I read this book because it was highly recommended to me by a friend. I'm sorry friend. I have to say that I was excited to read this book especially...moreI read this book because it was highly recommended to me by a friend. I'm sorry friend. I have to say that I was excited to read this book especially after seeing that it was going to be made into a movie, but I was seriously disappointed. The story was a cute one and as a pastor's daughter and a Christian I really wanted to love it, but I didn't. There were so many things that Colton said that I could've come up with at that age (or my kids could've) from just reading bedtime stories or going to Sunday school. The author also kept saying how he and his wife were so surprised at times, or how his jaw dropped. After a few times (especially after years) I think he would've at least gotten used to it instead of his jaw dropping every time.
I also did not like how the author had to prove each and every single thing his son said with a bible verse. It completely broke the smoothness of the story. I would've appreciated the story so much more if it didn't kept getting interrupted by scripture. I understand that this book is meant for those who might be new to the Bible, but as an avid bible reader it felt repetitive to me. I would've enjoyed it more had it just been the story and then verses added in parentheses at the end of sentences for those who would like to see where the Bible talked about it. (Plus, hat would've made those who don't read the Bible open their Bibles!) it would've definitely felt more like a story to me.
Furthermore, I did not enjoy the descriptions or the "girl talk" as my husband calls it. Instead of getting right to the point he made the story longer by adding stuff we really didn't need to know, hence: girl talk.
All in all, I gave it two stars for the cuteness of the story and what could've been a good book. I feel bad for giving it only 2 stars but I had to give it an honest review. I really didn't enjoy it and I felt like I wasted 3 hours of my life I won't get back. Also, sorry if you loved this book. We shall agree to disagree.
Oh and this is the one time where I hope the movie is nothing like the book, but better!(less)
I have never read a book by Amy Plum before and this book was just amazing. From the beginning it was just so good. The first few pages...moreWow. Just wow.
I have never read a book by Amy Plum before and this book was just amazing. From the beginning it was just so good. The first few pages were confusing because of the Indian names but after that I really got into the story. Anytime I had a spare moment I was reading it.
The story: Juneau returns from a hunting trip to discover that her whole clan has been taken, she must then leave the boundaries of their land, which she and her family have never done after world war III happened and the rest of the world was left devastated. Her village are very deeply connected to the Yara, a kind of earth spirit that can interact with any organism of earth and can give a person powers, amongst other things.
Juneau sets off on a journey to find her family/clan and only then does she realize that the world outside her village is intact and that there was no world war III. There are people still alive and cities still out there.
"Beneath me lies a city. It is not in ruins. It isn’t decimated by war and poisoned by radiation. It is a thriving city with massive glass buildings glistening in the late-afternoon sun. This is not a postapocalyptic wasteland." [quote from uncorrected proof and might change once the final edition comes out.}
She struggles with the fact that everything she was brought up to believe was a lie and that maybe the people she trusted and loved the most were the ones to deceive her. The only way for her to find out is to find her clan. As she sets out to find them she meets Miles and this is where things get interesting. Since I don't want to spoil anything, I will say that I love their conversations! He thinks she's psychotic and she thinks he's untrustworthy and spoiled. The only reason they stick to each other is because they are both a means to an end.
The ending was left on a cliffhanger, a good one I might add. I didn't see it coming. This book was so good that when I came to the end of the book I was like "that's it?" In a good way because I wanted more! I cannot wait to read what happens next! I really enjoyed this book. The story was definitely new to me; I had never read anything like it before. Imagine plucking someone from the early 19th century and bringing them into our modern city. That is the story of Juneau. This is definitely a must-read! Amy Plum is a great writer and I will definitely be reading more of her books now, if not all of them. 5/5 stars.(less)
Wow. I feel for Tobias. I love these stories of him because it definitely makes you see him in a different light. I now really hate Marcus. What a hor...moreWow. I feel for Tobias. I love these stories of him because it definitely makes you see him in a different light. I now really hate Marcus. What a horrible character. Definitely worth reading theses stories to see why Four is the way he is. (less)