Book Review: Magisterium by Jeff Hirsch

Posted September 27, 2012 by Melissa in Book Review | 4 Comments

Title: Magisterium
Author:  Jeff Hirsch
Reading level: Young Adult
Genre:  Post Apocalyptic Dystopian/Science Fiction/Fantasy
Size: 310 pages
Release Date: October 1st 2012
Publisher: Scholastic Press
Source: Publisher in exchange for an honest review
Find It: Goodreads | Amazon | BN | The Book Depository

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.


Glenn followed the hum of machinery out to the edge of the forest.

Magisterium was a quick fun and engaging read.  The characters are well developed, the plot – though a tad confusing  – was still incredibly captivating and I just couldn’t put this one down until I’d finished it.

I loved the character of Glenn…she was completely believable…fearful yet brave, immature at times yet able to step up to the plate when needed…and she grows tremendously as the book progresses.  I didn’t necessarily connect with her…but I liked her enough that it didn’t matter.  Kevin, the trusty sidekick definitely adds to the story…but for me Aamon stole the show…I don’t want to say too much about him as it might give too much away, but he was my favorite character…  (Any chance there might be a spin-off featuring him??)

The plot was fast moving and completely interesting.  I needed to keep reading because I wanted to understand what had happened during the war, what had caused the Rift, how everything worked, where Glenn’s mom had really gone, and how all of this could ever be resolved. Jeff  Hirsch’s writing style is descriptive and evocative without bogging the reader down which adds tremendously to the experience.

I still have some questions about the logistics of it all and how well the conclusion really works…but maybe it’s a good thing that I’m left still thinking about this one long after I’ve finished reading it!


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