I loved every second I spent reading Divergent. Its quick, fluid pacing, combined with edge of your seat plotting and heart rending characters, lent i...moreI loved every second I spent reading Divergent. Its quick, fluid pacing, combined with edge of your seat plotting and heart rending characters, lent itself well to this dystopian debut.
Divergent takes place in a Dystopian Chicago. It has long been discovered that the cause for the worlds’ strife and political unrest wasn’t due to race or religion but rather the personality traits of human beings. Thus a new government was formed and divided into factions that were created according to those virtues that leaders found to be the most prudent. Those of Dauntless value bravery and live a life dedicated to service through valor. Erudite values knowledge and are a faction devoted to studies. Amity values love and happiness, Candor – Honesty and Abnegation values selflessness above all else, thus making them best suited for leadership roles in government as they are uncorrupt able.
At the eve of the choosing ceremony, the event in which young adults choose the faction in which they will live, we meet Tris Prior. Tris is a 16 year old girl that has grown up in Abnegation, but has found the factions ideals difficult to live by. She often feels out of step and ponders what it would be like to live a life afforded by other factions. However doing so would mean betraying her family. While her upcoming aptitude test could support what she has always known, that she doesn’t belong in Abnegation, she also fears what the results with say. But when her results come back inconclusive, Tris must make her choice without a guide.
Tris’s choice and the consequences that follow kept me turning the pages into the wee hours of the night. I simply couldn’t find a stopping point! Tris was a character that I could root for and the world that Roth has created is intricate and entrancing. I can’t wait to see what happens in the sequel.
Side note: I’m normally peeved to read books that are the start of a trilogy, but at nearly 500 pages, Roth gives plenty of meat to her story to keep readers satisfied. (less)
I read books for a variety of reasons, to be entertained, find inspiration, expand my world view, have a cathartic cry, etc. I read the works of Lani...moreI read books for a variety of reasons, to be entertained, find inspiration, expand my world view, have a cathartic cry, etc. I read the works of Lani Taylor for her rare ability to string words together in such a lovely way that you feel as though she could write about poo and it would still be one of the most breath-taking pieces written. I simply cannot fathom such a talent. Moreover, I can’t comprehend how one can possess such a vivid imagination and manage to fashion it into a believable reality. Lani Taylor can and does.
Set in modern day Prague, “The Daughter of Smoke and Bone” tells us the story of 17 year old Karou. She spends her days attending art classes, drawing and mending her recent disappointment cast by her good for nothing ex-boyfriend. Sounds fairly standard, no? But Karou possesses a secret life. A life she dare not share beyond the fantastical pictures that lie within her notebook. Pictures that are replicas of Karou’s hidden world. A world in which magic exists and enables Karou to traverse the globe through secret portals. Portals that Karou must enter to complete the errands tasked to her by her demonic family. A family which has raised her with care since her infancy.
“The Daughter of Smoke and Bone” tells us the story of what happens when an Angel and a devil fall in love. As Taylor herself says in her opening line, it does not end well.
As I’m sure none of my words on this unexpected idly gorgeous book will ever aptly speak to the brilliance that lies within its pages, I’ll let the book speak for itself in one of my most favorite passages here:
"this, she thought, isn't just for today. It's for everything. For the heartache that still felt like a punch in the gut each time it struck, fresh as new at unpredictable moments; for the smiling lies and the mental images she couldn't shake; for the shame of having been so naive. For the way loneliness is worse when you return to it after a reprieve--like the souls version of putting on a wet bathing suit, clammy and miserable."
And another here:
"She craved a presence beside her, solid. Fingertips light at the nape of her neck and a voice meeting hers in the dark. Someone who would wait with an umbrella to walk her home in the rain, and smile like sunshine when he saw her coming. Who would dance with her on her balcony, keep his promises and know her secrets, and make a tiny world wherever he was, with just her and his arms and his whisper and her trust."
I hope you read this remarkable book and enjoy it as much as I did. (less)
Reread: First I must begin by thanking my amie T for recommending this jewel of a book. Melina Marchetta is on par with our beloved E.Lockhart and I o...moreReread: First I must begin by thanking my amie T for recommending this jewel of a book. Melina Marchetta is on par with our beloved E.Lockhart and I owe you for introducing her phenomenal writing to me.
Francesca’s life leaves a lot to be desired. She has just begun her junior year, attending the recently defined co-ed school St. Sebastian’s. She, along with 29 other unlucky sods are now co-existing with a bunch of hormonal, testosterone fueled blokes who are under the misapprehension that by divine right of possessing a penis, they are somehow superior. To make attending a new school with a bunch of sexist, flatulent filled pervs worse, Francesca isn’t sure of which of the females in matriculation she should adopt as her fellow females at arms. There’s Tara Finke, the feminist dejour, who always has someone to chastise and who might as well call herself a lezzie and be done with it, or Siobhan the slut who spends her weekend hooking up with losers only to end up drunkenly crying into the toilet, and then there is the accordion playing Justine that practically has nerd stamped across her forehead. These facts alone would make any normal, insecure female fraught with discomfort and turmoil but as life would have it, things can always get worse. And for Francesca they do when her rock/nag of a mother decides to not get out of bed one morning, or the day after.
Saving Francesca tackles what happens when a lost girl is forced to come to terms with who she is while simultaneously tackling life’s many dramas. Francesca’s forced to come into her own and find her path, while struggling to maintain some semblance of her family intact.
Marchetta has created a beautiful book that addresses everyday personal issues on life, love, friendship, depression and more with a flawless grace interwoven with a remarkable humor. I laughed till I cried and sometimes I just cried, but overall, I enjoyed every word told in Francesca’s voice.
Oh how I laughed and laughed, cringed in shared mortification, laughed, despaired over mutual heartbreak, laughed, became over-wrought with neurosis,...moreOh how I laughed and laughed, cringed in shared mortification, laughed, despaired over mutual heartbreak, laughed, became over-wrought with neurosis, laughed, cringed, sympathized and laughed.
Jessica Darling says what most of us are shamed to think. She isn’t noble, far from it, but she’s deliciously flawed in a true, human way. We all say the wrong thing at inopportune times. Many of us, myself included don’t know when to shut up or back down. We may even jump in the sack with a subpar guy for fleeting, spur of the moment reasons. We obsess over the most obscure words behind our hearts desires messages. In short, we are loons, doing our best to get from one day to the next all the while trying to find our path in life and reason for it all. Jessica will make you feel less alone on your journey.
Set over a three day period, we get to witness Adam’s life 3 years after the incident that killed Mia’s family. Shooting Star is now a chart topping b...moreSet over a three day period, we get to witness Adam’s life 3 years after the incident that killed Mia’s family. Shooting Star is now a chart topping band, however Adam is despondent, and oddly detached as he continues to dwell on the life that he has lost rather than the one he has been afforded. On the outside, Adam’s success is a dream come true. He’s been blessed with a God given talent and lucky enough to have been given an outlet to share it. Yet Adam can’t muster up any feelings of contentment. Instead he yearns for a life that he can no longer have, existing as a shadow of his former self, resigned to singing songs born of his misery.
Once again, Forman tugged at my heart strings. Though I didn’t find Where She Went as emotionally devastating as If I Stay, it still left a lingering emotional impact. This is the first book I’ve read that truly encapsulates the depression, bitterness and seemingly never ending misery that coincides with the end of a life changing relationship. While the effects may not as be as permanent as losing someone to death, it is often no less debilitating. More over, it superbly demonstrates the willingness of individuals to lose themselves in grief and refuse to give it up. Adam’s despair and anger were his only link to what he had lost and letting go was yet another loss that he simply couldn’t bear. I cried when he finally found the strength within him to do so.
My two complaints are as follows: I was supremely upset to discover how Mia had hardened herself to Adam, though I understand why she did. All the same, it made me lose a bit of my affection for her. Second, while I certainly was already emotionally involved with these characters, I felt as though this story could have been even more powerful had they been “normal” as in not rich, famous and supremely talented. With that said, I liked seeing how far these two have come, was thrilled to read a story in which music continues to play such a huge component and emotional nuances are presented in such a unique yet authentic way. Lastly, I'm grateful that Forman made these characters work for their ending in spite of all the crap they had already been through, because the most powerful books are the ones that reflect life's true design, and since when has anything in life worth having come easy? (less)
What can I say about Hate List that could ever do it justice? This book was eerie. I connected to it on such a personal level that it sort of freaked...moreWhat can I say about Hate List that could ever do it justice? This book was eerie. I connected to it on such a personal level that it sort of freaked me out. I’m really hoping that this fact is due to the talent of Jennifer Brown. For once, I can truly say that I have found a writer that can tap into what it really feels like to be a teenager, an honest to goodness, authentic teen. Not the nice goodie two shoes we so often read about, not the one’s who cuss, sneak off with boys and fight with their parents, all the while possessing an adult-like intelligence and perspective on their life choices that far surpasses their years. Nope, Brown has created a real live teenager, and while the image isn’t pretty, I thought it was beautiful.
Valerie is an outcast, dreading the impending doom that is synonymous with the start of a new school year. Lucky for Valerie, this is her last. Her senior year is about to commence. But Valerie is petrified to return. The school, which was never one to house happy memories is now fraught with feelings of regret, terror, guilt and death. Valerie hasn’t walked into the commons since last May, on that fateful day that ended lives, including the life of her boyfriend, Nick. To some, Valerie is a hero, a girl who stopped a crazed gunman, even though that gunman was her boyfriend, someone she loved. But to many others, Valerie is nothing more than Sister Death, a girl with dyed hair and cut up jeans, a girl they enjoyed tormenting, a girl who co-authored the hate list that inspired a troubled teen to seek vengeance for them both.
Frankly, this book is brilliant. It doesn’t sugar coat teenagedom, or life for that matter. There is hate in this world, and all sorts of actions that illicit this hate. There are bad people in this world and they come in a variety of forms. How many of us have delivered a snide comment in jest, or to illicit a laugh from our friends, not meaning and true harm to anyone? I’m sure all of us would raise our hands if we were being honest. But how would you feel if that comment caused someone true emotional pain? Would you continue with your words, or would that knowledge give you pause? And what of those people who think nothing of tormenting others, who wouldn’t stop their hurtful actions once they were made aware of the harm they were causing, do they deserve punishment for inflicting pain without conscience?
In my opinion, no one in this book is innocent, and no one is truly wretched. Not even Nick. Hate List is filled with a host of authentic characters. There’s no bow to be tied around the end, no happy ending. It’s a story about life with all its joys and sorrows, trials, tribulations and unexpectancies. Nevertheless, I couldn’t help but loath two characters, but it wasn’t who I was expecting to dislike. Valerie’s parents are utter failures. Such people shouldn’t be allowed to spawn children. Yes they are successful, yes they provide Valerie with every material item that she could want or need, but they failed her in every way that mattered. I can’t help but think that the real individuals to blame for the tragedy within this book are the parents. Parents who don’t see the pain within their children, or the evil that they can posses. Worse, her parents go on to blame her for their own failures, which is simply disgusting. If anyone reading this review belongs to parents such as these, I’m sorry.
Nevertheless, in spite of its somber tone, Hate List is an inspiring, and dare I say hopeful book. It certainly serves as a beacon of truth. Valerie is a normal girl, her feelings are natural, and while she may have been extreme at times, this too was natural. Who hasn’t. I can only pray that those who read this book will be as touched as I was and perhaps have little more understanding for those around us. (less)
Re-read...Ruby is back for another torturous year at Tate. Armed with tidbits from Doctor Z and the go to boy guide, The Boy Book, Ruby is attempting...moreRe-read...Ruby is back for another torturous year at Tate. Armed with tidbits from Doctor Z and the go to boy guide, The Boy Book, Ruby is attempting to wade through the remaining muck left behind from her disastrous sophomore year in which she lost not only her boyfriend, but all of her friends and was left branded with the blue spots of social lepersy.
The Boy Book is a perfect continuation of Ruby’s story and naturally, there are boy issues. First there's Noel, who she can't quite decide if she likes or likes likes. Then there's Angelo, a family friend and newly acquired scamming mate (make out buddy) and of course, there’s the nefarious Jackson, her former boyfriend, who's mysteriously sending her notes again while her former best-friend Kim, and his current girl friend, is away in Tokyo.
This book was all I hoped it would be. Filled with Hooter Rescue Squads, penguins, llamas, philosophical retreats and neurotic developments, Ruby had me laughing out loud, shaking my head, and shouting in solidarity. This was an excellent follow up to The Boyfriend List and I can’t wait to see what mess Ruby finds herself in next. (less)
(Re-Read)Attention, you don’t need a therapist when you’ve got E.Lockhart! Seriously, where was she when I was 15? More importantly, is it sad that it...more(Re-Read)Attention, you don’t need a therapist when you’ve got E.Lockhart! Seriously, where was she when I was 15? More importantly, is it sad that it is just as beneficial of a read now that I am nearing 25? This book is a self help book in disguise and I absolutely adored it!
Ruby Oliver, aka Roo, is a noteworthy heroine and I have no doubt that most of the female species can and will find her relatable. She makes mistakes, she’s passive, insecure, intelligent, a bit eccentric, average looking, and positively endearing. I laughed with her over shared misfortunes, cringed with her over similar humiliations, cried with her over mutual heartbreak, and pressed on with her with akin resolve.
Throughout reading this book, I couldn’t help but reflect on my own actions, personality, and choices. Roo’s issues belong to everyone, likewise, Doctor Z’s recommendations applies to us all as well. Thanks to this book, I have recognized and have chosen to overcome my own passive aggressive tendencies (seriously who would have thunk it?) and as a result, two hours after completing this book, I kicked my loser boyfriend’s arse to the curb once and for all. Roo rocks and because of her, and E. Lockhart, I rocked it out.
Every female on the planet should read this book. It’s a godsend and I can’t wait to read more about Roo, I have a feeling I need more therapy :)
Every now and then you read a book that sticks with you. It may have a serious tone, or in the case of One Day, no particular tone at all. I’m exceedi...moreEvery now and then you read a book that sticks with you. It may have a serious tone, or in the case of One Day, no particular tone at all. I’m exceedingly glad that I withheld from reading reviews of this novel until after I was three fourths of the way through, as I’m not sure my experience with these characters, these words, would have been the same. It was bad enough to have been bombarded with blurb after blurb hailing this book as a comedy, others as a romance. I’m of the opinion that it is neither. One Day is what life reads like.
I’m sure you all know the premise, if not, watch the movie trailer, it will spell it out quite clearly. Guy (Dexter) and girl (Emma) meet, have a brief hookup, and settle into a loaded friendship until finally, after nearly fifteen years of angst, they become lovers. It’s rather touching really, but what enchanted me most wasn’t the eventual coming together of these two disastrous fools, but rather the hot messes that these two characters are as individuals. What misfortunes they suffer! And what success! Thus is the beauty of this book.
Neither Dexter nor Emma are particularly likeable, but they love each other. Why, I do not know. Frankly, it was only when Dexter was in Emma’s presence that I could even moderately stand him, but again, I thought that was rather brilliant characterization on the author’s part. Haven’t we all met a shithead, or two, and thought to ourselves “I can’t stand this mofo, I bet he doesn’t have a single friend to his name”? Nicholls shows us, that not only do such shitheads have friends, they have a mother and father, and even a brilliant woman who loves them. They might even have good, shine worthy moments whilst in those individuals presence. Who’d have thunk it?
And Emma, what can I say about Emma? For most of the book she is a walking, talking catastrophe. Pinning after a man who isn’t worthy of her, lost and directionless. Filled with dreams and utterly clueless as to how to make them a reality. But she endeared herself to me with her fiery passion, intellect (except in matters of the heart), indecision and lack of self confidence. Why? Because I’ve been her. I think we all have. Most of us suffer through a quarter life crisis, otherwise, the coin never would have been phrased. And I’m certain most of us struggle with when to settle for our lot, and content ourselves with our fortune and when to press on and reach for our dreams, hopes and wants.
In seeing the disasters that are Emma and Dex, I was reminded that the beauty in life is best shown by living it. Adversity only magnifies accomplishment. And while we all surely have a fate, our choices very much determine the course of a life. One Day was a touching book, filled with relevant detail and rather lovely, readable writing. I’ll certainly read it again. (less)
Roar has anything but a charmed life, but it’s a life she has become accustomed too, that is until her father has an existential crisis, quits his job...moreRoar has anything but a charmed life, but it’s a life she has become accustomed too, that is until her father has an existential crisis, quits his job as an attorney, and plucks her from her city home to grow organic produce on a ramshackle farm in the middle of no where. Now Roar’s days are filled with dirt, farm stands and small town folk, some of which aren’t too hard on the eyes.
While Roar grips the remnants of her old life with an iron fist, most notably her hobby as a photographer, she slowly adapts to the lifestyle associated to small town life. Farming proves to be strenuous, and financially un-rewarding, but there is an earnestness and sense of camaraderie that comes with working hours on in planting seedlings, picking crops and selling them about town. But as Roar soon finds out, small town life doesn’t always equal simple.
All You Get Is Me was a pleasant surprise. I suppose it is frilly in its own way. I’m becoming more and more annoyed to discover that just about every heroine in nearly all the books I’ve read of late have some sort of artistic ability. Nevertheless, I found the recounting of a modern day farmer’s lifestyle and struggles truly fascinating. Even more surprising, this book possesses a social conscious, bringing to light the very current hot button topic of illegal immigration. While I have always been akin to open boarders, it was nonetheless eye opening and thought provoking to see just how significant of an impact illegal workers have upon this country’s economy. Reading about the conflicts encountered by those who work in the agriculture industry made me feel an extreme gratitude for their hard labor and gave me a special appreciation for the earth as a whole. Sounds sort of lame I’m sure, but I think you’ll understand what I mean if and when you ever read the book. It’s an enjoyable coming of age tale. (less)
Other Words for Love is one of those rare treats filled with characters and situations that mirror everyday life yet maintain a certain compelling al...moreOther Words for Love is one of those rare treats filled with characters and situations that mirror everyday life yet maintain a certain compelling allure to readers in spite of the fact that they themselves have most likely experienced something similar in their own lives. Perhaps part of the appeal is due to the subject matter. As the title suggests, this is a story about love and all of the ways it can manifest, obscure itself, and be displayed. More intriguing, it’s about a girl finding her own path into adulthood as she steps up, strikes out, and dusts herself off to try again. Rosenthal has written a book that is not only inspiring, but transcending.
I was originally thrown when I began reading Other Words for Love as it is set in 1985. I immediately flipped to see if it was a re-print, but of course it wasn’t. I couldn’t understand why an author would write a dated book. But the story pulled me, and I decided to let it go and enjoy the ride. It wasn’t until I read the last page that I understood. Love, with all its joys, triumphs and failures defies time. That which plagued teenagers and adults alike in 1985 still stumps and tantalizes us in 2011. It’s a bit surreal to see that in spite of history, lessons in love can only be learned individually, and most usually in err.
What makes this book even more identifiable is its heroine, Ari, who you can’t help rooting for. She’s typical in nearly every way, fraught with insecurities, yet possessing a good head on her shoulders as well as a strong heart and fairly intuitive sense of self. Her struggles and daily life could have been easily mistaken for that of a current teenager. Again, I have to say I found this shocking. Spoken like a true youngin, huh?
So, if you have a hankerin (that’s southern for desire) to read a lovely understated novel that will take you back, and maybe even shine a spot light on some lessons you have forgotten or over looked, give this one a try. (less)
I can’t coo over this book enough. It wasn’t at all what I was expecting, but was blown away by what I got.
Ava is just an ordinary goth girl, born to...moreI can’t coo over this book enough. It wasn’t at all what I was expecting, but was blown away by what I got.
Ava is just an ordinary goth girl, born to liberal parents and possessing an ultra-hip, feminist crusading girl friend. Ava knows her role and it has served her well. Problem is Ava wants more. She’s tired of always wearing black, especially when she is nursing a secret love of Pink, and though her girl-friend is great and mega hot, Ava sort of wants a boyfriend, just to see what it’s like. Most importantly, Ava wants the chance to be herself, although at present, she has no idea who she really is, but she’s determined to find out.
Lili Wilkinson is nothing short of a genius. For the first time ever, I can say that a writer has truly expressed what it means to be a teenager. While I never went through some of the trials and experiences that Ava must journey through, her story came across as authentic. Pink beautifully displays all the screw-up’s, hang ups and misconceptions that are so often tied to youth, and let’s face it, adulthood too. Additionally, Wilkinson tackles some pretty touchy subjects with humor and grace.
Pink is a remarkable book that I can only hope many will read for themselves. (less)
Be warned, the first few chapters of Unearthly are cringe worthy. By page 15, I swore that if I read the word “purpose” one more time, I was going to...moreBe warned, the first few chapters of Unearthly are cringe worthy. By page 15, I swore that if I read the word “purpose” one more time, I was going to gouge out my eyes! Thankfully, a fellow reader spoke up on behalf of this rarity amongst YA paranormal romance, beseeching me to spare my corneas, promising me that the story does in fact begin to not suck. She was right, sort of.
Premise aside, the characters of “Unearthly” behave like rather normal teenagers, sheltered, and extremely well mannered teenagers, but teenagers nonetheless. Clara is quarter angel, born to a half blooded mother and human father. At the age of 16, Clara is now being granted visions from up above meant to clue her in to her purpose (her reason for being on earth). Clara doesn’t know what her purpose is; all she knows is that it will involve a boy (a hot one) and a forest fire. When visions of her purpose aren’t springing up during inopportune times, Clara is doing her best to decipher clues about her purpose all the while posing as a normal teenage girl. Her mother also quizzes her about her visions, wanting to help her achieve her purpose, but the specifics of her purpose remain vague. Finally, Clara gathers enough clues to discover what city her purpose will transpire, and soon Clara, her mother and brother move to Wyoming so that Clara can fulfill her purpose. See why I wanted to gouge out my eyes? Luckily, all the purpose business dies down a bit once Clara actually makes it to Wyoming.
I can’t really reveal anymore about the plot, it would kind of ruin the fun for you. But I will say this; I was pleased with how ordinary the author made her characters appear. Clara isn’t an oh so talent artist or musician, she isn’t an outcast, nor is she incredibly popular, she is just sort of run of the mill, granted, she’s a bit Mary Sue-ish, but that is just par for the course with these type books. Likewise for our love interest. I won’t reveal his name, as that would also be spoilerish, but I loved him for being normal, kind and thoughtful, yet a bit green when it came to dealing with females. It took him a long, long while to work up his nerve to make his move, which only served to make me like him more.
As for the flaws, there certainly are a few. Many things were just way to convenient for Clara, and I find it a tad plot devicey for including so many angel bloods in such a remote part of the country. And what I assume was meant to be a big revelation about one of the characters wasn’t a big revelation at all, there were way too many hints for it to have been much of a surprise. All the same, Unearthly is still better than a majority of other works within this genre and I will certainly read the next installment. (less)
Blood Red Road is reminiscent of stories such as Graceling, Fire and Finnickin of the Rock with a bit of dystopian intrigue added for good measure. Co...moreBlood Red Road is reminiscent of stories such as Graceling, Fire and Finnickin of the Rock with a bit of dystopian intrigue added for good measure. Coming from me, that’s high praise. In fact the only reason I gave it four stars as opposed to five is because I couldn’t shake the feeling that I had read the story before, just with a different host of characters and extenuating circumstances. Nonetheless, Blood Red Road contained all my favorite things: brilliant writing, quick pacing, well developed characters, a flawed yet commendable heroine and engrossing plot.
Blood Red Road tells the story of Saba, who is in search of her kidnapped twin brother Lugh. Her journey is a perilous one, with constant obstacles and mishaps to over come, obstacles that don’t disappoint for action enthusiasts. It is on this quest that Saba discovers not only that which she has lost, but all that she was meant to find, including a renegade gang of fearsome female warriors, a sexy outlaw named Jack, and a kind hearted bear of a man named Ike. These fascinating characters, along with Saba’s annoying, albeit intuitive sister, Emmi, and her brilliantly trained pet crow rally together to seek Lugh, changing the world along the way. (less)
What a powerful book! Split tells the story of Jace Witherspoon, formally known as Jace Marshall. After one too many severe beatings at his fathers ha...moreWhat a powerful book! Split tells the story of Jace Witherspoon, formally known as Jace Marshall. After one too many severe beatings at his fathers hands, Jace has finally fought back and has been thoroughly beat and forcibly removed from his home for his efforts. Having no choice but to leave his abused, submissive mother behind, Jace sets out across country to reunite with his brother Christian, whom he has not seen or heard from for the past six years. Once Jace arrives at Christian’s door, a heartbreaking and thought provoking emotional journey ensues.
This author challenged me with her perplexing, well researched and poignantly written tale. Split will make you question everything you thought you knew about abusers and their victims. Are they forgivable, is there a line between recovery and a lost cause, if so, when do you cross it, when does it become blurred, and how can you tell the difference? I’m so glad that I was granted the opportunity to read this book and I would recommend to anyone with an eye for well written, realistically centered works to read this as well. (less)
Ship Breaker is a fascinating concept. It’s written well and tackles concerning current world affairs such as class segregation and unlawful labor pra...moreShip Breaker is a fascinating concept. It’s written well and tackles concerning current world affairs such as class segregation and unlawful labor practices with ease and without appearing heavy handed. The world Bacigalupi has created is fantastical, multi-faceted and yet could be entirely plausible. His characters are well crafted and represent all the beauty and atrociousness that we humans possess. With that said, Ship Breaker was not without its flaws.
I can’t help but feel as though Bacigalupi lost his way about three fourths of the way through this story. The pacing fell through, and the ending was rushed, but more to the point, I’m lost as to what he wanted to accomplish with this story. If it was simply to shed light on issues that often go overlooked, then I say well done. But if he wrote this story to show readers how to initiate change, I say he failed. None of the characters in Ship Breaker change. They may have newly created outlets to express traits which they already possessed, but not one character grew. Nailer was a hard working, loyal, and moral character start to finish, as was Pima, her mother, and Tool. Nita was a spoiled, privileged, and judgmental girl start to finish. Moreover, change was not reflected on the beach in which Nailer lived. Nailer may have been graced with a lucky strike by books end, but what of the others? And truly, can we call Nailer’s fate lucky? He was nothing short of a slave, entirely at the mercy of ship yard bosses, commanded by the elite, at the start of the book, and though he escapes the ship yard in the end, it is only to serve on the ship of a rich girl to whom Nailer devoted his life. That is trading one master for another, imo, albeit a kinder one.
All in all, Ship Breaker is a worthy read, filled with creativity and will certainly provide much food for thought in addition to a world you can loose yourself in, but in no way would I compare it to Hunger Games, as many have done. Apples and oranges as they say. (less)