So far this book is smarter than me, but the fight continues. I'm on page 433. The story is fascinating, but hidden under very, very dense extraterresSo far this book is smarter than me, but the fight continues. I'm on page 433. The story is fascinating, but hidden under very, very dense extraterrestrial-based science and... orbital physics. And monks, and jeejaws, and a sphere that can either fit in your pocket or become a chair.
The W.W. Denslow-type two-color-process-esque illustrations absolutely won me over and had me cracking open my Denslow edition Oz books to admire justThe W.W. Denslow-type two-color-process-esque illustrations absolutely won me over and had me cracking open my Denslow edition Oz books to admire just how awesome a job DiTerlizzi did.
The story races along, with Eva 9 being a plucky, sympathetic narrator who encounters some of the coolest creatures in fairy tale history that are really just twists and spins on classic steampunk, Narnia, Oz, Wonderland and other critters borrowed -- and brought sailing into the 21st century -- from classic fairy tale quest fiction.
The closest recent publication might be The Golden Compass series, from which DiTerlizzi was also undoubtedly inspired (Otto the Water Bear is the bravest and staunchest bear companion since Iorek), but what makes this book great is the way the elements of classic fairy tale come together to ultimately tell a very real story, with legitimate and serious consequences, especially come the end.
Benny Imura lives in a small town, fenced off from the great Rot and Ruin where the zombies roam, looking for people and bFavorite. Zombie. Book. Yet.
Benny Imura lives in a small town, fenced off from the great Rot and Ruin where the zombies roam, looking for people and brainnzzz to eat. The badasses in town are the zombie hunters, who head out into the rot and ruin killing zombies and bringing home scalps and so on.
And then there's Benny's big brother Tom, who also works for the zombie retrieval people, but has never once bragged about bringing down a beastie, much less had a belt of scalps like some of the cooler, tougher guys in town.
But there's something different about the zombies in Rot and Ruin. For the most part, except for a particular and rare breed, the zombies just stand there, right where they died, swaying in the breeze for all eternity and showing no interest at all in attacking humans.
And what's more, these zombies are FAMILY. They're dead relatives of the survivors in Benny's town... and maybe scalping and beating them isn't as cool as Benny once thought.
I loaned this book to a reluctant reader in gangland East Oakland, and it totally spoke to her. So take that.
I always love a story of a generational ship, that sets off from somewhere and travels hundreds of years through space to get to some far-off destinatI always love a story of a generational ship, that sets off from somewhere and travels hundreds of years through space to get to some far-off destination.
This book plays with the fascinating question of, what happens if the original message/plan of the settlers is forgotten after one or two generations die off?
With the original group of settlers frozen on launch day, the new generations of awake people on the space ship live and grow and develop their plans and have children and generations... and then the frozen people start waking up.
And their initial plans seem to have been completely forgotten....more
I suppose maybe if you'd never read a dystopian novel and the idea of, hey, a world where we've run out ofOh, god, nobody read this book. It is AWFUL.
I suppose maybe if you'd never read a dystopian novel and the idea of, hey, a world where we've run out of fossil fuels, sounds fascinating, you might give this a try.
Instead it is literally 200 pages of flat, cautionary preaching shared among totally indistinguishable characters. They're all like, "can you believe people used to drive SUVs in the city! That's why we're all dying!" and like, "wow, my mom used to talk about having the air conditioner on in the summer. They were so dumb."
It's just. Ow. Don't read this.
Suzanne Weyn has another dystopian novel/series, "The Bar Code Tattoo" and "The Bar Code Rebellion." They are solidly average, eh, a little below average but at least readable and not preachy. If you're desperate to read Suzanne Weyn read one of those first. And then read "Empty" never....more
You knwo that book "The Room" that everyone's telling you to read, about the kid and the rape victim and so on? Don't read that book, read this book.
SYou knwo that book "The Room" that everyone's telling you to read, about the kid and the rape victim and so on? Don't read that book, read this book.
S.A.Bodeen, one of the creepiest YA authors out there today, gives us the Compound -- a subterranean fallout shelter that our hero's family's father has built.
It's a network of miles of well-stocked caverns, tons of rooms, gym equipment, farm animals, computer labs and just about everything anyone would need to wait out armageddon.
The book begins with the family, dad, mom, brother, sister, locked down in the compound because outside there has been a massive EMP or somesuch, and there's dangerous radiation.
But dad is getting into some weird experiments. And what's in the yellow room? And how come dad said the internet was down when our hero very clearly got online for a moment before he had to dash away for fear of being caught?
What are they really doing down in that compound, anyway?...more
Another corporate oligarchy/money equals life kind of dystopian future, so you'd think I'd be really into it, but this book is pretty ridiculous.
BasicAnother corporate oligarchy/money equals life kind of dystopian future, so you'd think I'd be really into it, but this book is pretty ridiculous.
Basically every family has a budget limit and if you go over it, even a dime, one of your kids is whisked off and thrown into a work camp until you get back under your limit.
The book is REMARKABLY preachy when it comes to people going over their limit -- even the main character, Matt, can't imagine why his parents would spend more than they have. In this current economic climate with people using credit cards and so on, on the one hand The Limit makes a responsible argument for not living on credit, but on the other, it's pretty insulting to people who have had to borrow on occasion.
So Matt's parents go over the limit and he's sent to a work camp, which is super fancy and basically like Google Labs or a Montessori school - he's given great food, meets gifted kids, and has the opportunity to pursue his love of math and science.
Still, idiotically, he can't figure out what's taking his parents so long to get him. Um, DUH, of COURSE they're charging your family for your room and board!
Matt gets all haughty but I can't really sympathize - is he expecting free gourmet meals while his parents scrimp? What does he think is going on? He's supposed to be a 15 year old genius.
It isn't until his parents go over the limit again and his sister is sent to the work camp that he really begins his rebellion.
Corporate Oligarchy is one of my favorite government types for dystopic fiction (see Hunger Games, etc), and the theme is used so elegantly here I felCorporate Oligarchy is one of my favorite government types for dystopic fiction (see Hunger Games, etc), and the theme is used so elegantly here I fell for it hard.
School has been reworked as a "Game Center," and classes are corporate sponsored video games where students get points and high scores instead of grades. The kids are constantly inundated with ads for the latest and greatest fashion and trends, and the race to be the first on a new trend is fierce.
Katey, aka Kid, is perfectly happy at her Game school, making music and winning high scores in most of her classes.
Then suddenly a group called The Unidentified shows up with a single statement of purpose -- don't let the marketing get to you. Think for yourself. Eschew labels.
As Kid's world is shaken to its very core, Kid has to figure out what she truly thinks is "cool."...more
This book was freakin' ridiculous, but I quite enjoyed it. Imagine if Ship Breaker had less giant thugs attacking one another and more bottling of oneThis book was freakin' ridiculous, but I quite enjoyed it. Imagine if Ship Breaker had less giant thugs attacking one another and more bottling of one's farts. No, for real.
In a post-flood world where money comes from diving and salvaging, young boys of working age are brought to X-Isle in exchange for some financial support for their families. Once on X-Isle the boys are put to work, and the book takes on the tone of a futuristic, slightly cruel but fully entertaining boys' school adventure, complete with hazing, kitchen duty, and spying on the headmaster.
Until the time comes when the boys make their escape plan. Which involves bottling their farts. To save up as an explosive.
I'll leave it to you to read and find out whether Fart Club is successful or not....more