The Hunt Series by Andrew Fukuda

hunt     1. The Hunt by Andrew Fukuda

     17-year-old Gene has lived alone since he was 10.  His family was killed by vampires who have taken over civilization.  It is only by his careful planning and following of society rules that he has managed to live among them, undetected.  Now he has been selected to participate in a hunt for the few remaining humans in captivity.  This exciting and fast-paced book kept me turning pages and sneaking every chance to read on.  I had to read the sequel, too!

prey     2. The Prey by Andrew Fukuda

     Now Gene finds himself running for his life along with the other humans from the hunt.  Is there anywhere safe from the vampires who have taken over civilization?  Gene and the others find a place that seems like the answer until more and more sinister things keep happening.  I rarely like sequels as much as the first book but this one was just as exciting with lots of plot twists and turns that kept me on the edge of my seat!

trap     3. The Trap by Andrew Fukuda

     This book comes out in November and I can't wait!  I will certainly be buying it for the library and, hopefully, among the first to put a hold on it!  If the first two books in this Trilogy were any indication, this one is bound to be a page-turner and full of surprises.


If you liked The Hunger Games!

If you liked The Hunger Games

Give these dystopian reads a try!

Enclave by Ann Aguirre
In a post-apocalyptic future, Deuce brings back meat while avoiding the Freaks outside her enclave, but when she is partnered with the mysterious outsider, Fade, she beings to see that the strict ways of the elders may be wrong — and dangerous.

Exodus by Julie Bertagna
In the year 2100, as the island of Wing is about to be covered by water, Mara discovers the existence of New World sky cities that are safe from the storms and rising waters.  Can she convince her people to find the cities in order to save themselves?  The adventure continues in Zenith.

The Compound by S.A. Bodeen
Eli and his family have lived in the Compound for 6 years.  The world they knew is gone.  Eli's father built the Compound to keep them safe.  Now they can't get out.  His father won't let them out.

Matched by Ally Condie
Cassia has grown up in The Society which dictates everything:  where to work, where to live, what to eat and wear, when to die, and whom to marry.  When Cassia is Matched with her best friend Xander, things couldn't be more perfect.  But things aren't what they seem in the Society.  The adventure continues in Crossed.

The Maze Runner by James Dashner
Thomas wakes up in the middle of a maze with no memory of his life.  He must work with the community of people also trapped in the maze if they are to escape.  The adventure continues in The Scorch Trials and The Death Cure.

The Pledge by Kimberly Derting
In a dystopian kingdom where the classes are separated by the languages they speak, Charlaina "Charlie" Hart has a secret gift that is revealed when she meets a mysterious young man named Max.

Wither by Lauren DeStefano
After modern science turns every human into a genetic time bomb where men die at age twenty-five and women die at age twenty, girls are kidnapped and married off in order to repopulate the world.  The adventure continues in Fever.

Incarceron by Catherine Fisher
To free herself from an upcoming arranged marriage, Claudia, the daughter of the Warden of a futuristic prison with a mind of its own, decides to help a young prisoner escape.  The adventure continues in Sapphique.

The Other Side of the Island by Allegra Goodman
Born in the eighteenth year of Enclosure, ten-year-old Honor lives in a highly regulated colony with her parents.  But when they have an illegal second child and are taken away, Honor and her friend Helix uncover a terrible secret about their island and the corporation that runs everything.

Epic by Conor Kostick
On New Earth, a world based on a video role-playing game, Erik persuades his friends to aid him in an unusual ruse in order to save Erik's father from exile and safeguard the futures of each of their families.  The adventure continues in Saga and Edda.

Ashfall by Mike Mullin
After the Yellowstone supervolcano erupts and destroys his city and its surroundings, Alex must survive in a transformed landscape and a new society in which all the old rules of living have vanished.

Delirium by Lauren Oliver
Lena looks forward to receiving the government-mandated cure that prevents the delirium of love and leads to a safe, predictable, and happy life.  But ninety-five days before her eighteenth birthday, Lena falls in love.  The adventure continues in Pandemonium.

Witch & Wizard by James Patterson
Whit and Wisty live under a ruling regime that will do anything in order to suppress life and liberty, music and books.  They and thousands of other young people are kidnapped when accusations of witchcraft are made against them.  The adventure continues in The Gift and The Fire.

Divergent by Veronica Roth
In a future Chicago, Beatrice must choose among five predetermined factions to define her identity for the rest of her life, a decision made more difficult when she discovers that she does not fit into any one group, and that the society she lives in is not perfect after all.  The adventure continues in Insurgent.

Glow by Amy Kathleen Ryan
Part of the first generation to be conceived in deep space, Waverly is expected to marry young and have children to populate a new planet, but a violent betrayal by the dogmatic leader of their sister ship could have devastating consequences.

Ashes, Ashes by Jo Treggiari
In a future Manhattan devastated by environmental catastrophes and epidemics, Lucy survives alone until she is forced to join Aidan and his gang.  Soon they learn that Lucy is the target of the Sweepers who kidnap and infect people with plague.

All These Things I've Done by Gabrielle Zevin
In a future where chocolate and caffeine are contraband, teenage cell phone use is illegal, and water and paper are carefully rationed, Anya Balanchine finds herself thrust unwillingly into the spotlight as heir apparent to an important New York City crime family.



Teen Book Review: The Selection

The Selection by Kiera Cass

Review by Anna, Sonoma Valley Branch

It is about 300 years in the future, and America has collapsed, and a nation called Illéa has taken its place. Among many changes from America, Illéa has a lottery. Thirty-five girls, only thirty-five, will be chosen at random from the entire country, and sent to the kingdom to live in. One of these girls will be chosen to marry Illéa’s prince, Maxon. Seventeen-year-old America Singer is one of these girls, but she wants nothing to do with the prince or the crown. But, the longer she stays away from home, the more confused she becomes about which future she wants.

 I loved this book. It is by far my favorite book that I’ve reviewed. This book combines The Bachelor TV show and fairytales, a combination that I love but others might not. The Selection is also a little bit like the Matched series, but I enjoyed this book much more. I would recommend the book to anyone that likes modernized fairytales, or anything I compared it to above. This book is an easy read, though, so don’t choose this book if you want something challenging.


Book Spotlight: Ashfall

Ashfall by Mike Mullin

Review by Phil, Librarian, Cloverdale Branch

When Alex’s family travels out of town for the weekend he plans on ditching his trigonometry homework and playing World of Warcraft – that is until something crashes through the roof of his house. Then the explosions start and communications go down. Soon ash has blanketed the world in an oppressive grey, and with the ash comes marauding bands and chaos. Adrift and alone Alex decides to hightail it out of town to try and find his family. On the road he encounters escaped convicts and people full of distrust. He also finds companionship and hope, but the question is will he find his family? And what will the post ashfall world be like?

Why I picked it up:

Seemed like an engaging premise, and was recommended to me as a read-a-like to Hunger Games.

Why I finished it:

I had to see what happened. I enjoyed the characters and the pacing, and it was chock full of suspense.

I'd recommend it to:

People who enjoyed Hunger Games, or any other apocalyptic or dystopian fiction.


Chaos Walking movie announced!

Did you love the Chaos Walking trilogy as much as I did?  It's just been announced that they are making it into a movie, hoping to find "the next Hunger Games!"

Hunger WHAT?  Chaos Walking needs no comparison– just read book one "The Knife of Never Letting Go" and see for yourself!  Click below to find a copy or place a hold–>

The Knife of Never Letting Go


Teen Book Review: The Declaration

  The Declaration by Gemma Malley

  Review by Anna, Sonoma Valley Branch

The Declaration by Gemma Malley is a futuristic novel about a world where no one dies.  Since no one dies, there's no room on Earth for children.  Children that are born illegally are called Surpluses, and are bound to a life of servitude.  Anna is a Surplus, and has lived her whole life thinking that she has a debt to pay off to Mother Earth, just because she was born.  Then one day, a Surplus, Peter, comes into her life, and changes everything about how she sees the world.

I loved this book.  I thought Gemma Malley created such a real world that you could see it happening.  The Declaration had lots of suspense, and turns in the plot that I didn't see coming.  I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys futuristic fiction.

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Reading List: Dystopia

Dystopia:  an imagined future in which a worst-case scenario is explored – the opposite of Utopia.

Feed by M.T. Anderson
Imagine a society dominated by the feed, an Internet/television hybrid that is directly hardwired into the brain.  Titus never questions his world, in which corporations dominate the information stream.  But everything changes when he and his pals travel to the moon for spring break.

Taken by Edward Bloor
In 2035 kidnapping rich children has become an industry, but when thirteen-year-old Charity Meyers is taken and held for ransom, she soon discovers that this particular kidnapping is not what it seems.

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
In a future North America, where the rulers of Panem maintain control through an annual televised survival competition pitting young people from each of the twelve districts against one another, sixteen-year-old Katniss' skills are put to the test when she voluntarily takes her younger sister's place.  First in a series.

Little Brother by Cory Doctorow
After being interrogated for days by the Department of Homeland Security in the aftermath of a major terrorist attack on San Francisco, seventeen-year-old Marcus, released into what is now a police state, decides to use his expertise in computer hacking to set things right.

The House of the Scorpion by Nancy Farmer
In a future where humans despise clones, Matt enjoys special status as the young clone of El Patron, the 142-year-old leader of a corrupt drug empire nestled between Mexico and the United States.

Gone by Michael Grant
In a small town on the coast of California, everyone over the age of fourteen suddenly disappears, setting up a battle between the remaining town residents and the students from a local private school, as well as those who have "The Power" and are able to perform supernatural feats and those who do not.  First in series.

Double Identity by Margaret Peterson Haddix
Thirteen-year-old Bethany's parents have always been overprotective, but when they suddenly drop out of sight with no explanation, leaving her with an aunt she never knew existed, Bethany uncovers shocking secrets that make her question everything she thought she knew about herself and her family.

Rash by Pete Hautman
Living in a future society that has decided it would "rather be safe than free", sixteen-year-old Bo's anger control problems land him a tundra jail where he survives with the help of his running skills and an artificial intelligence program named Bork.

The Carbon Diaries:  2015 by Saci Lloyd
In 2015, when England becomes the first nation to introduce carbon dioxide rationing in a drastic bid to combat climate change, sixteen-year-old Laura documents this first year as her family spirals out of control.  First in a series.

The Declaration by Gemma Malley
In 2140 England, where drugs enable people to live forever and children are illegal, teenaged Anna, an obedient "surplus" training to become a house servant, discovers that her birth parents are trying to find her.  First in series.

The Adoration of Jenna Fox by Mary Pearson
In the not-too-distant future, when biotechnological advances have made synthetic bodies and brains possible but illegal, a seventeen-year-old girl, recovering from a serious accident and suffering from memory lapses, learns a startling secret about her existence.

Life As We Knew It by Susan Beth Pfeffer
Through journal entries sixteen-year-old Miranda describes her family's struggle to survive after a meteor hits the moon, causing worldwide tsunamis, earthquakes, and volcanic eruptions.  First in series.

The Last Book in the Universe by W.R. Philbrick
After an earthquake has destroyed much of the planet, an epileptic teenager nicknamed Spaz begins to heroic fight to bring human intelligence back to the Earth of a distant future.

Mortal Engines by Philip Reeve
In the distant future, when cities move around consuming smaller towns, a fifteen-year-old apprentice is pushed out of London by the man he most admires and must seek answer in the perilous Out-County, aided by one girl and the memory of another.  First in series.

How I Live Now by Meg Rosoff
Fifteen-year-old Daisy runs away to England to stay with her aunt and cousins, with whom she instantly bonds, but soon war breaks out and rips apart the family while devastating the land.

Unwind by Neal Shusterman
In a future world where those between the ages of thirteen and eighteen can have their lives "unwound" and their body parts harvested for use by others, three teens go to extreme lengths to survive until they turn eighteen.

Memory Boy by Will Weaver
Sixteen-year-old Miles and his family must flee their Minneapolis home and begin a new life in the wilderness after a chain of cataclysmic volcanic explosions creates dangeroud conditions in their city.

Uglies by Scott Westerfeld
Everybody gets to be supermodel gorgeous.  What could be wrong with that?  Tally is about to turn sixteen, and she can't wait.  Not for her license — for turning pretty.  In Tally's world, your sixteenth birthday brings an operation that turns you from a repellent ugly into a stunningly attractive pretty and catapults you into a high-tech paradise where your only job is to have a really great time.  In just a few weeks Tally will be there.  But Tally's new friend Shay isn't sure she wants to be pretty.  She'd rather risk life on the outside.  When Shay runs away, Tally learns about a whole new side of the pretty world-and it isn't very pretty.  The authorities offer Tally the worst choice she can imagine:  find her friend and turn her in, or never turn pretty at all.  The choice Tally makes changes her world forever.

The Bar Code Tattoo by Suzanne Weyn
In the near future, Kayla finds herself running for her life when she refuses to get the mandatory bar code tattoo on her seventeenth birthday – a decision that renders her a social outcast and places her family in grave danger.  First in series.

Teen Book Review: The Hunger Games

hungergamesrev.jpg The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
Review by Mikayla, Cloverdale, 11th grade

Panem lies in the ruins of what was once North America.  Panem, the Capitol, is surrounded by 12 outlying districts.  Harsh and Cruel the Capitol has a malicious way of keeping the districts in line.  By forcing them to send one boy and one girl to compete in a fight to the death on live T.V.  The Hunger Games.  When her little sister’s name gets pulled at the reaping Katniss steps up to take her place.  Survival is second nature for Katniss.  However, when her fellow tribute turns out to be Peeta Mellark, the boy with the bread, she will have to make difficult choices.  Her decisions will weigh survival against humanity and life against life.

Book Spotlight: Uglies

uglies.jpg Uglies by Scott Westerfeld Review by Janet, Volunteer, Rincon Valley Library In a futuristic earth, destroyed by man's manipulation of nature, a new society emerges where all physical flaws are eradicated.  Upon their sixteenth birthday, every teenager is transformed from the "Ugly" appearance they are born with into a supermodel perfect "Pretty".  Tally Youngblood is approaching this surgical milestone, in fact she is even looking forward to it!  That is until she meets Shay, a scrawny tom-boy who rides hoverboards and likes to perform "Uglie" pranks.  Together, they pass the time before their surgeries bungee jumping off of buildings and sneaking out on hoverboards to ride the dangerous metal roller coaster in the Rusty Ruins.  On the eve of their transformations, Shay abandons Tally in pursuit of a secret society called the Smoke- a renegade band of survivors who have decided to live off the grind-and remain UGLY for life!  Moments before her surgery, Tally is taken away by cruelly disfigured special agents, whose pretty faces are stretched into menacing dimensions and whose enhanced strength and speed makes escape impossible.  Tally is given an ultimatum infiltrate and expose the citizens of the Smoke or be denied her surgery FOREVER!  Will she learn to love the freedom, hard work, and appreciation of all things natural at the Smoke or will she turn in Shay and her new friends, in the pursuit of beauty that is only skin deep.  Read Uglies, the first book in Scott Westerfeld's trilogy of the same name to find out!

Book Spotlight: The Roar

roar.jpg The Roar by Emma Clayton Review by Kathy, Children Services Coordinator, Central Branch In a future society, the Animal Plagues have caused all the people in the world to take refuge behind The Wall, creating a horribly overcrowded society that has (in self defense!)  destroyed the natural world.  On top of that, for some reason, no children were born for about 30 years, so the current class of 12- and 13-year-olds are the oldest children that exist.  In that class are a pair of mutant twins–Ellie, kidnapped by the government to do experiments with her mysterious powers, and Mika, desperately trying to win a Podfighter video game competition so he can find his lost sister that everyone else thinks is dead.  Only all is not what it seems…A promising start to a new dystopian series!