Teen reviewer Olivia Upham, 14, recently devoured an advance reader copy (ARC) of The Darkest Path, by Jeff Hirseh. She loved, loved, loved this dystopian adventure:
"The Darkest Path is honestly one of my favorite books. Dystopian novels were getting a little dry because it was always the same thing: The government failed. But this book actually had a back story, and I loved that. Callum Roe, a defiant yet lost soldier of the Glorious Path, runs away with a dog after he kills the kennel worker. Every chapter has a plot twist, and there was not a dull moment in the novel. It's the most intense book I've read, and he made even minor characters memorable. I'm truly at a loss for words. The ending left me speechless. I've already recommended this book to other people!" --Olivia Upham, teen reviewer.
The Darkest Path is scheduled for release September 24, 2013.
Olivia, if you enjoyed this ARC, you might want to try Safekeeping, by Karen Hesse, in which Radley, a teen missionary, returns home to find the US has dissolved into total anarchy while she was out of the country. Hoping to find her missing parents, she plans to flee to Canada. Along the way, she befriends a pregnant teen (also on the run). The story is not so much about what's going on with the government (or lack of), but of the girls' journey to safety and the bond they form out of necessity. Illustrating the story are some very cool photos taken by the author.