Divergent by Veronica Roth

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At the age of 16, one chooses to dedicate their life to one of five traits: bravery (Dauntess), selflessness (Abnegation), intelligence (Erudite), truth (Candor), or kindness (Amity). The day before they choose, every child undergoes an aptitude test in which they face a simulated reality which will tell them which trait they’re best suited for. Unfortunately for Beatrice Prior, the main protagonist in the story, she doesn’t get one trait. She gets three; there is no one faction she’s best suited for. This makes her Divergent which is considered dangerous in her society. Continue reading

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Legend by Marie Lu

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Told in alternating chapters. Legend by Marie Lu is a story of two teenagers. June, a brilliant but militaristic girl from the Republic, and Day, a fugitive and a terrorist from the slums. June, with her perfect test score, is in pursuit of Day, who in attempting to rescue his family from the plague, has made himself the target of June’s Republic. How? By murdering June’s brother. Continue reading

The Screaming Staircase by Jonathan Stroud

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50 years ago, the Problem began. Haunts, spirits, and specters started appearing throughout the city of London and it is up to children with psychic abilities to eradicate these supernatural foes. 

Lucy Carlyle has just joined Lockwood & Co, a small ghost hunting agency led by the charismatic Anthony Lockwood that runs independently without any adult supervision. After a disastrous assignment, the fate of Lockwood & Co as well as the lives of Lucy, Anthony, and George, rests upon the completion a perilous investigation of Combe Carey Hall, one of the most haunted houses in England. Continue reading