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3.28 of 5 stars 3.28  ·  rating details  ·  1,148 ratings  ·  243 reviews
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 pr
Hardcover, 310 pages
Published October 1st 2012 by Scholastic Press
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Disclosure Time: I got this pretty, pretty book on a goodreads giveaway. Now excuse us as me and everybody involved in my getting this book are going on an extended vacation trip to Ibiza...

I wanted to love this book, I really did. I wanted to love it because the cover is beautiful (and something like Percy Jackson on shrooms) and I wanted to love it because I got it for free together with a cute letter from the people at Scholastic - and yes, yes, I'm aware they do this to everybody but it make
Ravenous Biblioworm
Rating: 2/5

I really do hope I’m not back in a slump again (of finding many books “not for me”). There are days I tell myself, maybe I shouldn’t expect so much, but then realize what’s wrong with that? What’s wrong with wanting something good? Nothing. Magisterium had a really promising premise. Very. I mean I haven’t read a book about dual realities in a long time and the only one that sticks out to me is the Piers Anthony one, Apprentice Adept series, which I vaguely remember. The book had that
Initial reaction: My second read from Jeff Hirsch in "Magisterium" definitely lacked a bit of finesse and progression. I had a hard time caring about the characters and the plot often had rough transitions that made it a more difficult read than it had to be. It's a shame because there were many good ideas here, just not executed anywhere near what they could've been. It was a significant disappointment for me.

Full review:

"Magisterium" had the potential to be an awesome book, but for the most pa
Christina (A Reader of Fictions)
Originally reviewed on A Reader of Fictions.

Magisterium was one strange book. Seriously, this is probably the second oddest book I've read so far this year, second only to Dust Girl. Though Magisterium definitely does have dystopian elements to its setting, it's really not about that. Instead, this is a novel for fantasy fans all the way. Occasionally, there are even moments where it felt like a fairy tale. Be prepared for all sorts of craziness when you set out on this journey

When the novel ope
This book was sooooooooo boring. I really don’t have much to say about it, so this review should be short. Admittedly, the book started off well. I initially quite liked heroine Glenn, until I got to know her a little. I liked her ambition and her dreams of a better future. But I quickly realized that her “dreams” were nothing more than an excuse not to deal with her present. That annoyed me. Yes, she has a father who has been distant since her mother’s disappearance but she seemed to make no ef ...more
Elizabeth Drake

This and other reviews can be found on Reading Between Classes

Cover Impressions: The cover is kind of cool and I like the image of the cloak made up of birds, however, it didn't really entice me. There is something about the face that doesn't quite match up with the creepy feel that I believe they were going for.

The Gist: The world has undergone a Rift. One side is safe, the other is a wasteland. At least that is what everyone is told.

Review: To be honest. This book annoyed and angered me. This
I almost never give a negative review--I figure, if it's good, praise it; if it's bad, ignore it. But this book was neither and both. It suffered from so many problems that its rather interesting ideas just couldn't save it, in my opinion.

First of all, there was no appreciable world-building. In a book that is a combination of post-apocalyptic and fantasy, you really need that solid grounding of knowledge about:
1. What happened
2. What has resulted
3. Who are the major players
But we go into this s
Some aspects of this book would be given a four star review from me, and some aspects a three -- but by the end I decided to round down a little bit. I guess if I were allowed decimals it would probably get a 3.5.

The good:

1. The setting and the way the author handles magic. I really liked the overpowering sense of wildness and freedom the magic in this book has. I LOVED that it was a kind of terrifying, all-encompassing sort of intense-ness that overtook the main character and superseded everyt
Originally reviewed on The Book Smugglers

Glenn Morgan is a brilliant young woman, who desires nothing more than graduating early, and getting a ticket on a deep space exploration mission to a habitable planet far, far away. Ever since her mother chose to skip out on her daughter and husband, Glenn's life has been a long, painful nightmare. Her father, once a brilliant, celebrated inventor has become a shade of his former self, obsessed with an all-consuming "project" that seems more the product
"Nothing is separate, everything is one thing"

Glenn Morgan is a girl who believes in the probable, the rational, the technology that she can see and understand. She lives in a world full of the best technology and the most advanced medical and educational system around. But her world is divided by a great Rift created a 100 years before she was born. On the other side of the Rift is a barren waste land... or so she's been taught. But when her father, a brilliant inventor, creates a device that
My main problem with Jeff Hirsch's Magisterium was that it felt like the author was "writing down" to the reader. A key distinction between good and bad YA, I believe, is determined by whether the author is telling an intelligent, character-driven story that appeals to young readers, or telling a dumbed-down, action-driven story that's written for young readers. This falls into the second category. It feels like the author doesn't believe young adults are as smart or interesting as adults.

The p
How could anyone resist a book cover like the one for Magisterium by bestselling author Jeff Hirsch? I certainly couldn’t! When I saw the concept for the story inside that cover, I knew I had to read it. Like dystopian scifi/fantasy? How about mysteries or action/adventures? Technology vs. the magical? Today we’re looking at a story that really encompasses aspects of several different genres. It’s about one post-apocalyptic world divided into two; each terrified of what’s on the other side. Soun ...more
I wish I could give this more than two stars... It just got on my nerves and bored me. The main character is forgettable and unlikeable. It felt like every third word was her name (that could be because I was listening to an audio version. Seriously though Glenn went to her room to whine about how her dad won't let her do what she wants. Glenn doesn't understand why her daddy was sooo mean. She'd show him, Glenn would! And that Kevin guy likes Glenn but Glenn hates him, but Glenn doesn't really ...more
Gretchen Hohmeyer
When I began reading the book, something stopped me right before the book even started. In the dedication, Hirsch had written “For Gretchen, my greatest Affinity.” I actually shouted, “WHAT?” because for one crazy second I thought he was talking to me because freaking nobody has my name. (Except for a few people. But they are very few.)

Perhaps that set me up with expectations that could never be met.

To be fair, Hirsch set himself up with a FANTASTIC premise. I actually never realized this was a
While reading this book, I felt as if I was battling hell. Honestly, the only thing that kept popping up in my mind while reading Magisterium was, "How many pages are left? When is this torture going to end? Will these long and boring descriptions ever stop? Is dinner ready yet?"

Seriously, this was by far that worst book that I have ever read in my whole entire life. I can't even see how a person could give this book 3 stars, let alone 4 or 5.

There's barely any action and when there is, it's b
So much modern fantasy is derivative that I hesitate to read a new one sometimes. Fortunately for me, Jeff Hirsch's new work is a very nice new twist on the magic vs science trope. I got a big kick out of the way he would delude me into thinking I knew what was coming next and then reveal something quirky and---not quite---what I expected.

This is written in a smooth, almost spare prose style that reads easily and quickly. I zipped through it in a long afternoon. But don't let that deter you, the
J. Dominique
I honestly can't see why this book has such a low rating. It is not the best, nor is it the worst.

The setting is an enticing one, which I found lightly explored — disappointing. What was explained, though, was well done and even made sense (unlike many other books I've read).

The book is a serious page-turner, but like most of the other readers, I was strangely disconnected from the story. Nothing much seems to happen and yet too much seems to happen at the same time. Result: I skimmed through
The protagonist is Glenn Morgan, a 16 years old living for the last 10 years with just her father in the future. She dreams of going to 813 a distant star where there is a human colony but finds herself in a much different adventure across the "Rift" where there is only wasteland. Or so almost everyone believes. Glenn spends much of the book trying to get home, and this part is a bit too long and slow, but things get very exciting in the last third of book. Glenn is ultimately faced with some di ...more
Jun 04, 2015 Nafiza marked it as dnf
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My first DNF of the year. I simply cannot make myself care about the characters but I think more than that, I will not like a main character who sells out her dad. I mean, she cannot have been stupid enough not to realize that her going to another adult and telling that adult her father has had a mental breakdown would be good news? And not believing a word in anything your dad tells you? I mean, children will believe their parents over anyone else. And trust them more than anyone else. Ugh. I d ...more
Tonya Coffey
Magisterium is a wild ride for Glenn. She lives in a futuristic world but just across the border it's as if she is transported back in time with people who have the ability to use magic. With so many twists and turns, you can't go wrong following Glenn on her journey. Jeff is brilliant with his blend of new and old. I can't get enough of his books!
Becky Dartnall
Fantasy/dystopian future world - there's the Consortium and there's the outer lands, where no civilized people go - Our Destiny library catalog description: "In the twenty-second century, Glennora Morgan's father has been working on a project that will allow him to penetrate the Rift border and retrieve Glennora's mother; but now that he has succeeded the Authority is suddenly trying to kill them both, and Glennora and her friend Kevin must flee into the Magisterium to escape them." Glennora's d ...more
CJ James
A delightful fun read that kept the pages turning quickly. It’s easy to slip back into for those stolen five minute breaks that come along throughout the day. I love how Magisterium gradually pulls you in, without exactly announcing where it is going, through sci-fi to dystopia and fantasy, all in the young adult world.

We start with Glenn(ora), a 16 year old girl now living with her Dad in the Colloquium, a mostly normal-feeling albeit technologically-advanced world in the future. Even though th
Eddie Louise
This book is hard to classify. It has elements of Sci Fi, Fantasy, and dystopian. It has a not very like-able heroine who is dismissive and even abusive to friends and family with an attitude of entitlement that really got up my nose. After saying all that, the world is dynamic and interesting, and the dilemmas posed are fascinating.

Glenn - the heroine grew on me over time.

I'll be willing to give the further books of the series a try.
Barri Bumgarner
Once I finished this book, I ended up liking it better than I initially felt about it.

What I loved: the dystopian premise is awesome. Glenn Anne is 16, and she lives in a future in which there has been a major Rift (perhaps nuclear) that has torn the world in half. On one side is the controlled world where everything is technological and they're all catered to (a la Uglies). Then there is the other side of the Rift, in which they're told is a desolate barren wasteland, and they've even seen sat
Note: I read this book via audiobook while following in print.

This excerpt is taken from my review on Into the Hall of Books. Read more here:

Honestly, I feel like with literally both the print and audiobook formats going at the same time, I should have had a much easier time with Magisterium. Ultimately, I think the idea was a good one - and it started out pretty well - but the execution was just a little too bogged down in the detailing as the story pro
In all honesty, I couldn't finish it. I got a little more than halfway through, but what started as an interesting premise quickly became confusing and nonsensical. It's difficult to like Glenn, the main character and the magic in the book has no logic to it. It's a shame because I really liked Hirsch's The Eleventh Plague.
Levina Goon
For those reluctant to read Magisterium due to impressions from reading The Eleventh Plague also by Hirsch, don't be. Magisterium is much better in terms of plot and the characters are immensely more likeable!
Sep 03, 2012 Justin marked it as to-read
I find it odd how I found 2 books in a row from Facebook ads.
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 likin
I imagine that this is how sheltered people behave when they come into their independence or a part of the real world. Constantly doing what people tell them they shouldn’t do, although I am not against that in certain circumstances.I really developed a dislike for Kevin Kapoor and Glennora Amantine Morgan. So naive, so gullible, so …. I don’t even know what else to say. I generally like high fantasy, but these characters just didn’t do it for me. I wanted them to put two and two together throug ...more
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