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By Michael Berry, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 12+

Silent warrior fights supersoldiers in exciting sci-fi.

Book Marie Lu Fantasy 2020
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age 13+

Based on 1 parent review

age 13+

Great book, as long as your kid can handle it.

A fantastic story with a strong main character. Avoids feeling formulaic, yet manages to communicate multiple positive messages about loyalty, friendship, and duty. Beware the sequel, as after the cliffhanger this book ends on you will HAVE to read the second book, despite the fact that it is a lackluster title taking advantage of of this book's success. Regularly features graphic violence, so I wouldn't recommend to a kid below 13, as they may find some scenes disturbing.

Is It Any Good?

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Kids say (6 ):

Warfare seems to be a universal activity, and this action-packed adventure set in a half-forgotten future raises issues of imperialism and xenophobia. Author Marie Lu can usually be counted on to serve up plenty of forward narrative motion, and she doesn't disappoint here, as her characters battle zombie-like Ghosts and deal with treacherous royalty. Talin and Red are a fascinating pair of main characters, with well-kept secrets and surprising abilities. This is the kind of storytelling Lu's fans clamor for. The surprise cliffhanger ending will annoy some readers, but Lu probably has a killer opening ready for the next volume.

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