I give it one star cause the plot was uneventful and all over the place, the characterization was severely lackluster, and there was a lot of switchin...moreI give it one star cause the plot was uneventful and all over the place, the characterization was severely lackluster, and there was a lot of switching of names...I think at one point it even referred to Edwin as Wilbur. I bumped it up to two stars cause it had decent illustrations and Edwin died. Also it did not turn the stronger female characters into damsels in distress.
I didn't hate this graphic novel, but I would not recommend it to anyone though cause it wasn't that good.(less)
I found this graphic novel on my library's Overdrive site. I have read both World War Z and The Zombie Survival. I found this graphic novel was easy t...moreI found this graphic novel on my library's Overdrive site. I have read both World War Z and The Zombie Survival. I found this graphic novel was easy to read on my Nook Simple Touch. Some parts were a little cut off though so it is probably better suited for a tablet or computer viewing.
The book gives different accounts through history of the zombie presence among civilizations. The illustration was well done in my opinion.(less)
This review is going to be full of spoilers. But considering it is a novella there is not much I can say about the characters, plot, and setting that...moreThis review is going to be full of spoilers. But considering it is a novella there is not much I can say about the characters, plot, and setting that wouldn't spoil the story. So your basic run down is the plot is interesting, the characters are actually funny at times, and I only found a few flaws in the story.
(view spoiler)[ So it starts out set in a world where teens teleport to their classes on different continents, don't sleep, have their hormones regulated, don't get sick, and they learn about the old world in a class called Scarcity. Kieran has to do a project for his Scarcity class and unfortunately Barefoot(what kind of parent names their kid Barefoot...honestly)Tillman distracted him before he could remember to put a reminder in his headspace to do research for choosing a topic. So on the fly Kieran chooses to sleep. He wonders how bad could it really be to lay unconscious for a few hours.
The other main character in this short fiction, Maria, is a "meeker" (apparently this means nerd/overachiever), who has chosen to give up her hormone regulation for the assignment. Two weeks of teen angst, crawling skin, and uncontrollable urges. Kieran jokingly tells her not to start writing poetry. Which she actually ends up doing...cause you know teens naturally do that right off the bat. Ok, I did write a few poems as a teen, but not everyone does that.
So here they both are, trying to master the art of snoozing and feeling all kinds of conflicting feelings they have never felt before. Kieran experiences what it is like to dream. And of course he dreams about Maria. Cause you know that's how dreams go...I personally dreamed about outlandish things like werewolves breaking in the house, living in a dollhouse will tiny plates, and being able to magic myself into Walmart after hours (back when they were not 24 hour supercenters) to go shopping for all the things I could never have in real life. (It's not stealing if you use magic.)
There were some flaws such as in the beginning when he talks about everyone tries not to fall asleep in class. (They don't even know what sleep is...) "It wasn't a real course with grades and everything, so only the most pathetic meekers worked hard at it. The rest of us just showed up and tried not to fall asleep."
And if their hormones are so well regulated then why would his father deny him his request for a bed...and not even LISTEN when he tried to explain it was for a class project. Didn't really matter, Kieran made due by putting a bunch of parkas on the floor of his room. (Apparently dude either lives in Antarctica or he owns a lot of parkas because of his interest in building a snow habitat. (hide spoiler)]
Even though somethings were a bit, come on that wouldn't happen, it was a very interesting book. I kind of wish it had been a full length standalone novel. I liked Kieran and Maria well enough, but the WORLD is the one I would love to hear more about. ["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>(less)
Edit: Nov 9, 2013 Finished reading this a few minutes ago. I do not feel I could add anything to my review written pre-reading. All my opinions and feel...moreEdit: Nov 9, 2013 Finished reading this a few minutes ago. I do not feel I could add anything to my review written pre-reading. All my opinions and feelings about the book are as true after reading the book as they were after pre-reading. I feel in an organized manner, this book laid out the main points and reasonings behind the members who are actively rebelling against the new GR policies. The discussion of the meaning of censorship, starting on page 177 of 211, was particularly interesting to me.
This book retains the 4 stars I originally rated it, well earned and well deserved. _______________________________________ Looking forward to reading this soon. I've tried to keep up with the subject on which this book is based, but I'm positive I have missed at least half of the conflict. (This book is 211 pages long, I had to have missed quite a bit.)
The preface, titled "How this book got written", gave the basic background of the conflict and illuminated why the author chose to pen this book. While critics may contend that this book is just a glorified revenge piece and has no place on Goodreads, I believe this book is valuable as a documentation of the experiences of those "21" reviewers who were censored in their attempt to speak out against behavior they found unfavorable. I believe this book shows that it is not "off-topic" to discuss author behavior. As a consumer I would honestly like to know what type of author I am supporting. Even if my support only amounts to having their book on my huge to be read shelf.
I am rating this four stars at this time based on the skim read I have done of the book, my interest in the book, and my opinion on it's validity. It is my right to rate as I see fit and this is me exercising that right. (less)
A boy and girl are left at home with their father while their mother goes out of town. Unfortunately there is no milk in the house for their cereal. S...moreA boy and girl are left at home with their father while their mother goes out of town. Unfortunately there is no milk in the house for their cereal. So the father sets off to what he thinks is a short trip to the corner shop for milk. Little does he know how that container of milk will save not just his kids from hunger but the world as well.
Great storytelling for such a short book. Funny and imaginative. I will recommend this to all my younger cousins. (less)