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Sixteen-year-old Glenn Morgan has lived next to the Rift her entire life and has no idea of what might be on the other side of it. Glenn's only friend, Kevin, insists the fence holds back a world of monsters and witchcraft, but magic isn't for Glenn. She has enough problems with reality: Glenn's mother disappeared when she was six, and soon after, she lost her scientist ...
Sixteen-year-old Glenn Morgan has lived next to the Rift her entire life and has no idea of what might be on the other side of it. Glenn's only friend, Kevin, insists the fence holds back a world of monsters and witchcraft, but magic isn't for Glenn. She has enough problems with reality: Glenn's mother disappeared when she was six, and soon after, she lost her scientist father to his all-consuming work on the mysterious Project. Glenn buries herself in her studies and dreams about the day she can escape. But when her father's work leads to his arrest, he gives Glenn a simple metal bracelet that will send Glenn and Kevin on the run---with only one place to go.
With MAGISTERIUM, Jeff Hirsch brings us the story of a complex, captivating world that will leave readers breathless until the very last page.
"THE ELEVENTH PLAGUE hits disturbingly close to home, vividly depicting a world that has nose-dived into a futuristic nightmare. . . . An excellent, taut debut novel." --Suzanne Collins, author of THE HUNGER GAMES
"Sure to be a hit among fans of dystopias." --BOOKLIST
Posted January 25, 2014
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Posted May 10, 2013
Magisterium by Jeff Hirsch is an exceptional mix of sci-fi and fantasy. It follows the main character, Glenn, as she is chased out of her technology advanced community into a community where she is completely out of her element. She learns about her family, her love, and most importantly, herself.
The length of this book is fairly decent. It is long enough to fit in all the details that the reader needs. It doesn’t have unnecessary details though, which makes it enticing and prevents skimming. It is also short enough to finish reading in a few consistent sittings.
The plot of the story is quite fanciful and because of that I enjoyed it. It was one of the most interesting books I’ve read in a while, introducing many elements that aren’t usually overdone in sci-fi books. The mix between magic and science is craftily put together, melding to create an unique world unlike any I’ve heard before. The magic in the book is explained exquisitely, making me wish I had an affinity as Glenn had. All the characters acted in true human form, which I enjoyed because usually characters seem a little fake to me. There was love, adventure, magic, and science fiction so this book helps tantalize all book lover’s taste buds.
The ending to me seemed incomplete. I have yet to hear of a sequel for Hirsch's book which would be highly disappointing. The ending leaves many loose ends that a sequel could tie up but by themselves almost ruins the book.
In hopes that Hirsch is going to make a sequel, I will recommend this book even for the lackluster ending. The length of the book is bearable without being too simple. I think the plot is just genius, putting elements and scenarios not normally read about.
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Posted April 27, 2015
On one side of the Rift is the Colloquium with its technological advances and complacent society. Everything is as it should be. The world makes sense.
Sixteen-year-old Glenn Morgan has lived next to the Rift her entire life--staring through the forest at the bright, red lights marking the border between the Colloquium and somewhere else. Kevin Kapoor tells her that the other side of the Rift is filled with magic and mutants--wolf-like creatures and maybe even witches.
Glenn doesn't have time for magic. Or Kevin Kapoor.
Ever since her mother disappeared ten years ago, Glenn's life has taken on a singular focus: get good grades, join the Deep Space Service, travel across the universe to planet 813 and get the hell away from everything and everyone else in her life. Her father hates the idea. But her father has been a shadow of himself since Mom disappeared--wasting away as he works on the mysterious Project that he might never finish.
Except he does finish; building something that looks more like a piece of jewelry than a piece of technology with the potential to change everything on both sides of the Rift.
Entrusted with the Project, chased by Authority, all of Glenn's plans for the future become irrelevant as she and Kevin are forced to run with only one place left to hide in Magisterium (2012) by Jeff Hirsch.
Magisterium is Jeff Hirsch's second novel (following his debut The Eleventh Plague).
Magisterium is a satisfying blend of fantasy and science fiction as Hirsch blends together the best elements of both to create a unique, exciting story. I hesitate to give too much away but Hirsch has conjured two dramatically different worlds on either side of the Rift to create a strong, evocative setting. As the story progresses the land itself seems to become a character in the novel as Glenn and Kevin learn more about what lies on the other side of the Rift.
Glenn is a conflicted heroine, forced to negotiate between her own agenda and the tasks that circumstance have forced upon her. She is also strong, grounded and determined--all nice qualities to find in a character. She is accompanied by several great characters throughout the story--notably Kevin Kapoor who is funny, cheerful and stalwart even in the face of Glenn's feigned indifference making them a great pair to read about.
Hirsch's writing is also excellent as he creates a gripping, exciting story. Sometimes there is almost too much action between the dramatic chases and dangers across the Rift. In the midst of all that, Magisterium also raises interesting questions about family and the ideas of unconditional love, home, and even the nature of friendship as almost everything Glenn trusts is stripped away.
I also have to say, I love Jeff Hirsch for writing stand alone novels. It's so refreshing when everything seems to be part of a series or have some kind of cliffhanger. Magisterium is a nicely contained story with action, magic and some very difficult decisions as Glenn realizes that after some choices there is no road home. Highly recommended for readers looking to transition into the fantasy or science fiction genres.
Possible Pairings: The Drowned Cities by Paolo Bacigalupi, False Memory by Dan Krokos, Sabriel by Garth Nix, Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor, Uglies by Scott Westerfeld
*This book was acquired for review from the publisher at BEA 2012*
Posted June 16, 2014
Magisterium is a portal fantasy book, which if done well usually ends up being REALLY GOOD. I was especially interested in this one because there’s a fantasy world on one side, and more of a dystopian world on the other which I think is a fascinating and fantastic blend of genres.
Unfortunately, I found Magisterium largely lacking in regards to both characters and its world. I had hoped for more, but found myself struggling with it for the most part as it didn’t deliver in either area to my liking.
Reason to Read:
1. Two richly complex worlds – one dystopian, one fantasy:
I could marvel at the creativity Jeff Hirsch exemplified here for hours. I was astounded at the uniqueness of the setting his book was set in. It is totally unlike anything I have ever read, with people with special abilities, creatures that blend the lines between animal and human, and some so beautiful yet twisted into something dark. I’d love to explore the Magisterium all on its own. We don’t get much of a glance at Glenn’s home, but we experience enough of it to recognize it as a fairly dark dystopian world.
However, the main problems for me were that I didn’t get to experience enough of the world building as I would like to better understand the story and its circumstances and that the characters were not developed or likable enough for me to be invested in their story. Glenn was too cold and distant, which I can understand given her past, but a story told from the first person narrative should give me more of a glimpse at their vulnerability and I’d like to see them break through it. Perhaps that’s a personal preference of mine, but I didn’t enjoy Glenn for that reason. Likewise I felt Kevin’s sudden change in demeanor to be completely unlike how he had come across earlier on in the book. And he only became more distant as the story moved, again leaving me with very little to root for.
I need to care about the characters to care about the setting and therefore the story. I didn’t care about anything that much, and as a result I felt completely disconnected from the book. Which is unfortunate because I was extremely curious about the world it featured.
Review copy received from Scholastic Canada; no other compensation was received.
Posted November 21, 2013
I might read this book its on my list of books to read cuz i need some books to read i might choose the book but if u guys want a really good book to read then choose the rangers aprentice amazing books!!!!!
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Posted June 22, 2013
This was the perfect blend of science fiction and fantasy. It has been a long time since i read something this original. This one really needs to get some more love!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted October 27, 2012
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Posted October 29, 2012
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