Vivian Apple at the End of the World is from the first week of free downloadable audiobooks from Sync. It's paired with The Great Tennesse Monkey TriaVivian Apple at the End of the World is from the first week of free downloadable audiobooks from Sync. It's paired with The Great Tennesse Monkey Trial which I'm now listening to. www.audiobooksync.com
I enjoyed listening to this book. The plot moved quickly and gave just the right amount of clues that something wasn't right with Frick, the rapture, and The Church of America. The ending dragged out and I wish it would have just stopped after the big scene with Peter and then picked up again in the sequel, but it didn't. Personally, I think this would be heaps of fun to book club. "Yeah! America is full of crazy fundamentalist Christians! Are you crazy? This country is made of greedy capitalist CEOs!" That's what I think some of the dialogue might sound like.
First lines: March 1, 1954, was not a normal day on Rongelap Atoll in the Marshall Islands of the Pacific Ocean. That morning, the US military explodeFirst lines: March 1, 1954, was not a normal day on Rongelap Atoll in the Marshall Islands of the Pacific Ocean. That morning, the US military exploded the world's first hydrogen bomb - Bravo- on Nam, part of the Bikini Atoll about 75 miles (120 kilometers) away from Rongelap. Several hours later, white ash began to drift from the sky, p. 5.
Sixty-seven. That's how many nuclear bombs the U.S. decided to "test" over and around the Bikini Atoll. Sixty-seven. What in the world did people learn on the sixty-seventh bomb that couldn't have been learned from the first one dropped in Japan during WWII? The bombs cause massive loss of life! The bombs ruin environments for decades or centuries or who the hell really knows how long. Why is it people who are told they are about to make a horrible decision go ahead and still make it?
Experts had warned Admiral Blandy that such an explosion would be dangerous. In the end, Blandy ordered his men to explode Baker underwater, p. 29.
I'm not sure we are learning from our past.
The book was a very quick read with tons of information about the Marshall Islands including it's past and present. Prepare yourself to be disturbed, upset, and inspired to read more. Try Bomb by Steve Sheinkin or one of the other books Goldsmith suggests on page 84.
First line: "We should agree on some passwords," p. 1.
I totally get the book cover now. I'm not going to spoil it, but when I got my copy of Half LostFirst line: "We should agree on some passwords," p. 1.
I totally get the book cover now. I'm not going to spoil it, but when I got my copy of Half Lost I didn't know what the image was other than flames. But I get it now. Out of the three books Half Bad is my favorite. Half Lost wrapped up the plot, but I'm not satisfied. Some parts were slow and other parts too fast and didn't quite make sense. I think whatever Sally Green writes next is going to be kick-ass.
First line: I never had a brain until Freak came along and let me borrow his for a while, and that's the truth, the whole truth, p. 1.
This was the boFirst line: I never had a brain until Freak came along and let me borrow his for a while, and that's the truth, the whole truth, p. 1.
This was the book I chose to read aloud with my 8th grade students the second semester of school. A teacher friend recommended it, and just recently lent me her copy of the movie. It's a good book. Simple, easy to read, and moves quickly. Which makes sense, because Max is writing the story as he remembers it. I enjoyed the book more than the movie, but if I were a 12 year old I'd probably like the movie better. One day in class a guy who comes in and assists with a student (basically makes sure the kid is not sleeping and doing what he's suppose to be doing) announces loudly as he walks out the door that the movie was better. Jerk. Can't you at least pretend you liked the book since these kids already hate reading? So, maybe if I were a 35 year old male I'd like the movie better too. Ugh. ...more