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Science fiction for teens

January 14, 2015

“Noble Conflict” by Malorie Blackman starts off being a typical science fiction book set in a seemingly utopian setting, but sets itself apart by the protagonist discovering a conspiracy revealing a society built on lies and corruption.

“Years after a violent war destroyed much of the world, Kaspar has grown up in a society based on peace and harmony. But beyond the city walls, a vicious band of rebels are plotting to tear this peace apart. It is up to the Guardians – an elite peacekeeping force – to protect the city, without ever resorting to the brutal methods of their enemy.”

noble conflictThere are fairly graphic descriptions of death which I felt could’ve been censored a bit. There is a detailed concept and philosophy of fighting with non-lethal weapons which I found interesting to read about. I found it easy to picture what was happening and relate to the characters because of the detail and Malorie Blackman’s style of writing.

What I liked about this book was the conspiring which was sometimes predictable but most often not, and also the views ands morals of the characters. Overall a good book with some good questions raised about human morals.

– review by Jason Benbow

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