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Top 10 Fictional Novels

By Jack S., 8th Grader

  1. Unwind by Neal Shusterman: From the moment I picked up this book, I absolutely fell in love with it! The storyline was well thought out and, from a readers perspective, very exciting and suspenseful. This book takes place in the near future, where parents are able to “unwind” their teenagers. During the unwind process, all of the teenagers body parts are taken off (killing the person), and stored, so if an adult loses a limb or body part it can be replaced by a younger, healthier body part.

  2. Unwholly by Neal Shusterman: As the follow up to Unwind, Unwholly was predictably less suspenseful than Unwind, but still better than all of the books below. This book, as all of the second books in a trilogy do, sets the mood for the third and final book, building up suspense toward the end, and discarding the resolution of the novel.

  3. Will Grayson, Will Grayson by John Green and David Levithan: Although I have not yet finished this book, I absolutely love the plot and how this book demonstrates how weird high school can be. This story is set in Chicago and switches perspectives between two people, both by the name of Will Graysons, who cross paths on the most unlikely block in the city.

  4. The Maze Runner by James Dashner: This book is by far my second favorite sci-fi novel that I’ve read. The story line and background was brilliantly thought up and I could not set this book down. The Maze Runner challenged my brain as I was constantly trying to come up with an explanation for the maze.

  5. Rot & Ruin by Jonathan Maberry: In my opinion this is one of the better zombie apocalypse novels. It captures, in my opinion, what it would be like to live, and survive in the case of a zombie apocalypse. Set in Mountainside, a settlement for survivors in California, Benny Imura and his brother Tom Imura, travel outside of the town and complete scavenger tasks for families who have lost valuable items on first night, or the start of the zombie plague.

  6. Dust & Decay by Jonathan Maberry: As a follow up to Rot & Ruin, this book was phenomenal. With the same characters as the first book, Tom and Benny find out about a secret zombie vs human fighting ring, in which a gang of bounty hunters kidnap kids and teenagers and bid on them in the zombie pits. Benny and his brother make it their mission to take down the gang and destroy the zombie pits.

  7. Flesh & Bone by Jonathan Maberry: With the zombie pits relocated, the Imura brothers must take out the new threat. As another follow-up to the Rot & Ruin book series, I found that the plot and the general story was very much the same to the second book, and did not enjoy it as much.

  8. The Scorch Trials by James Dashner: As the second book in a trilogy, I went into this book thinking it was going to be a so-to-speak “filler book” until the release of the third and final book. But that was not the case at all; I absolutely loved this book! The plot was suspenseful and the novel was very well written.

  9. The Death Cure by James Dashner: By the time I got my hands on this book, I was a little tired of The Maze Runner series, although that’s not to say it wasn’t a good book. I thought this book was beautifully written, I just didn’t feel like there was enough suspense.

  10. Divergent by Veronica Roth: This novel definitely deserved this rating, as the dystopian “Oh no people are so arrogant and selfish” genre is getting a little old. I think this book is heavily overrated by everyone, and a spin off of The Hunger Games, including different factions, with the factions battling each other towards the end of the book.


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