Very interesting and tense! Akimbo decides to take on the poachers all by himself. He is determined to save the elephants! Ethical dilemmas abound and...moreVery interesting and tense! Akimbo decides to take on the poachers all by himself. He is determined to save the elephants! Ethical dilemmas abound and parents will definitely want to talk to their kids about best choices. Well-written.(less)
I was so excited to find this on the shelf at the library. I loved memento Nora and the forgetting curve, and I love this one too. Smibert has done a...moreI was so excited to find this on the shelf at the library. I loved memento Nora and the forgetting curve, and I love this one too. Smibert has done a fabulous job of creating a society that is just one step removed from our own. It has become quite clear that the government is cooperating with the TFC corporation to gain power. They are attacking other countries as well, and creating power shortages to encourage people to vote for the new Patriot party. It makes you wonder how many of these kinds of things are going on in our world, as well. As in our world, a fight for a limited amount of power, such as gas and coal, drives much of the story.
The main plot is that Aiden and the others form an underground Internet called the Meme Net. This way they can communicate with each other without fear of government interference. They use it to publish music, comic books, and radio programs. The resistance movement continues to build throughout the book, and many people from their school, neighborhoods, and even the police join them. The perfect circle tattoo becomes the way they identify themselves.
In addition, we learn much more about our characters and their families. Like the first two books, this book will be enjoyed by teen readers who enjoy books that are just one step away from our reality, especially those who enjoy technology. Cory Doctorow's Little Brother is the most similar book to this one. In general, I think this series is one of the most underrated series out there. They are really interesting on a lot of levels, and I'm not sure why they don't get more press.
Spoiler alerts start here.
Winter is doing pretty well in this book, and her relationship with Lina continues to blossom. They spend a lot of time working on electricity enabled textiles and building nodes for the new Meme Net. Her butterflies have mostly quieted down, allowing her to work on her projects and relationships successfully.
Aiden is disappointed to learn that Velvet doesn't remember that they were dating, but decides to move on. He spends a lot of time working hard to make the computer hacking part happen. He also successfully makes a new ID Chip, that can replace the government issued ones, but is read as a legal one by the scanners. He does a radio show as Neo. There are a lot of Matrix references in this book.
Nora starts the book living with her dad in a very rich gated community. She enjoys some parts of this life. Eventually though her dad abuses her like he had her mom. So she ends up back living with her mom.
Velvet is excited to greet her dad when he comes home from the war. She learns that he and Micah's dad had fought together previously. She does a lot of the organizing work for the final concert. She also writes lots of poems and songs.
Micah has the hardest time in this book. At one point, he thinks his dad is a terrorist, at another point he thinks he's dead. At the end he's really not sure what happened.(less)
My niece brought this book along when she spent the week with us. It has an amazing array of projects, and great pictures. Some of the directions coul...moreMy niece brought this book along when she spent the week with us. It has an amazing array of projects, and great pictures. Some of the directions could be more clear or complete. It's a great jumping off point to get you thinking about all kinds of craft projects.(less)