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Reviews written by Marathon County teens about books and graphic novels for young adults! Feel free to add comments and contribute to any of the reviews posted below.

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SEPTEMBER 27, 2010
TimeSplitters 2

This weeks GAME of the WEEK is TimeSplitters 2.  It starts off in the year 2401 in the midst of a war between humanity and the TimeSplitters, an alien race bent on the destruction of mankind. However, rather than invade, they are using the special objects called time crystals to travel through time changing the course of history, bringing Earth to ruin.

Two space marines from Earth, Sergeant Cortez 
and Corporal Hart, are sent out to a space station overrun by TimeSplitters to retrieve the time crystals. However, when they reach the bridge, they are too late as they see the last few TimeSplitters take the time crystals into the past using the time portal. Then, some other TimeSplitters try to break through the door to get into the room. Corporal Hart decides to try to hold them off while Cortez goes into different time periods of the past to retrieve the time crystals.

Upon arrival at each time period, Cortez take the form of a person from that particular period of time, similar to Quantum Leap.  For example, when Cortez arrives in the Wild West, he takes the form of a bounty hunter. When he arrives in a 24th century robot factory, he takes the form of a robot.

After Cortez retrieves all of the time crystals, he returns to the space station to meet with Hart. The TimeSplitters outside finally break into the room. Corporal Hart is killed in the ensuing battle. Cortez sets the space station to self-destruct and he escapes on his ship before it blows up.

This game can be played as single or multi-player. 

Add a comment  (0 comments) posted by Katie Zimmermann / MCPL Customer Services

Categories: Video Game ReviewTeen Zone

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SEPTEMBER 27, 2010
500 Days of Summer

Rating: Not Great (2)

This story is centered around Tom, who believes his life will be complete when he meets his soul mate. Tom meets Summer, who doesn't believe in love, at work and becomes kind of obsessed with her. They say in the beginning that it isn't a love story and you think they are pulling your leg, but it really is more about how a relationship can change and a person can change from a relationship. This movie jumps around the 500 days that he was in a relationship with Summer. It shows you how he sees what is happening, then when later in the movie he realizes more of how things really where and shows miss bits of the story. The days aren't in order and with adding the flashbacks with more detail is kind of strange.

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Find this DVD in our Library Catalog (V-Cat):
(500) Days Of Summer

Add a comment  (0 comments) posted by Katie B.

Categories: Movie ReviewTeen Zone

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SEPTEMBER 13, 2010
Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins

Rating: Excellent! (5)

Mockingjay is the third and final book in the hunger game series. It is a bit different from the other two, which I think is good. There are a lot of surprises with Gale and Peeta, and honestly it is my favorite book.

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Find this Book in our Library Catalog (V-Cat):
Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins

Add a comment  (0 comments) posted by John S.

Categories: Book ReviewTeen Zone

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SEPTEMBER 13, 2010
Paris-Dakar Rally for PS2
This week's featured PS2 game is Paris-Dakar Rally Each year, the world's bravest drivers come together to compete in the Paris-Dakar Rally, a grueling 7,000 mile trek across every imaginable terrain. They do battle in trucks, cars, motorbikes, and ATVs, all striving for the honor of being called the ultimate off -road champion. Only the strong will survive this battle of mud, sweat, and gears! Stop by the Wausau Library's Teen Zone to play! Or find this game in our catalog, and play at home: Paris-Dakar Rally for PS2 by Acclaim.
 
If you enjoy this game, check out the movie Dust to Glory, a great docu-drama about another notorious and dangerous race: the Tecate SCORE Baja 1000.  Dust to Glory follows a wild assortment of motorcycles, dune buggies, ATV quads and tricked-out trucks in a 32-hour dash across 1,000 miles of unforgiving terrain and delivers such pulse-pounding thrills that you feel like you've been there .

Add a comment  (0 comments) posted by Katie Zimmermann / MCPL Customer Services

Categories: Video Game ReviewMovie ReviewTeen Zone

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SEPTEMBER 7, 2010
90 Minutes In Heaven by Don Piper

Rating: Just Okay (3)

I had heard this book was simply amazing, but once I got past the first 75 pages it started to bore me. Although this book might spark for other readers-the spark died for me. Loved the beginning-middle to end? Not so much. Recommended to all who need a faith boost.

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90 Minutes In Heaven by Don Piper

Add a comment  (0 comments) posted by Morgan E.

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SEPTEMBER 7, 2010
Maximum Ride: Angel Experiment by James Patterson

Rating: Excellent! (5)

Angel Experiment was a very good book. It has short chapters for those who like fast reads and the plot is great. Patterson keeps readers hooked from the first page in this page-turning adventure. I recommend to *all* teens and adults. This book is just another great Patterson novel.

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Maximum Ride: Angel Experiment by James Patterson

Add a comment  (0 comments) posted by Morgan E.

Categories: Fantasy Book ReviewAction & Adventure

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SEPTEMBER 7, 2010
The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan

Rating: Excellent! (5)

if you need a new book for school when it starts again this could be the book for you!this book is one of the most exciting books i have ever read! i recomend it to teens that like books that are action packed, full of adventure! this book is about a boy named perseus jackson,a half-blood,also known as percy and his courageous friends, grover and annabeth. together they retrived zeus's master lightning bolt. i think i said enough so you should read it before the furies get you!

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Find this Book in our Library Catalog (V-Cat):
The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan

Add a comment  (0 comments) posted by Hayli H.

Categories: Action & AdventureBook ReviewFantasy

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