Sunday, October 9, 2016

ARC Review: The Scourge

The Scourge
by Jennifer A. Nielsen

In the novel The Scourge by Jennifer A. Nielsen, a deadly plague has broken out that hasn't been scene for 300 years. Ani Mells is tested for the Scourge and found positive meaning she will be going to the island where all the victims live out their lives. Ani starts to discover things that point towards a terrible plot happening on the island and what she finds out will shock her entire country.

In the book Ani Mells is a citizen of Keldan and lives with the river people. She is a troublemaker in every sense of the word. Not only does she wreak havoc within the river people but also in the towns. The river people are not welcomed among the townspeople and this is where Ani usually runs into problems, but that doesn't stop her from showing up anyway.

The book is filled with astonishing quotes and powerful statements. One of my favorites is “we are the Scourge, and we're going home.” I like this quote because for years Ani and her people had been oppressed by the governor and her soldiers. I think at this moment it shows that Ani isn't going to take it any more. This moment is where she takes back everything the government stole from the river people.

Nielson uses lots of descriptive language and writing strategies to fully explain the plot. The plot continuously twists and turns and moves in all sorts of directions. All this leads up to an epic ending for an amazing book. I would definitely recommend this book because it's one of the best books I've read in awhile. I would recommend it to people who enjoy adventure books and books about rebelling against the evil in your life. I would rate this book about a 4.5!

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Review by MollyL.
Publisher: Scholastic Press
Release Date: August 30, 2016
Pages: 368

*Our class received and ARC of this book to read/review from the publisher, in exchange for my honest review.

Another Review...

I just finished reading was The Scourge, by Jennifer A Nielsen. 15 year old Ani Mells lives in Keldan, where a disease is taking over called the Scourge. One who gets the Scourge will be taken away from their families to go to the Scourge Colony, where victims can live the rest of their days in peace. When Ani and her best friend Weevil get the disease, they find something out about the Scourge. Can they find a way to sneak past the wardens and get back to Keldan, to warn Keldan about the truth of the Scourge.

My favorite character in the novel was definitely Ani. In a way, she reminds me of Katniss Everdeen from the Hunger Games. Fans of that book will love the Scourge. Ani is a young girl, but she has a really snappy attitude. She fights for what she wants, and is right, and always finds herself in a big pile of trouble. Throughout the book, she's constantly getting into trouble, but hopefully it pays off in the end. The character was definitely believable because she showed traits that I love to see in characters.

In closing, many readers find this book amazing, including me. Fans of the Hunger Games, Divergent, and Under the Never Sky will be on the edge of their seats with this novel. It truly is awesome.
Review by TaraT.

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