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What Goes Up by Katie Kennedy

 

Everyone knows the law of gravity: what goes up must come down.

What Eddie doesn’t understand is why the thing that goes down always has to be him. With nowhere else to go, Eddie applies to NASA’s mysterious and prestigious Interworlds Agency tryouts, alongside hundreds of the nation’s best and brightest teens. But his troubled past and his aggressive instincts are forces that will either make him or break him.

Rosa has felt the pressure of her brilliant parents’ legacies her entire life. Although she doesn’t know exactly what being a trainee for the Interworlds Agency entails, she’s determined to survive and excel in round after round of crazy-competitive—and sometimes dangerous—testing to earn her spot, no matter what it takes.

And then gravity flutters. Eddie and Rosa know it probably shouldn’t do that. And when something happens that even NASA’s scientists couldn’t predict…Eddie and Rosa are swept up in another crazy and dangerous test of their instincts and determination.

From the author of Learning to Swear in America comes another action-packed and wildly funny story of two teens on an adventure that’s absolutely out of this world.

 

 

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Dare Mighty Things by Heather Kaczynski

 

THE RULES ARE SIMPLE: You must be gifted. You must be younger than twenty-five. You must be willing to accept the dangers that you will face if you win.

Eighteen-year-old Cassandra Gupta’s entire life has been leading up to this—the opportunity to travel to space. But to secure a spot on this classified mission, she must first compete against the best and brightest people on the planet. People who are as determined as she to win a place on a journey to the farthest reaches of the universe.

Cassie is ready for the toll that the competition will take; the rigorous mental and physical tests designed to push her to the brink of her endurance. But nothing could have prepared her for the bonds she would form with the very people she hopes to beat. Or that with each passing day it would be more and more difficult to ignore the feeling that the true objective of the mission is being kept from her.

As the days until the launch tick down and the stakes rise higher than ever before, only one thing is clear to Cassie: she’ll never back down . . . even if it costs her everything.

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The Dollhouse Asylum by Mary Gray

 

When the world is breaking, all someone wants is safety.

A virus that had once been contained has returned, and soon no place will be left untouched by its destruction. But when eighteen-year-old Cheyenne wakes up in Elysian Fields—a subdivision cut off from the world and its monster-creating virus—she is thrilled to have a chance at survival. At first, Elysian Fields—with its beautiful houses and manicured lawns—is perfect. Teo Richardson, the older man who stole her heart, built it so they could be together. But when Teo tells Cheyenne there are tests that she and seven other couples must pass to be worthy of salvation, Cheyenne begins to question the perfection of his world.

The people they were before are gone. Cheyenne is now “Persephone,” and each couple has been re-named to reflect the most tragic romances ever told. Everyone is fighting to pass the test, to remain in Elysian Fields. Teo dresses them up, tells them when to move and how to act, and in order to pass the test, they must play along.

If they play it right, then they’ll be safe. But if they play it wrong, they’ll die.

 

 

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It Can’t Happen Here by Sinclair Lewis

 

“Written at white heat.” —Chicago Tribune

It Can’t Happen Here is the only one of Sinclair Lewis’s later novels to match the power of Main Street, Babbitt, and Arrowsmith. A cautionary tale about the fragility of democracy, it is an alarming, eerliy timeless look at how facism could take hold in America.

Written during the Great Depression, when the country was largely oblivious to Hitler’s aggression, it juxtaposes sharp politcal satire with the chillingly realistic rise of a president who becomes a dictator to save the nation from welfare cheat, sex, crime, and a liberal press.

Called a “message to thinking Americans” by the Springfield Republican when it was published in 1935, It Can’t Happen Here is a shockingly prescient novel that remains as fresh and contemporary as today’s news.

 

 

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The Reader (Sea of Ink and Gold #1) by Traci Chee

 

Once there was, and one day there will be. This is the beginning of every story.

Sefia lives her life on the run. After her father is viciously murdered, she flees to the forest with her aunt Nin, the only person left she can trust. They survive in the wilderness together, hunting and stealing what they need, forever looking over their shoulders for new threats. But when Nin is kidnapped, Sefia is suddenly on her own, with no way to know who’s taken Nin or where she is. Her only clue is a strange rectangular object that once belonged to her father, something she comes to realize is a book.

Though reading is unheard of in Sefia’s world, she slowly learns, unearthing the book’s closely guarded secrets, which may be the key to Nin’s disappearance and discovering what really happened the day her father was killed.

With no time to lose, and the unexpected help of swashbuckling pirates and an enigmatic stranger, Sefia sets out on a dangerous journey to rescue her aunt, using the book as her guide. In the end, she discovers what the book had been trying to tell her all along: Nothing is as it seems , and the end of her story is only the beginning.

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The Rains by Gregg Hurwitz

 

From the New York Times bestselling author of Orphan X and comics in the BatmanWolverine, and Punisher universes comes this relentlessly thrilling adventure.

In one terrifying night, the peaceful community of Creek’s Cause turns into a war zone. No one under the age of eighteen is safe. Chance Rain,  his older brother Patrick, and their closest friend, Alexandra, find themselves fighting off multiple attacks from infected adults, while other young survivors hide at the high school.

Most of the kids they know have been dragged away by once-trusted adults who are now ferocious, inhuman beings. The parasite that transformed them takes hold after people turn eighteen—and Patrick’s birthday is only a few weeks away.

Determined to save Patrick’s life and the lives of the remaining kids and teens, the brothers embark on a mission to uncover the truth about the parasites—and what they find will change everything.

“Readers with a The 5th Wave—shaped hole in their SF-loving hearts will rejoice.” —Booklist

 

 

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Turtles All The Way Down by John Green

 

Sixteen-year-old Aza never intended to pursue the mystery of fugitive billionaire Russell Pickett, but there’s a hundred-thousand-dollar reward at stake and her Best and Most Fearless Friend, Daisy, is eager to investigate. So together, they navigate the short distance and broad divides that separate them from Russell Pickett’s son, Davis.

Aza is trying. She is trying to be a good daughter, a good friend, a good student, and maybe even a good detective, while also living within the ever-tightening spiral of her own thoughts.

In his long-awaited return, John Green, the acclaimed, award-winning author of Looking for Alaska and The Fault in Our Stars, shares Aza’s story with shattering, unflinching clarity in this brilliant novel of love, resilience, and the power of lifelong friendship.

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Stowaway by Jen Castleberry (The Reservation Trilogy Book #2)

 

Twelve years ago, Nathan was forcibly transferred into governmental custody.

Once a brother, a son, and an outsider, he is now little more than an instrument of the Continental Order.

At least, that’s what his superiors think.

Now, the Order is shipping out, and a resurgence of destruction lies in wait for the continent.

Will Nathan break free and embrace the hostile outside world, or will he take his place on the last train scheduled for the Reservation?

BookBub’s #1 pick for fans of The Hunger Games. 

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What I Couldn’t Tell You by Faye Bird

 

When love turns to jealousy, when jealousy turns to rage, when rage turns to destruction…

Laura was head over heels in love with Joe. But now Laura lies in a coma and Joe has gone missing. Was he the one who attacked her?

Laura’s sister Tessie is selectively mute. She can’t talk but she can listen. And as people tell her their secrets, she thinks she’s getting close to understanding what happened on that fateful night.