Well, I was right. It is dumb to think that a teenager would be a good leader of a large group of people. Because they are hormone fueled and inexperiWell, I was right. It is dumb to think that a teenager would be a good leader of a large group of people. Because they are hormone fueled and inexperienced and don't know how to handle stressful situations.
Because the premise of this book was so fundamentally flawed, the story was alternately boring and intensely irritating, and I didn't enjoy it at all. I only stuck with it due to the fact that it was the third in the series and I liked the first one a lot, and liked most of the second one pretty well. I read the third Fifty Shades for less than that.
So now I have this conundrum: I would definitely recommend the first book based on its originality, subject matter, and writing style. The second one, I would hesitate to recommend. There are still themes that I think are good for teenagers to read and discuss, and maybe they wouldn't notice how dumb the ending is. The third one is very bad, and the themes have disintegrated. I couldn't recommend it to anyone. But how do you recommend 1 2/3 of a trilogy?
I suppose just by saying, "Read the first 1 2/3 of the trilogy. Then drop it like it's a flaming bag of poop and just walk away." ...more
Aw, guys! This wasn't THAT bad. Well, it sort of is. But even though, as my friends have complained, there is NO difference between the two voices, anAw, guys! This wasn't THAT bad. Well, it sort of is. But even though, as my friends have complained, there is NO difference between the two voices, and almost nothing happens, I still enjoyed this book in all its inanity. This probably has to do with all the drama going on in my own life right now more than it is a comment on the book's ability to captivate, which is why I gave it two stars instead of three. It was a welcome diversion into blandness, though....more
This book satisfied the need I have to nerd vicariously. Although I'm not a computer person/gamer in real life, I enjoy experiencing it in books.
TheThis book satisfied the need I have to nerd vicariously. Although I'm not a computer person/gamer in real life, I enjoy experiencing it in books.
The book is about a giant video game scavenger hunt. The winner will inherit the entire fortune of James Halliday, aka the creator of the Oasis - the virtual world everyone is living in since the world of the 2040s is so horribly bleak. Wade/Parzival/Z is 18 and living in the laundry room of his aunt's trailer. He's a "gunter" - one of the die-hard computer geeks dedicated to finding the silver egg left by Halliday. He's spent the last five years of his life memorizing everything to do with Halliday, including every movie or TV show Halliday ever mentioned in his almanac and mastering every video game mentioned or created by Halliday. There's adventure, suspense, violence, Max Headroom, and even love.
The book was fun, well-written, and read by Wil Wheaton. It wasn't especially deep, the message was a little over-stated, and sometimes the video game and movie name-dropping got a teeny bit tiresome, so I only gave it four stars. The amount of fun and excitement it added to my life might have warranted five stars if it weren't for those three things.
I've already recommended this book to every teenager, gamer, and geek I know.
Wow. This book was super intense, and the fact that it is possible made it even harder to put down. It's about the supervolcano under Yellowstone erupWow. This book was super intense, and the fact that it is possible made it even harder to put down. It's about the supervolcano under Yellowstone erupting. It's available on Netgalley.com right now, but it comes out in October. I highly recommend it!...more
Todd Hewitt is being raised by Ben and Cillian in a small settlement of men called Prentisstown on another planet. His mother died along with all theTodd Hewitt is being raised by Ben and Cillian in a small settlement of men called Prentisstown on another planet. His mother died along with all the other women when he was very young. Everyone can hear everything going on in everyone else's head, which they call Noise. And that's the effect. Constant, excessive noise. Todd explains that that doesn't mean you know what people are thinking, because thoughts aren't always true. If you always see everything, there's too much and you can't process it. Fantasies are mixed in with memories and nightmares and plans and ideas and thoughts about whatever is happening at the moment. Todd has been told that all the women died when the Spackle - the local aliens - unleashed the Noise germ during the war. But then he finds a girl in the swamp, and the unraveling of everything in his world starts.
It's going to be too hard to go any farther without spoilers. It's a great book, and I think anyone who likes YA dystopian sci-fi adventure stories would probably enjoy this.
This book has major literacy and information overload themes. Here's an example:
"That's what New World is: Informayshun [sic], all the time, never stopping, whether you want it or not...And too much informayshun can drive a man mad. Too much informayshun becomes just Noise." As a librarian and a professional filterer of the Noise, I like this message.
Also, reading is a big deal in this book, because in Prentisstown, reading is banned. All the books have been burned, there isn't school anymore, and the main character struggles to read even the simplest - and most crucial - words ("You must warn them" looks like yowoo moost waren taheem, which isn't very helpful). In case the reader misses the fact that this is important, Todd suffers an intense amount of shame from his inability to read, and is lectured on the importance of reading by another of the characters.
The title is kind of long, and when you say it people say, "The what? The Knight? The what?" because it doesn't make sense until you read the book. But that isn't a problem with the story. In fact, when you're reading it, since the knife is so central it's practically a character itself, it actually is a good title.
The only other thing that bothered me was the horrible cliff hanger at the end, which I discovered when I skipped ahead to the last page two nights ago, and which I found out last night was even worse than I thought because of all the drama that happened in the pages leading up to it. I can't wait to read the next one!...more
Part One was great. I couldn't put it down. The main character - Deuce - was strong, the setting was well-developed, the tone was consistent, and I fePart One was great. I couldn't put it down. The main character - Deuce - was strong, the setting was well-developed, the tone was consistent, and I felt like I understood her world.
Part Two was like a summary of what happened when Deuce and Fade left the subway tunnels and sewers. A summary told by an eight-year-old. Even though "topside" everything was new and Deuce was somewhat out of her league, she was supposed to be a mature fighter, and I couldn't buy the new, lost version of her. Between that, the unbelievability of the new characters, and the total lack of plot, it didn't work for me at all. I would give Part One four stars. I don't know if I can give Part Two even two whole stars. It was bad. I'm only giving it two stars because I liked the first half so much....more