This novel is a dystopian science fiction story set in the near future. Thirty-one teenage humans live in a seaside camp. They are trapped in their camp by a forest that maliciously attacks them. Ash, the best surfer, is their leader until she loses a surging contest due to a seagull. The new leader, Jon, is the first to kill and eat an animal, driving others to savagery as well. That night, Ash is captured by a species she did not even know existed, the Raptors. She is saved from death by the Raptor king, who is the most peaceful member of his species.
Fern has always been different. She knows this, and her family knows this. What she DOESN'T know is that she is not really human. She's a vampire, an "Otherworldy." The kids at school pick on her, with the exception of her brother and another vampire, and one of the popular girls. Together, the three children set out to discover the truth about Fern.
In the country of Panem, one can be killed simply for existing. In fact, ever since the rebellion that almost wiped out the country's government, being born may be a death sentence, at least for children between the ages of twelve and eighteen. It is these children, after all, who risk the most brutal execution imaginable in the form of participation in the Hunger Games, an annual competition in which a randomly selected few are pitted against each other in a brutal fight to the death.
In this fantasy novel, the main purpose of the story was to entertain. It was not a really deep novel, even though there were a few personal and moral conflicts. It was an action-packed story set in a series of parallel worlds. Most of the characters had magical abilities. The main character, a boy named Simon, leaves planet Earth with a magic user trainee named Tonya. They are stranded on a paraworld completely devoid of magic and make friends there. Soon, Simon discovers that he is the only person that can perform magic on that particular planet.
Pompeii is a well-researched historical non-fiction that examines life in the Roman city of Pompeii. The book begins with the arrival to power of Nero, a vibrant new Emperor. The twenty-five years preceding the eruption of Vesuvius are detailed in many aspects, including economic, social, and political problems as well as greatness. The eruption of Vesuvius, and the subsequent burial to the city under volcanic ash and mud, is considered to be one of the most catastrophic events faced by the great ROman Empire.
Equality 7-2521 is not like the other brothers. For one thing, he has a head quicker than most. He desires to become a Scholar and question all things. In the society of Equality 7-2521, the worst transgression is to prefer. Nothing is superior. Everything is all the same. Equality 7-2521 makes a huge discovery, but keeps it to him, for it is Uncharted. If the Council found out, he would be severely punished for breaking the law. There he discovers the secrets of the Unthinkable Times and satisfies some of his hunger for knowledge.