This is a page-turner, a typical Picoult book with multiple POV's. However, this book is loaded with facts about elephants, especially the process andThis is a page-turner, a typical Picoult book with multiple POV's. However, this book is loaded with facts about elephants, especially the process and behavior when they encounter death, loss and grief. If you were never a fan of non-fiction or books loaded with facts, you're better off staying away from the book. It's not a typical Picoult book in the way that the topic she talked about in this book is hardly controversial. We all suffer loss, and we all grieve. It's a topic that all can resonate with.
I've read through some other reviews, and lots of them had revealed the huge spoiler, or the genre that lead to the spoiler. Please, do not read them. This book deserved to be read without knowing much, except the elephants. The elephants are lovely animals. The plot might not be a Picoult original, but the book is still worth reading. Oh, did I forget to mention. It has a child narrator, a precocious one. I love her....more
The writing deserves a 5-stars, but I wasn't that impressed with the plot, or the revelation at the end, especially since I'm reading Red Rising rightThe writing deserves a 5-stars, but I wasn't that impressed with the plot, or the revelation at the end, especially since I'm reading Red Rising right after it. Since this is the first of a trilogy. I'll reserve my final review of this book until after I finished the series, to see if this volume carried its weight in the whole story. At the mean time...I'll give it a four....more
Daughter read this book for her Biology debate and told me that it may change my opinions about the right kind of energy to use in the future...so herDaughter read this book for her Biology debate and told me that it may change my opinions about the right kind of energy to use in the future...so here I am. After finishing the book in two days, I have to say...I'm impressed. Gwyneth Cravens presented a very complex and scary subject(in most people's mind, including mine) in a way that is fun and simple to read. She addressed every fear that we have, including waste disposal, safety, radiation, cost, cancer risk..., about nuclear energy (which most were speculation) and convinced me and most readers that this IS the best option. It's not only the best, but the only option that we have for energy generation for now....in order for our children and grandchildren to continue to enjoy the world as we do...
There are many surprising facts about nuclear energy, as well as the alternatives, that she presented in her book. The ones were the most shocking was that if we use nuclear energy to power all our need, in our whole life, the amount of waste would fit perfectly in a SODA CAN. I also learned the cost, the pollution, the danger, and the space and cost that are required to use other forms of energy production, including wind, sun, water and our present fuels. There's just no other way that would produce enough energy to power what we need, which increases exponentially yearly, with lowest cost and the least pollution. This book definitely opened my eyes..and my narrow-mindness, and I'd recommend it to everyone I know. We need to educate our children early, so they're not fed with fear and the wrong information....more