It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? is a meme started by Book Journey. The folks over at Teach Mentor Texts and Unleashing Readers have given it a children’s/YA spin. I thought it would be a fun way to recap last week’s reading and give a sneak peek of my TBR pile.
Last Week’s Books:
The dark and disturbing Accomplice by Eireann Corrigan is my Random Read for July. Inspired by a missing girl’s triumphant return, media attention, and seeming ability to “write her own ticket,” high school juniors and best friends Finn and Chloe hatch a scheme that will make their college applications stand-out. One afternoon, Chloe’s horse returns riderless to her family’s New Jersey farm. While family and friends panic, police investigate and drag the local lake, and a suspect is identified, Chloe hides out in the basement of Finn’s vacationing grandmother’s house, planning to emerge and be found by Finn eleven days later. The story is told from Finn’s point of view, and it is chilling to watch her stand silently by while Chloe’s family worries and grieves. She almost loses her nerve, follows her conscious, and comes clean several times, but Chloe keeps the plan on track. At first I wanted more Chloe character development ; however, at the book’s end, the reader’s perception mirrors Finn’s–did she really know her friend as well as she thought she did? Chilling.
It’s been a while since I’ve read a dystopian novel–strange, I know, since they are everywhere. The Testing by Joelle Charbonneau is on the Illinois Reads 2014 list for grades 6-8. The book is the first in a trilogy and tells the story of Cia Vale who is chosen as a Testing candidate for University. The Testing starts with over 100 candidates, weeding that number down to 20 through a series of academic, hands-on, leadership, and survival tests. Charbonneau sets up the United Commonwealth as an evil empire from the very beginning, as Cia’s dad warns her of his scant (because his mind was wiped) memories of his Testing experience. Throughout the Testing, Cia behaves as honorably and honestly as she can, although many others do not. The fourth stage makes this very difficult, as candidates are dumped alone in what was Chicago with very few supplies and are challenged to make the 700-mile trek back to Tosu City. Cia soon meets up with childhood friend, Tomas, and their romance buds as they travel together. Of course, booby-trapped areas and attacks from other candidates make for a difficult journey. Fans of The Hunger Games will surely go for this novel, and will be glad that Independent Study and Graduation Day have already been published so there will be no wait to find out the rest of Cia’s story.
Welcome to the Dark House by Laurie Faria Stolarz will be published on 7/22.
Look for my review soon.