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On a Clear Day

2.46 of 5 stars 2.46  ·  rating details  ·  70 ratings  ·  28 reviews
Young heroes decide that they are not too young or too powerless to change their world in this gripping, futuristic young adult novel by the New York Times bestselling author of the Printz Award–winning Monster.

It is 2035. Teens, armed only with their ideals, must wage war on the power elite.

Dahlia is a Low Gater: a sheep in a storm, struggling to survive completely on h
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Hardcover, 256 pages
Published September 23rd 2014 by Crown Books for Young Readers (first published January 1st 2014)
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Andrew Hicks
DNF at 20%.

Walter Dean Myers's last completed* YA novel before he passed away at age 76. Ambitious dystopian scope with too-large ensemble of same-ish rogue characters, all with several pages of biographical details combined with next-to-no actual characterization. Does it seem like I read the whole book? Well, I didn't. I read just to the point where I was more interested to see if the story would ever got any better, so I bailed to a review section that told me universally that it wouldn't. T
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Barbara
In this dystopian novel set twenty years from now in 2035, the world is even more divided into groups of haves and havenots than it is now. Fifteen-year-old Dahlia, a math whiz, lives in the Bronx with plenty of neighbors who look out for her. Dahlia's world is much different than the one which we inhabit. It's basically run by C-8, eight huge companies that seem to control just about everything. Students use apps to get an education rather than having to attend school, and many families live in ...more
Miriam
Myers' motley crew of teens takes on the capitalist corporations in this fast-paced novel set in the not-terribly-distant future. You can feel Myers' own anger at the inequalities destroying the fabric of civil society and his hope that young people can overcome inertia and despair to fight against the bill of goods we're being sold by people who mask their motives behind slick advertisements.

I applaud Meyers' sentiments and I appreciated his kick-ass, math-whiz Dominican-American heroine a lot
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Chelsea
It's difficult to write a less-than-shining review for possibly the last work of a wonderful author, but I had a hard time getting into this one. The characters weren't well-developed and their relationships went from standoffish suspicion to easy familiarity so quickly, I just felt confused. I really struggled with the dialogue as well, which felt more contrived than natural, and the plot which moved so quickly that I didn't have a chance to fully understand the nature of the threat or the plau ...more
Kim
A group of culturally diverse teens comes together to take on the superpower corporation that controls much of the world. Quite a departure from the types of work that Myers did so beautifully, and while the premise is an interesting one, the execution feels way more forced and contrived than the other things I've read of his.
Michelle
I really wanted to like this. The premise is very interesting and it was highly recommended to me by a friend who has very good taste in books. I made myself finish it. I still don't really understand the plot. The dialogue and details kept taking me out of the story and I didn't know the characters beyond a surface level. I feel guilty not liking this book which was written by such a talented and recently deceased author, and wonder if perhaps he did not have a chance to truly finish the book.
Alicia
I enjoyed the super-smart math whiz, Dahlia, and her life's situation where she'd like to make an impact. She joins a motley crew of young up-and-comers with different skills that would be useful in taking down C8, a super conglomerate that is hellbent on taking over everything.

Myers' world is imagined wonderfully with an even mix of Cory Doctorow and Plum Ucci with the cynicism of Shusterman's Unwind series. That I dug. What I didn't like is all of the other characters thrown in and mixed up i
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Ms. Yingling
Myers, Walter Dean. On a Clear Day
September 23rd 2014 by Crown Books for Young Readers

Dahlia, who is of Dominican descent, lives in New York alone since the death of her parents. The world is a scary place in 2035, and gangs roam the landscape attacking people, which has lead to the rise of gated communities and the movement to all on line school. Dahlia is very good at math and has been published in several math journals, so is located by Javier and Michael and recruited to go to London to a ga
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Desiree
On a clear day imagines a future where immense power is in the hands of a concentrated few. Big Agricultural companies have patented their seeds and reproduction is illegal. All children are taught a curriculum of their own choosing via laptops so social interaction with different cultures is virtually non-existent. In this culture of isolation, society has largely become stratified and movement between levels is virtually impossible. The way people eat, think, and exist are controlled by the so ...more
Lynn M. Dixon
Dahlia Grillo joins some of her close friends as they decide to take on the ruling group called C-8. She is sixteen and her exceptional math skills are needed for their plans to take down this faction which is destroying the world. They travel to London, Minneapolis and Miami and though they start with just talks and meetings, murders and killings began to occur as they become more deeply involved. This novel by Walter Dean Myers takes place in 2035 and was published posthumously. He said that h ...more
Jennifer
Received an ARC from coworker who attended ALA in Las Vegas.

The Goodreads synopsis states this story is set in 2035. I must have missed that little fact being shared within the story itself. It was apparent that the story was set in the future but it was never clear to me how far into the future or even if it was post-apocalyptic, dystopic or just a prediction of what is to come.

The back of the ARC has a synopsis that was misleading: “Ex-rocker Michael gathers together an ex-con, a chess prodigy
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Sharon Lawler
Since this book takes place in the not so distant future, 2035, the scenes are very recognizable, and because of recent events around the world and in the US, the scenarios are not that far fetched. For this reason, I would classify it as realistic fiction. I found the characters refreshing, intelligent, goal driven, and a nice change of pace from the usual airheads portrayed on reality tv. It brings into focus the underlying problem of economic disparity, behind the scenes strategies of powerfu ...more
Daisey
This story has an interesting premise, but I just couldn't get caught up in it. I felt like I needed some more background about what was going on in the world to set up the events of the story. I wanted more details about the characters so I could really understand the connections between them and feel connected to them. Then, the situation that the characters face seems overwhelming, and although they try to remain hopeful throughout the course of events I didn't feel much hope for a better fut ...more
Shelley
I liked this book enough, but it confused me. It's about a teenage girl named Dahlia who lives in the Bronx in 2035, in a world where 8 corporations have basically taken over the world. I liked Dahlia a lot, with her tough attitude, casual swearing and use of the word "frigging." I liked how she was really good at and interested in math and computers. I think the world needs more novels about teenage girls who are into math. I liked that the group of teenagers was pretty diverse racially. I like ...more
Fran
It’s 2035, and fifteen-year-old Dahlia loses her guardian to a mysterious illness. Sickness and famine is killing off the population quickly. Gangs and mercenaries roam the streets, and those who can afford it have walled themselves in gated communities to avoid crime. Before she’s forced to fend for herself though, Dahlia is tapped to join a think tank of young people with complementary talents (Dahlia’s is math and statistics). She is then conveniently whisked away to live in a mansion with ot ...more
Karen
DNF

I just couldn't connect to the story or characters so I threw in the towel at around 30%
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Karlan
A new novel by Walter Dean Myers is always a cause for celebration. This futuristic story features a small group of youth trying to foil plans of a company which is taking over the world for their own profit. The characters are diverse and interesting, but there were slow parts in the first half but when the second half plot took off, I was totally involved.
Anne
Myers has joined the throng of authors writing dystopic fiction.
Set in 2035, a consortium of 8 companies has taken over the world controlling money, food, fuel, etc. Dahlia, a computer/models prediction expert, joins forces with other teens to take on the corporations.
Meh. Never really got attached to any of the characters.
Megan
Walter Dean Myers is usually great to read, but this book is not. The characters are boring, the premise convoluted, the vocabulary highly limited and stilted - even the sentence structure is awful. I tried to get into it, but ended up skimming to the end, unable to find anything to keep my interest piqued. Not worth reading.
Allison
I really wanted to like this book. What's not to like? Myers is a fantastic author and distopias are fun but this one never clicked for me. The first chapter had me but then the rest of the chapters let me go. In a day and age when many books over world build, I think this one could have used a little more. The characters also fell flat. Once this book is published I will seriously have to consider whether I'm going to buy it or not.

ARC courtesy of publisher and Netgalley.
Donna
Read to preview for parochial school library. Gave up. Couldn't get into it. Also won't be recommending for elementary/middle school library due to language, which parents would find inappropriate.
Mindy Lee
Excellent characters, but an initially compelling plot became too convoluted to follow.
Angie
oh my. wehere do I begin? this book deviates so far from what Ive come to expect from Myers. Disjointed story, vague references to events, activities. What is the purpose? I don't get it.
Carrie Shaurette
Read for professional review.
Sue Jackson
Teen/YA dystopian novel - I enjoyed it but it has some flaws. Full review:

http://bookbybook.blogspot.com/2014/1...
Caroline
Dystopian. Very interesting!
Jennifer Varnadore
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Walter Dean Myers was born on August 12, 1937 in Martinsburg, West Virginia but moved to Harlem with his foster parents at age three. He was brought up and went to public school there. He attended Stuyvesant High School until the age of seventeen when he joined the army.

After serving four years in the army, he worked at various jobs and earned a BA from Empi
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