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
Kira was born with a twisted leg which forces her to use a crutch as well as drag the lifeless leg. Kira’s mother died due to a swift illness and hasKira was born with a twisted leg which forces her to use a crutch as well as drag the lifeless leg. Kira’s mother died due to a swift illness and has left Kira orphaned. She must now go before the Council to find out her fate. Will she be thrown to the 'fields' as she should have been at birth or live to do who knows what? It is Kira's secret skill with thread and weaving that keeps her alive, but at what price? This is a great fast-paced book following The Giver.
She saw his feet. They were bare and grotesquely misshapen. His ankles were thickly scarred... They were caked and scabbed with dried blood. Fresh, bright blood trickled in narrow rivulets across his feet. It all came from the raw, festering skin - infected and dripping - around the metal cuffs with which he was bound. Between the thick ankle cuffs, dragging heavily as he made his way slowly from the stage, was a chain.
Finn wakes up in a prison called Incarceron a place where only one person, out of the millions imprisoned, has ever escaped. Finn has no memory of hisFinn wakes up in a prison called Incarceron a place where only one person, out of the millions imprisoned, has ever escaped. Finn has no memory of his life before waking up in Incaceron, but he knows he is from 'outside'.
Claudia is the daughter of the Warden of Incarceron and she is engaged to a boy that has quite a reputation for drinking and promiscuity. Of course she will do everything she can not to marry him.
The world Claudia lives in time does not exist. Well it does, but nobody is allowed to acknowledge it. The years is stuck somewhere around the 1500s what everyone calls "Protocol". But in the prison where Finn lives it's metallic, barren, and brutal. Men and women must constantly fight to survive, fight each other, and, oh yeah, the prison, because it's alive.
Awesome book and I can't wait for the sequel to come out. ...more