This book is wonderful. I read it a while after I read Divergent, so it was sort of hard to remember what was going on and get into the story, but aftThis book is wonderful. I read it a while after I read Divergent, so it was sort of hard to remember what was going on and get into the story, but after 50 pages or so I was fully invested in the story. This book is exciting and reading it you get to know more about Tris's society. The "dystopian craze" is beginning to fade, and this book is a welcome revival. ...more
This book is terrifying and creepy and beautiful. Unlike 1984, the dystopian civilization makes people happy, which is even more horrifying. Anyway, IThis book is terrifying and creepy and beautiful. Unlike 1984, the dystopian civilization makes people happy, which is even more horrifying. Anyway, I highly recommend it!...more
This book is absolutely wonderful. I don't normally enjoy reading essays, but the non-fiction arguments and beauty-oriented short stories in this bookThis book is absolutely wonderful. I don't normally enjoy reading essays, but the non-fiction arguments and beauty-oriented short stories in this book were wonderful. This review is going to be a bit different than normal, 'cause I don't have a plot or main character to rant on, but here we go.
Here's a description of the book pulled from Scott Westerfeld's blog:
In Extras, the last book in Scott Westerfeld’s Uglies series, Aya tells us that when Tally Youngblood made the mind-rain fall, it cured all the pretties and changed the world forever. But Tally and her friends did more than change their world; they changed ours too.
Mind-Rain continues what Tally started, with startling, funny and insightful essays on the world, characters and ideas of the Uglies series, plus the short story that inspired Westerfeld to write the books in the first place.
Think you know everything about Tally’s world? After Mind-Rain, you’ll never look at the Uglies series the same way again.
With essays by Lili Wilkinson, Robin Wasserman, Diana Peterfreund, Sarah Beth Durst, Gail Sidonie Sobat, Rosemary Clement-Moore, J. Fitzgerald McCurdy, Janette Rallison, Linda Gerber, Charles Beaumont, Ted Chiang, Will Shetterly, Jennifer Lynn Barnes, and Delia Sherman.
If you like Uglies,you should read this book. It's full of arguments about characters in the Uglies series (Was Tally like Dr. Cable? Was Shay really more-hero like than Tally? Was Zane or David a better boyfriend? Did Shay want to be more than friends?), connections between the bubble-time and today's society, and also has a few short stories that inspired Mr. Westerfeld.
I'm not sure how I should review this - it isn't a novel where I can critique the plot and the characters and so forth. It's not fiction or comedy or even creative writing for the most part, but I defiantly found the book entertaining and interesting. The essay-ists create reasonable arguments and back them up with quotes, facts, and their own experience. The short stories were fascinating and terrifying. I did have to skim through some of the essays, but that was mostly because I skipped forward and back in the book so I was rereading bits when I finally read the book all the way through. It wasn't a light, read when you're tired or in a bad mood read, but it wasn't heavy and boring like something you'd have to read in English.
I give this book 5 out of 5 stars for entertainment and informative content....more