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"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 August 26, 2013
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 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 January 25, 2014
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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