MALADAPTED – Review by Ralph, Wren Academy

maladaptedThis book is set in a dystopian future world where modernization and revolution have taken over the world. This story follows Cillian, an ordinary teenager (or so he thinks), and Tess, a refugee taken in by a terrorist organisation and trained, not entirely willingly, to become a deadly terrorist. When a horrific Metro accident dredges up some utterly terrifying secrets about Cillian’s father and Cillian himself, he and Tess must team up to discover exactly what Cillian is really while caught in the middle of two utterly deadly groups of people.

Initially, the book is hard to keep track of as it rushes into everything far too quickly and you end up slightly confused. Eventually, however, the plot straightens out and you are able to enjoy a truly brilliant dystopian story that makes it impossible to put the book down. The language was good and though the book is probably meant for people a bit older than me, I am going to give the book 8/10.

WING JONES – Review by Blessing, Copthall School

wingWing Jones is a girl who is half Chinese and half Ghanaian. Bullied and isolated at school she suffers even more when her brother is involved in a serious car crash. He causes the crash himself and killing two people. Wing starts to wonder if her brother is who she thought he was. When she finds out she has a talent for running she wonders if this could help her family. She has got her lioness to run by her side. She enters the race that could change not just her life but her whole family’s for the better.

Katherine Webber connected me to Wing because she inspired me to just jump off my feet and run with her. This book is not a book I would’ve read just reading the blurb, but joining ‘Read4Barnet’ made me read this book. I rate this book an 8/10 because it is adventure packed and is very interesting. I loved Wing Jones and I’m sure you will too. In my opinion this book is amazing, humorous and sad at the same time. Make sure to get your own copy, because I am sure I’ll get my own too.

MALADAPTED – Review by Qaizaar, Queen Elizabeth’s School

maladaptedThis book is set in the future and implies a struggle between unethical scientists and religious extremists. Cillian loses his father and is the only survivor of a terrorist attack, and he is left confused as his father mutters a last word to him. Demanding answers, he teams up with Tess, a religious extremist and they uncover the secrets of this mysterious world.

I thoroughly enjoyed this book, and would definitely recommend it to anyone looking for a decent adventure book. Richard Kurti is a fantastic writer and has the ability to lure you into the deepening plot, and create realistic and relatable characters.

MALADAPTED – Review by Trinity, Copthall School

maladaptedMaladapted is a unique book that captivated me until the very end. At first, this novel seemed very predictable, in the sense that it was another survival-dynasty book, where it’s the good side versus the bad side. However, as the plot of this gripping read escalated, I realised that it went much deeper than that. We are presented first with the character of Cillian. On the outside, he seems like an average teenage boy who’s addicted to technology. However, when Tess’ character is introduced, Cillian’s shell is gradually peeled away, exposing the much more in-depth characteristics of him. On the other hand, Tess is a figure that readers can immediately pick out as an interesting but troubled key character. As an audience, we are presented with background information on Tess, which makes the events concerning the main characters much more satisfying.

Very early on into the novel, Kurti introduces the two warring sides of the story; Revelation and P8. We are aware that Tess represents the religious aspect of the dystopian society, and Cillian the scientific. Before I understood the plot, I presumed that these two sides would be fighting the same cause. However, as I read further into Maladapted, I realised that this wasn’t the case. Instead, Richard Kurti had created a society where it is religion vs science, a bold contrast. It soon appears that both sides have dreadful motives for their actions, turning against the predictable storyline again. Yet, it is the mesmerising bridge that Kurti builds between the opposing sides that drew me in. In the middle of this chaotic setting, the author leaves two uncertain teenagers to realise what is right. This theme of justice and understanding is what really made me understand this brilliant novel.  Continue reading “MALADAPTED – Review by Trinity, Copthall School”

WING JONES – Review by Janison, Queen Elizabeth’s School

wing   I first found out about Wing Jones through Read4Barnet, and the day I finally went to the library with the reason to check out the Read4Barnet books, the first one I picked was Wing Jones. I don’t know why I chose it, but it just looked like the one that should start the whole list. So I started reading it, and finished it that night. This was a book worth reading, while I was reading it, I felt like I was Wing Jones. I could feel her emotion inside me, through Webber’s wonderful way of writing. I never felt lost, and I never felt like stopping. Some books make me want to read on, some books make me want to stop, but this book made me want to read on. After reading it, I felt like if I had a goal, I should try to aim for it, as this book was powerful. On the blurb, Katherine Rundell says it makes you want to pull on your shoes and start running, and it really did, and I am not so much of a sportsperson. Quite the opposite, actually. Continue reading “WING JONES – Review by Janison, Queen Elizabeth’s School”

Review: Railhead, by Melis at Wren Academy

RailheadRailhead is set in a world of sentient, galaxy-hopping trains, daring thieves and intelligent sci-fi drones. It tells the story of Zen Starling, a young ragamuffin from “Thunder City” who steals to survive. When he and his new friend Nova are sent on an once-in-a-lifetime mission by a mysterious stranger, he jumps at the chance to go on an adventure and to meet interesting – and dangerous – new people.

The descriptions used in this book are wonderfully vivid; I felt as though when reading, I could hear and feel the sensation of travelling on the great network’s trains; the writing style was of very high quality. I really liked the character of Zen because of his admirable strength and ability to cope with the many problems the other characters in the novel throw at him. Even though do don’t usually read sci-fi stories, I enjoyed the idea of humans living in other planets, as it set a tone for intergalactic adventures.

Despite this, I found that actually getting into this book was quite difficult as the pages and pages of definitions for the confusing terms used throughout were slightly off-putting, and the plot seemed a little slow in the opening chapter.

However, I would say that whilst I didn’t fully enjoy Railhead (sci-fi is not my favourite genre), it did have a refreshingly ambitious plot, well-written and likeable characters, as well as an engaging story line, and is perfect for anyone who enjoys futuristic novels of space travel and hair-raising escapades.

Review: Sawbones, by Trinity at Copthall School

SawbonesCatherine Johnson shows her wide knowledge of anatomy in this well-written book. Her masterpiece contained answers to all questions I picked up while reading this book, as well as many others. She manages to describe the life of a surgeon’s apprentice as if she has experienced the life herself! Her passion in her writing is obvious and the way she describes the settings and characters to the last detail made me think whether she had met her characters and settings.

In ‘Sawbones’, Johnson introduced me to an eager 16 year old boy called Ezra McAdam, whose hunger for approval and answers kept me gripped. We learn of Ezra’s path to becoming the apprentice of the well-regarded surgeon Mr McAdam. As we read further into the book, readers discover how Ezra’s knowledge of human anatomy and skill at the dissection table will secure him a trade for life! When Ezra’s world is turned on its head, when a failed break-in at his master’s house leaves him miserable and at the hand of his master’s horrible kin, I felt much more engaged with the plot and its sudden intensity.

Then, when all seems at a loss, Ezra meets a quirky yet grieving young lady named Loveday Finch. Through Ezra, we discover that Loveday is the daughter of the late Mr Finch, a magician. With nothing to do for his master’s death, Ezra is employed by Miss Finch to solve her father’s ‘murder’. The mystery takes Ezra and Loveday from the Operating Theatre at St Bart’s to the desolate wasteland of Coldbath Fields; from the streets of Clerkenwell to the dark, damp vaults of Newgate Prison; and finally to the shadowy and forbidding Ottoman Embassy, which seems to be the key to it all…

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