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Atlantia

Allyson Braithwaite Condie

Condie's (Matched trilogy) fantasy adventure is set in a richly drawn dystopian future. Rio Conwy and her twin sister, Bay, live in the undersea city of Atlantia, built after the atmosphere became too polluted. When Bay betrays her sister and leaves her stranded Below, Rio decides to make her own escape. She formulates a plan that leads to questions about her mother’s death, her own destiny, and the corrupted system that governs the Divide between land and sea. Rio will have to rethink everything she's been taught and make courageous decisions in order to reunite with her sister and save the world she loves.

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How It Went Down

Kekla Magoon

In Magoon’s (37 Things I Love, 2012) provocative novel, 16-year-old Tariq Johnson, an African-American, is shot on the street by Jack Franklin, a white man. Jack claims he acted in self-defense, despite the fact that the police could not find a weapon on Tariq. The motives of both killer and victim remain fuzzy, as do the circumstances surrounding the shooting. Family, friends, gang members, neighbors, and a nationally renowned minster make up the broad cast of characters. Everyone has something to say, but no two accounts of the shooting are the same and day after day, new twists further obscure the truth.

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Talon

Julie Kagawa

Kagawa's (Iron Fey series) new fantasy series features dragon shape-shifters Ember Hill, 16, and her brother Dante who live in a California beach town. They've been raised in secrecy by the ruthless dragon organization, Talon, which is positioned to take over the world. The Talon's ancient enemy is the Order of St. George, a militia whose sole purpose is to seek and destroy all dragons. Garret Sebastian, a veteran soldier of St. George, is sent to kill any dragons hiding in the area. After he crosses paths with Ember, Garret discovers she’s not the killer he expected and begins to question the motives of the Order.

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