Wow... Poor Wil and poor Lev. It's amazing what Shusterman can pour into such a short story! I even teared up a bit at the end. I just wish I had read...moreWow... Poor Wil and poor Lev. It's amazing what Shusterman can pour into such a short story! I even teared up a bit at the end. I just wish I had read it before the second book. Although having read "Unwholly" first gave me insight as to what happened to Wil in the end.(less)
The very worst thing about this book is the constant swapping of first person points of view. It’s distracting and, to someone like me who hardly pays attention to the beginning and end of a chapter, it’s downright confusing! The point of view swaps from Ky to Cassia every chapter. I can understand why it was done, but that doesn’t make it easily readable. Personally, I would prefer this book in the third person. Then you can switch back and forth between the two characters all you want. Also, I feel Xander wasn’t in this book nearly enough, but based on the ending, I’m guessing he’ll pretty much star in the last book.
The very best thing about this book is that it does somewhat keep the story going… And the cover is amazing! I love the cover. This book is not a difficult read, and that’s part of what keeps me from marking it any lower than I did, but it didn’t live up to my already low expectations. :-((less)
The very worst thing about this book is the dog. I hate dogs.
The very best thing about this book is the story line. As a stand-alone short story, it’s not too terrible. As part of the incredible Books of Ember series, it falls terribly short.
I’m glad I read this first instead of third (publication order) because I would have been even more disappointed in this book if I had already read “The City of Ember” and “The People of Sparks” before this prequel.(less)
The very worst thing about this book is the simplistic way that certain things have been lost. I can understand the Builders having not allowed certain things into the city, but to keep the very important lockbox secret? What?! If I were to have built a city for this purpose, the “very important lockbox” would have been a “very large and centrally located safe” with some simple design/camouflage to prevent people from trying to force it open too soon.
The very best thing about this book is the city, the people, the mystery, Lina, Doon, the pipeworks, the- Well, take your pick! I can’t tell you all of the great elements existing in this book without reading the book to you! Even that “worst thing” was a necessary for the story to exist at all. ^_^(less)
The very worst thing about this book is how quickly things get out of hand between the people of Ember and the people of Sparks. Granted, this is a fairly accurate representation of how it would work in the real world, but it seems unrealistic in a story. Does that make sense?
The very best thing about this book is that DuPrau quite literally picks the story up right where “The City of Ember” ended. There’s aren’t any “four months later” or “five years down the road” writing loopholes. She takes the citizens of Ember and works with them through the struggles of returning to the surface. That, to me, shows her ability and ambition as a writer. Her five stars are well earned.(less)
The very worst thing about this book is that there isn’t more information in the epilogue. :-(
The very best thing about this book is the return to Ember, of course. I enjoyed the imagery and idea of Ember and to return to the city, even in less than desirable circumstances, was a real treat for me.(less)
The very worst thing about this book is how plausible it seems. Although that is also a good thing for the book, it’s a scary thing for humans…
The very best thing about this book is how much it makes you think. Honestly, I’m not sure where I would stand specifically on the issue of “unwinding.” Granted, the process is, scientifically, a good one. If we had the ability to do such a thing I would strongly promote it for criminals, people who want to commit suicide (why waste a perfectly good body), and as an organ donor program for people who are injured somehow. But to say, “hey, this kid is just bad and I don’t want to waste any more time parenting, let’s unwind him,” is wrong. To “tithe” a child to be unwound because of some ridiculous religious believe is horrific. And to -
Um… I just realized that if you haven’t read the book, you won’t understand my mini-rant there. Sorry about that. Read the book. It is fantastic! The only reason it didn’t recieve five full stars is because the writing is a little awkward in some spots. Certainly not enough to take away from the story, though! I hear it’s going to be the start of a series and I’m looking forward to the following books! :-D(less)
The very worst thing about this book is a section in the essay “Crime of Fashion” by Terri Clark. Apparently, she can’t leave her personal politics out of anything and is an Obama supporter. I say apparently because this is an assumption based on the fact that she criticizes Palin for having to buy a new wardrobe and not Obama for spending all the money that she does on a regular basis. Then on top of that, she claims Obama is better dressed than Palin. O_o
The very best thing about this book is how interesting all these essays are. Every last one of them keeps you thinking and they help bring back the pleasure of reading the books. :-) I’ll be rereading mine soon and then I’ll probably reread these essays.(less)
The very worst thing about this book is that the incestuous tones from the first book are sort of creepily confirmed in this book. Like, really creepily confirmed. :-/ Also, the Shaun and Becks sex scene was overdone, in my opinion. Absolutely ridiculous, too detailed on the wrong things, and way too heavy on the incest thoughts at the end of the scene. O_O
The very best thing about this book is George chilling in Shaun’s head. I love that he’s hearing George, carrying on conversations, and taking advice from her. I also love that he completely accepts that he’s going insane but that he’s willing to deal with that bit of insanity to preserve the little bit of sanity that he has left.
I hate that I have to wait almost an entire year for the last book… *cry* I’ll be rereading “Feed” and “Deadline” before the third book comes out.(less)
The very worst thing about this book is it feels like an afterthought. This book is where you finally realize that “The Giver” and “Gathering Blue” are part of a trilogy and the characters come together in this story. However, it doesn’t seem to fit quite right. It seems to me as though the first book was written as a stand alone novel, but was ambiguous enough at the end that she could tie “Gathering Blue” to it when she decided she wanted to write another book to go with “Gathering Blue.” Was that confusing? O_o
The very best thing about this book is that it’s still as interesting, entertaining, thought provoking, and amazing as the pervious books. Thank goodness for that!! :-D(less)
The very worst thing about this book is the way Matt, and a few other characters, speak. I realize that their manner of speaking and their behavior is supposed to be indicative of their upbringing and help show just how different their area of the village is from the main section – or the “good” section, to use the term lightly, but it’s still annoying to read.
The very best thing about this book is how different it is from “The Giver” and how similar at the same time. This world is less repressed, but is no less cold and uncaring. It’s unfortunate that it’s representative of what our world could be.(less)
The very worst thing about this book is the way it ends. We’re left not quite knowing whether Jonas makes it. Maybe he’s hallucinating? Maybe he’s not, we don’t actually know.
The very best thing about this book is the world, the details, the story! Everything! I can’t think of anything, other than the ending, that I don’t like about this book. And of course, since this is actually just the first in a trilogy (which I wasn’t aware of until a few years ago even though I had read the second book), the ending is excusable. :-D I think this was the first dystopian book that I ever read, and I’m glad for that because I truly enjoy the genre.(less)
The very worst thing about this book was just it’s misfortune to be read immediately after I finished “Bumped.” The two books had the same basic theme of a virus damaging young people… Also, it’s possible that I’m forgetting a detail or simply missed it, but I don’t remember there being an explanation of why North America is the only continent left on the planet. O_o
The very best thing about this book is the virus in this book actually kills the people at twenty and twenty-five years of age for girls and boys respectively. There isn’t a real reason why, but the book is certainly interesting. I think I have a soft spot for dystopian books – even the “soft” ones. I’m really looking forward to the next book which is due out next February. Long wait. *cry*(less)
The very worst thing about this book is some of the strange slang. I don’t like it, but it makes perfect sense. And “bump” is already used to some extent for having sex. Have you ever heard of “bumping uglies?” The characters are interchangeable in spite some major differences simply because they aren’t developed very well, but I’m hopeful that this will improve in future books.
The very best thing about this book is that it’s an interesting twist on the teen pregnancy issue. What if teens had to get pregnant? I can’t wait for the next book! I’m looking forward to seeing how the mix-up plays out. Oh, and I love that the cover is a picture of an egg!!!(less)
The very worst thing about this book is that it draws so heavily on “The Giver” from Lois Lowry. I think the only big differences are that attraction and romance are encouraged once you are matched and people give birth to and sire their own children. The characters a lacking a bit in depth, but I’m hopeful that they’ll develop as the story continues.
The very best thing about this book is how it takes “The Giver” and gives it an extra dimension. I kind of imagine this to be how the Council would try to “fix” everything at the end of “The Giver.” Most things stay the same, they’re still in control, but you’re allowed to feel and reproduce – with permission. I’m really looking forward to “Crossed,” the next book in the trilogy, and I believe it comes out in November. Oh, and I love the cover! It’s what caught my attention, because the title sure didn’t. O_o(less)
The very worst thing about this book is the ending. I won’t give it away, but I was disappointed with what happened. Not the way that it happened, but the event itself. I’m sure it will be necessary in the future books, but that doesn’t mean I have to like it! There was one other minor thing I didn’t like… George (a girl) and Shaun are adoptive brother and sister that are close enough in age that it’s easier to say they’re just twins. However, there are times that there relationship seems a little incestuous. O_o I know, I know, nothing ever really happens, it’s just the way they interact isn’t how any siblings I know interact with each other. It didn’t bug me enough to not like the story though! :-p
The very best thing about this book is everything else! I love the title (it’s how I found the book, although I was looking for “Feed” by M. T. Anderson, not Mira Grant) and how simple it is. I really enjoyed the concept. I don’t read a lot of zombie books so I don’t know if it’s unoriginal, but I liked it regardless. And I absolutely adored the fact that bloggers practically replaced “real” news. I read a review that was complaining about a few things like “teenagers being listened to like adults” or experts or some nonsense. The main characters are not teenagers, guys. They’re not ancient, but they’re in their twenties and based on the background in the book they’ve gone through tons of training to be considered experts (or at least competent) in their fields and out in the field. Someone also complained about the repetition of a certain issue – due to a medical problem and tough security in most places, one of the characters is constantly asked to inconvenience herself to submit to virus tests. I didn’t find these scenes annoying the way the other person did, but they’re somewhat predictable. Either way, I love the book and gave it a 4.5 out of 5.0 stars. I’m looking forward to the rest of the trilogy and “Deadline” is sitting on my nook right now just waiting for me! :-D(less)
The very worst thing about this book is the way you feel while reading certain scenes. Actually, it’s be a good thing that a book can invoke such emotion – it’s a sign of amazing writing, but I still felt absolutely horrible. So, if the only thing I can complain about is that the feelings are so intense that you would not want to feel them, then you know it’s a fantastic book! Wait — the cliffhanger. I did not like the cliffhanger. *pout*
The very best thing about this book is the return to journal entries and the cast combination, so to speak. Alex, Miranda, and their respective groups all meet up and for one big group.(less)
The very worst thing about this book is the change in story-telling. The author chose to leave journal writing to the girls and followed a boy for the second book in the trilogy. Since boys are much less likely to keep journals or diaries, she tells the story from a third-person perspective. It doesn’t take anything away from the story, but I was really looking forward to the entire trilogy being told through journal entries.
The very best thing about this book is the realism. Pfeffer’s writing is just amazing and she brings the story to life without it seeming contrived.(less)