BOOK REVIEW: The Engine Driver (A Dystopian Short Story) by Tracy Marchini

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Tracy Marchini
Young Adult, Dystopia
Squirrel Books
September 25, 2011
eBook

Sixteen-year-old Brig has never been allowed to hear a sad song in her entire life.

Like everyone else in her community, the personal Playlist Treatment Plan that plays in her head is designed to control her emotions - from when she's happy or sad, to when she falls in love. But for Brig, who suffers from depression, a song in a minor key will never be played.

When her friend, Annaby, is chosen to go to Musician’s School and is given a Permit to Carry a musical instrument, Brig knows that she has just this one chance to hear a sad song, a love song – or a song that matches what her depression feels like, instead of what her feelings should be.

The Engine Driver is a YA dystopian short story of 21 pages. Also includes a sample of Effie At The Wedding.

BOOK REVIEW: Red Queen (Red Queen #1) by Victoria Aveyard

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Red Queen #1
Victoria Aveyard
Young Adult, Dystopia
Orion
February 10, 2015
eBook

The poverty stricken Reds are commoners, living under the rule of the Silvers, elite warriors with god-like powers.

To Mare Barrow, a 17-year-old Red girl from The Stilts, it looks like nothing will ever change.

Mare finds herself working in the Silver Palace, at the centre of
those she hates the most. She quickly discovers that, despite her red blood, she possesses a deadly power of her own. One that threatens to destroy Silver control.

But power is a dangerous game. And in this world divided by blood, who will win?

BOOK REVIEW: Cinder (The Lunar Chronicles #1) by Marissa Meyer

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The Lunar Chronicles #1
Marissa Meyer
Young Adult, Sci-fi, Dystopia
Feiwel & Friends
January 3, 2012
eBook

Humans and androids crowd the raucous streets of New Beijing. A deadly plague ravages the population. From space, a ruthless lunar people watch, waiting to make their move. No one knows that Earth’s fate hinges on one girl.

Cinder, a gifted mechanic, is a cyborg. She’s a second-class citizen with a mysterious past, reviled by her stepmother and blamed for her stepsister’s illness. But when her life becomes intertwined with the handsome Prince Kai’s, she suddenly finds herself at the center of an intergalactic struggle, and a forbidden attraction. Caught between duty and freedom, loyalty and betrayal, she must uncover secrets about her past in order to protect her world’s future.