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Book 115: "Ender's Game" by Orson Scott Card

Title: Ender's Game
Author: Orson Scott Card
Read In: Nook ePub
Genre:  Young Adult Sci-Fi
Publisher: Doherty, Tom Associates, LLC

I have a shameful confession... this is technically my second reading of Ender's Game. The first time, I was twelve years old and found the book excessively boring; I never finished it. Knowing the impact it has had on young adult fiction and science-fiction, it has been on my try to-read again list for quite a while. Seeing the movie and a discussion of the book with a friend re-awakened my curiosty and I finally moved it to the top of my reading list. So.... what to do I think?

I liked it. I'm not in love with it or in awe of it. It was, obviously, well ahead of its time. It's very well written and the characters are well-developed. I liked the ending (SPOILER ALERT); to me, it was perfectly fitting that Ender and Valentine go off in search of not only making peace, but in finding it themselves. The politics get a little too involved for me; …

Book 114: "Divergent" by Veronica Roth

Title: Divergent (Divergent Series #1) Author: Veronica Roth Read In:  Nook ePub Genre: Young Adult Dystopia Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Divergent is set in the dystopic future ruins of Chicago. After many years of war, society came to the conclusion that the only way to be peaceful was to split society, and the people within, into four factions that best encompass what good values a society needs. These factions are Abegnation, Dauntless, Erudite, and Amity. The Abegnation are selfless, responsible for running the government (because they don't want power and are not corruptible), helping the poor, and generally being uniform with each other. The Dauntless are brave, responsible for protecting everyone else. The Erudite are educated, responsible for keeping records, experimentions, and generally just pursue knowledge in all its forms. The Amity are peaceful, responsible for farming and solving disputes. Over time, of course, this system has grown corrupt. The main character T…

Book 113: "Curtsies and Conspiracies" By Gail Carriger

Title:  Curtsies and Conspiracies (Finishing School Series #2) Author: Gail Carriger Read In: Nook ePub Genre: Young Adult Steampunk, Urban Fantasy Publisher:Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Gail Carriger is quickly becoming my favorite present-day author. Her books are filled with wonderful vocabulary, sarcasm, and well-written stories. The second installment of the Finishing School Series is nothing less. As her young adult series, the stories are far less complex and more predictable than the Parasol Protectorate series. Her charming writing style that is filled with amazing vocabulary, metaphor, and humor makes the story fun and very enjoyable. Her characters, as always, are very round. They are easily identified with and generally fun to read about. Overall, I really loved this book, in fact, I hadn't had enough once it ended, so I re-read Soulless. It's a fast read and I enjoyed reading every paragraph.
If you're looking for a well-written, entertaining read, I hearti…