The Eye of Minds

Author: James Dashner Publication: 2013, Delacorte Pages: 320 Overall Rating: Rating for Action: Quantity of Action: Age Category: 13+ Brief Summary: Michael lives most of his life in the VertNet.  He enters his Coffin – a box designed to protect his physical body while he roams the virtual net – and hangs there with his […]

Burning Nation

Author: Trent Reedy Publication: 2015, Arthur A. Levine Pages: 417 Overall Rating: Rating for Action: Quantity of Action: Age Category: 13+ Brief Summary: This is book two in the Divided We Fall series and it kicks off with a blast as Danny and his friends find themselves on the front lines trying to beat back […]

City of Savages

Author: Lee Kelly Publication: 2015, Saga Press Pages: 406 Overall Rating: Rating for Action: Quantity of Action: Age Category: 13+ Brief Summary: Phee and Sky are sisters in a dying New York City ten years after the start of World War III.  While the spend the summers alone with their mother, every fall they have […]

Divided We Fall

Author: Trent Reedy Publication: 2014, Scholastic Pages: 374 Overall Rating: Rating for Action: Quantity of Action: Age Category: 13+ Brief Summary: Danny Wright is 17 and a private in the Idaho National Guard.  When he first joined up, he’d expected nothing more than a summer of basic training and a few weekends at the armory […]

The Walled City

Author: Ryan Graudin Publication: 2014, Little, Brown & Co. Pages: 424 Overall Rating: Rating for Action: Quantity of Action: Age Category: 13+ Brief Summary: The Walled City, or Hak Nam, was a real place in Hong Kong that was demolished after China took control of the island.  This fictionalized account of the last days of […]

The Monstrumologist

Author: Rick Yancey Publication: 2010, Simon & Schuster Pages: 464 Overall Rating: Rating for Action: Quantity of Action: Age Category: 13+ Brief Summary: Twelve year old Will Henry is apprenticed to Pellinore Warthrop, a brilliant and utterly self-absorbed monstrumologist in 1880’s New England.  When a grave robber shows up at their house bearing the body […]

Unbreakable

Author: Kami Garcia Publication: 2013, Little, Brown Books Pages: 320 Overall Rating: Rating for Action: Quantity of Action: Age Category: 13+ Brief Summary: When Kennedy finds her mother dead she has no idea what’s really going, not until twins Lukas and Jared break into her house and kill a vengeance demon sent to destroy her.  […]

The Naturals

Author: Jennifer Lynn Barnes Publication: 2013, Disney-Hyperion Pages: 320 Overall Rating: Rating for Action: Quantity of Action: Age Category: 13+ Brief Summary: Cassie is a natural when it comes to profiling people, getting inside their head and figuring out who they are and how they think.  It’s a skill she learned from her mother, and […]

Phoenix Island

Author: John Dixon Publication: 2014, Gallery Book Pages: 306 Overall Rating: Rating for Action: Quantity of Action: Age Category: 13+ Brief Summary: Carl Freeman has a history with the law.  He’s been arrested dozens of times, and been through foster families, group homes, and detention centers in four states.  And all for same crime: beating […]

Ashes

Author: Ilsa J. Bick Publication: 2012, Egmont Pages: 496 Overall Rating: Rating for Action: Quantity of Action: Age Category: 13+ Brief Summary: Alex is hiking in the mountains, running from her past and the deadly brain tumor that haunts her present, when an electromagnetic pulse flashes across the sky.  In an instant, it wipes out […]