I was thinking how did the author come up with the idea. You know those people who go through some serious transformation when they go to college or h...moreI was thinking how did the author come up with the idea. You know those people who go through some serious transformation when they go to college or high school? That was what I thought at first. But of course this was not just about physical changes. The future for young people is full of promises. You can be some doctor, lawyer, engineer... Make a lot of money, live like a king... Everyone respects you. But in order to do that or to have those things you have to shape yourself both inside and outside. You become what the companies want, you become what the trend is and end up being everybody else, so busy with staying where you are, your brain full of work, forgetting what really matters. You find happines in consuming and do whatever is expected from you. And when somebody doesn't agree you just say that they have to grow up. Accepting the world as represented when it is you and staying true to yourself that matters. Seeing that what is really important is doing things like creating, sharing, protecting and understanding instead of only cosuming. Well that was what I thougt the author was talking about. Appreciate and encourage originality and freedom...
Also I should talk about the chraracters and plot. That main character Tally was so annoying. In The Hunger Games you actually believed when they praised Katniss when she thought little of herself. In Uglies I just couldn't believe when that Special told her she underestimates herself. How exactly? I always found it a miracle when she actually did survive things with all her stupidity. Well you sometimes make your characters do stupid things cuz the plot has to go there but I mean there were some things I just couldn't get over with: Those extra SpagBol packets, burning the future-tech-thingy to get rid of it, watching even b&w movies and still considering the name David weird and/or not being used to seeing ugly faces (she lives in "Uglyville")... That Shay girl (who actually has a weird name) was more likable actually but there were things about her kinda misplaced, contradicting things making her character fuzzy. Some things in the story happened too easy. Like beating military with a jar of glue. (but it's nanotech) Some things were so sudden even though you expect them. Like David trusting Tally. And you know... mikky mikky mujck mujcking Tally. And of course there had to be a backstabbing bestfriend. It was hard to bond with the characters. After all it was an enjoyable book. I also should congragulate the author who is a guy who wrote such a girly book. Seriously, I believed that he was a girl with a boy's name until I read his bio.
I picked this book because back when it was very popular I got it from somewhere and saw good ratings and remembered it had an interesting premise. Also I heard this was going to be made into a movie. After a long time this was the first novel I read. Gotta read more.
PS. In first book "cat puke pink." in second book, which I started reading, the word "bubbly" makes me wanna puke.(less)
while i was searching for short story examples, i found this. i can't remember the 92 movie and i haven't seen the remake but this one actually is a g...morewhile i was searching for short story examples, i found this. i can't remember the 92 movie and i haven't seen the remake but this one actually is a good example of a nicely written short story, a representation of a great imagination. The dialogue might get a little too informative at times but overall the feel and flow of the story is good enough. And it's just like 30 pages, so doesn't really have time to get boring.(less)
The Green Mile ft. The Blind Side. ______________________________________________________
Neal uses very interesting words in t...moreAh those words
The Green Mile ft. The Blind Side. ______________________________________________________
Neal uses very interesting words in this book. I almost looked up every chapter title. Also, there were some new words in story I didn't know, I can't say it helped my vocabulary but maybe it's good for English speaking youngsters I guess. Especially Brew/Bruiser's voice seemed kind of poetic. Even though, title suggests that Bruiser is our main character, the parts we read from his POV was not much. I was grateful for it, because the poetic voice was kind of hard to understand even without words I didn't know. Still, I felt for the guy but since we didn't get that much of what he was thinking he stayed as kind of a mystery.
After I got to know characters I could feel what was coming. I don't categorize this as predictable because once you wrote solid characters, it's kind of because you know the situation, you know the characters, you guess what's gonna happen correctly.
Chapters were short, the POV changed sooner than I expected. I had a feeling I was reading a shorter book, later the book feeling came in.
I suppose I felt everything Neal Shusterman wanted his readers to feel. I don't know if this is because he is a male but emotionally his writing makes me feel emotions richer and deeper than other YA novelists. I still can't forget the unwinding scene of Unwind.
Bruiser reminded me of the movies: The Green Mile and The Blind Side. I found myself picturing Bruiser as Michael Oher and the premise is similar to Green Mile. I never read the book, but even as a movie TGM was more -idk what to call it- striking? Oh the leads of the movies looks similar, too. Both of them large and tall. But this is not relevant. Bruiser is big too. Here, the relevance.
Ok, final words: I liked it, really liked it. It was good enough. Good enough to convince me that I should read more books by Neal Shusterman. It's no Unwind but I think it's more than decent if you don't compare it to Unwind. And I love he doesn't have a c in his surname. Schusterman. I don't know why I think that.(less)
While i was watching the pilot of the tv series based upon these book series, I felt like I was a kid again and was watching an afternoon show for kid...moreWhile i was watching the pilot of the tv series based upon these book series, I felt like I was a kid again and was watching an afternoon show for kids. Well, like Sabrina. It just had the 90s feeling in it and I love(d) that. And decided I wanted to know more and to my surprise I realized that The Secret Circle was first pulished in 92. I wanted to give a chance to The Initiation. I was not expecting much since I barely could start reading the Vampire Diaries and quit right after a couple of chapters. I was glad I stick with the show though.
But The Secret Circle was better. It was not the literary sensation of all times but it was good enough and I had missed the witchcraft and wizardry in books. Because I didn't read any of that kind since I've finished Harry Potter books almost 4 years ago. As it comes to Harry Potter, I spotted a couple similarities between the two series. Like:
(view spoiler)[ Master Tools - Deathly Hallows The villain being dead but keeping his soul in objects and coming back. The connection between the villain and the hero. All characters having at least one parent dead because of the villain. A little negativitiy beacuse not being a full blooded 100% witch. (hide spoiler)]
Well, these similarities may be huge and or tiny, and I might have forgotten some of them but I think it was there. It's safe to say that The Vampire Diaries is the Twilight of TV and the series of Circle will try to be the HP of TV.
The book was not that much outdated regarding its first publishing date. And it was such a light read, like not a whole book and it ended like a last scene of an episode making you wonder where the rest of the book is. After all it was entertaining, flowing, so 90s and promising.
Finally, I might add, I couldn't help but laugh when I saw the "Exlusive and deadly." written on the cover.["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>(less)
This book actually asks and investigates things about love, life and death through the mind and environment of a male teenager who goes to seek a grea...moreThis book actually asks and investigates things about love, life and death through the mind and environment of a male teenager who goes to seek a great perhaps, not waiting for it to come after death. It gives you more answers and explanations than a religious person could. It actually explores.
There are two parts of the book: "before" and "after". There's something about the before part. In before, the book walks with the lead character-Pudge(Miles), introducing a boarding school and new friends he is making. Things are pretty casual, sometimes boring. Lines of the characters are very funny,(once, I had to close the book and laugh for a while), making me wonder why on earth the non-talking parts were getting boring -maybe trying to prepare us to a darker "after"?- It was a little off there, but it wasn't major.
It reminds you your school years and connects with your younger self. It delivers its messages in a more realistic and unusual way. Deals with issues like drinking, smoking (and sexual deviations:)). It doesn't say those are bad by telling it like a grown up pointing at your face, it shows that by exposing the characters to those and it's not like an instant "Yeah I now know it's bad and I won't do it starting this moment." kind of showing either.
Book leaves you with something valuable. It's not big but it adds to you. It's better than some books that make you feel just the same after reading, like you just leaped from the front to the back covers.(less)
kitap kimi zaman bir manifesto, kimi zaman bir dilbilgisi kitabı veya karanlık bir distopya hikayesi olabiliyor. Böyle olduğu için pek de sürükleyici...morekitap kimi zaman bir manifesto, kimi zaman bir dilbilgisi kitabı veya karanlık bir distopya hikayesi olabiliyor. Böyle olduğu için pek de sürükleyici olmayan, parçalı düşünce toplulukları gibi gelebiliyor. Kitabın anlattıkları ve birçok kişiye/kitaba ilham olmasına gelirsek. Açıkçası yazarın proleterleri ve komünizmi desteklediği mi yoksa desteklese de her iktidara gelen gibi güç arzusuna yenik düşebileceğini, bu nedenle kendi destek verdiği şeye şüpheci mi yaklaştığını anlamak güç. Birçok çağdaşına ilham olması ise anlaşılabilir bir durum çünkü 50lerde yazılan bu distopya sanki yazar zaman yolculuğu yapmış, olanları görmüş ve geri dönüp uyarı niteliğinde bu kitabı yazmış gibi iyi düşünülmüş. Şimdiki hayatın bazen benzerliği bazen de gidişatı kitaptakı distopyayı andırınca korkmamak elde değil. Modernlerini okumayı tercih etsem de, kitaptaki öğretici ve anlatıcı kısımlar hikayeye yedirilmiş olsa zamanın en iyilerinden biri haline gelmiş olacağını kabul etmek gerek.(less)
This piece of writing, is amazing in so many ways. I couldn't help but notice the 'structed' story line but then it all flowed like a river. I got nau...moreThis piece of writing, is amazing in so many ways. I couldn't help but notice the 'structed' story line but then it all flowed like a river. I got nauseated, freaked out, became sad, emotional... I just got pale and start to shake toward the end of this book. It was like the climax of the book was set up so high, it was all frightening and exciting at the same time.
I have to warn those who might read this book that the author didn't have mercy on his characters, they go in every kind of mess, thankfully the author is skilled enough to tie loose ends satisfactoryly.(less)
This was just like Twilight but better. At least it was entertaining. I think Becca F. used the thriller card more wisely. Another thing that was used...moreThis was just like Twilight but better. At least it was entertaining. I think Becca F. used the thriller card more wisely. Another thing that was used better was the mystery card. The book didn't surprise me that much but I have to give it up to Becca, trying to find who did what was engaging. It lacked the 'twilight spark' though, idk maybe because it was so much like Twilight.(less)
Before Reading: I'm very glad i finally can begin to read this book, hearing things like 'better than THG' and such high rating on goodreads made me e...moreBefore Reading: I'm very glad i finally can begin to read this book, hearing things like 'better than THG' and such high rating on goodreads made me expect a more than decent dystopian story. After HP taking the gold one, THG and Unwind takes the silver and bronze medals from my point of view. Let's see if Divergent could have a place that changes the order.
After Reading: I can start with saying that this book is nothing like THG. A lot of things reminded me of Matched. In Divergent, I couldn't sense that uneasy feeling when I read THG and Unwind. The world was not as rooted and realistic as in those mentioned...
I once read that as a writer, you shouldn't write paragraphs and chapters that your readers might tend to skip while reading/rereading. When I think of rereading this book, I consider skipping more than half of it. Reading this book was like watching a movie while doing something else and just paying attention when things get tense. I didn't really care about training/initiation phase that takes place right after Tris' choosing. The initiation was just some fun to open shiny package to get to the chocolate bar. And when you get to it you just taste and finish at the same time. Taste was good but it didn't last.
And after all that reading and the preparation phase the story kinda unravels very quickly and thnigs that should take more focus and therefore more word count are wrapped up very sloppily and they are rushed to an end. Because of this, I couldn't really connect with Tris. It felt like I only read some kind of plot summary.
I don't know if this is SPOILER but, The faction she chooses is like crazy unsupervised kids running and hopping around and in spare time they get to paint their bodies and put some accessories on their bodies. The black clothing and all underground thing felt like pushing it to be darker and in some way reminding creatures of night like well 'a vampire!'
If this was a rip off of THG I would have liked it more. As an original work of creative writing this book offers nothing readers (like me) would care about. It doesn't change the way you think, it doesn't inspire, it doesn't put anything more to dystopias or YA novels. The book is finished right where 'more than average' is started.(less)
Yazarın gözlem yeteneği ve onları anlatma biçimi gerçekten güzel. O nedenle konunun ilerleme kaydettiği kısımlarda 3'te 1lik kısımda sıkıldığınız için...moreYazarın gözlem yeteneği ve onları anlatma biçimi gerçekten güzel. O nedenle konunun ilerleme kaydettiği kısımlarda 3'te 1lik kısımda sıkıldığınız için yazara haksızlık ettiğinizi düşünüyorsunuz. Çünkü yazarın, romanın geçtiği dönemdeki olaylardaki seçimi, tasviri, kahramanları ve bakış açılarını bu olaylara eklemesi takdire şayan. Eminim o yılları yaşamış veya o yıllar hakkında benden daha geniş bilgiye sahip insanlar bu romandan kat kat daha fazla zevk alacaklardır.
Yazarın vermek istediği mesaj basit: "Geçmişe takılma, her gün yenidir, hayatını yaşa." Ama mesajın böyle bir kurguyla sentezlenmiş olması fark yaratan nokta oluyor. Onca sayfayı bunun için mi okudum dedirtmiyor en azından.(less)
This book is very easy to read. It is more of a love story, not actually a love triangle. I like triangles so I didn't like that. The world that the s...moreThis book is very easy to read. It is more of a love story, not actually a love triangle. I like triangles so I didn't like that. The world that the story takes place is good, except sometimes it feels like the world is so distant/unreal/senseless. So this makes a little hard to feel connected to the story. But this was a rare thing. Since I don't know anything about 'The Giver', I can't tell if the world is borrowed from it or created from scratch but, I just liked it. Besides the world, other things are good enough to keep reading without losing interest. There is a promise that other books of the instalment might include more interesting things since this one feels like a background for what's coming.
This book is not perfect but it is a good effort.(less)