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Today I am reviewing Evil Genius, written by Catherine Jinks. It is the story of a boy who goes to the Axis Institute for World Domination. This book has received excellent reviews from School Library Journal, Booklist, and Publishers Weekly.

 

This is the cover of Evil Genius

 

In Evil Genius, Cadel Piggot is one of the world’s smartest kids. He is fascinated with systems, and is an ingenious hacker, and always felt a hatred for those around him.  For these reasons, when he graduates high school at age 14, his therapist enrolls him in the Axis Institute of World Domination. But when he discovers a horrible secret (besides the obvious), he starts to question everything, from the Axis Institute to things he has always took for granted.

 

This book is tremendous. You can identify with the characters, the setting is tremendous, and the descriptions are vivid. But the best part is the plot. It will hook you. You will not want to put this book down. And if you like this book, there is a sequel out, Genius Squad, which I will review eventually. This book would be great for fans of science fiction and Alex Rider.

 

I rate this book a 10 out of 10

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Today I am reviewing Crispin: The Cross of Lead, written by Avi. It is the story of a pheasant boy framed for stealing money from a manor in medieval England. This book won the Newberry award  in 2003. 

 

On the cover is Crispin, chased by a mob.

On the cover is Crispin, chased by a mob.

 

The son of a pheasant named Asta, nicknamed Asta’s son by his town, never had much. He didn’t even have a father or a name. But when his mother dies, and he runs into the forest in depression, he hears something he isn’t supposed to hear from the steward of the manor in a hushed conversation. He is framed for stealing as punishment, and labeled as a wolf’s head. With the help of the local priest, he escapes with nothing but his life, a cross of lead, and his name, Crispin. On the way he befriends a bard, who also on the road. Will Crispin, with the help of the bard, avoid execution?

 

This book has an okay plot and a pretty good setting. However it’s strong point is the characters. As is with most first person books, the main character has the best development, and the Bard is also strongly developed. The only weak point is the descriptions. This book is great for fans of historical fiction,  and also good for fans of Robin Hood.

 

I rate this book an 8 out of 10

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Today I am reviewing The City of Ember, written by Jeanne DuPrau. It is the story of a civilization that is completely surrounded by darkness, which is only kept at bay with light bulbs. It is also the story of two amazing children, Lina and Doon.

 

On the cover is a lightbulb, the only thing keeping Ember alive.

On the cover is a lightbulb, the only thing keeping Ember alive.

 

The City of Ember has been living prosperously for over two hundred years. But when Lina and Doon, two unlikely friends, trade jobs after they were assigned, they soon discover that The City of Ember is running out of resources and power. The blackouts are becoming more frequent, and everyone is fearing of the day that the blackout will become permanent and everyone will be in the dark forever. When Lina finds an ancient note hinting for escape from the City, Lina and Doon must decipher the note before it is too late.

 

The City of Ember is an okay book. It has a good setup, and has a pretty nice imagination. However, the settings and descriptions could use some work, and the plot doesn’t get good until the last few pages. This book is okay for your bedside, but there are better books that are like this. The Giver is an example of that.

 

P.S There is a movie of this coming out on October 10, 2008

 

I rate this book a 5 out of 10

 

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Today I am reviewing The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, a book about  the last male human alive and a book called, like the title, The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy.

 

This is the 25th aniversary cover

This is the 25th aniversary cover

The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy is the story of a human male named Arthur Dent. He is the last male human alive, his planet being destroyed by a Vogon construction fleet. The only reason he is alive is because of his alien friend, Ford. Now he is off with his friend and a copy of The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy  to find the answer to life, the universe, and everything. Will they be able to find it?

 

This book is really good. It could use more character development and details. However, it makes up for it with setting, plot, and above all, imagination. This book is excellent for people who like science fiction, and wonderful for people who want a laugh.

 

I rate this book a 9 out of 10

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