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Speaker for the Dead (Ender Wiggins Saga #2) by Orson Scott Card
Speaker for the Dead (Ender Wiggins Saga #2)

Cole J, August 5, 2012

Easily my favorite book. I think depending on your tastes there a few different directions you can go after Ender's Game. If you are into political stuff you can go for the Shadow stuff, but if you are more interested in the science fiction/aliens/new worlds etc stuff go with Speaker for the Dead and Children of the Mind.
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Bitterblue (Graceling) by Kristin Cashore
Bitterblue (Graceling)

Cole J, August 4, 2012

Bitterblue is the third in Kristen Cashore's consistently well written series in the "Graceling Realm". The thing I like best about Cashore is that she writes thoughtfully and easily avoids so many disappointing plot themes that are common amongst y/a fantasy. There is a romantic sub plot but there isn't the slightest whiff of the love triangle theme so many authors rely on to make a romantic interest ... interesting. The main character isn't unnecessarily self deprecating (which in a lot of books leads to her learning her worth from the romantic interest.) She makes mistakes and has to go through the process of realizing her mistakes, apologizing, and moving forward responsibly. This book does deal with some mature themes and, if you are selecting it for a gift to a younger reader, you should realize that there is non graphic referral to physical intimacy, abuse (a character, not actually alive in this book, had the ability to make people believe whatever he said and that paired with his malicious nature left a lot of the people damaged), and self harm (of a secondary character and non graphic.) That said, I think Cashore writes all of these -sometimes problematic- themes exceptionally responsibly.
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