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Those That Wakeby Jesse Karp
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New York City, once vibrant and alive, has had its spirit crushed by a terrorist attack. People walk the streets with their heads down and their eyes averted, withdrawing from each other and into the cold comfort of technology.
Teenagers Mal and Laura have grown up in this new reality: Mal in the city, part of the foster care system; Laura in the suburbs, loved and protected. They've never met. Seemingly, they never will.
But then their worlds shift. On the same day that Mal learns his estranged brother had disappeared, Laura discovers her parents have inexplicably forgotten her. Both begin a search for their families that leads them to the same terrifying truth: Someone or something has wiped the two teenagers from the memories of every single person they have ever known. Thrown together, Mal and Laura must find common groundif they are going to reclaim a past that was stolen fromt ehm--and create a future that no one can take away.
Melding a page-turning thriller with a message of hope in the face of adversity, Jesse Karp's startling debut novel explores themes of identity and conspiracy and--ultimately--hope.
"Karp debuts with a dark and often technophobic thriller that falters a bit with its premise, but nonetheless entertains. In the near future, after a terrorist attack has increased human isolation and dependency on corporations, two teens become the victims of a mysterious entropic force that causes people to be forgotten by everyone who has known them. Mal, 17, has led a tough life, living in foster care and taking out his aggressions in the boxing ring, while Laura's suburban life has been generally happy. As both are cut off from family and friends, they get pulled into a conspiracy involving a government agency, a hidden office building, and powerful mind control. Karp ably ratchets up the suspense, but the book's final revelation defies even generous suspension of disbelief. That stumbling block — as well as the chaotic ending — would be relatively minor if not for the frustrating second-half prominence of obnoxious and a consistently dislikable schoolteacher, who drags down every scene he's in. Mal and Laura's adventure and romance is still compelling, though, for those who stick with it. Ages 12 — up. (Mar.)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright PWyxz LLC)
Romantic medieval fantasy from a debut author
When a meteor hits the moon, Miranda must learn to survive the unimaginable . . .\\n
"You will read it in one sitting, fighting back tears as you bite your nails."
--teenreads.com on Life As We Knew It
Readers of Asimov or Philip K. Dick will be enthralled by this post-apocalyptic adventure wherein a power plant explosion plunges New York into darkness and violence, and two teens struggle to create their future in a world ravaged by ecological disaster and corporate greed.
Mirandas disbelief turns to fear in a split second when a meteor knocks the moon closer to the earth. How should her family prepare for the future when worldwide tsunamis wipe out the coasts, earthquakes rock the continents, and volcanic ash blocks out the sun? As summer turns to Arctic winter, Miranda, her two brothers, and their mother retreat to the unexpected safe haven of their sunroom, where they subsist on stockpiled food and limited water in the warmth of a wood-burning stove.
Told in journal entries, this is the heart-pounding story of Mirandas struggle to hold on to the most important resource of all--hope--in an increasingly desperate and unfamiliar world.'
New York Citys spirit has been crushed. People walk the streets with their heads down, withdrawing from one another and into the cold comfort of technology. Teenagers Mal and Laura have grown up in this reality. Theyve never met. Seemingly, they never will.
But on the same day Mal learns his brother has disappeared, Laura discovers her parents have forgotten her. Both begin a search for their families that leads them to the same truth: someone or something has wiped the teens from the memories of every person they have ever known. Thrown together, Mal and Laura must find common ground as they attempt to reclaim their pasts.
About the Author
KRISTIN CASHORE has written for The Horn Book Guide, The Looking Glass: An Online Childrens Literature Journal, and Childrens Literature in Education. She received a masters degree in childrens literature from Simmons College. Graceling is Ms.Cashores first novel. She lives in Jacksonville, Florida.
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