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    Slated – Teri Terry

    “I run. Fists of waves claw the sand as I force one foot to pound after the other. Scramble up, slip down, repeat. Fast. Eyes fixed on dunes ahead. Don’t look back.Mustn’t look. Ragged breath; in, out; in, out. Still I run.” Kyla has been slated. She knows nothing prior to the nine months she has been in hospital, being prepared for the outside world. The memory of whatever happened before is gone, she is 16 and her new parents are picking her up from the hospital. The Government claim she was a terrorist, or a criminal and she is getting a second chance, but Kyla knows nothing of that…

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    Insurgent – Veronica Roth

    “I wake with his name in my mouth. Will. Before I open my eyes. I watch him crumple to the pavement again. Dead. My doing.” Tris Prior has lost her parents and many of her friends. A simulation from the Erudite faction caused many of her faction, Dauntless, to take arms and kill Abnegation. Her parents and some friends die in the battle; others are unsure what even happened. One was even killed by her own hand. She’s wracked with grief but knows she has to help what is left of her faction, and Four, to stitch her world back together again. Tris has it in her heart, and her…

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    Toxic Treacle – Echo Freer

    “Mickey Gibbon, better known as Monkey on the streets, slipped the hood of his jacket over his head and pulled up a blue and white chequered scarf to cover his nose and mouth. ‘Who is it?’ his friend Trevor, aka Tragic, whispered. They had reached the Plaza in the centre of town; the meeting point of several brotherhood turfs and always an area to be treated with caution.” Monkey is a pre-breeder, and only a couple of months away from graduating to breeder and moving into the male zones when his best friend, Tragic, disappears. Monkey lives in a world with no parents, women are nurturers and men are breeders,…

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    Dark Parties – Sara Grant

    “I’m standing in the dark, not the gentle grey of dusk or the soft black of a moonlit night but pitch black. My heart batters my ribs like a bird beating its wings against a glass cage. I wave my hand in front of my hand in front of my face. I can’t see it. I never knew it could be so dark. My edges are merging with the inky blackness around me. My dad would finally be proud of me. I’ve blended in.” In a world were most people are the same or very similar and the sky is a giant electrocuting sphere Neva feels restrained. She has been…

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    Divergent – Veronica Roth

    “There is one mirror in my house. It is behind a sliding panel in  the hallway upstairs. Our faction allows me to stand in the front of it on the second day of every third month, the day my mother cuts my hair.” Beatrice was born into Abnegation, one of the five factions that make up the world she knows. In a world where wars were raging her ancestors decided that wars were the fault of the people, and their virtues, so split up into factions. Those factions eradicated certain virtues which could be a cuase of war, they were: Abnegation, Amity, Dauntless, Erudite and Candor. And each 16 year…

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    Wither – Lauren Destefano

    “I wait. They keep us in the dark for so long that we lose sense of our eyelids. We sleep huddled together like rats, staring out, and dream of our bodies swaying.” Rhine is taken. In a world where women die at 20 and men at 25 it is dangerous. Girls are stolen off the streets, even when they are careful as Rhine finds out. She is selected out of the group of girls stolen, to be the wife of a wealthy man. She has no see and is locked in a mansion, treated like a princess. But Rhine doesn’t want this, she wants to get back to her brother…

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    Bumped – Megan McCafferty

    “I’m sixteen. Pregnant. And the most important person on the planet. According to the Babiez R U ad, anyway.” Melody and Harmony are identical twin sisters but they couldn’t be much more different. Growing up in a world where most people over the age of 18 are infertile, Melody was brought up with two highly intelligent professors from Princeton University who knew that the future was commercial pregnancy years before anyone else and made sure their daughter was one of the first. Harmony on the other hand has been brought up as a part of the church; Marrying between 13 and 16 they stay with their spouses for life and…