Riordan, R. (2010). The Red Pyramid. New York: Hyperion Books
Carter and Sadie Kane have only seen each other two days a year ever since their mother died 6 years ago. Sadie was sent to live with her grandparents in London, while Carter travelled the world with their father, an Egyptologist. All of that changes, however, when their father blows up the Rosetta Stone, summoning 5 ancient Egyptian gods. Now Carter and Sadie must team up to figure out how to save their family and the world, finding out that they aren’t two ordinary kids.
This book is excellent. It is evidently well researched, but presented in an exciting and engaging way that is as far away from a history textbook as possible. The characters are sassy and likeable, the plot is fast-paced, and readers are likely to get sucked in from the first sentence.
The length of this book (514 pages) may be a deterrent to some young readers. Yet the story is so captivating that it shouldn’t take them too long to overcome the length of the book. It is also a great book for children to read with their parents, who will get as much out of the story as their kids. Because of the length and the ages of the protagonists (Carter is 14, and Sadie is 12), this is likely a book for older children, ages 10 and up.
While a fantasy book, this story is set in the 21st century and is filled with cultural references, making the magic all the more realistic, leaving readers looking for Egyptian gods and goddess everywhere. Overall, this book is undoubtedly a 5 out of 5!
Roth, V. (2012). Insurgent. New York, NY: Katherine Tegen Books.
Tris’ story continues in the second book of the Divergent series as she must continue to fight for truth in her society, forcing her to risk everything she has—even her life—to uncover the secrets officials are trying to hide.
After the excitement of Divergent, this sequel does not disappoint. It is as engaging, exhilarating, and enthralling as the first novel. While coming in at almost 500 pages, the story moves the reader along at a rapid pace through the full and dramatic plot.
Anyone who has read Divergent would be salivating to read this sequel. The dystopian series would be appealing to anyone searching for adventure and drama. Teen readers and adult readers alike could be enveloped in this fast-paced series.
Sequels often run the risk of falling short after the excitement of the original. Insurgent is not such a book. While the ending may a little rushed, the high quality of the novel as a whole makes this book worth the read.
Like the first book, Insurgent is a 5, without doubt. The story is engaging, beckoning readers to ignore the bustle of their lives and lose themselves in Tris’ world.
Lu, M. (2011). Legend. New York, NY: Speak.
Welcome to the Republic of America, which can be found in the former city of Los Angeles, California. June, a privileged girl destined for a high ranking military career, and Day, the Republic’s most wanted criminal, lead very different lives until one day they are brought together and must confront the Republic.
This dystopian novel would appeal to fans of structured regimes, lying governments, and rebelling youth. Readers who liked The Hungers Games or Divergent or who are looking to get into the dystopian genre would enjoy Legend. It is filled with action, adventure, and a little bit of romance.
I would give this book a 4 out of 5. The concept is unique, and the characters are likeable and relatable. At times, the plot lags a little and can be a slightly predictable, but, as a whole, this book is worth the read.