I's been awhile since I read The Neverending Story but I've decided that I want to write a review on it. I loved this book. I didn't exactly want to gI's been awhile since I read The Neverending Story but I've decided that I want to write a review on it. I loved this book. I didn't exactly want to give it five stars because there were times when I was seriously bored, but I couldn't give it 4.5 stars so I just rounded up.
I decided to read this book on a whim. When I was younger I used to love the animated series that'd come on HBO. That's really what made me want to read the book. I had to see if the book was anything like the cartoon, which it wasn't. And I had to see if the book was any good. I really didn't expect to like it as much as I did, so I was happily surprised.
This book is really two stories in one. I liked the first better, the one following Atreyu, but both were good. I loved in the first half when Atreyu ran into that giant wolf. The one that had planned to kill him. I can't remember the wolf's name, but that scene was probably my favorite part of the book. That or at the very end when Bastian had to forget everything.
The characters were amazing, I loved every single last one of them, especially Bastian. He was my favorite. It was interesting how Bastian changed so much when he went to Fantastica. And honestly I can't really remember why he changed so much, or understand, but that's just one reason why I'll have to read this book again.
I loved the themes: friendship, love, just be yourself and be happy with yourself, and there were so many more. This book was so layered.
When I get older and have children of my own I will definitely read this book to them. This book was amazing, it's so hard for me to explain it completely. But I honestly think that everyone should read The Neverending Story. I can't imagine anyone not liking it....more
This may or may not contain spoilers. Read at your own risk.
I'm not sure why I liked this book so much, but Brave New World is one of my favorites. IThis may or may not contain spoilers. Read at your own risk.
I'm not sure why I liked this book so much, but Brave New World is one of my favorites. I read it about a year or two ago, when I was 14-15, so I feel like a lot of it went over my head. I really want to re-read it though, maybe when I'm a little older, so hopefully I can absord all of it. Many people say that they find it disturbing or unsettling, but I didn't. I just really like Bernard.
Anyway, for those who don't know, Brave New World takes place in the future. I think it's about a few decades into the future from now, about a century or so into the future when it was written. Anyhow, in this future everyone is unified under the World State (NWO anyone?), and humans are mass produced. They are also put into castes, which is predetermined for them before they are...made. We've got Alphas, Betas, Gammas, Deltas, and those lovable morons, Epsilons. While these children are forming and whatnot alchohol (I believe that's it, I could be wrong) is added to the surrogate to stunt their growth and/or intelligence (which is why Epsilons are morons, but oh so lovable!). Betas get the least amount, Epsilons get the most.
Everybody is subjected to this expect for Alphas. They're allowed to form and develope naturally minus being in a mother's womb. So typically Alphas are taller and smarter than the other castes. Except for Bernard Marx that is (I love him). He's smart but short, so he doesn't quite fit in. He only has one friend, Helmholtz Watson, who Bernard likes cuz he likes Bernard. Then there's Lenina, but she doens't really count. And John the Savage ("Mr. Savage", I love him too). He counts.
Bernard's a bit of a cynic because he's an outcast. He really just wants to fit in, but since he can't he spends his time complaining to Helmholtz. Maybe he should take a page from John's book and read Shakespeare instead.
Then there's Mr. Savage. I love him just as much as I love Mr. Marx. John also doesn't fit where he lives, which is on a savage reservation. All the other people of the reservation are brown skin (I think, they may not be but that's how I always picture them) but John is white (I think >.<) because his mother is of the World State. She ended up stranded in the reservation due to a freak accident. I can't remember how she got pregnant with John though. Anyway, that's one reason why John doesn't fit in. Everyone else knows he's different. So the poor kid spends his time reading Shakespeare.
Bernard meets John when he and Lenina take a vacation to the reservation. Lenina was smitten at first sight, which is hard for me to imagine. Before I read the book I always thought of John as being this nasty, smelling, hobo-esque old man. Turns out he's like 18 or something. Goddamn. Anyway Bernard smuggles John with him back to civiliztion and, even though all that happens in the first half of the book, that is really where the story truly starts, in my opinion.
This book definitely isn't for everyone. I can imagine a lot of people might find it boring. But I loved it and I really think everyone should give it a chance....more