The Host

From Alexus Haddad

Title:  The Host 

Author:  Stephenie Meyer

The earth has been invaded by a species that takes over the minds of their human hosts while leaving their bodies intact, and most of humanity has succumbed. Melanie refuses to have her mind taken over. She understands the hard life of being a human. This book was okay.

Brain Camp

From Carson, Teen Book Reviewer
author: Kim, Susan
Brain Camp
The book Brain Camp, by Susan Kim and Laurence Klavan is a very interesting book. The main character, Lucas, is a long-haired boy who breaks  into cars and is a slacker. Jenna is a geek, and people consider her to be a freak because she acts very strange and weird. In Jenna’s family, all of  her relatives want to be doctors and lawyers and other jobs that require high levels of intelligence. Jenna doesn’t seem to want to be a doctor or  a  lawyer. Both Lucas’s parents and Jenna’s parents try sending them to summer camps that can get them smarter. However, in the past, both  of them were rejected by every summer program that their parents tried to get them into. This time, a tall stranger visits both Lucas’s and  Jenna’s parents and offers them the opportunity of having their children enroll in a special summer camp that can prepare children for the SATs and other exams. Both Lucas’s and Jenna’s parents decide to enroll them. But when Jenna and Lucas set foot  in Camp Fielding, they sense that  something is wrong with the campers. At first, most of the campers seem just like them. Then, the campers seem to change from deeply dumb to
surprisingly intelligent. They don’t notice how gross the food is anymore, and they have deep interests in highly advanced subjects. Also, Lucas  and Jenna notice lots of dead baby birds on the ground and feathers throughout the camp. They realize something isn’t right at Camp Fielding,  and they become determined to find out what it is.

I’d recommend this book to anyone who likes mystery books, because this book makes you want to finish the whole book in one sitting, due to  the highly entertaining plot of the story. It makes you wonder if there actually are camps out there that can be so mysterious.

Ender’s Game

From Mathew, Teen Book Reviewer
author: Card , Orson Scott
Ender’s Game
“Ender’s Game” takes placed entirely in the future. In this book’s future, there’s a bug-like, alien race called the Buggers. We are at war with the Buggers since they have attacked Earth two times in the recent past. Since we are at war, the Government has to select the brightest and toughest kids to train for the epic battles with the Buggers. Six year old Ender Wiggin is one of those lucky chosen kids after he won a nasty and really bloody fight with a schoolmate. It was after this fight that the Government thought, after much consideration, that little Ender Wiggin could defeat the evil Buggers. Ender was thought to be the perfect hero because he had two of the best traits that ran in his family. He had the violence and hatred of his brother, Peter, and the empathy and kindness of his sister, Valentine. As the book progresses, Ender launches off with other kids on a ship to Battle School, which is in outer space. Ender finds Battle School to b e an entertaining place, especially the game room, where the team battles happen. You’ll learn about the Game Room, and it’s rules, as you read through “Ender’s Game”, so it won’t be confusing. Ender gets put in the absolute beginners group (team), the Launchies. Ender is teased and made fun of at first, but, because of his abilities, he later becomes respected and befriended by the other kids. The Government advances Ender extremely quickly through Battle school since they want him to be isolated from the other kids and be prepared for battle as quickly as possible. The result is Ender becomes lonely and overworked. Those problems make Ender want to quit Battle School forever. Will Ender quit Battle School? If he stays, will he be the hero that he’s supposed to be? Find out those answers, and more in “Ender’s Game”.