First line: Graduation Day. I can hardly stand still as my mother straightens my celebratory red tunic and tucks a strand of light brown hair behind mFirst line: Graduation Day. I can hardly stand still as my mother straightens my celebratory red tunic and tucks a strand of light brown hair behind my ear.
Okay not the most powerful beginning, but it does pick up speed. In the world of state assessments and high stakes testing I wonder if Charbonneau's idea of testing isn't far off. ...more
What else can you do when you're sick besides sleep and read?
I started this book earlier in the week. My students said this was a book they were realWhat else can you do when you're sick besides sleep and read?
I started this book earlier in the week. My students said this was a book they were really interested in having in our classroom library, so I set out to acquire it and read it quickly. I shared my progress with my students in our daily status of the class reading. I feel The One Safe Place will appeal to middle schoolers, because the action is fast paced and the language very accessible. There's also some pretty cool twists, and opportunities for further exploration (synesthesia). Dystopian novels are also all the rage right now.
My one complaint, like I told my students, is that the action moves almost too quickly creating confusion and inconsistencies in plot and character development....more
Black Hole Sun reads like a movie, so I will not be surprised if I find out the rights to produce have been bought. There are a lot of things to likeBlack Hole Sun reads like a movie, so I will not be surprised if I find out the rights to produce have been bought. There are a lot of things to like about this book. Tons of action paired with comical dialogue, little tidbits of science, and yes, even some of the characters. I thought for sure Durango was going to be the typical 'chief' self-obsessed and absorbed, or the opposite and perfect down to his machismo shoelaces. (I don't think the symbiarmor had shoelaces though.) But he wasn't. In fact, I thought he was a pretty lousy chief, and if not for Mimi he wouldn't be worth his salt. Vienne was the real tour de force and I just gobbled that up. I was a little disappointed with some of her choices towards the end though. I also enjoyed the ubber-psychotic queen. Please, somehow have an evil twin for book two!
There were a few flubs in the writing, but nothing detrimental. My one remaining question is why Black Hole Sun? Did I miss the black hole part?
It seems to be a popular trend of young adult novels, well, that and dysfunctional romances. I can hear the publisherI’m kind of sick of cliffhangers…
It seems to be a popular trend of young adult novels, well, that and dysfunctional romances. I can hear the publisher rubbing his/her moisturized hands together and saying, “It’s sells, doesn’t it?”
Blood Red Road doesn’t really end as a cliffhanger but more of a view-from-the-top-of-the-hill-and-you-can-see-what-lies-ahead. “The End”.
The story is good, and it kept my attention, but several times I was jarred from the text saying, “Really? You had to go and write that?” For example, “Let’s get this party started!” Groan. You can sog through it because there’s a cleaver crow, crows are very intelligent, and lots of action. Then comes the anticipated romance, along with several forehead slaps as you read the idiotic things Saba says. And then, oh and then, you’re left with the craziest ending of all. You’re thinking this is a good crazy, but don’t get your hopes up. Not that kind of crazy. Stop reading now if you don’t want to hear about the ending.
I don’t understand what possible reason there is for Jack to go and hunt down this briefly mentioned ‘Molly’ when Ike could have gotten off his lazy bum and done it himself, then to fuel a quasi-suspenseful ending. Seriously! The sequel-tension was already built up with DeMalo and his mysterious, and slightly threatening, message to Saba, to write Jack off (hehe). You know what’s coming, right? Oh, yes. Jack will get captured and then Saba will have to go after him. Come on! There’s so much more going for this book than going that route. Okay, I just need to calm down.
Let’s hope there’s something better tucked up Young’s sleeve than a cheap, been there done that plot for book two.
Would I recommend this book? Yeah, dystopian is very “in” right now. Will I read the sequel? Undecided. ...more
"The oath cannot protect against the error in judgment, the failure of knowledge, or the lack of skill. Avoiding harm is not so simpleFavorite Lines:
"The oath cannot protect against the error in judgment, the failure of knowledge, or the lack of skill. Avoiding harm is not so simple as flipping the switch linked to a human generator, knowing that light will always follow. What the oath demands is that you always choose with care, with the intent of not doing harm - and that when you cause harm in spite of these efforts, you do all you can to mend it." p. 171
"It is no promise of safety, only of mindfulness. Yet mindfulness is a sort of protection, too."...more
**spoiler alert** Wasn’t too crazy about the beginning of the book, but was satisfied with the last couple of chapters. I wish Collins would have spen**spoiler alert** Wasn’t too crazy about the beginning of the book, but was satisfied with the last couple of chapters. I wish Collins would have spent as much time on Peeta and Katniss’ relationship as she did on developing Katniss as the mockingjay.
This is what I am wondering. In Hunger Games we are in the action with Katniss as if we are selected to be a tribute. We hate the capitol and everyone associated with it.Catching Fire comes along and we are no longer tributes, but maybe more of a mentor or citizen of Panem. Lastly comes Mockingjay. We the reader are turned into a Capitol citizen. We are angry there are no more hunger games. We want to see Katniss back inside the arena or heck just in the war and not just doing propos. Now we are more concerned about filming and getting good picks. Okay I'm rambling, but again, I wonder if Collins is moving us around and trying to turn us into the people we hated in the first book. ...more