Becoming a Champion

“By early 2058, the United States government ceased to exist altogether…”

champion.inddA review of Marie Lu’s Champion, by Jaziel Zapata.

Lu’s Legend trilogy comes to its finale with her novel, Champion, a story that revolves around the characters of Day and June. Day is a wanted criminal turned hero and June is a solider turned vice president. These two have a connection that was previously shown in Lu’s past two novels and continues to grow in Champion. In a world where the polar ice caps have melted, drowning part of the known world, and countries are coming together to form confederations, both Day and June find themselves trying to keep their Republic from crumbling.

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The Struggle to Pledge Allegiance

Allegiant by Veronica RothA book review of Veronica Roth’s novel Allegiant, by Jessica Dunn.

After ripping through the first two novels of the Divergent series so quickly, I was expecting Allegiant have the same grip on my literary eyeballs. While I still zoomed through with excitement, I must admit I was not left with the same adrenaline rush that I experienced in the first two books.

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Insurgent Surges with Intrigue

InsurgentHC-jkt-des4A review by Jessica Dunn

Veronica Roth created a futuristic dystopian society set in various areas of the Chicago city limits. The city and society is organized into five different factions–each one representing a different value and role in society. Continue reading

The 5th Wave Review

5Wave16101128A review by Jaziel Zapata

Rick Yancey creates a world where trust is a luxury and the ability to kill is a must. His book, The 5th Wave, tells a tale of an alien invasion. Four prior alien waves have reduced human population to the bare minimum. The book follows Cassie Sullivan and her family as they go through the four waves and builds in anticipation toward the firth attack. We see the weight of the world dropped on teenage shoulders as Cassie tries to survive on her own and keep humanity’s last hopes alive. However, this is not an ordinary alien invasion.

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YA Fascination With the Extreme

A commentary by Jessica Dunn

hunger-games-mockingjay-pinThe surge of attention surrounding Veronica Roth’s dystopian Divergent series in correlation with the popularity of Suzanne Collins’ dystopian Hunger Games series makes me question if female protagonist dystopian novels are simply trending, or if there’s a  deeper reason for their rise to film-adaptation status.

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