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The Hunger Games

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Futuristic novel about an earth where there has been war, and the remaining populace has been confined to Districts. In order to punish the people for the uprising, the government (The Capitol) has devised what they call the Hunger Games: each year each District must choose 2 young people to send to the Hunger Games, where they fight in an Arena to the death. The last person alive becomes a celebrity. They've been doing this for 75 years when this story begins.I found the story to be engrossing, and well written. Although this was written for young people, I found it enjoyable as well.
A Cast of Stones (The Staff and the Sword Book #1)

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Set in a fictional medieval kingdom, this is a fantasy/thriller novel.Errol Stone, at 17, is “the town drunk”. He is an illiterate wretch who has been scarred by something that happened earlier in his life. The only way he can make money to buy more drink, is to deliver messages. One day he delivers a message that will change his life forever.In the meantime, the kingdom is in peril because the king is without an heir. There are various enemies to the throne who want the royal line to end. Errol is unwittingly drawn into a secret plan among kingdom loyalists to find the rightful heir to the throne. I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Errol starts as a terribly flawed character, but he's an (almost unnaturally) quick study. He completes missions in this story that he never would have thought possible. This book left me hoping that I will find the sequel and continue the quest with Errol.
A Dance with Dragons: A Song of Ice and Fire: Book Five

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In this book, Martin catches up with all the characters he didn't deal with in book 4. I can't say enough how much I'm enjoying this series. Waiting impatiently for book 6.
The Age of Miracles: A Novel

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I received this book from the LT Early Reviewers club. This YA book, which, on the surface, seems like a coming-of-age story is also a futuristic fantasy.The world, for unknown reasons, has changed its axis, and the days and nights keep getting longer until, at the end of the story, they're 72 hours long. The story shows how this affects daily life, friendships, all social interactions. The story line is narrated by an 11 year-old girl, who is already dealing with the confusing time of pre-adolescence while trying to make sense of this new world.This is a first novel by this writer. It's well-written, but I really don't understand the title. There were no miracles in this book. I think this author will get better with time.
The Sandcastle Girls: A Novel

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I found this book a little hard to get into at first, because I didn't quite understand its format. You see, it has flashbacks, but unlike other books, the flashbacks are written in present tense while the present day parts are written in past tense. A very unusual device, which confused me at first. But once I understood the format, I found it very enjoyable reading. I've never read anything by Bohjalian before and I find it well written.The story is about the genocide of Syrian Armenians in 1915, although it was never admitted to be a genocide. It follows the lives of two main characters, one a Syrian Armenian and the other an American Armenian. The characters are easy to like and the story flows well. It was interesting to read a female character, first person point of veiw, written by a man. I think I'd like to read more of Bohjalian's books.
The Inside Ring: A Novel

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Political thriller, a fast read. (ebook version)
New York: The Novel

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I've read several of Rutherfurd's historical novels, they never disappoint. And neither did New York. I've been a New Yorker all my life, and I can honestly say that I learned things from this book that I never knew before. I especially enjoyed how he tied in the relationships of the various families beginning in the 17th Century and continuing down to the present. Thanks, Edward, for another enjoyable history.
Last Noel

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A lovely love story between two people who never knew they belonged together.
Room: A Novel

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Gripping story of abduction and what comes after.
The Last of the Bird People

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This novel actually read like a documentary. But a very well written and interesting documentary. I really appreciated this device of the author. I found myself having an emotional connection to these aboriginal people who had supposedly been living in undeveloped tracts of land for many generations. While I don't think that would be possible in America today, the period in this novel makes it seem very believable. In the beginning of the book, it seemed hard to follow some of the reasoning and ideas of these people, but as the reading went on, everything seemed to be explained. And I do appreciate an ending that leaves you room to think about how you believe it really ended.
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