she steals a book, called The Grave Diggers Handbook, the catch is Liesel is unable to read. Later she is deposited into a foster home as Liesel’s mother is unable to take care of her for mysterious reasons, and is handed into the care of the Hubermans. Liesel immediately warms to Hans Huberman with his gentle smile and his harmonious accordion playing. Their bond is only strengthened when Hans begins giving Liesel reading lessons. Through many twists and turns, Liesel soon befriends finds herself rebelling against Hitler in small ways. I found this book extraordinary with cunning wordplay, and depicting a variety of emotions including abandonment, insecurity, fear, and loss. Though the book was long, the emotions it evokes make it unforgettable. I found it an amazing, captivating read, as it kept me up for a ten hour plane ride. In my opinion, this book is more than worthy of five stars. – Shivani A. ‘17

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A Face Like Glass by Frances Hardinge (review by Shivani A. ’17)

A Face Like GlassA Face Like Glass by Frances Hardinge
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

In Caverna, a land underground our own, live the most skilled artists. They create wines that reveal truth, cheeses that can tell the future, and many more delicacies. However the one downside to living in Caverna is the people there are incapable of forming facial expressions. Facesmiths teach the people how to display their different emotions, at an expensive cost. It is here that Neverfell appears, with no memory, and a face so unlike the others she is forced to wear a mask, and never leave the safety of her home. One day Neverfell, thirsty for a glimpse of the outside world, strays away from her safe haven and is sent on a wild journey. This book is a good read if you are looking for a novel with a bit of childish innocence, revolving around a darker force. This book will cause you to shake and snicker both as you travel with Neverfell on her journey. Neverfell is immature and gullible. At times I felt the storyline was forced. However towards the second half of the book, the plot picked up pace and I found it much more enjoyable. If you are looking for a book different from the popular dystopian society novels on the shelves right now, yet still want a good book for the weekend, I would recommend A Face Like Glass. – Shivani A. ‘17

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The Maze Runner by James Dashner (review by Shivani A. ’17)

The Maze Runner (Maze Runner, #1)The Maze Runner by James Dashner
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Imagine one day waking up in an entirely new place, filled with frightening creatures, deadly curfews, and no personal memories. This is what Thomas experiences in The Maze Runner by James Dashner. Thomas first wakes up in a lift with his only memory is his name, and is soon deposited in a place called Glade. Much like the other Gladers, Thomas has no clue of his whereabouts. There is only one thing everyone there is sure of, every morning the giant stone doors that lead out to a deadly maze open, and every night they close. Not only that but every thirty days a new boy appears, never a girl. That all changes, however, when a girl holding a mysterious note appears in the lift. Soon Thomas is in a race against time, in an attempt to remember his memories before chaos is unleashed against Glade. This book is different and refreshing from the usual dystopian society novels, and will leave you wanting more. I found The Maze Runner more of a thriller, and it sparked my interest even though there was no love triangle, common in dystopian society novels, Instead this book thrives on thrill and sucks the reader in to the detailed plot revolving around Thomas. Though the book was entertaining I was unable to sympathize with Thomas. The Maze Runner lacks emotion, however the plot was so different I was still drawn to the book. Overall I would say this is a book that people of all ages will appreciate. – Shivani A. ‘17

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