In the year 2044, reality is ugly & the only place of refugee is the online world of Oasis, a virtual utopia (like the Sims games). When the creatIn the year 2044, reality is ugly & the only place of refugee is the online world of Oasis, a virtual utopia (like the Sims games). When the creator dies and leaves behind a maze of puzzles and riddles based on 1980s trivia, Wade's new mission is to crack the code and win before the evil corporate clones.
Although the concept of this book is incredibly entertaining, I found the characters to be annoying. I think what bothered me the most about this book is how easily things fell into place for Wade. He was always at the right place at the right time. He knew all the right moves, had all the answers, all the motivation, all the luck. As ironic as it is to say about a sci-fi book, the convenience of all the obstacles made the book feel fake. It took away from the drama. It's not the best written book, but the story is entertaining and most adults will appreciate the 80s references....more
Neil Gaiman doesn't write sequels, but the Ocean At the End of the Lane is like a distant cousin of The Graveyard Book and Coraline. Its a short novelNeil Gaiman doesn't write sequels, but the Ocean At the End of the Lane is like a distant cousin of The Graveyard Book and Coraline. Its a short novel, and I'm not quite sure if its meant for adults, kids or teens. It is written from the perspective of a 7-year-old, with innocent thoughts and fears, but much of the content is adult; frightening and surreal. ...more
I think this book is aimed more at adults who read YA than for actual teens. I doubt most teens will really get or care about dial-up modems, YM magazI think this book is aimed more at adults who read YA than for actual teens. I doubt most teens will really get or care about dial-up modems, YM magazine, and other references to 90s culture. Other than that, the story is a pretty awesome concept and the characters are very well developed, flaws and all.
A wonderful story about a young girl who befriends a ghost and tries to put her deceased father's remains to rest at their old home. Despite being locA wonderful story about a young girl who befriends a ghost and tries to put her deceased father's remains to rest at their old home. Despite being locked up in the attic by the wicked stepmother, Liesl overcomes a number of obstacles to set things right.
A beautifully written, and touching book for young readers. The few illustrations are in a pencil and accurately reflect the darkness that is set in the city of Dirge. Fans of Harry Potter will gobble up this book. ...more
I feel like one of the last people to read this book. It was all over the blogs over the summer. This book was the October pick for my book club.
I donI feel like one of the last people to read this book. It was all over the blogs over the summer. This book was the October pick for my book club.
I don’t think I have anything original to say about the book that others haven’t already said. I think it was incredibly clever the way Seth Grahame-Smith incorporated the zombies into the rest of the story, quite seamlessly. Although at the end of the day, the book is still just Pride and Prejudice, and there were many moments that felt slow, and I thought the ninja-parts were just over the top.
That being said…I’m going to pick out my favorite parts:
1. The storyline of Charlotte and Mr. Collins
It was a very fitting end to that love connection. What a perfect fate for Charlotte. (Obviously I am not on team-Collins, although he did make me giggle in the original and in this version with all his pompousness).
2. Darcy’s proposal scene with Elizabeth
In the original, every sentence Elizabeth said to Darcy packed a punch of emotion and truth. Seth Grahame-Smith just made those punches more literal, but still kept in step with the verbal pacing of the scalding rejection.
Sweeney is a father looking for a miracle for his comatose son Danny. This leads him to depart his hometown hospital in Cleveland for a dark and fortrSweeney is a father looking for a miracle for his comatose son Danny. This leads him to depart his hometown hospital in Cleveland for a dark and fortress like Peck Clinic away from everything that he knows on promises of his son’s revival at the hands of the famous Dr. Peck. Once at the Peck Clinic, Sweeney falls into a dark and seedy world, forever wanting his son to wake, the guidance for all of his decisions in the book. In a clever twist, a possible cure for his son may be in Limbo, a comic book series that his son adored.
Tally Youngblood is only 2 months away from turning Pretty and moving across the river from Uglyville to New Pretty Town, when she meets Shay, anotherTally Youngblood is only 2 months away from turning Pretty and moving across the river from Uglyville to New Pretty Town, when she meets Shay, another Ugly, after having pulled a few tricks to crash a party at New Pretty Town to see her former best friend Peris. Tally and Shay form a strong friendship over the course of the summer as they wait for their 16th birthday to draw near so that they too can be surgically altered to be Pretty. The night before their shared 16th birthday, Shay tells Tally that she doesn't want to be Pretty and decides to run away to a secret society hidden out in the wilds, where looks don't matter, only personality does. At this point, Tally needs to decide if she wants to be Pretty or not, and how much she values her friendship with Shay.
I first heard of this book from Jen so, I knew I could expect a thrilling story and deeper meanings than simply personality v good looks struggle that teens deal with on a day to day basis. What I didn't expect were the intricate layers of society that Westerfeld had developed, and the philosophic discussions about humanity, individuality and evolution, neatly packaged in teen-speak. I thought Westerfeld's writing was fantastic, I never wanted to set the book down. Tally is an amazing character, and a great role model for anyone reading this book (teen or adult).
**spoiler alert** At the start of Pretties, Tally is no long Ugly, and neither is Shay. Both girls were taken captive by Special Circumstances and for**spoiler alert** At the start of Pretties, Tally is no long Ugly, and neither is Shay. Both girls were taken captive by Special Circumstances and forced to turn Pretty. Tally is getting ready to join the Crims, one of the elite cliques in New Pretty Town. While at a masquerade party, someone from Tally's Ugly past returns, crashing the party and bringing all of Tally's past flooding back to her. Now Tally and her new boyfriend Zane set out to detangle Tally's past and fight to stay "bubbly" to prevent the lesions on their brains from turn them into pretty-minded as they fight against the city and themselves to break free of New Pretty Town.
Tally's character becomes developed and more interesting in this book. I'm starting to sense a formula with Westerfeld's writing (not that it detracts from the quality of the book) It seems that at the start of each book, Tally is young, naive and very active and is soon propelled into a new life by Shay. Shay introduced Tally to the Smokies in Uglies, and now Shay is helping Tally initiate into The Crim in New Pretty Town. The book also ends on a similar cliffhanger as Uglies, so I'm wondering if Specials will follow the same patern. Despite the formula, the actual content of the story is genius quality, full of adult commentary, but at the same time full of typical teen drama, lingo and attitude.
Westerfeld further expands on the intricate societies developing in this new world. I love that the book starts with a typical Pretty life, I was always curious to see this end of the spectrum. I'm also glad the book didn't stay Pretty. I love Westerfeld's terminology and new language created for the series, it was very happy-making and thought-provoking in a very non-bogus way. I like how Tally is able to transition easily from one role to another, while remaining true to her true self. ...more