Magisterium by Jeff HirschMagisterium by Jeff Hirsch

Magisterium

byJeff Hirsch

Hardcover | October 1, 2012

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It's the year 2120. 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 of it. Glenn's only friend, Kevin Kapoor, 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 to the cold isolation of a research station on 813, a planet on the far side of the known universe. 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.

JEFF HIRSCH graduated from the University of California, San Diego, with an MFA in Dramatic Writing and is the author of The Eleventh Plague. He lives in Astoria, New York, with his wife, and you can visit him online at www.jeff hirsch.com and on Twitter @Jeff_Hirsch.
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Title:MagisteriumFormat:HardcoverDimensions:320 pages, 8.55 × 5.71 × 1.12 inPublished:October 1, 2012Publisher:SCHOLASTIC INCLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:054529018X

ISBN - 13:9780545290180

Reviews

Rated 2 out of 5 by from All Over the Place Based on the synopsis of the book, I expected to be drawn into a world that is so fantastical that it is jarring beside a futuristic world that the characters originally live in. What I found in the book, it was less of amazing exploration of a cruel and fantastical world. It's too bad, because the idea for the plot seems like it really could have gone far. Not only did I not feel like either of the worlds were places I wanted to explore or know more about, I felt that they were bland. The description of the world beyond the rift, Magisterium is little more than old style villages, people who use bow and arrows, people with magic or what they call "Affinity", and some sort of interesting magical non-humans. The other world that the protagonist Glenn comes from is much in the future and uses things like drones and glass tablets, but doesn't really offer much up to really engage readers into the world. One of the first things that struck me at the beginning was Glenn's supposedly genius. She is applying to finish her schooling early to get into a space program, which implies that her intelligence levels are pretty ahead of her peers, at the age of 16. You legitimately never see her use critical thinking OR rational logic when she is opposed with people running after her or even when she thinks her dad is crazy/wrong. She has this conversation with her friend Kevin while in Magisterium which I think aptly describes both their relationship and the way Glenn behaves. "That's the difference between you and me. We're led up to the edge of a whole new world, a world we've been told our whole lives doesn't exist, can't exist, a world with things like Aamon and the Miel Pan in it. And me? I want to see more. But you? You want to turn around and go home so you can get your homework done on time." - Kevin In fact, Glenn is the most irritating protagonist. She is straight up selfish and acts many times over the course of the story in a way that is detrimental to everyone around her. Her only saving grace in the book is at the end, when she finally makes a decision that is not entirely selfish. I kept reading to see if more of the world would be better and if the characters would stop leaving each other in the dark or stop being completely selfish, and I'm sorry to say, that didn't happen. The redeeming qualities of this book come from the basic plot idea and possibilities it holds. The exploration of different worlds is admittedly pretty cool! I just wish the characters were more likeable and the world more developed.
Date published: 2017-01-15
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Review from Esther's Ever After Magisterium is a portal fantasy book, which if done well usually ends up being REALLY GOOD. I was especially interested in this one because there’s a fantasy world on one side, and more of a dystopian world on the other which I think is a fascinating and fantastic blend of genres. Unfortunately, I found Magisterium largely lacking in regards to both characters and its world. I had hoped for more, but found myself struggling with it for the most part as it didn’t deliver in either area to my liking. Reason to Read: 1. Two richly complex worlds – one dystopian, one fantasy: I could marvel at the creativity Jeff Hirsch exemplified here for hours. I was astounded at the uniqueness of the setting his book was set in. It is totally unlike anything I have ever read, with people with special abilities, creatures that blend the lines between animal and human, and some so beautiful yet twisted into something dark. I’d love to explore the Magisterium all on its own. We don’t get much of a glance at Glenn’s home, but we experience enough of it to recognize it as a fairly dark dystopian world. However, the main problems for me were that I didn’t get to experience enough of the world building as I would like to better understand the story and its circumstances and that the characters were not developed or likable enough for me to be invested in their story. Glenn was too cold and distant, which I can understand given her past, but a story told from the first person narrative should give me more of a glimpse at their vulnerability and I’d like to see them break through it. Perhaps that’s a personal preference of mine, but I didn’t enjoy Glenn for that reason. Likewise I felt Kevin’s sudden change in demeanor to be completely unlike how he had come across earlier on in the book. And he only became more distant as the story moved, again leaving me with very little to root for. I need to care about the characters to care about the setting and therefore the story. I didn’t care about anything that much, and as a result I felt completely disconnected from the book. Which is unfortunate because I was extremely curious about the world it featured. Review copy received from Scholastic Canada; no other compensation was received.
Date published: 2014-06-16
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Fast Paced perfect for reluctant reader Mini Book Review: A truly unique and unusual story that is perfect for the reluctant reader. This was an extremely fast paced story with plenty of twists and turns that I didn't see coming. I won't lie I was a little confused at times about what the heck was going on but than again I was reading it while taking care of the kids while hubby was away - mind wasn't completely there. The cover is fabulous and I had to pick it up after promising no more books while at BEA. Glenn is an intriguing and likeable character and I enjoyed the scenes between her and Kevin. I also really enjoyed the scene with Opal which gave the story a little more heart. I think the story would have been far superior if some of what I read in the scenes with Opal could have been developed further. Hirsch is fabulous at world building and prose but I just found the story lacking in something. It was still a nice escape from reality but not something I truly loved. I know this review is kinda rambling but hey its been a long weekend sorry 3.75 Dewey's I picked up a copy of this at BEA last year and just now finally getting to it
Date published: 2013-03-04

Read from the Book

From Magisterium"Glenn! Glenny! Wake up!"Glenn opened her eyes and bolted upright. She was in bed, twisted up in her sheets, Hopkins beside her. A form teetered above, a huge shadow in the dark room."Dad?""It works, Glenny," he said, panting, his voice tripping with amazement. "It actually works."Glenn rubbed her eyes. "What are you talking about? What works? What time is it?""Get dressed and come see.""Dad, what?"Her father leaned into a shaft of moonlight. Glenn jerked away without thinking and gasped. His hair was disheveled, his clothes stained with oil and soot. There was a long gash on his arm. Hopkins reared back and hissed as Dad reached down and grabbed Glenn by her shoulders."We're really going to do it, Glenn.""What are you talking about? Do what?"He kneeled down beside her. His skin was sweaty and pale, ghastly, like a melting candle."We're going to get her back," he said. His eyes were swollen and red and had a wild, unhinged look about them. "We're going to march right over there and bring her back.""Go where? Get who back?"Her Dad paused. He looked terrified and exhilarated at the same time."Your mom," he said, his voice trembling. "We're going to rescue her."It was like a fist slamming into Glenn's chest. Her breath stopped."Rescue her from what?"

Editorial Reviews

Praise for Magisterium"A fresh take on the typical dystopian story." -VOYA"This fast-paced, action-packed story features a strong protagonist, fabulous imagery, and romance. By novel's end, feats of sacrifice and extreme loyalty illuminate the truism that the more things change, the more they stay the same." -Booklist"Hirsch keeps the action rolling non-stop. Fans of dystopian adventure will find . . . gratifying thrills with a touch of glamour." -Publishers Weekly"Fans of the author's previous novel, the post-apocalyptic The Eleventh Plague, will again be intrigued by the question of how individuals cope when their carefully constructed worlds fall apart." -Horn BookPraise for The Eleventh Plague"A gripping survival drama." -USA Today"The Eleventh Plague hits disturbingly close to home, vividly depicting a world that has nose-dived into a futuristic nightmare.... An excellent, taut debut novel." -Suzanne Collins, author of The Hunger Games