Teen/Tween Book Club

Teen Tween Book Club

May's Teen/Tween Book Club will be meeting, as always, on the last Wednesday of the month.  For May, we will meet on Wednesday, May 29 at 4 p.m., and for this month we voted to read Rise of the Red Hand by Olivia Chadha.

You can find these books in our catalog in various formats - please feel welcome to choose your  copy in ebook or physical version. Join us in person at the Headquarters Teen Space, again on Wednesday, May 29 at 4 p.m. to discuss! Also, create an account and join us on our Goodreads group for updates on the next selection and any discussions you'd like to initiate. Our book club works best for tweens and teens aged 11 to 17. 

Interested in other book clubs? The Alachua County Library District has several. You can find more information on our Book Clubs page.

Rise of the Red Hand

Olivia Chadha


A streetrat turned revolutionary and the disillusioned hacker son of a politician try to take down a ruthlessly technocratic government that sacrifices its poorest citizens to build its utopia. The South Asian Province is split in two. Uplanders lead luxurious lives inside a climate-controlled biodome, dependent on technology and gene therapy to keep them healthy and youthful forever. Outside, the poor and forgotten scrape by with discarded black-market robotics, a society of poverty-stricken cyborgs struggling to survive in slums threatened by rising sea levels, unbreathable air, and deadly superbugs. Ashiva works for the Red Hand, an underground network of revolutionaries fighting the government, which is run by a merciless computer algorithm that dictates every citizen's fate. She's a smuggler with the best robotic arm and cybernetic enhancements the slums can offer, and her cargo includes the most vulnerable of the city's abandoned children. When Ashiva crosses paths with the brilliant hacker Riz-Ali, a privileged Uplander who finds himself embroiled in the Red Hand's dangerous activities, they uncover a horrifying conspiracy that the government will do anything to bury. From armed guardians kidnapping children to massive robots flattening the slums, to a pandemic that threatens to sweep through the city like wildfire, Ashiva and Riz-Ali will have to put aside their differences in order to fight the system and save the communities they love from destruction.

Descriptions adapted from the publisher.
By LaurelC on April 25, 2024