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Briana, Evergreen Library

Orleans starts with an intriguing question: what if Hurricane Katrina was only the beginning?

In this futuristic sci-fi story, the 2005 storm is followed by a series of increasingly devastating hurricanes. Living conditions become horrific for those who choose to stay on the Gulf Coast, and by 2025 the outbreak of a deadly plague called Delta Fever prompts the U.S. government to quarantine the entire region. Fast forward a few more decades, and the survivors in Orleans live in tribes according to blood type - a characteristic more important than any other, as blood type dictates one's susceptibility to Delta Fever.

When 15 year-old Fen's tribal leader, Lydia, dies just after giving birth, Fen commits herself to honoring Lydia's wish that her child make it to the Outer States - the place beyond the wall that separates Orleans from the U.S. Along the way she meets Daniel, a young scientist who illegally crossed the wall and believes he can find a cure to Delta Fever.

Orleans is told through alternating viewpoints, and though Fen's native dialect is tricky at first, it does not detract from the power of the story. This is a fast-paced adventure with compelling themes - climate change, racism, and human survival.

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Amy, Edgewater Library

It is 70 years in the future- chocolate and coffee are illegal, paper is rare, water is rationed and New York City is full of crime and poverty.  Anya’s life is almost normal (she goes to school, tends to her grandmother and siblings) despite everything until her ex boyfriend is poisoned by the chocolate her family makes.  She finds herself in the spotlight--at school, in the news, and most importantly, within her mafia family. I loved this suspenseful fantasy very much. Of course, the title also reminded me of one of my favorite Killers’ songs of the same title.

 

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Arra, Lakewood Library

History books don't have to be booring.  Try reading about history in a new format:

          

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Pam, Standley Lake Library

The Fifth Wave by Rick Yancey is the new IT title.  Get on the hold list now before it explodes and keep your eye out for Lucky Day copies.  I started the title last night and could barely put it down to sleep. Cassie is alone, totally alone.  In this sci fi alien invasion novel, Cassie must do the unthinkable - trust - in order to save her brother! Goodreads describes the book as "The Passage Meets Ender's Game."

From the book:

"After the 1st wave, only darkness remains. After the 2nd, only the lucky escape. And after the 3rd, only the unlucky survive. After the 4th wave, only one rule applies: trust no one."

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Arra, Lakewood Library

It is a sad fact that illegal drugs are readily available in our society.  Here are some books that look at this controversial issue:

Tweak by Nic Sheff: Nic details his immersion in a world of hardcore drugs, revealing the mental and physical depths of addiction, and the violent relapse one summer in California that forever changed his life, leading him down the road to recovery.

Crank by Ellen Hopkins: Kristina Georgia Snow is the perfect daughter: gifted high school junior, quiet, never any trouble. But on a trip to visit her absentee father, Kristina disappears and Bree takes her place. Bree is the exact opposite of Kristina. Through a boy, Bree meets the monster: crank. And what begins as a wild ecstatic ride turns into a struggle through hell for her mind, her soul - her life.

Where Things Come Back by John Corey Whaley: Cullen's summer in Lily, Arkansas, is marked by his cousin's death by overdose, an alleged spotting of a woodpecker thought to be extinct, failed romances, and his younger brother's sudden disappearance.

How I Made it to Eighteen by Tracy White: After putting her fist through the glass, Stacy checks into a mental hospital. She hates it there but she slowly realizes she has to face the reasons for her depression to stop from self-destructing. Based on the author's experiences, How I Made it to Eighteen is a frank portrait of what it's like to struggle with self-esteem, body image issues, drug addiction, and anxiety.

Out of Reach by Carrie Arcos: Accompanied by her brother's friend, Tyler, sixteen-year-old Rachel ventures through San Diego and nearby areas seeking her brother, eighteen-year-old Micah, a methamphetamine addict who ran away from home.

Hole in my Life by Jack Gantos: Gantos relates how, as a young adult, he experimented with drugs and smuggling. He was arrested, did time in prison, and eventually got out and went to college, all the while hoping to become a writer.

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Chandra, Belmar Library

Me: Evelyn, a high school junior, first in her class, just visited Planned Parenthood to get birth control so her boobs will get bigger. 

Him: Todd, Evelyn's not-exactly-boyfriend. 

Them: The Stranger and The Lawyer, otherwise known as Evelyn's father and mother. Neither talks to her.

It: The fetus. Specifically, the fetus inside Evelyn.

 

Evelyn only found out she was pregnant because Planned Parenthood required her to take a pregnancy test before they'd give her birth control pills. Now she has 39 days to decide whether to get an abortion or keep the baby. Todd's no help, and she can't talk to her distant and fighting parents. 

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Jessie, Columbine Library

I read a lot of great books last year, and now all the sequels are coming out! Here are some of the sequels I'm excited to read.

Scarlet by Marissa Meyer: This is the sequel to last year's Cinder, which was a cyborg cinderella story. This one continues Cinder's story, but also introduces Scarlet who is searching for her missing grandmother, and the handsome bad-boy Wolf, who just might be able to help.

Dark Triumph by Robin LaFevers: This is the sequel to last year's Grave Mercy, in which Ismae escapeed to a convent that trained her to be an assassin for the god of Death. This new story follows one of the other girls, Sybella, who returns to her childhood home to stop an attempted kidnapping.

The Elite by Kiera Cass: The sequel to The Selection, which involved a reality TV competition to find the new queen. In The Elite, America is one of the top 6 girls but she is still undecided about her conflicting feelings for the prince and for her first love, Aspen.

Game by Barry Lyga: The sequel to I Hunt Killers, where Jazz was trying to make ammends for his serial killer father. In the new one, Jazz travels to New York to help the police track down another killer.

And one more that's not out quite yet:

Siege and Storm by Leigh Bardugo (out 6/4) is the sequel to Shadow and Bone in which the Darkling trained Alina to destroy the monsters of the Fold. In the sequel, Alina and Mal are hunted as they begin to build an army. 

 

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Tana, Arvada Library

Game, by Barry Lyga is the follow up to I Hunt Killers, which was horrible in a good way.  In the first book we meet Jazz, a 17 year old living in a small town which seems to have attracted a serial killer.  Jazz, whose recently jailed father is one of the most prolific and terrifying serial killers in American history, tries to prove he is nothing like his dear old dad, by hunting down this deranged killer.  Needless to say the book is full of blood and guts and wierdness to the nth degree... and it's GREAT!

Game picks right up where the first book leaves off and it does not disappoint!  Fast paced, with tons of gruesome information you probably didn't know you needed to know, and plot twists galore, this book will keep you on the edge of your seat.  It will also keep you looking over your shoulder...

 

Look for YA M FICTION LYGA

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Pam, Standley Lake Library

Nova Ren Suma crafts a suspenseful and creepy tale of 17 year old Lauren who begins to see the ghosts of missing girls. Lauren is first drawn to a missing poster of Abigail who disappeared last summer at a camp for girls near Lauren's home. As Lauren investigates the mystery surrounding Abby's disappearance she discovers an increasing number of girls all the same age as Lauren, 17, when they went missing.  All of them are presumed runaways. Lauren learns to communicate with them and each of the ghosts want something from her - justice, help, or possibly even a warning to Lauren? Will she be next?

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