Another book I discovered at the Teen Services Workshop, this book was described to me as a fantasy western, which intrigued me enough to pick it up aAnother book I discovered at the Teen Services Workshop, this book was described to me as a fantasy western, which intrigued me enough to pick it up and try it out. And it pretty much is just that. Basically the story premise is this: The eastern seaboard of the US has fallen into the ocean creating two separate societies, the Topsiders who live on land and those who live in the subsea territory. Gemma, a Topsider, comes to the subsea and meets Ty, a born subsea dweller, who helps her to find her brother. Meanwhile there is a roving group of outlaws that threatens to destroy the territory and the gov't says they must be captured or they will close the territory down. Will the outlaws be captured? Will Gemma ever find her brother? To find out, read this fascinating undersea adventure. Recommended for ages 10+. ...more
The premise of the book is very interesting, even to a friend of mine who doesn't read YA books. Basically the world is ending and so a group of peoplThe premise of the book is very interesting, even to a friend of mine who doesn't read YA books. Basically the world is ending and so a group of people call the Builders create an underground city called Ember and equip it for about 200-220 yrs, after which time they have left instructions for how to leave the city and come back to the real world. Only the instructions get lost and it's now between 220-250 yrs later. A girl named Lina finds them and tries to decipher (because her little sister chewed most of it up) what they mean with the help of a boy named Doon. The story totally drew me into it from the beginning and kept me there until I finished the book a day later. ...more
I had been wanting to read one of the author's books for awhile, as I had been her Goodreads friend for a good period of time but had never read any oI had been wanting to read one of the author's books for awhile, as I had been her Goodreads friend for a good period of time but had never read any of her books (though we have very similar book tastes). This book started off slow for me, though I think it was just difficult to read about her mother's rape and all the violence that was in the beginning. Once I got into it, I was hooked and couldn't put it down. The short chapters helped me keep my focus on the book, as I tend to get a little distracted when I read. My favorite part of the book was probably the section on the Vah, and Onye's journeys into the spirit world. I am very interested in reading more of the author's work, and will probably try to read one of her YA novels next.
Onyesonwu (whose name means "Who Fears Death) was born after her mother was brutally raped and left for dead, in post-apocalyptic Africa. Both mother and child survive and start over in a small town where her mother marries the town blacksmith. Onye is Ewu, or a child of rape, that is seen as evil and an outcast by her people. She mostly keeps to herself until she decides to get circumcised and befriends the group of girls that has it done at the same time as herself. We learn early on that Onye has special abilities that sets her apart even more than her Ewu appearance. She eventually becomes apprenticed to a sorcerer who teaches her how to better control her special talents, as she searches for her father (also a powerful sorcerer) who she wants to kill and wants to kill her as well. ...more
**spoiler alert** Very interesting book and though the ending wasn't really there, more like a stop of consciousness. The idea of the book was fascina**spoiler alert** Very interesting book and though the ending wasn't really there, more like a stop of consciousness. The idea of the book was fascinating, namely that everyone lives in a "perfect" utopian society where there is no war or pain or suffering, but it also doesn't have emotions or colors. Everyone has their choices chosen for them, from how they dress, to what their jobs will be, even to who they will marry. At the age of twelve, each child is given a job. Jonas, the main character, at first is not given a task, but then they give him the most important one of all. He is to be the Receiver of Memories, of all the memories of the world, given to him by the former Receiver known as the Giver. At first the memories are nice and happy, but soon Jonas learns of war, hunger, and suffering. The hardest part to read was when Jonas's dad, who is a newborn Nurse/Nurturer has identical twins but they have to choose which one they will "release" based on weight, and then Jonas discovers how they "release" the smaller one. However, as Wendy from the blog Banned Books (http://bannedbookschallenge.blogspot....) says: "Despite the controversy, this is a beautifully written and conceived book. My view was that rather than support euthanasia and suicide, it shows the horror and devastating results of those acts. This is a great book for parents to discuss with their children."...more
I had really high hopes for this book, especially since I waited 8 months to read it. And maybe the author cracked under the strain to produce the finI had really high hopes for this book, especially since I waited 8 months to read it. And maybe the author cracked under the strain to produce the final book, I don't know. But this book just didn't have the, how to phrase this, same vibe of the first two books in the trilogy (it felt thrown together). I had to wait two days to review this book to get together what I really thought of it because it left me really conflicted.
The book was exciting all the way to the end, and definitely kept me guessing. That part I liked. I get that it's supposed to be about the gruesomeness and pointlessness of war, hence the insane detail about torture which was really hard for me to read. I guess I kept thinking about all the 12 year olds that would be reading this and thinking, geez if it is hard for me to read (especially the ending scene with her sister)and gave me nightmares, it's surely got to be impossible for them, right? I understand why Katniss did what she did in the end and I'm glad that she managed to find some manner of happiness, even though she had to get completely messed up to find it. ...more
**spoiler alert** Fantastic book, almost better than the first one. Although I guess I should've expected it, the ending was uber-frustrating as I kno**spoiler alert** Fantastic book, almost better than the first one. Although I guess I should've expected it, the ending was uber-frustrating as I know the next book won't be out until Aug 2010! This book started pretty much right where the last one left off. Katniss and Peeta are trying to relax after the Hunger Games, but their relationship is strained at best and her's and Gale's relationship isn't much better. Katniss is threatened to shape up by President Snow and then the announcement comes for the next Hunger Games: All the victors from the previous games will be put into a lottery and played against each other. Haymitch's name is called but Peeta volunteers for him. Katniss vows to protect him at all costs. What will happen in the Games? Will they survive or will one of them be killed? I highly recommend this book to anyone who has first read "The Hunger Games". ...more
**spoiler alert** I didn't think Suzanne Collins could do it again after "The Underland Chronicles" but she did. Hunger Games was way better than I th**spoiler alert** I didn't think Suzanne Collins could do it again after "The Underland Chronicles" but she did. Hunger Games was way better than I thought it would be and it's a shame that I put off reading it for so long. It is an interesting story about a 16 yr old girl named Katniss in a post-apocalyptic world. The US is now called Panem and the capital is located near the Rockies. The remaining US was divided into 13 districts, but then the districts attacked the capital and the 13th district was eradicated. As punishment, for the last 70-odd years, the Capital has been hosting the Hunger Games. This is where two teens are picked from each of the 12 remaining districts and basically fight to the death and the winner lives in the lap of luxury for the rest of their life. Katniss's 12 yr old sister Prim was selected, but Katniss immediately volunteers to take her place and the teen is Peeta, the baker's son. Their prep team decides to play up a romance between the two which lasts the whole tournament. The excitement in the book kept going the entire time, which I was really surprised about and the things these kids had to go through was harrowing, esp with the Muttations at the end.
The book gave me the idea to use it as part of the teen read week programming aspect of my final paper for YA materials. I decided to do a Real Dystopia theme (as an off-shoot of the 2005 Teen Read week's them "Get Real @ The Library) and featured books such as George Orwell's 1984, H.G. Wells The Time Machine, and 7 others. It was a trivia bowl and then a movie party watching other dystopian films such as "Blade Runner" and "Brazil". I thought it was a pretty good idea considering my brain was fried at the end of a 73 page paper. I can't wait to read the next book in the trilogy, Catching Fire, to see what happens to Katniss and Peeta. ...more