This book is a parallel novel to Ender's Game. It's from the point of view of Bean, one of the characters in Ender's Game. I found that Bean's backgro...moreThis book is a parallel novel to Ender's Game. It's from the point of view of Bean, one of the characters in Ender's Game. I found that Bean's background and story is extremely unusual and impossibly brilliant. He starts off as a homeless child, and it shows how he survives on the streets with violent gangs of children. Ender is nothing closed to a genius compared to Bean. Bean is a true genius. Bean is taken to Battle School, and is extremely intelligent, in fact the most intelligent, there. Bean finds out things about Battle School that even Ender doesn't. This book is a true masterpiece, and the best book I have ever read. (Once again, thanks Chase!)(less)
This book had so many unexpected twists, turns, betrayals and connections! It was very enthralling, and I really enjoyed reading it! I loved the whole...moreThis book had so many unexpected twists, turns, betrayals and connections! It was very enthralling, and I really enjoyed reading it! I loved the whole revenge plot, and the changes in Edmond throughout the novel. There were sooo many characters, but I really got into all of them! Each character contributed something important to the story, and by the end of it, I had the feeling like the "job was done" and each character had finally been placed in their right place. I also loved that it took place in France, and had to do with Napoleon.(less)
Zooks man! This book happened during the Reign of Terror, a time period that I really find interesting! I loved all of the connections to that time in...moreZooks man! This book happened during the Reign of Terror, a time period that I really find interesting! I loved all of the connections to that time in history! I also liked the guillotine and other things that personified the bloody, gory era. The dialogue was very clever, and perfect for all of the situations. I also like romance, so I loved the little love story tied into the book! I fell in love with all of the characters, especially The Scarlet Pimpernel himself...he was brilliant! This was the perfect combination of humor, dialogue, drama, action, love, and historical references.(less)
This book is a diary kept during World War II by a young girl named Anne Frank while in hiding from the Nazis. It is amazing to see how this girl matu...moreThis book is a diary kept during World War II by a young girl named Anne Frank while in hiding from the Nazis. It is amazing to see how this girl matured in hiding and everything she went through while in hiding. I love Anne's quirky personality, and her writing is very entertaining! I also felt a personal connection to Anne Frank because throughout the book she is changing into a young woman, and developing as a person, and so are us middle schoolers.(less)
This classic series was HIL-A-RIOUS! It's told from the point of view of a British man named Wooster who really is not that bright, and is about all t...moreThis classic series was HIL-A-RIOUS! It's told from the point of view of a British man named Wooster who really is not that bright, and is about all the funny predicaments he gets in! His butler, a genius named Jeeves, helps him get out of his situations. It's a collection of funny short stories that made me literally laugh out loud! :D (less)
**spoiler alert** Every chapter of "Born to Run: A Hidden Tribe, Superathletes, and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen" brings a new surprise....more**spoiler alert** Every chapter of "Born to Run: A Hidden Tribe, Superathletes, and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen" brings a new surprise. It brings a new view of life to ponder, and shows the world from many different angles. This book unites many different sorts of people by one thing...running. Running is the key to happiness, the reason we are where we are, not to mention very good exercise. Before I read this book, I hated running. Running. Ugh. Ew. Terrible. Why even try? I was content with looking at those moms jogging every morning on my way to school. That was enough running for me. I had come to "Born to Run" for something different: I wanted to know the reason for mankind's existence. I craved to understand how we evolved and why we ended being the most powerful animal out there. Instead, I got something even more satisfying. Running is the answer to why. Okay, now don't think that I'm all of a sudden going to be an ultrarunner or anything crazy like that. I still can only run about 1/2 of a mile before dropping down dead. And my technique? Probably twenty times worse than how Christopher McDougall started out. But the real thing I learned was what the Tarahumara, Scott, and Caballo Blanco have in common: passion. They all have that fierce love for running that extends deep into their hearts. I think that passion is what makes you great at what you do. This book taught me about how to live. Now, what does that have to do with my original statement "running is the answer to why"? It has everything to do with it! Running, like the book says, is supposed to be of the the greatest things you have to stimulate your nerves and make you feel alive. And, our bodies were meant to run. They evolved into killer long distance running machines in order to catch prey and survive. Our bodies were built to run. Now, because of the lifestyle we live, laziness is taking over, and so is cancer and many other diseases that were almost nonexistent before running declined. So, maybe our bodies will evolve into supporting a more sedentary life after a couple hundred generations, but until then, it seems reasonable to embrace the body we were given, and to live a happier and healthier lifestyle according to what we were built for. Running. Of course, I'm just taking words out of Christopher McDougall's mouth. This book, "Born to Run" offers so much more than that. This is just what my area of interest leads me to obsess over. The characters, whom I have barely even talked about yet, are by the far the most important and inspiring components of this story. My favorite character is definitely Caballo Blanco. He was born as Micheal Randall Hickman, and worked himself up to almost being a kickboxing champion. He changed his name to Micah True and found love. But then, when his girlfriend left him, he realized that the only real reason he had become one of the best boxers was to impress her, so he left his budding career to live in isolation, and he ran every day. He didn't know how good he was at running until he came back into the real world as one of the best. And then, he met the Tarahumara, a group of Indians that still lived like they used to hundreds of years ago. They lived a simple but happy life, and he fit perfectly among them, deep in canyons somewhere in Mexico, running every day, doing what he loved. The thing I really liked about him wasn't his life story, though. I honestly don't want to live like Caballo Blanco. I liked how he was so passionate about running, and confident in his lifestyle. That's something I want to be, without living in total isolation of course. My favorite part of this story is when Shaggy (Caballo Blanco) is the pacer for the Tarahumara in the original Leadville race, and they try to beat Ann:
"Saddle up guys," Shaggy said. "Let's go get the bruja." Juan and Martimano barely understood anything the guy said, but they caught that all right: Shaggy was calling Ann a witch. They looked closely to see if he was serious, decided he wasn't, and started laughing. This guy was going to be a kick. "Yeah, she's a bruja, but that's cool," Shaggy went on. "We've got stronger mojo. You understand that, mojo? No? Doesn't matter. We're gonna run the bruja down like a deer. Like a venado. Yeah, a venado. Got it? We're gonna run the bruja down like a venado. Poco a poco-little bit at a time." But the bruja wasn't backing off. By the time she summited Hope Pass for the second time, Ann had widened her lead from four minutes to seven. "I was heading up Hope Pass, and she just blew by me going the other direction- vroo-o-o-om!" a Leadville runner named Glen Vaassen later told Runner's World. "She was cruisin'." She threaded her way to the bottom of the switchbacks and plunged back through the Arkansas River, fighting to keep from being swept downstream in the waist-deep water. It was 2:31 p.m. when she and Carl arrived back at the Twin Lakes fire station at mile 60. Ann checked in, got her medical clearance, and trudged up the twenty-foot dirt ramp to the trailhead. By the time Shaggy and the Tarahumara, Ann had been gone for twelve minutes. Coincidentally, Ken Chlouber was just arriving at the Twin Lakes aid station heading outbound when Juan and Martimano came through on their return trip. Everyone in the firehouse was buzzing about Ann's record pace and ever-growing lead, but as Ken watched Juan and Martimano exit the firehouse, he was struck by something else: when they hit the dirt ramp, they hit it laughing. "Everybody else walks that hill," Chlouber thought, as Juan and Martimano churned up the slope like kids playing in a leaf pile. "Everybody. And they sure as hell ain't laughin' about it."
I like this part because it brings out everyone's true character. The Tarahumara and Shaggy love running and are passionate as well as lighthearted and happy. Ann is dedicated and fierce. The author's writing technique really got me into this book. He used a narrative hook to get me curious by starting out the first chapter in the middle of his expedition looking for Caballo Blanco so that I would want to find out how in the world he got there and what he was doing, and I was very curious about the back story to why he was searching for the White Horse (Caballo=horse Blanco=white)
Overall, this book was amazing, and it's a definite must-read. It really gets you thinking, and even if you aren't a fan of running, this book sucks you right in!(less)
This mystery is a captivating story that got me captured in its perplexing enigma. In the book, Mikeal Blomkvist, a publisher that recently unfairly w...moreThis mystery is a captivating story that got me captured in its perplexing enigma. In the book, Mikeal Blomkvist, a publisher that recently unfairly went to jail, is hired by Henrik Vanger to find out what happened to his grandniece Harriet Vanger, who went missing many years back. With the help of a brilliant yet troubled hacker girl named Salander, they try to solve the mystery of Harriet. I liked this book because it was different from other books I've read. I don't recommend reading it unless you're old enough, because it addresses mature topics.(less)
Wuthering Heights to me, upon first glance, seemed to be a long, boring book about some lame, boring characters. Not only did the thickness of the boo...moreWuthering Heights to me, upon first glance, seemed to be a long, boring book about some lame, boring characters. Not only did the thickness of the book and the tiny font deceive me into thinking this, but the time period it was written in- the mid 1800s- seemed so dull and far away that I associated all books from this time frame with old boring things, like candles. However, though I picked this book up with reluctance, I couldn't set it down! It is one of the most amazing and romantic stories I've ever read, and I couldn't help but shed a tear or two over the precious love and painful death I'd experienced throughout the book. All in all, Wuthering Heights is an wonderful story that displays love on many different levels. It delves into the depths of true passion, gently laughs at memories of childhood tenderness, and dwells upon the ingenuous affections of young lovers.
I thought it was interesting how the entire story was mostly a narration from one person to the other, relating the events that happened in order. It was very unique, although it was odd that the main character, Mr. Lockwood, had nothing to do with the happenings in the book, and he just left at the very end of it. I didn't really like that. I think that he should tie in with the events and characters towards the end, instead of just going back to his home. The "So What?" of the book was almost nonexistent because in the end, no one in the story (besides the reader) really learned or realized much. I think the story needs an overall purpose. The ending was not that great. The only part I liked was when Ellen said that Heathcliff and Catherine's spirits haunted the moors.
My favorite part of the book was when Catherine and Heathcliff reunited after Catherine's illness. " 'You teach me how cruel you've been - cruel and false. Why do you despise me? Why did you betray your own heart, Cathy? I have not one word of comfort. You deserve this. You have killed yourself. Yes, you may kiss me, and cry, and wring out my kisses and tears; they'll blight you - they'll damn you. You loved me--then what right had you to leave me? What right--answer me--for the poor fancy you felt for Linton? Because misery, and degradation and death, and nothing that God or Satan could inflict would have parted us, you, of your own will, did it. I have not broken your heart--you have broken it; and in breaking it, you have broken mine. So much the worse for me that I am strong. Do I want to live? What kind of living will it be when you-oh, God! Would you like to live with your soul in the grave?' 'Let me alone. Let me alone,' sobbed Catherine. 'If I've done wrong, I'm dying for it. It is enough! You left me too: but I won't upbraid you! I forgive you. Forgive me!' 'It is hard to forgive, and to look at those eyes, and feel those wasted hands,' he answered. 'Kiss me again; and don't let me see your eyes! I forgive what you have done to me I love my murderer- but yours! How can I?' They were silent-their faces hid against each other, and washed by each other's tears" (Bronte 159). I like this part because it expresses the climax of Catherine and Heathcliff's love.
Bronte's diction helps to show the personality of the characters she is talking about. For example, when she introduces Joseph, she uses harsh words like "old", "peevish", "displeasure", and "sourly." These words make Joseph out to be an old, disagreeable man. However, when referring to Cathy (Catherine's daughter) she uses words like "winning", "sunshine", "beautiful", "spirit", "lively", "dove", "gentle", and "tender". Cathy seems to be a happy, lovely, sweet girl, unlike Joseph. The diction of the story helps differentiate these characters.
My favorite character is Hareton. The story tells us "his dress and speech were both rude, entirely devoid of the superiority observable in Mr. and Mrs. Heathcliff; his thick brown curls were rough and uncultivated, his whiskers encroached bearishly over his cheeks, and his hands were embrowned like those of a common labourer: still his bearing was free, almost haughty, and he showed none of a domestic’s assiduity in attending on the lady of the house." Hareton is a carelessly brought up boy, who is rude because of influence from Heathcliff, his main caretaker. I though he was very detestable, until I realized that the book hinted that he loved Cathy. This made me realize that he was just misunderstood, especially by her, and there actually was a good person inside of him. I felt pity for him, and soon grew to really like him. His attempts to learn to read and impress Cathy were all frowned upon, and I sometimes felt so sad! I really liked how, towards the end, Cathy and Hareton became lovers, and his true character came out.
Wuthering Heights is a must-read, if you like love stories, and are patient. It is inspirational, and if you crack it open, you'll find that it's definitely worth it!
**spoiler alert** The first two books of the Gone series were addictive, and I couldn't tear my eyes off the pages. When I got to Lies, I expected to...more**spoiler alert** The first two books of the Gone series were addictive, and I couldn't tear my eyes off the pages. When I got to Lies, I expected to be sucked into The FAYZ again, with the Freaks, the kids in Perdido Beach, Zil's Human Crew, Caine's people, and the other many characters. However, at first, I was faced with a hard punch in the stomach. The book was the worst one in the series I'd read so far. I had to drag my way through it. I think the reason I didn't enjoy it as much was that it focused mainly on the issues of the characters, and it was like a heavy weight was being dropped onto my shoulders. Not only that, but there were so many characters, all with different issues, that it felt like the FAYZ was bringing me down, too. Towards the 3rd quarter of the book, when things finally somewhat began to come together, I started to like what I was reading, and became addicted to the world of the FAYZ again.
One of my favorite parts of Lies was when Diana said “No you sick, stupid creep, I love you. I shouldn't. I shouldn't. You're sick inside, Caine, sick! But I love you." to Caine. I liked this part because it showed that even though the FAYZ was progressing and life was getting worse what with the decline of food and lies spreading everywhere, there was still love in the FAYZ, even if it was between Caine and Diana, one of the most messed up characters in the book. Another part I really liked was :
Sanjit had forgotten every single thing he thought he had learned about flying a helicopter. Something about a lever that changed the pitch of the rotor blades. Something about angle of attack. A cyclic. Pedals. A collective. Which was which? He tried the pedals. The tail of the helicopter swung violently to the left. He took his feet off the pedals. The helicopter had almost spun off the deck. "Well, that works okay!" Sanjit shouted, desperately hoping to reassure the others."You should probably go up first, before you try turning!" Virtue yelled. "You think?" Now he remembered something. You twisted something to make the rotors give you lift. What was there he could twist? Left hand. The collective. Or was it the cyclic? Who cared, it was the only thing that twisted. He twisted it. Gently. Sure enough, the engine noise increased and changed in pitch. And the helicopter lifted off. Then it began to spin. The helicopter drifted toward the bow, toward the superstructure while the tail spun the helicopter like a top, clockwise. Like a Tilt-A-Whirl. Pedals. Had to use them to ... The helicopter stopped spinning clockwise. It hesitated. Then it began to spin counterclockwise. Sanjit was distantly aware that several voices were screaming. Five kids in the chopper. Five screams. Including his own. Pedals again. And the helicopter stopped spinning. It was still drifting toward the yachts superstructure, but now it was doing so backward. He twisted the collective all the way, all the way, baby, and the helicopter shot upward. Like a ride Sanjit had been on in Las Vegas once. Like the helicopter was on a string and someone was yanking it toward the clouds. Up and over the superstructure. Sanjit saw it pass beneath his feet. WHACK! WHACK! WHACK! The rotors had hit something. Bits of wire and metal poles flew away. The yacht s radio antenna. The helicopter was still rising and still drifting backward toward the cliff. The other thing. The watchamacallit the cyclic the stick the thing near his right hand grab it grab it do something something something push it forward forward forward. Spinning again! He'd forgotten the pedals the stupid pedals and his feet couldn't find them now and the helicopter had spun 180 degrees and with the cyclic tilted forward was now zooming straight for the cliff wall. It was maybe a hundred feet away. Fifty feet. In a split second they would be dead. And there was nothing he could do to stop it happening.
I liked this passage because I think the author did a really good job of describing what was happening using intense imagery. I could feel the panic and adrenaline when I read it, and I felt like momentarily I was Sanjit.
I think the theme of the book is "survival." Everyone in the book tries to do everything they can to survive. The goal of all the protagonist characters is to last another day, and try to create long term plans to live, while trying to cooperate with eachother. The characters all try to deal with one another and create conflicts within themselves, but at the end of the day, the loyalty goes to whoever helps them survive the best.
The other works of the author Micheal Grant that I have read are Gone (book 1) and Hunger (book 2). They are all about the same issue of the FAYZ. My favorite one is Gone, because it is interesting to see how the issue all starts, and it's interesting to know each character's past. Hunger was pretty good, too. The 4th fourth book in the series is Plague. I want to read Plague because, even though Lies wasn't the best, I still want to learn what happens to all of the characters! (less)
Mysterious, addicting, and thought inflicting, Hunger, the sequel to Gone, definitely earns a four star rating. I don't think it's good enough to be a...moreMysterious, addicting, and thought inflicting, Hunger, the sequel to Gone, definitely earns a four star rating. I don't think it's good enough to be a five, just because I personally don't like how it's so scattered, and I'm not a fan of how the author writes in short sentences a lot of the time. On the other hand, I like how the book is extremely descriptive, and how you can feel every thought and emotion the characters think. A passage I really enjoyed was "Kind of like the first time, Duck thought. At the pool that day. Like that. Falling and the water rushing down with him. Only this water was more like sand. A billion tiny crystals all sucked down the drain that Duck had made in the earth. He could see nothing as he fell. The crystals filled his eyes and ears and mouth. He couldn't breathe, and this panicked him and he fell even faster, trying to outrun the monster that fell with him. No air. Mind swirling, crazy, not even afraid now, just...Memories flashed like a jerky video. That day when he fell off a pony at his fifth birthday party. That time he ate the whole pie...His mom. So pretty. Her face...Dad...The pool...He stopped falling. Something had stopped him at last. Too late, he thought. Can't fall through to China, Duck thought. Well, Duck thought, I guess I did want tp be a hero. And then Duck stopped thinking anything at all." This was my favorite part of the whole book, because I could really feel it. The author's word choice was limited mainly to every day FAYZ speech (not normal speech, because there were many FAYZ terms that no one knew before the FAYZ) I heard the words gaiaphage, moofs, zekes, nestor, Darkness, and the phrase "hungry in the dark" a lot. Those words were exceptional to the FAYZ. The actual English word choice was not very exceptional, though. My favorite characters were Lana, Albert, Diana, Orsay and Little Pete. I like them because they have a mind of their own. They may have a side, but they still are independent. Lana just wants to tackle the gaiaphage. Albert wants to create a currency for the FAYZ, Diana is loyal to Caine but is skeptical about what he does, Orsay simply reads dreams and has little knowledge of the sides, and Little Pete is in his own world. I think the theme of this book is finding who you are. Everyone is trying to find their place in the new FAYZ world. Other books by the author,Michael Grant, are Gone, which comes before Hunger, and Lies, which comes after Hunger. I most likely am going to continue my journey into the series with Lies. (less)