found this book on one of my library's e-reading apps. i really had no idea just how BAD life was in north korea until i watched a national geographicfound this book on one of my library's e-reading apps. i really had no idea just how BAD life was in north korea until i watched a national geographic documentary, and since then, it's been a topic that has interested me. i found lucia's story very compelling. it's horrifying to think of everything that she had to endure just to BARELY SURVIVE.
i think it's good to read books like this and get some perspective about life outside our own bubble.
i enjoyed this book quite a bit. i had heard about this one and actually forgot all about it, but then saw it in the library and was compelled to picki enjoyed this book quite a bit. i had heard about this one and actually forgot all about it, but then saw it in the library and was compelled to pick it up.
i love a good dystopian post-apocolyptic type of book and this one didn't disappoint. i also loved that this genre is an adult book and not YA. don't get me wrong, i love YA but the depth of this book was a pleasure to read. there are so many layers to this book and the characters. it's not what i would call a "fast" read even though you are pretty immersed into the world.
i would recommend this to fans of science fiction, and dystopian novels. i think this book sends a good message about perserverance and overcoming obstacles too.
The ending was that Bernard (evil IT dude) was sent out for a cleaning. Juliette makes it back to her Silo. She abandons Solo and the children…I think she would like to come back to them but it is more important to her to get back to her people & Lukas. She thinks Lukas is being sent for cleaning b/c he said he wanted to “get out” (out of the server room, not the Silo) but in reality, the person she runs in in the airlock is Bernard. She tries to save this person from the argon flames with a heat proof blanket (thinking it’s Lukas) and it turns out it’s actually BERNARD who is being sent for cleaning and she is taken back into her home Silo & nursed back to health. She is elected mayor. The survivors in Silo 17 are doing well and the flood waters are receding and that is the end of the book.
this is more for my own reference than anything. i'll remember so much about a story but now how it ends....not sure why that is. so i like to record it for my own reference, it helps to jog my memory. :)
looking forward to reading the other books in the trilogy!
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I really enjoyed this book. What a lovely haunting book. T***spoilers***
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I really enjoyed this book. What a lovely haunting book. The prose is really beautiful. Some people didn't like that there were no quote marks but I didn't mind in this book, there is not a ton of conversation anyway, you are pretty much in Hig's head.
And I love Hig so much. How can you not love a man who takes the risk of visiting a group of families with the "blood sickness" who may be able to get him sick with this post apocolyptic flu....and he visits them to bring them Sprite from this abandoned truck he found. (he and Bangley share the Cokes)
Bangley, what a crazy dude but you find out more about him throughout the book and for all gruff exterior he does care about Hig as a person.
I was so devastated when jasper died. I had a hard time wanting to read the book, actually. I had to put it down for a day b/c I was literally just so sad for Hig. and I think I was afraid he was going to go off the deep end without his buddy.
After that the book takes a different turn, and Hig needs a mission to find himself. So he goes off in his plane and runs into Cima & her father on their farm. he stays there for a blissful six weeks enjoying their company (after, of course, he convinces them not to kill him!) and then they all head back to the airport hangar where he lived with Bangley.
The books ends on either a hopeful or scary note, I guess depending on your perspective.
There has been no communication at all, but then suddenly there are planes overhead. they don't know if it's good or bad and the book just sort of ends on that note. The next chapter so to speak...
I liked it. You are really in Hig's head. It's a slower read, not necessarily a book you want to rush through.
**spoiler alert** this was a fast read. i don't know if i can say i "enjoyed" reading this book because of the horrible subject matter but i was equal**spoiler alert** this was a fast read. i don't know if i can say i "enjoyed" reading this book because of the horrible subject matter but i was equally horrified and fascinated by what happened to those girls at the hands of ariel castro and for ten years!!!!
i am so glad that all 3 girls are home and safe and i hope they are living happy lives.
i'm not a religious person but god bless them.
also i was pretty disappointed that ariel killed himself in jail. for some reason, i don't remember that detail from the news but what a coward. ...more
**spoiler alert** this was a really enjoyable fast paced read about the struggles of one girl growing up in chinatown and living a double life as a st**spoiler alert** this was a really enjoyable fast paced read about the struggles of one girl growing up in chinatown and living a double life as a star student and factory worker with her mom.
the protagonosit is likeable and you really root for her the whole time. i was so happy for her when she triumphed over the awful aunt paula (flea dog mama, lol)
the ending made me cry like a baby. SO sad about leaving matt and not letting him know about his son. i'm not sure i totally agree w/ her decision but it certainly made for emotional reading.
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this book just wasn't as good as i thought it would be. the premise is so interesting and i re**spoiler alert** this review may contain some spoilers.
this book just wasn't as good as i thought it would be. the premise is so interesting and i really wanted to see where it would go. i found that i was never really attached to any of the characters. none of them felt very *real* to me, they were very two dimensional. i felt like there was a lot of 'telling, not showing' in this book.
it did start to get more interesting when asha went to india, but again, the whole thing just seemed two dimensional and....rushed. i think this book could have been a lot better. i'm a fan of chick lit & some chick lit can be well written. this a step lower than that. total fluff. i wanted it to be better!
**spoiler alert** i thought i would like this one more than i did. i think i was expecting an epic romance, something along the lines of the bronze ho**spoiler alert** i thought i would like this one more than i did. i think i was expecting an epic romance, something along the lines of the bronze horseman and this book did not provide that.
i never really felt anything towards the characters, except indifference. things seemed too EASY for them. it was so easy for anna to steal food in the labor camp, it was so easy for sofia to escape. oh, and let's not forget the gypsy in the village of tivil. :/
i don't know. i just really didn't get much out of this reading experience. kate furnivall is a good writer, and that's about the only thing that kept me reading. i may try something else by her. maybe this one just wasn't her best.
it did have a happy ending. anna is reunited with vasily (now chariman fomenko) and sofia stays with mikhail, but meh.
**spoiler alert** an interesting read. books about india always interest me, as do books about class differences (the haves vs the have nots etc) . it**spoiler alert** an interesting read. books about india always interest me, as do books about class differences (the haves vs the have nots etc) . it was an interesting story & i really felt sad for bhima the whole time.
- her husband had an accident at work & she was tricked into "signing' papers for his treatment at the hospital, but really she signed away his rights to sue the company for a settlement (she is illiterate)
-her husband's alcoholism & then his later abandoment of her & her daughter, and him stealing her son away
- her daughter getting pregnant by her long time employer's son & then bhima ends up getting fired when she confronts them about it b/c she's just a lowly servant and it's her word against theirs.