It wasn't...horrible. I have to say that I enjoyed this very light and fast read. It's innovative and the premise is very very cool. But my only compl...moreIt wasn't...horrible. I have to say that I enjoyed this very light and fast read. It's innovative and the premise is very very cool. But my only complaints are these:
#1: Just the fact that Cinder is a Cyborg is catchy enough. Why the aliens and New Beijing stuff? There wasn't any necessary reason to set the story in Asia, so why? There wasn't any involved eastern themes or characteristics or cultural aspects, so I didn't get that.
#2: The ending??? What in the what was that? Even a series book needs to have some sort of conclusion. The ending was more like the cliff-hanger at the end of a chapter, not a book.
I have to say that I love Cinder's personality. Her edge and roughness along with her kindness was such a great addition to her as a character. Not only that, but I love how the relationship between her and Kai wasn't too passionately deep nor was it too juvenile. It was just caring, tender and genuine.(less)
I don't even know where to start. This book simply amazes me. And I don't even think "amaze" is the right word. Not nearly strong enough. Aldous Huxle...moreI don't even know where to start. This book simply amazes me. And I don't even think "amaze" is the right word. Not nearly strong enough. Aldous Huxley wrote probably the most advanced story, so far ahead of time, that it's hard to comprehend. In 1932, Brave New World was published for the first time. And based on the story ... it's no wonder that positive reviews were few and far.
Brave New World is a story about "utopia." Through genetic engineering, science, and the cleansing of the human makeup, world, and everything else, people managed to create a society based solely on appeasing base desires and providing everyone with "happiness." Family systems no longer exist, art, literature, religion, and even science itself has been removed from civilized society. Every person has their place, every person belongs to everyone, and no real good exists because no real bad exists. When Bernard -- an odd Alpha who was probably misgiven alcohol as an embryo -- takes the one girl he likes (scandalous!) to New Mexico from London for a weekend excursion, they see how natives live outside of civilized society. Children are born from other women, women feed from the breast, disease exists, family structures exist, hard work gets them by from day to day, and Bernard and Lenina are both fascinated and disgusted. It's there that they find another white male, a savage, who is the son of a woman who used to live in civilized society who had gotten lost. John, the savage, wants so badly to prove himself a man, to show he's worthy of a woman, and not just any woman, but Lenina.
When Bernard and Lenina return John and his mother to civilization, worlds collide. John, who's grown up reading Shakespeare, who's learned of God, of right and wrong, of good and sin, of happiness and sadness ... is repulsed by the "free love" society with it's ideals of drugging it's citizens when they're sad or anxious. When he tries to introduce liberty and choice ... things go horribly wrong.
After WWII, Huxley added a foreword to the publication of this book. When he first wrote it, he speculated that a future like this one could happen 600 years in the future. In the new foreword he stated, "Today it seems quite possible that the horror may be upon us within a single century."
Brave New World is not only fiction. It's a dark promise, almost. It's a look into a future we could have if we continue to live in ways that as the Controller states, in a civilization that doesn't have, "any need for a civilized man to bear anything seriously unpleasant ... Self-Indulgence up to the very limits imposed by hygiene and economics." By forgetting God, by basing our lives on indulgence, by taking every easy path, by forgetting the lessons of the past, we are cursing our future. This is just such a remarkable novel. (less)
Oh my gosh. Never before have I read a novel that has hit me so powerfully. Zusak's creative take on Death as the narrat...more****Contains Some Spoilers****
Oh my gosh. Never before have I read a novel that has hit me so powerfully. Zusak's creative take on Death as the narrator is such a remarkable approach to this story. The characters and their stories are so profound that you can't help but fall in love with every single person. To watch Liesel interact with Max from month to month, and from heartache to heartache just completely filled my soul. The love and care between her and her foster parents was just tremendous, and I have to admit that I rarely cry and laugh when reading a book, but with this...I did both.
When Liesel sees and calls out to Max when he's in the Jewish parade, I completely broke down sobbing. That whole chapter was so powerful and so gut wrenching that it carried me in tears to Rudy's death, and Mama and Papa's death at the end.
I fell head over heels in love with this book and I would recommend it to ANYONE and EVERYONE I know.(less)
I wanted to finish this one since I never got around to finishing it during my Russian Lit class. I only read Tevye the Dairyman (not the Railroad sto...moreI wanted to finish this one since I never got around to finishing it during my Russian Lit class. I only read Tevye the Dairyman (not the Railroad stories, since that's what we did in class), but I thoroughly enjoyed how much this is so similar to the adapted Fiddler on the Roof. The narrative of the book was so fun to read. The stories, the the culture, and everything was so colorful and rich. One day I'll get around to reading the Railroad Stories. (less)
Wither is hauntingly disturbing. I was so pulled into this story and I couldn't stop reading. I think what's so off-setting about this story is the fa...moreWither is hauntingly disturbing. I was so pulled into this story and I couldn't stop reading. I think what's so off-setting about this story is the fact that I could actually see this becoming a reality in a way. I found myself many times being repulsed, but yet with a feeling of affection that it just...took me over.
Rhine Ellery is a 16-year-old with stunning heterochromia pigmentation to her eyes. She lives with her twin brother, and they are orphans, struggling to survive in a world that's falling apart. A world where children do not live past the age of 20 for a girl and 25 for a boy. When Rhine is captured, she is then taken to a large mansion and married (as one of three wives). Struggling with the idea that she may never see her brother again, or taste of freedom, she tries to concoct a plan to escape. But Rhine begins to care for her sister-wives, as well as even her husband who is sweet and tender.
But Rhine has feelings for someone else, and the call of freedom beckons to her daily. She does everything in her power to reject her husband's advances, and watches her 13-year-old sister wife give birth. With a dark father-in-law thrown into the mix, and the warning of the last first-wife, she worries that escape may be impossible.
Again, I just loved this. So disturbing, so creepy, but so amazing all at the same time!(less)
This was a good book. I won't say it was great, but I think it was extremely well written for the story. That being said, the story itself was nothing...moreThis was a good book. I won't say it was great, but I think it was extremely well written for the story. That being said, the story itself was nothing special. How many times have we heard the siblings-taking-care-of-their-parent-during-an-illness story with an I've-found-my-life-path conclusion? Like I say, it's not anything unique. The characters are stereotypical, which I was a little disappointed about.
You have Rosalind, or Rose, who is the oldest. Math professor, homebody, engaged to a great man, Jonathan (who, is also a doctoral professor), who has just received an opportunity to teach and do research in Oxford. And Rose, as the quintessential oldest child, stays to help her mother who has just been diagnosed with breast cancer. Rose always puts others needs before her own, feeling like she's the "second mother" of sorts.
Then we have Bianca, or Bean, who is the middle-child. Rebellious, attention seeking, and struggling to find out who she is because, well...she's of course the middle child. She steals from work, sleeps around, does drugs and chases the fast paced life of New York. But she's forced home when she looses her job.
And then of course we have Cordelia, or Cordy, who is the hippy-go-lucky girl who doesn't really have any cares, and everyone has always taken care of things for her. Stereotypical baby of the family. But she's found out she's pregnant and also has to go home.
This story is all about these girls struggling to find out what they are lacking in life, just going on day to day. I think the real redeeming part of this book is the fact that A) it's told in an interesting POV. It's from the sisters, as a collective unit. It's always "We" and never "I." And I've never seen that before in a book and I was quite impressed with it. You also have their literature professor father who consistently quotes Shakespeare...which, I loved.
The Weird Sisters, is weird, but it's also quite endearing at the same time. (less)