Our book this month was Elsewhere, by Gabrielle Zevin, and this one provoked a lot of comment and questions from our group of 11 in attendance, dealing with one person’s quirky vision of the afterlife as it does. The book received a rating of 7.5. Next month’s book is Mortal Engines, by Philip Reeve, and the following month we will read I’d Tell You I Love You But Then I’d Have to Kill You, by Ally Carter.
Eighteen of us loudly discussed The Maze Runner, by James Dashner. The relative merits of this book were hotly debated, with some finding the nonstop action and abrupt scene changes engaging and exciting, and others maintaining the book was confusing and poorly written and the cliffhanger ending was too abrupt. The votes were widely placed on the 1-10 spectrum, and the book received a 6.75. Next month we are reading the mystery You Killed Wesley Payne, by Sean Beaudoin, and for the following month we chose the sci-fi book Human.4, by Mike Lancaster.
We had a lively exchange about The Lock Artist, by Steve Hamilton, an Alex Award-winner about a boy whose difficult life circumstances lead him into a life of crime as a safe-cracker, but whose talent for art and love for a girl may save him. It was a club favorite--smart and suspenseful--and the 13 members rated it 9.25. Next month's book dips into the paranormal with a nod to '70s and '80s rock--it's Hold Me Closer, Necromancer, by Lish McBride, a book we've been anticipating reading since last May. December's book will be Daughter of Smoke and Bone, by Laini Taylor.
If you haven't picked up your book, better do so soon--November's clubs will be here before you know it! To find the dates of the next club meetings, go to our Teen Programs page on our website.