i remember this book fondly from my time as a school gal. i rarely read then, but every now and then the urge to go to the teeny tiny school library wi remember this book fondly from my time as a school gal. i rarely read then, but every now and then the urge to go to the teeny tiny school library would possess me and i would browse through the young adult section which were probably about forty books top. and boy, am i glad i came across this one. looking back, there are some bad events intertwined of course, but it's the little things that brought me pleasure which define my memories at school the most. so yes, the sentimental value makes this a 5 star read.
i still felt alone. i still fended off grief every day, but it didn't take me by surprise anymore. it was a dull ache all over, not an acute physical hit every time i thought of her. if it wasn't for the fact that the others saw him too, that he was made of flesh and bone, i would have suspected silence was my invisible guardian angel. since the attack on joe, he'd started sleeping in the room i shared with carrie and bree. the first night he crept in, i was unnerved. the second, i was resigned. by the third i was comforted by his presence and i missed him if he wasn't there. we found peace in each other and nobody else seemed to think it was strange that he watched me all the time.
i thought he was waiting to see when i'd leave. without him. that was what he expected -- to be left behind.
sometimes he knew what i was thinking before i knew it myself. he left me food when i was busking. offerings, like a cat might leave on your doorstep --a cinnamon doughnut, a bunch of grapes, a bag of nuts, a fresh bread roll. [ p 143 - 144 ]
"for eight years i dreamed of fire. trees ignited as i passed them, oceans burned. the sugary smoke settled in my hair as i slept, the scent like a cloud left on my pillow as i rose. even so, the moment my mattress started to burn, i bolted awake. the sharp, chemical smell was nothing like the hazy syrup of my dreams; the two were as different as indian and carolina jasmine, separation and attachment. they could not be confused.
standing in the middle of the room, i located the source of the fire. a neat row of wooden matches lined the foot of the bed. they ignited, one after the next, a glowing picket fence across the piped edging. watching them light, i felt a terror unequal to the size of the flickering flames, and for a paralyzing moment i was ten years old again, desperate and hopeful in a way i had never been before and would never be again."
kate is an appealing but not overly-idealized heroine, and a smattering of eastern european and roma (gypsy) folklore and tradition gives the book sh kate is an appealing but not overly-idealized heroine, and a smattering of eastern european and roma (gypsy) folklore and tradition gives the book shape. mostly, though, it’s about human nature: suspicion, desperation, family loyalty, mob mentality. to an adult reader, it’s a mite predictable, but not in particularly frustrating way; it didn’t feel like kate was being daft by not putting things together, it just felt like the reader had a longer view of the situation. kate had immediate concerns to distract her; the reader is looking for the big picture. the only significant flaw is the ending; it feels a bit too neat, and there are enough sudden changes to make the reader feel a bit jerked-around. still, it’s a beautiful, gripping novel. [ thebooleyhouse ] ...more
the book was really good (though i noticed that i change the rating on this book a lot of times). i read it in one sitting that's how much it captivat
the book was really good (though i noticed that i change the rating on this book a lot of times). i read it in one sitting that's how much it captivated my interest. there wasn't much action or suspense though. but that was ok. there are some really interesting debate scenes though, which gives the reader food for thought.
i was a little disappointed that the main characters were the only ones who were fleshed out. i would have liked to read more pages dedicated to dane's dad for example. while it is explained why he did what he did (no spoilers, right?), because his wife died, it wasn't enough for me. but that's probably only me ...
the main characters were fully developed. unfortunately, i had a hard time imagining some things, like how does this planet look like? more like a plain, cold laboratory look with some plants here and there?
and yes, i agree with those who think the book cover doesn't completely fit with the story itself.
i liked the fact that although the focus lies on romance, it didn't overwhelm the story at all. they didn't fall in love at first sight. not at second or third sight either, for that matter. many authors tend to write about characters which instantly fall in love, especially in the ya-genre. first it was suspicion and curiosity between those two. then respect and care. at last came affection and with that the love they felt for each other. it was like watching a pumpkin grow.
from equilibrium, minority report, the golden compass