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Monday, September 24, 2012

Book Review: Magisterium by Jeff Hirsch

"I found myself longing to belong to this world"
Reading Level: Young Adult
Publication Date: October 2012
Publisher: Scholastic Press
Pages: 320
Series: no
Acquisition: I received a free e-galley for review from NetGalley

On one side of the Rift is a technological paradise without famine or want. On the other side is a mystery.
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. (from Goodreads)

My thoughts:
An awesome read for me. A mix of fantasy and reality. A dystopian world, a magical world, a world that's hard to believe and at the same time feels very grounded and true. Magisterium offers up all of this and more.

I found myself longing to belong to this world. Which side would I choose? Which side will Glenn fall to? There is so much going on in this story and I loved it all!

Magisterium is very action packed, with a lot of secrets to share. Glenn, her family, her friends and the people she meets along her journey all have a part to play. It a short amount of time, worlds are changed and people have to change along with it. Glenn fights this change. I was fascinated watching her struggle, not knowing exactly how her story was going to play out.

Although, Glenn did get on my nerves a few times, looking back on it, I don't know that I could have done any better (or worse) in her situation. She's a strong character for sure and one that will stay with me for a long time.

Final verdict:
A perfect mix for me. This book has a little bit of everything I love - dytopian, fantasy, magic, science fiction, characters you can't help but fall for and an ending that left me hanging on the edge of my seat.

Jeff Hirsch has done it again. Taking the fantastically and weaving it in a way that both scared and delighted me.

Magisterium is a book you begin to miss as soon as you read that last page.

Overall Rating:
5 / 5 Stars

1 comment:

  1. Oh sounds like a perfect blend of different genre's. I wasn't sure about this book myself, but reading your review is much more tempting. :)


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