Monday, October 8, 2012

Shift by Jennifer Bradley

This book will find its way onto our young adult shelves, and is a great choice for mystery readers.   Best friends Chris and Win go on a cross country bicycle trek the summer after graduating.  Each friend grows stronger and more determined as the trip progresses, finding untapped inner strength and perseverance.  But toward the end of their trip, Win disappears.  When the FBI gets involved, Chris finds himself to be the main suspect in Win's disappearance.  With no answers for the FBI's questions, Chris sets off to find his friend who seems to have dropped off the face of the earth and left no clues behind.  Shift is really two stories within a story.  The first is about friendship, adventure, and finding oneself.  The second, about solving a mysterious disappearance and then about making the decision to do the right thing.  No book trailer yet, stay tuned...

Legend by Marie Lu

Better than Hunger Games?  Some have described Legend by Marie Lu as just that.  Legend is another dystopian thriller set in the future United States, where North America is split into two warring nations and society is split between the haves and the have-nots.  Fifteen-year-old Day, a famous criminal, and June, the brilliant soldier hired to capture him, discover dark secrets about the government in power and eventually decide that they have a common enemy.  

Legend has recently received a nomination for the Young Adult Golden Sower Award for 2013-2014.  Don't miss this one!