This book was read in 2012. I just got around to writing a review for it.
Maddie lives in a world where everything is done on the computer. Whether it’s to go to school or on a date, people don’t venture out of their home. There’s really no need. For the most part, Maddie’s okay with the solitary, digital life—until she meets Justin. Justin likes being with people. He enjoys the physical closeness of face-to-face interactions. People aren’t meant to be alone, he tells her.
Suddenly, Maddie feels something awakening inside her—a feeling that maybe there is a different, better way to live. But with society and her parents telling her otherwise, Maddie is going to have to learn to stand up for herself if she wants to change the path her life is taking.
In this not-so-brave new world, two young people struggle to carve out their own space. (image and synopsis from Goodreads)
I liked this book to a point. Some elements on the novel didn’t really make sense to me while the other elements were well done. I really liked how Kate Kacvinsky presented the people who were always connected as distant. The characterization of some of the characters was spot on, but others seemed all over the place. The novel is set in the year 2060, but from the synopsis you wouldn’t be able to tell. If it were for Maddie telling the reader the year and the authors describing souped up cars and extravagant computers, I wouldn’t have known what time period it was. I guess that is why I was shocked to see that in the middle of the novel a bunch of futuristic technologies and cars popped up.
However, the plot (though slow in some places) was really good and kept me engaged. I liked Maddie as a character, but there are times when I thought she was too trustworthy with Justin, the love interest in the book. Like I said before, some part of the book are really slow and I am sure she could have cut out a few scenes that were overtly repetitive. Despite several shortcomings Awaken by Katie Kacvinsky is a really exceptional read.
This book was read in 2012. I am just now getting around to writing the review for it!
Callie lost her parents when the Spore Wars wiped out everyone between the ages of twenty and sixty. She and her little brother, Tyler, go on the run, living as squatters with their friend Michael and fighting off renegades who would kill them for a cookie. Callie’s only hope is Prime Destinations, a disturbing place in Beverly Hills run by a mysterious figure known as the Old Man.
He hires teens to rent their bodies to Enders—seniors who want to be young again. Callie, desperate for the money that will keep her, Tyler, and Michael alive, agrees to be a donor. But the neurochip they place in Callie’s head malfunctions and she wakes up in the life of her renter, living in her mansion, driving her cars, and going out with a senator’s grandson. It feels almost like a fairy tale, until Callie discovers that her renter intends to do more than party—and that Prime Destinations’ plans are more evil than Callie could ever have imagined. . . .(synopsis and image from Goodreads)
When I began reading Starters, I was kind of put off my the way things started out. For starters (no pun intended) I thought the conversation and descriptions where really short and to the point. T me everything sounded robotic and scripted. Things didn’t really flow too well when it came to the conversations between characters. In all honesty I felt like the author was telling us everything we need to know rather than showing us. However, a little more than halfway through reading I was hooked!
The premise behind the story is a little creepy if you ask me, but it definitely makes for a good story. I was most intrigued by how the whole “adults are dead” thing got started, but alas that was not something that was fully explained in the book. Being able to see what life was like before the Spore wars did give me some of the knowledge based satisfaction I was looking for. There are also several short e-book that the author has put out that tell stories of other characters in the book. Add that to the next book in the series, Enders, which is supposed to be coming out next year and I am sure that a lot of my questions will be answered.
Ben and Rose secretly wish their lives were different. Ben longs for the father he has never known. Rose dreams of a mysterious actress whose life she chronicles in a scrapbook. When Ben discovers a puzzling clue in his mother’s room and Rose reads an enticing headline in the newspaper, both children set out alone on desperate quests to find what they are missing.
Set fifty years apart, these two independent stories–Ben’s told in words, Rose’s in pictures–weave back and forth with mesmerizing symmetry. How they unfold and ultimately intertwine will surprise you, challenge you, and leave you breathless with wonder. Rich, complex, affecting, and beautiful–with over 460 pages of original artwork–Wonderstruck is a stunning achievement from a uniquely gifted artist and visionary. (image and synopsis from Goodreads)
I read this book almost two months ago. Even though I did take some notes, a lot of what I remember from this book is a little fuzzy. So I am just going to do a short review of this book. My review won’t do this book justice so I suggest you go and check this book out for yourself.
Wonderstruck was a book that really surprised me. I wasn’t really sure about the concept of having pictures mixed with words, but the whole story worked out beautifully. If I had to sum this novel up into one word then I would say it would be “beautiful”. I really loved how the images melded with the text part of the story. Each thing that happened in Rose’s story were reflected in Ben’s story. Most of the drawings are drawn using a pencil or pen, but they seemed so real, almost like portraits taken with a camera. The real delight was finding out how Ben and Rose’s stories are related. It really adds to the beauty of the story. I really liked this book and I hope to pick up Mr. Selznick’s other books.
Neal Barton just wants to read in peace.Unluckily for him, some local Christian activists are trying to get his favorite fantasy series banned from the Americus public library on grounds of immoral content and heresy. Something has to be done, and it looks like quiet, shy Neal is going to have to do it. With youth services librarian Charlotte Murphy at his back, Neal finds himself leading the charge to defend the mega-bestselling fantasy series that makes his life worth living. (image & synopsis from Goodreads)
Americus by MK Reed and Johnathan Hill hit a little close to home. Does anyone remember when a bunch of churches and preachers were against Harry Potter because they thought it was evil and against everything they believed in. Yeah, don’t get me started. Americus seems to take that idea and run with it. I won’t say this was my favorite graphic novel that I have read, but it’s still interesting.
There are a few characters, mainly parents, who I want to reach through the pages and slap, but the rest of the characters were simply OK. The story was OK. The illustrations were OK. I really wanted to like this novel because the synopsis made it sound really interesting. I am semi-partial to books that deal with books and libraries, but Americus was just OK for me.
Everyone has something, someone, somewhere else that they’d rather be. For four high-school seniors, their goals of perfection are just as different as the paths they take to get there. Cara’s parents’ unrealistic expectations have already sent her twin brother Conner spiraling toward suicide. For her, perfect means rejecting their ideals to take a chance on a new kind of love. Kendra covets the perfect face and body—no matter what surgeries and drugs she needs to get there. To score his perfect home run—on the field and off—Sean will sacrifice more than he can ever win back. And Andre realizes that to follow his heart and achieve his perfect performance, he’ll be living a life his ancestors would never have understood.
Everyone wants to be perfect, but when perfection loses its meaning, how far will you go? What would you give up to be perfect? (image & synopsis from Goodreads)
Perfect by Ellen Hopkins is a novel in verse. If you aren’t sure what that means, it’s basically a narrative poetry written with in novel form. It’s an interesting way to format a book and, often times, makes for a quick read. I’ve only read a handful of books that were written in verse and they are all very different. The cool thing about this novel was that everything, the stories, characters, and even the titles, seemed to flow into each other.
Aside from the format in which Perfect is written, the point of this novel seems to base itself off of things that define the teen age years. Things like uncertainty, hesitation, and a lot of questions. Perfect is probably the most powerful book I have written in a while. It’s packed full of so much drama and it’s almost…perfect.
When I picked up this book I had no idea that it was the second part in a series of books that Ellen Hopkins has written, the first book being Impulse. Impulse and Perfect are set in the same town, but if, like me, you pick up the second book you won’t really have a problem with being lost. I was able to follow along pretty well because Ellen Hopkins did such a good job keeping facts straight. I didn’t have a problem following The first book is Impulse, which deals with three teens are have attempted suicide.