The Maze Runner by James Dashner ~Goodreads~
Published by Chicken House Ltd 2011
Paperback 384 pages ~The Book Depository~
So The Maze Runner is the first installment of James Dashner’s young adult, post-apocalyptic science fiction trilogy.
The story centres around Thomas, who is brought into a place named the “Glade,” and with no previous memories from his past life or outside world accept the knowledge of his name. Himself and around 50-60 other teenage boys inside the Glade call themselves “Gladers,” and they have developed their own community to which each of them have their own job to do in order for the Glade to function. None of which know how they arrived in the Maze and why they’re there in the first place, but one thing’s for sure it isn’t for their own benefits!
The Glade is surrounded by a giant iron maze, where lurking in the shadows vicious, slug-like creatures with mechanical arms known as “Grievers” roam around at night. Doors to the Maze side open and close day and night to protect the Gladers from these creatures.
Every week, supplies are brought up from the “Box” into the Glade and once a month a new arrival comes up too. Only a day after Thomas’ arrival, a girl is sent with a message claiming she is the “last one ever,” not only is the message alarming but so is the fact that a girl has been brought up by the Box instead of a boy like normal. It is then that life in the Glade will never be the same for its inhabitants.
Paper Towns by John Green ~Goodreads~
Published by Bloomsbury 2013
Paperback edition 320 pages ~The Book Depository~
Paper Towns is the story of a boy named Quentin Jacobsen who is drawn into an adventure by his childhood friend and secret love Margo Roth Spiegelman. When they were children they discovered a dead man’s body; an event that ties them together in ways they don’t realise and as they grow up they drift apart.
Quentin and his friends Radar and Ben are introduced as the nerd group in school, whilst Margo is the most popular girl in school who has a reputation for her disappearances. One night Margo sneaks into Quentin’s bedroom window and asks him to help her execute an eleven part plan which involves taking revenge on Margo’s ex-boyfriend.
A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini ~Goodreads~
Published by Bloomsbury 2007
Paperback edition 384 pages ~The Book Depository~
A Thousand Splendid Suns documents Afghan history from before the Soviet war until after the Taliban rule. The violence that erupted from this period resulted in the inevitable abuse towards women.
The story demonstrates both the second class, serf-like treatment of Mariam and Laila and their oppression to physical and emotional brutality that was allowed, enabled and endorsed. The story brings out the bravery, kindness and self-resilience of these two women, despite the harsh reality of the story, the compassion shown by both women while trying to survive in an oppressive environment is greatly uplifting.
Ketchup Clouds by Annabel Pitcher ~Goodreads~
Published by Indigo 2013
Paperback 320 pages ~The Book Depository~
‘Fifteen year old Zoe has a secret- a dark and terrible secret that she can’t confess to anyone she knows. But then one day she hears of a criminal, Stuart Harris, locked up on death row in Texas. Like Zoe, Stuart is no stranger to secrets. Or lies. Or murder.’
The Shock of The Fall by Nathan Filer ~Goodreads~
Published by The Borough Press 2014
Paperback 320 pages ~The Book Depository~
I’ll tell you what happened because it will be a good way to introduce my brother. His name’s Simon. I think you’re going to like him. I really do. But in a couple of pages he’ll be dead. And he was never the same after that.
Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell ~Goodreads~
Published by Orion 2013
Paperback 336 pages ~The Book Depository~
Two misfits. One extraordinary love. Set over the course of one school year, this is the story of two star-crossed sixteen year olds, smart enough to know that first love almost never lasts, but brave and desperate enough to try.
Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn ~Goodreads~
Published by Phoenix / Orion Publishing Group 2013
Paperback 496 pages ~The Book Depository~
It is Nick and Amy Dunne’s fifth wedding anniversary, presents are being wrapped and reservations made when Nick’s clever and beautiful wife Amy disappears. All fingers are pointed to Nick who isn’t doing himself any favours with cringe-worthy daydreams about the slope and shape of his wife’s head, but diary entries by Amy reveal the alpha girl perfectionist could have put anyone dangerously on edge. Nick is oddly evasive, bitter but is he really a killer?
Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell ~Goodreads~
Published by Macmillan Children’s Books 2014
Paperback 300 pages ~The Book Depository~
Fangirl is about a girl called Cath who is a Simon Snow fan. In fact the whole world is a Simon Snow fan, for Cath though being a fan is her life, and she’s brilliant at it. She and her twin sister Wren, centered their lives around the Simon Snow series when they were kids and it helped them through their mother leaving them at a young age. Hanging out in Simon Snow forums, reading, rereading, writing fan fiction and even dressing up like the characters for every movie premier- dedicated fan girls right?
Although Wren has grown out of the fandom, Cath can’t and won’t let it go.
Now they’re at college, Wren has been upfront and told Cath she doesn’t want to be her roommate. Cath on her own, being completely outside of her comfort zone, she has a surly roommate with a charming, always present boyfriend, a professor who detests fan fiction, a handsome classmate who only wants to write, oh and she can’t stop worrying about her Dad who is loving but fragile and has never been alone.
Join Cath and find out whether she can make it through college living her own life, writing her own stories and will she ever move on if it means leaving Simon Snow behind?
Allegiant by Veronica Roth ~Goodreads~
Published by HarperCollins Children’s Books 2013
Paperback 544 pages ~The Book Depository~
*Warning this review does contain spoilers.
The final installment of Veronica Roth’s Divergent trilogy, Allegiant. The faction based community Tris believed in has now been shattered by violence and the desire for power with devastating consequences of loss and betrayal. Now she is offered the chance to go beyond the fence into a world where herself and Tobias will perhaps live a new simple life, free of lies, confused loyalties and horrific memories.
Tris and Tobias’ new reality is even more concerning than what the world was that she had left behind her, new truths unfold and once again the constant fight to understand the complexities of life while facing decisions on whether courage, love and sacrifice.