It's too light for sci-fi, dystopia but easy and maybe fun for the ones who are not so familiar with even today's tech. The world is not belivable, stIt's too light for sci-fi, dystopia but easy and maybe fun for the ones who are not so familiar with even today's tech. The world is not belivable, story is just too convenient, characters are either annoying, stupid or just there because the author needs them. Nothing really happens, I mean yes a lot of things happen but they feel like they're just for fun or not-so-boring fillings. Whole book is about the one thing you can't replace which is: Do the pills work?
Also do we need to become every kind of human type to keep the story going really? It's like Pokemon. We're Pichu, then we're Pikachu and now we need to be what? Yes all the single ladies, we need to become Beyonce. Or you know, Raichu. Can I get an eye roll please?! Thank you.
I gave this one 3 stars instead of 2 just because of the premise and for the messages that I think the author is trying to give....more
I love Pleasantville. When I saw the trailer for The Giver, the transformation from black and white to color was enough for me to dig into this book.I love Pleasantville. When I saw the trailer for The Giver, the transformation from black and white to color was enough for me to dig into this book. I wasn't dissapointed.
This book kind of represents a bridge between classics like 1984, brave new world and modern ones like divergent, matched and uglies.
The interesting thing about the book was the simplicity of it and still managing to deliver a good reading experience. The climax was more like a plan layout and then a spoiler to let you know how it turned out. I am not sure but that is not a proper climax. I mean yes we could have learned the plan but at least don't tell me the outcome right after I read about it. It kind of made a sedating effect. It's like the author wanted this. Well, let's say if climax was a hill, it wouldn't take much time to slide down to the bottom of it ;) Also I expected a lot more trouble before the plan. A little stirring would have made a great community soup.
I've read a bunch of readers wanting to know more about the community in this book. I liked the way it is, not too much information. I don't like to many details, I didn't notice a lack of substance while understanding the mechanics of this world. It's not like a whole new world. The futuristic elements were un-sci-fi-ly scarce. It even felt like it's before our time.
Why I liked this book? It was like a rebellion against all YA out there. Like it says "I am not gonna follow the rules, I won't count on your adrenaline, I won't try to impress you with mumbo jumbo and fancy words but you'll still love me." It is weird and I like it.
On a note, a creepy old dude on the cover was a really good choice for a children's book. -_-...more
While I was reading, at first I thought: How did this shank manage to get published? Throwing labels of emotions,Hunger Games for Men (Eau de toilet)
While I was reading, at first I thought: How did this shank manage to get published? Throwing labels of emotions, made up words that does not work... Lets say there was a lot of "tell" instead of "show".
The main caharacter Thomas' caharacter (as well as some others') was inconsistent. All the characters that were there before Tommy felt like they were dumb as shi.. oops I meant klunk. Gotta keep it PG13. (A note to myself: Check the Turkish translation of this book in a book store to see how they translated these words) They were there to say "we've tried that, no luck. :(" so our hero could concentrate on the things he should do.
I did not really care about the characters individually but cared about them as a whole. What's going to happen next was more important. You know it is understandable when the story is plot oriented but when you have supposedly smart characters they should be smart throughout the book, not just when it's necessary.
When I got into the action and mystery I kinda overlooked these problems. After the first peak of the story book slows down a bit and does not reallt live up to expectations after that. The reveal of the mystery behind the maze was much like a "hmm" rather than a "wow!". But I did not feel like it should have been better. I mean it could have been, but what we get is ok too.
So why did I like the book? The mystery, characters aside the plot development had its own charm. It was good to have a YA without so much of lovey-dovey stuff too. Also I liked this way better than Divergent which I gave 3 stars.
I'll definitely read the second book of The Maze Runner....more
Bu kitabı normal bir romanmış gibi yorumlayamıyorum. Farklı bir havası var. Kendine ait bir kulvarda değerlendirilmesi gerek galiba. Edebi açıdan birBu kitabı normal bir romanmış gibi yorumlayamıyorum. Farklı bir havası var. Kendine ait bir kulvarda değerlendirilmesi gerek galiba. Edebi açıdan bir eşsizlik değil ama kitabı özel kılan bir tanımlanamayan uçan muhteviyat var.
İlk başladığımda absürd bir komedi gibi ilerliyordu kitap, gereksiz bir sürü detay da cabası. Daha sonra biraz daha ayakları yere basar hale geldi. İndirgenmiş bir hayatta birbirinin aynı bir sürü insandan biri olarak, mutlu mesut yaşayıp vakti geldiğinde ölüp giden insanlar var bu her-ne-topyaysa'da. Aşk, ızdırap, din (en azından bildiğimiz manada), mutsuzluk, aykırılık, dışlanmışlık, yalnızlık, evlilik, anne-baba yok. Eh fena sayılmaz ama bütün bireyler toplumdaki yerine göre şartlandırılmış hatta ona göre şişelenmiş (yapay hamilelik falan). İşte böyle müthiş bir dünyada (ahem Cesur Yeni Dünya yani) birkaç kişi kendilerini pek mutlu hissetmiyor. Yine insan olmanın kaçınılmaz gerçekleri çıkıyor ortaya. Ama öyle bir devrim, savaş falan başlatmıyorlar. Amanın Ispoylır! Bir de bu dünyanın dışından bir vahşimiz var. Hani maksat yericiliği pekiştiren bir karakter olsun, buraya da küçük bir kızılderili konduralım. Desem ki hiyerarşik toplum yapısına bir nah çekiyor öyle değil. Neden çünkü, mutsuz olanlar ve hatta vahşi bile üst tabakadan. Yarı moronlar da mutsuz olamaz mı yani? Tamam olmaz belki ama bari biri beta falan olsaydı. Lenina var ki ismi takdire şayan Lenin'in dönmüşü aklıma gelip durdu... Lenina da delta mıdır nedir (alfa, beta, delta, gama felan diye gidiyor bunlar) o da hafif bir aşk belirtisi gösterdiyse de kalıplarından çıkamadı bir türlü. Demek yazar cidden öjenizm yanlısıymış. Tüü yazıklar olsun.
Peki noluyor kitapta? İşte bu karakterler üzerinden abicim, bu dünya ve bu dünyanın falsoları anlatılıyor. Bir yandan gerçekçiliği de var. 1984'te olduğu gibi hayatımızda bu kitaptakine benzerlikler görmek mümkün. Uu ürperticii. Ya işte bok kafalı olmayın amk kendiniz olun, mutsuz olmaya hakkınız varken mutsuz olun. Acıyı, kederi alıp güzelliğe dönüştürün. Kendinizi gerçekleri bulmaya adayın diğmi? Hadi evladım yapacak işlerim var, buraya kadar okuduğunuz için bir öpücüğü hak ettiniz. Muah!
Sonları benzemese de Gattaca adlı filmle benzer bir havası olduğunu belirteyim. En azından orada burada bulamadığınız insanları biyo-kim-fiziksel özelliklerine göre ayırmanın bullshit olduğunu görüyoruz içimiz rahat ediyor....more
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 hI 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....more
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 gwhile 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....more
The Green Mile ft. The Blind Side. ______________________________________________________
Neal uses very interesting words in tAh 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....more
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 kidWhile 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.
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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 greaThis 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....more
kitap kimi zaman bir manifesto, kimi zaman bir dilbilgisi kitabı veya karanlık bir distopya hikayesi olabiliyor. Böyle olduğu için pek de sürükleyicikitap 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....more
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 nauThis 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....more