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Bloody Monday – hacker boy & friends fight terrorists

bloody mondayTitle: Bloody Monday

Authors: Ryou Ryumon & Kouji Megumi

Summary: High school hacker boy and friends fight terrorists after police dad is framed.

Gut reaction: Ugh characters, hackers are cool, overpowered high schoolers, biological terrorism, Russia, conspiracy

Why: The characters are all two-note, ability and character center. For example, one of the high schoolers, a kid called Kujou, pretty much has only two things going for him: his ability to take down armed terrorists with a freaking bow and arrow, and his obsessive hatred of terrorists which no normal high school student should have. So the characters aren’t developed.

I do like that the main character has potential to develop into a kid who is reckless and doesn’t understand that it isn’t a game which will lead to character development, but the manga is too focused on showing off the awesomeness, so I don’t think that’ll happen. The students are all overpowered. I’m sorry, I don’t know what world you live in, but in mine teenagers can’t hack into the government’s most secure database in, like, five minutes. The story is gearing up for a conspiracy and the high school students are going to end up taking it down in a suitably dramatic way, I can tell.

Who would like this book: Shounen fans, conspiracy fans, hacker fans, shock factor fans. I’ll keep reading ‘cause hackers are freaking awesome to read.  What does this say about me…

–Lexie, 15, West Seattle



Teen Review: Girl in the Wall (Book)

Girl in the WallTitle:  The Girl in the Wall

Author:  Daphne Benedis-Grab

Summary:  Ariel’s birthday weekend looks to be the event of the season! The only person who’s dreading the party is Sera, Ariel’s former bff, whose father forces her to go. Sera has been the school pariah since she betrayed Ariel. Thrown together, Ariel and Sera agree: this could be one very long night. They have no idea just how right they are. Only moments after the concert begins and the lights go down, thugs open fire. As the entire party is taken hostage, the girls are forced apart. As the death toll climbs, Ariel and Sera must resolve their issues as they try to survive the night.

Review:  I like this book very much, it was an interesting perspective on how two ex-best friends come together to save each other from being held hostage. There’s a little bit of everything in the book such as action, romance, mystery, and comedy. Every page is a surprise waiting to be read, I couldn’t put down the book! It’s highly relatable to teens and what they go through, not obviously the hostage situation but topics such as high school and romance and finding yourself. I would recommend this book to anyone who loves juicy, shocking secrets on every page to come. It’s a delightful light read filled with laughter, tears, and shock.

Lexy, Northgate Teen Blogger

Revolutionary Reads

GracelingGraceling by Kristin Cashore:  In a world where some people are born with extreme and often-feared skills called Graces, Katsa struggles for redemption from her own horrifying Grace, the Grace of killing, and teams up with another young fighter to save their land from a corrupt king.



Code Name Verity

Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein: In 1943, a British fighter plane crashes in Nazi-occupied France and the survivor tells a tale of friendship, war, espionage, and great courage as she relates what she must to survive while keeping secret all that she can.



Summer PrinceThe Summer Prince by Alaya Dawn Johnson: In a Brazil of the distant future, June Costa falls in love with Enki, a fellow artist and rebel against the strict limits of the legendary pyramid city of Palmares Três’ matriarchal government, knowing that, like all Summer Kings before him, Enki is destined to die.



Little Brother

Little Brother by Cory Doctorow:  After being interrogated by the Department of Homeland Security after a major terrorist attack on San Francisco, Marcus is released into what is now a police state and uses his expertise in computer hacking to set things right.



OrleansOrleans by Sherrie L. Smith:  Set in a futuristic, hostile Orleans landscape, Fen de la Guerre must deliver her tribe leader’s baby over the Wall into the Outer States before her blood becomes tainted with Delta Fever.




Fire in the StreetsFire in the Streets by Kekla Magoon: In the aftermath of Dr. King’s assassination in 1968, Chicago fourteen-year-old Maxie longs to join the Black Panthers, whether or not her brother Raheem, ex-boyfriend Sam, or her friends like it, and is soon caught up in the violence of anti-war and civil rights demonstrations.



Five 4ths of JulyFive 4th of Julys by Pat Raccio Hughes:  On July 4th, 1777, Jake Mallory and his friends are celebrating their new nation’s independence, but over the next four years Jake finds himself in increasingly adventurous circumstances as he battles British forces, barely survives captivity on a prison ship, and finally returns home, war-torn and weary, but hopeful for America’s future.


Aristotle and Dante DiscoverAristotle and Dante Discover The Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Saenz:  Ari Mendoza is an angry loner with a brother in prison, but when he meets Dante and they become friends, Ari starts to ask questions about himself, his parents, and his family that he has never asked before.



Poetry Speaks Who I AmPoetry Speaks Who I Am:  Poems about you, who you are, and who you are becoming. Find the poem you love, the one that makes you angry, the one that makes you laugh, the one that knocks the wind out of you and becomes a part of you. Poetry can be life-altering, gritty and difficult. It can be hilarious or heart-breaking.  This  is a collection that is dynamic, accessible, challenging, classic, edgy, and ultimately not quite perfect. Just like you.