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message 1: by Heather (new)

Heather I liked this one, too funny that you are listening to this cause I just started listening to the audio of book 2 today :)

message 2: by Tatiana (new)

Tatiana What a coincidence:) I like it so far

message 3: by Heather (new)

Heather I know, lol. I really liked that one too.

message 4: by Heather (new)

Heather Like your review. I also thought Miranda was flat. There wasn't really a plot or climax either, but somehow it worked for, not sure why. But I was able to cast it aside easily for that very reason.

Also, if you think her agenda pushing was obvious in this one, just you wait, it gets worse in book 2. Alex and his family are Catholic and the church and Catholic school plays a major role.

message 5: by Tatiana (new)

Tatiana It still was interesting, but it could have been so much better with some more drama IMO.

Oh, does she really have to be so blatant about it? It added very little to the story. In fact it turned me off somewhat.

message 6: by Heather (new)

Heather I don't know how much more drama there could have been, I suppose one of Miranda's family members could have died....

It really got on my nerves in book 2, but, I still thought it was better.

message 7: by Tatiana (new)

Tatiana More violence or looting maybe, IDK.

If we, liberals, think it was over the top, imagine what conservatives think about the propaganda!:)

message 8: by Heather (new)

Heather There is more looting in book 2.

Wait, Pfeffer is anti-gov and pro-Jesus sounds about right for conservatives. :)

message 9: by Tatiana (new)

Tatiana She is pro-Jesus? I didn't know that. She was blasting religious people and the pastor in the 1st. And she hates Bush

message 10: by Heather (new)

Heather I forgot about that, well then, she switches sides in book 2 so I guess she is just a little fence rider then.

In book 2 she is anti-gov, as noone in the gov. helps anyone , and the church is the only one who provides support or sanctuary.

message 11: by Penny (new)

Penny Aw, CRAP! I hated Armageddon and The Day After Tomorrow! (I didn't even bother to see 2012.) Is it really that bad???

Oh well, I'm still going to read it since you gave it three stars.

message 12: by Tatiana (new)

Tatiana It was OK, engaging.

message 13: by Megan (last edited Sep 08, 2010 02:28PM) (new)

Megan When I read her first "the president is an idiot" comment, I was a little startled. Usually, YA & children's aren't so disrespectful towards political leaders... but I have to admit, when I looked at the original publication date & saw Bush was the current Pres.... it made me giggle.

But of course, how many kids are going to think Pfeffer endorses any President being called an idiot... as oposed to the number of kids who take the time to discover that the current President really was an idiot? I mean, without mentioning his name, it's just very disrespectful in general. Which I don't really approve of.

Rant over =)

message 14: by Tatiana (new)

Tatiana The author took it way overboard in this book IMO. It even made me slightly uncomfortable.

message 15: by Regina (new)

Regina I think her comments on the news network and the president definitely date the book and make the book potentially irrelevant and inaccessible for readers even a few years past now. For example, while I laughed at the Fox network comment, it took me a few seconds to figure out which president she was talking about before she made it explicit. A criticism of the government and leadership could have been done in such a better, less juvenile manner. And that would be great for young adults to read.

But the comments made me laugh. Questioning of authority is okay in my book and a good thing for kids to learn (even though here it was obviously targeted at a specific individual). But I am only about 45% in to this book so far.

The stuff on religion was spot on for me. And the criticism of it did not bother me at all, but what did bother me was sort of the flat portrayal of it. Megan is one dimensional. I know we are seeing her through a journal and that is filtered by a teenager, but the portrayal could have been more dynamic. Megan can't be all crazy and judgmental. Authors who write such narrow characters really limit their books.

message 16: by Liz (new)

Liz Did you find this one so realistic that several of the major plot twists didn't feel that surprising? That was an issue I had with this one.

message 17: by Tatiana (new)

Tatiana It's been awhile, so I don't remember it clearly, but I don't remember it having any twists whatsoever.

message 18: by Liz (new)

Liz I'd say that's a pretty good way of putting it.

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