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Emerson's 2016-17 Top Five

The top five best books I have read during this school year in summary and review :)

The Thousandth Floor by Katharine McGee

The Thousandth Floor by Katharine McGee

McGee, Katharine. The Thousandth Floor. New York: HarperCollinsPublishers, 2016. Print.
The Thousandth Floor follows the lives of five teens in 2118 while they experience their own personal dilemma. All of this occurs in the thousand-floor tower, which holds the entirety of New York City. The teens live from the 3rd floor all the way to the thousandth, but their drama interlocks on all levels. I loved the beginning of this book, especially with the character development, advanced technology, and the structure of the book. The writing is explanatory and trendy, all the while building a sophisticated story line and an excellent development of this future world. I'm on the edge of my seat for when the sequel, "The Dazzling Heights," comes out on August 29th.

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Still Life With Tornado by A.S. King

Still Life With Tornado by A.S. King

King, A. S. Still Life with Tornado. Melbourne, Vic.: The Text Publishing Company, 2017. Print.
Sarah realizes that she wants to make something original, but she can't figure out whether anything is ever original. This sparks an existential crisis, which she thinks is because of her inability to draw anymore and her sudden hallucinations of past versions of herself. As she talks to these personas, though, she is exposed to the true reason she can't function anymore: the tornado of her family. I read this book over a long period of time because every sentence had to be reread due to its uniqueness and utter literacy. The author expresses intangible feelings as though she is holding them in her hand, all while fabricating an interesting and alluring story. This book left me in awe at what a true piece of art it is.

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Room by Emma Donoghue

Room by Emma Donoghue

Donoghue, Emma. Room: a novel. London: Picador, 2015. Print.
Five-year-old Jack knows what's in Room and only that. He celebrates his usual schedule until his 5th birthday when Mom just can't take it anymore. This book was riveting and the action scene made my heart race and I had to stand up while reading it. This made my list because it was so memorable and had an excellent movie adaptation. This book shows a great mother-son bond and then throws plot twists into the mix.

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The Sacred Lies of Minnow Bly By Stephanie Oaks

The Sacred Lies of Minnow Bly By Stephanie Oaks

Oaks, Stephanie. The Sacred Lies of Minnow Bly. N.p.: Turtleback , 2016. Print.
When Minnow Bly's cult leader is killed, she is detained for her own crimes. Handless and harbored from the real world, Minnow's prison therapist attempts to uncover what happened in Minnow's cult. I read this book and immediately recommended it to everyone. This book is riveting and makes me cry beyond words. The word usage and the new world is extremely creative and indulgent.

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The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood

The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood

Atwood, Margaret Eleanor. The Handmaids Tale. N.p.: Random House Inc, 2017. Print.

Offred is one of many handmaids obeying their Commanders. Their main purpose of living is to birth their Commaders' children, but some don't live that long, and some won't let it happen. This book made it onto my list because I enjoyed it the entire time I read it and I never wanted it to end. I originally read this book because it was on my sister's Lang reading list for the summer and I read it after her. This book emphasizes the importance of birth rights and also poses a unique shadow of our society and what it could become.

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