In the spirit of National Library Week, here are a couple books reviews to whet your literary appetite.  Enjoy!

The Maze Runner by James Dashner

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In The Maze Runner, a group of boys living in a gigantic stone labyrinth struggles to understand the reason for their imprisonment and search for the maze’s exit, a job that’s made harder by a collective amnesia that causes the boys to distrust each other and an indescribable danger lurking somewhere behind the maze’s walls.  Compulsively readable, Dashner’s series deals much more in mystery than other dystopian novels for young adults, and there’s a creepiness found throughout The Maze Runner that really separates it from the crowd.  For fans of the genre, this is a must-read.

Divergent by Veronica Roth

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One of the most popular dystopian series out right now – and for good reason!  Divergent takes place in post-apocalyptic Chicago, where the city’s inhabitants are divided into five factions – based on personal attributes like strength and bravery, intelligence, and selflessness – and discouraged from associating with each other.  This book has an interesting premise and fantastic characters, both of which you’ll learn much more about the further you fall into the story.  While critics seem eager to compare it to The Hunger Games trilogy, Divergent goes far beyond your typical dystopian storyline, exploring that fine line between order and chaos and encouraging its readers to re-examine what it means to be loyal, to be obedient. To be truly afraid.

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