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Juno Of Taris (Juno #1)

3.84  ·  Rating Details ·  718 Ratings  ·  61 Reviews
What happens when life in a perfect, protected bubble unravels? Juno is about to find out.

Your ordinary teen? Not quite! Because Juno lives — in the not-too-distant future — on Taris, a bubble-covered island in the Pacific, to which a select few hundred people were evacuated when Earth's inhabitants took everything just a bit too far and began to self-destruct. On Taris th
Paperback, 360 pages
Published July 4th 2008 by Random House Australia
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Apr 15, 2012 Taneika rated it liked it
A few weeks ago, a bunch of friends and I were all having drinks at their house and one of the roommates got a new kitten so she was having a quiet night in! I had so much fun there (let’s be honest here, I always do) but me being me, I decided to have a random hour-long discussion with said roommate about nerdy things like the pros and cons of different computer operating systems, internet privacy and of course, BOOKS! This friend has just recently moved to Australia from New Zealand so when we ...more
Jul 06, 2015 Taylor rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this book and am excited to read the other 2!!!
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Oct 06, 2015 Purple Elephant Shrew Girl rated it really liked it
Special thanks to Aria for lending me a copy of this book, and not getting cheesed off when I had it for three weeks... I kept forgetting to give it back...
Feb 03, 2017 Abbey rated it did not like it
Disappointed, thought it was going to be good. The way they solve the problem is so unfulfilling and boring. It's poorly executed and I wouldn't recommend. In this book there was only one part I enjoyed and it wasn't even that great
Reader Girl
Jul 23, 2011 Reader Girl rated it liked it
Sort of stumbled across this book due to it being on special. I had seen it in book stores before but never looked at it due to the cover. It just didn't appeal to me. It was a great book though and I read it in a matter of days. Set in the future Juno lives on an island covered by a large bubble to control the atmosphere (kind of like in the Simpson movie) and they are cut off from the rest of the world. Their lives are controlled by a group of people who insist on such things as everyone shavi ...more
Nov 20, 2016 Maddisen rated it it was ok
Beales novel has an unsophisticated plot and writing style, undeveloped characters and the themes of identity and belonging are poorly executed. The characters were obtuse and were difficult for me to connect with which affected how enjoyable the story. ‘Juno of Taris’ seemed like it would be a novel filled with danger and passion and a good read overall, but it was a substandard book that, personally, did not appeal to me.
Kirsten Millar
Nov 10, 2015 Kirsten Millar rated it it was ok
Found this book quite boring until the later chapters
Abigail Espejo
Interesting book but not keen to read the next books in the series :)
Feb 13, 2017 Isla rated it it was amazing
Shelves: amazing-books
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Jun 21, 2012 Jamie rated it it was amazing

Juno of trais ....

How I got to read the book :

My story of reading this book is kind of funny because I would never have read it if it wasn't for a school project. It all started on th first day of school, the start of the year I tried to get into the book but found it to hard so I left it in my bookshelf till now when it's term 3 at school and I have to read it for homework during the holidays anyway so I started this book slowly and found it let's just say boring but I couldn't stop I had to
Feb 20, 2011 Sally906 rated it it was amazing
Opening Sentence: ‘…On Taris, we shave our heads …’

Juno is a young girl who is living in an isolated island society of 500 people that fled the chaos of the 21st century. A group of pioneer scientists volunteered to start the new civilisation on an island “somewhere in the southern ocean,” there they developed an enclosed dome where the atmosphere; water; rain and temperatures are all regulated by computers and it is designed to survive even if the rest of humanity perished. Not long after the c
Juno of Taris tells the story of Juno, a young girl living on an island named Taris.
Alright, it's not just her daily life - but mostly, it is.

I enjoyed Juno of Taris. The world-building is extremely well done, the writing is okay, and the characters are alright - though my favourite ones didn't get much screen time. I was most impressed by the fact that though there's isn't a hint of romance regarding Juno, our main character, the book still managed to captivate me. (Yeah, I know it's stupid, bu
Kathleen Dixon
Here's an embarrassing confession - in a state of haste (and a culmination, no doubt, of nearly 2 months of extra stress) I gave myself a No.1 haircut instead of the No.3 that I had intended. I did this the evening before I picked this book at random off a shelf, so when I read the first line
On Taris, we shave our heads
I had to laugh. Of course, our situations immediately diverged, but I imagine that my distress over so idiotically removing my hair was somewhat similar to Juno's distress every
Miss Wilson
Jan 04, 2016 Miss Wilson rated it really liked it
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Sarah Norman
Feb 27, 2016 Sarah Norman rated it it was amazing
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Nov 20, 2008 crystalibrary rated it liked it
Recommends it for: people who like books about Distopias, set in the futre.
A futuristic story about the world of Taris, which was a project created presumably by scientists in our time, trying to protect a small community of selected people from the dangers of humankind (reference are made to war, famine, disease and greed). However, all is not well in this
(Dis)topia. There are set rules and regulations that govern wevery aspect of the lives of the people of Taris- they are not allowed to grow their hair, everyone must behave like a model citizen, no-one must show orig
Jan 01, 2012 Marita rated it it was amazing
I thoroughly enjoyed this book by New Zealand author, Fleur Beale. It reminded me of Divergent (Roth) which I read and loved. The experimental colony of Taris follows many of the values of Abnegation in Divergent. But Beale's story is focused on a much tighter community, living in a much more hospitable land, although facing the limits of its capacity in several ways. Taris is a community where much is proscribed and gutsy hero, Juno, finds many of the limitations almost unbearable. She suffers, ...more
Feb 10, 2011 Webfrau rated it really liked it
This story is set in an isolated alternative 21st century community that was designed to survive the problems that beset the "outside" world. The society has its own rules and way of life to ensure it's harmonious existence, at least that's what the inhabitants are told. I really enjoyed following the progress of the teenagers as they begin to question their way of life and gather the courage to make a stand for truth. A really quick and enjoyable read, I'll be keeping an eye out for other Fleur ...more
Sophie Chilcott
Jun 02, 2013 Sophie Chilcott rated it it was amazing
i chose Juno Of taris becuase it has a series of books and one of my friends told me to read it. This comes under the category of a book with a female author. My favourite quote from the book;“We need to be the same. It stops competition and therefore division.” it is my favourite quote its what the whole books about. they have to be the same on Taris. i learned that we are lucky to live in a normal society and not have to live by rules and to have the freedom to live my live the way i want it t ...more
Oct 17, 2011 Liz rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya, new-zealand, dystopia
Juno of Taris feels like Lois Lowry's The Giver meets John Wyndham's The Chrysalids. Stuck in an isolated bio-dome, one of 500 survivors of the ecological deterioration of the Earth, 13-year-old Juno hates the rules of her society; the need to conform and comply or be shunned by her neighbors and loved ones. Juno's drive to do things differently marks her as a 'trouble-maker,' but it's this very quality that helps her to reveal the lies underpinning their supposedly idyllic world. I highly recom ...more
May 02, 2012 crazy added it
I loved this book but at the end of the book fisa ( real name sofia preston) died and juno (the main charcter)and her family found out that fisa was junos blood mother before she came to live in taris, where they only use frist names for every one and she was known as fisa for so long that every one forgot her real name (tear tear)therefore the people of taris were informed and no one believed them. any way i am not going to ruin the story for u guys so read it for a good read!!!!!!!!!!
Matilda Fyles
Nov 14, 2014 Matilda Fyles rated it it was amazing
AMAZING it is a must read for anyone of any age but particularly teens because the main characters range from 12-19 as they age throughout the novel. Juno of Taris addresses all sorts of themes relevant to todays society such as power corruption, standing up for what you believe in, the fact that knowledge is power and blind ignorance is dangerous and things such as having a affair. 5 stars all the way for plot, ideas, character development and everything.
Emily W
Dec 15, 2014 Emily W rated it really liked it
Shelves: dystopia, new-zealand
Set on an island isolated from the outside world, Juno is a young preteen girl who strongest suit has never been conformity. Juno questions everything, and soon discovers secrets about the island of Taris - a dark history which has been kept from the public for a long time.

I really enjoyed this book and give it 4.5 stars. Juno of Taris explores the experience of living under a dictatorship, and the power of unity in rebelling against it.
Very interesting take on closed communities. I felt that I was very immersed in the world, with fully fleshed out characters with real thoughts and feelings.

I was first introduced to Beale with 'I am not Ester' that I was intrigued by this series from the onset. Beale tells a real story one that grips you and takes you on a ride questioning your ideals on society religion and all.

I was very glad that I picked it up and will be continuing on with the Juno series.
Lyndal Brimson
Oct 25, 2011 Lyndal Brimson rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this dystopia, which shows how a societal norm can be challenged e.g. going from all people having heads shaved to allowing all members of the community to grow their hair, which is a very personal and unique aspect of one's identity. There are many dystopia novels for teenagers. This one is one of the more interesting & thought-provoking ones.
May 28, 2016 Mariana rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
So good! I thought I had read this before but can't recall ever having done so after finishing it now. Highlight: the anticipation of whether a shave would happen or not isn't something I'd have thought would get be worked up about, but talk about build ups! Good story, twists were great too. Interesting concept. Recommend.
Melissa Simmonds
Feb 15, 2016 Melissa Simmonds rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I hate this book. I've had to read it for English and it's just so predictable and boring. Everyday that I have had to read it, I have been forcing myself because there is no other way to get through it. I just can't deal with it. It's boring and average. I'd rather read another Shakespeare play instead of this because at least Shakespeare is interesting.
Sep 30, 2013 Chantal rated it liked it
Intriguing concept of an island that has been created to keep a select population safe, yet those who live there are bound by a code of intelligence, conformity, compliance and kindness...that eventually goes wrong.

Clever plot line, unexpected twists and interesting view on the role of creativity and individuality.
Jan 27, 2014 Cherie rated it liked it
I read this book for English last year and it wasn't too bad - it was the kind of book I would have possibly read outside of school, but I don't want to read the sequels now because I have done too much analysing of the first in the series.
I used to love exactly this sort of book when I was a teen, and I still do! It put me in mind of some of Douglas Hill's books - teens struggling against an authoritarian regime. I really should reread those...
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Fleur Beale is the author of many award-winning books for children and young adults, best known for her novel I am not Esther which has been published worldwide.

Beale was one of six children of a dairy farmer Cedric Corney and of a teacher and author Estelle Corney (née Cook). She was born in Inglewood, Taranaki, New Zealand, on the farm where her father was born. Beale grew up in the town before
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