Breaking the Spine. It's a wonderful way to learn about new books coming out and what folks are looking forward to reading. This week I've chosen Magisterium by Jeff Hirsch. Honestly, I didn't have a clue about what this book was about from the title, but the cover totally drew me in. I interviewed Jeff on this blog last year and totally loved his debut novel, The Eleventh Plague. It's a great dystopian book that both boys and girls would enjoy. I was really looking forward to what he was going to write next and Magisterium is it! Check out the description...
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 what might be on the other side. Glenn’s only friend, Kevin Kapoor, insists there’s monsters and witchcraft, but magic isn’t for Glenn. She has enough problems with reality. Ever since her mother abandoned them years earlier she and her scientist father have led nearly separate lives. He obsessively pursues “The Project,” a patched-together heap of technology whose importance only he seems to grasp, while Glenn dreams of the day she can escape.
But when her father’s work leads to his arrest, he gives Glenn a simple metal bracelet that sends her and Kevin on the run—with only one place to go.
On the other side of the Rift, Glenn and Kevin find the Magisterium, a fundamentally different reality that’s both more wondrous and more terrifying than they could have imagined. They also find themselves in the middle a hundred-year-old conflict that will force Glenn to reassess everything she thinks she knows about the world, her family, and even herself.
I've got quite a wait. Magisterium releases October 1, 2012 by Scholastic.
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