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Review: Shadowlark

Review: Shadowlark

Title: Shadowlark
Author: Megan Spooner
Published: 2013
Length: 327 pages

My star rating: ★ ★ ★

In this sequel to Skylark, Lark Ainsley continues searching for her brother Basil in hopes of understanding not only his fate but her own identity as well. Soon, however, she falls into the clutches of men who serve Prometheus, the leader of an underground city called Lethe. There, Renewables are feared and forced into slavery to keep the city and its people alive and safe from the shadows of the wold above. After escaping their clutches, Lark works with the resistance, where she realizes that her brother may have come here, too, and fallen victim to Prometheus as well. She is determined to escape–but not before she frees the captive Renewables and confronts Prometheus to end his reign of terror for good.

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Review: For Darkness Shows the Stars

Review: For Darkness Shows the Stars

Title: For Darkness Shows the Stars
Author: Diana Peterfreund
Published: 2012
Length: 407 pages

My star rating: ★ ★ ★

Elliot North spends her days caring for the Reduced and Post workers on her father’s estate and pining for her childhood friend, Kai, with whom she refused to run away after her mother’s death four years ago. Now eighteen, she struggles to provide for everyone and deal with her hotheaded conservative father. Already conflicted about her Luddite identity and heritage, Elliot’s world is turned on its head when Kai–along with a group of wealthy free Posts–comes back into her life as Captain Malakai Wentforth. She is forced to examine her priorities, her beliefs, and her feelings for Kai before he sails away.

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Review: Perfect Ruin

Review: Perfect Ruin

Title: Perfect Ruin
Author: Lauren DeStefano
Published: 2013
Length: 356 pages

My star rating:  ★ ★

The city of Internment floats high in the clouds above the ground. Once, academy student Morgan Stockhour loved her perfect, peaceful world. Now, she struggles to maintain a sense of normalcy as her family, shaken to its core by her brother’s attempt to throw himself from the Edge of the city, crumbles. She wants little more than to heal their broken hearts and to marry her government-chosen fiance in a few years’ time. After another teenage girl is found murdered, however, Internment no longer feels safe. Morgan suspects that her family and the government are both hiding things, and worst of all, the siren song of the Edge is beginning to tempt her the same way it did her brother three years earlier.

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Review: 1984

Review: 1984

Title: 1984
Author: George Orwell
Published: 1949
Length: 9 discs [audiobook]

My star rating: ★ ★ ★

Winston Smith is a low-level bureaucrat and a member of the Outer Party. He lives in London, which is now part of a vast superstate called Oceania. The Party, headed by the mysterious, mustachioed Josef Stalin Big Brother, has controlled Oceania for some thirty years, since the Atomic War and then the Revolution some time in the 1950s. Oceania is also at war with another superstate, Eurasia (Oceania has always been at war with Eurasia), and allied with the third, Eastasia. But Winston, who was born before the Revolution, has begun to doubt the Party line. He cannot properly engage in doublethink–the acceptance of two contradictory ideas or facts as true–as is expected of Party members, and he is dissatisfied with his mundane, controlled life. He has therefore doomed himself by committing thoughtcrime even before he writes:

DOWN WITH BIG BROTHER

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Review: Birthmarked

Review: Birthmarked

Title: Birthmarked
Author: Caragh O’Brien
Published: 2010
Length: 361 pages

My star rating: ★ ★ ★ ¾

When Gaia Stone returns home from her first solo delivery, she discovers that her parents have been arrested and taken into the Enclave, the great walled city that governs the town of Wharfton. Despite her loneliness, she assumes her mother’s place as the midwife of their neighborhood until she discovers that her parents are due to be executed for treason. Confused, desperate, and increasingly disillusioned, Gaia risks everything and sneaks into the Enclave in an attempt to save them. She soon realizes that life in the Enclave is not as perfect as it seems and that they would kill to know her parents’ secrets.

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