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Established in 2007 by the Leatherby Libraries, the Community of Readers is the summer reading program for Chapman University. This program is open to everyone who has borrowing privileges at the Leatherby Libraries and a current library account, including students, faculty, staff, and alumni. Members select books from the Leatherby Libraries and receive prizes upon submission of their first review. The only requirement is that books must be obtained through the Leatherby Libraries.

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Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Red Queen

Red Queen
Call Number
1st Floor McNaughton
Somewhat Recommended
Book Review
This is another alternate universe YA novel set in a dystopian world, but here, the citizens are divided by the color of their blood: the "Silvers" have special powers, are considered nobility and the world is ruled by Silver royalty while the "Reds" are treated like second class citizens, live in slums and work for the Silvers. When the protagonist (clearly intended to be a Katniss-esque character) is discovered to have powers only Silvers should have, it sparks a series of events that begins to change the world as they know it.
Though parts of the book are compelling and intriguing enough to inspire you to flip the page to find out what happens next, it lacked the complexity of other YA novels (Hunger Games, Divergent, Harry Potter), so I never found myself attached to any of the characters. Because of this, I probably won't be reading the second book in the series, but it was a somewhat entertaining read.
Submitted By
Jeni Do Carmo
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