I love the different categories we get to explore in the YA Class of 2013 Blogfest. Today it's all about our favorite books, categorized by elements of fiction: plot, world-building, theme, dialogue, etc...
Palmares Tres is a futuristic city built as a giant enclosed pyramid rising out of a bay in Brazil. It's also a sentient city; the world building is so vivid! However, the rulers of the city demand a cruel sacrifice.
One of those rare sequels where the character arc continues to arc instead of flattening out. Elisa faces losing her _____, and faces her more beautiful sister, and I love her own unique way of handling both challenges.
Most Jaw-Dropping Ending:
These Broken Stars by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner
The ending, I'm still trembling from that ending. (Sorry if I'm repeating myself. Just can't help myself).
But, since I already used These Broken Stars for another category, there's another great twisty ending:
When another reviewer said this story was like the movie Groundhog Day but in reverse, I couldn't resist getting this book. Abby wakes up nearly every morning wondering what's changed in her life because of her parallel's decisions, and the last change at the very end - WOW.
Best Performance in a Supporting Role:
Trev from Altered, by Jennifer Rush. Trev is full of quotes and surprises. Indulge me, I can't help but share a little excerpt with him here:
"What if she isn't alive?" I slumped against the seat. "What if all this wishing is for nothing?" "'In all things it is better to hope than to despair.'" "Whose quote is that?" Trev smirked, folding his hands together. He loved it when I asked him for more information, when I gave him the opportunity to show off. "Johann Wolfgang von Goethe." "What's the Aristotle one? The one about hope?" His eyes lost focus as he dug for the quote I wanted. I could see the moment when he remembered it, the glimmer returning to his amber eyes. I'd never met anyone with a real lightbulb expression like Trev's. "'Hope is a waking dream.'"