If I Stay struck me as a ridiculously girly book, but was highly recommended by several people I know. While I was right and it was ridiculously girlyIf I Stay struck me as a ridiculously girly book, but was highly recommended by several people I know. While I was right and it was ridiculously girly, it wasn't as bad as I though it would be. It was well written and kept me interested throughout, though I felt guilty about wanting to read on because it was so 'mushy'. If I Stay is mainly what I would classify as a 'girl's daydream book', depicting a perfect girl, with a perfect family, and an absolutely perfect boyfriend. That's the main problem I had. She just was too unrealistic, her problems so rare that she is quite obviously a story book character, seemingly our of Forman's daydream. Not to say that it's bad, just, not my pick of books. Whenever the main character, Mia, has a problem, such as her having a fight with her boyfriend or feeling uncomfortable at her boyfriend's band's show, it is quickly resolved, no harm done, with out a single mark on her life. When she had a fight with Adam (her boyfriend), it's her perfect mom to the rescue. Everything is alright. Mia's character is not very relatable, and in the off chance that there is a relatable part of her life, it only lasts a second. Regardless, I still intend on reading the sequel, Where She Went....more
Plauge, in my opinion, is the best book of the Gone series so far. The characters actually develop and you see the motivations of character's actions.Plauge, in my opinion, is the best book of the Gone series so far. The characters actually develop and you see the motivations of character's actions. The best improvement in the series that Plauge contributed, though, is insight into what Little Pete is thinking. In all the other books you know what everyone else thinks about him, but not what he actually thinks himself. You see that he isn't really a totally mindless (not in a harsh or cruel way) child because he is autistic, but just that is body doesn't respond the way he wants it to. As a result, he really can't learn anything, so he has a baby-like mentality, perhaps a bit more mature. A big part of Plauge is Sam and Caine finally confronting each other, no violence involved. Neither is quite satisfied because for Caine, he wants to have utter and complete control, and Sam has to hear the ugly truth of who he is, and how others make him out to be. The book is 'resolved' not by a big battle, but by each stating what will happen if the citizens of Perdido beach live under Caine or Sam. With a new citizen found by the lake that Sam found (where citizens would live if they choose to go with Sam, if they choose to go with Caine, they would remain in Perdido beach), Toto, they see if each statement/commitment they make to the citizens is true, since Toto was the power to tell lies from the truth. By the end of the book, the citizens are split 60/40, 60% going to Caine, the rest to Sam, and Astrid no where to be seen. She took off because she dropped Little Pete into these giant human sized mutant human eating cockroaches in an effort to end the FAYZ (since he started it) and get rid of the bugs and the plague of bugs that eat you from the inside out (which worked - getting rid of the mutant cockroach bugs + the plague of human eating bugs, not the FAYZ) and she feels absolutely AWFUL. She is entirely ashamed of herself since Little Pete disappears and she thinks she killed him (the reader knows she didn't, he 'poofed' himself out of the FAYZ and is watching over them, not in a body, but as a ghost type thing. It's very confusing, a supposed 'cliff hanger'. I think that the author just wants you to buy the next book) which is a first for Astrid, because usually she's very high and mighty, but she really 'examines herself and her actions' and questions God and religion in general in the FAYZ which is really interesting (and racy). Most say that there is no God in the FAYZ, and the few that know of Little Pete's tremendous powers believe that he is some sort of FAYZ god, but Astrid believed that God was still with them in the FAYZ for the longest time, but never really though about why. She really thinks about why and how religion could possibly exist, and appears to come to the conclusion that it can't.(Very depressing, even if the reader wasn't religious his/herself, because religion is a major part of Astrid, influencing many of her decisions, like the constitution she wrote, or her decision not to have sex with Sam, and she just dropped it.)...more
Summmary throughCharacters: Ben - The story starts when his mother has just died in 1977, and he's living with his aunt and uncle, still in Gunflint LaSummmary throughCharacters: Ben - The story starts when his mother has just died in 1977, and he's living with his aunt and uncle, still in Gunflint Lake, just 82 steps from his and his mother's old house. He doesn't know of his father, the one time he asked, his mother burst into tears, and having no desire to have that happen, he doesn't ask. When he goes back to his house, he explores his mother's room and finds a locket with a picture of a man. Next, he finds a bookmark with an address in a book with an inscription to his mother, love, Dan. Ben figures that this man must be his father, and decides to call the number on the bookmark. While calling, lightning strikes due to a storm outside and causes Ben to go deaf in that ear, and since he was deaf in his other ear, this makes him deaf completely. After being taken to the hospital, he sneaks out and takes a bus to NYC, where his father is. Jamie - Meets Ben and discovers that he is deaf in the AMNH (American Museum of Natural History) where his (Jamie's) father works. Jamie takes Ben to his secret room in the AMNH and Ben stays there for a couple of days, discovering that find his dad isn't as easy as he thought. When Jamie first met Ben, he was at a bookstore named Kincaid's which appeared to be closed, but really had moved. While Jamie knew this, he didn't want to tell Ben because Ben was his first friend in a very long time. When he does tell Ben, ben rushes over, but not without yelling at Jamie first. Rose - Her story starts out in New Jersey in 1927, living with her father. She is deaf and runs away to NYC where she gets lost in the AMNH and her brother, who works their, finds her. Fast forward to 1977, she has become old, and is in Kincaid's, which was started and is run by her brother, and Ben comes in. She recognizes him because she has met him once before, when he was four, and because they are family. She is speaking in sign language with her brother. She and Ben eventually leave the store and go to the Queens Museum of Art, specifically to the Panorama. She explains to Ben about how his father was her son (Dan), which makes her Ben's grandmother, and how Dan has gone to Gunflint Lake for work and fell in love with Ben's mother. Ben's mother couldn't go to New York, and Dan couldn't stay in Gunflint Lake, so they parted. Later, because Dan had a heart condition, he died when Ben was four, without ever knowing about him (the funeral is where Rose met Ben). ...more
Problems: Hunger - Food has run out; all packaged food was squandered in the beginning of the FAYZ. Gaiaphage - This seems to be the main problem - earlProblems: Hunger - Food has run out; all packaged food was squandered in the beginning of the FAYZ. Gaiaphage - This seems to be the main problem - earlier referenced as 'The Darkness', it is the green glowing evil mass in the mine shaft that the coyotes are lead by. Once it is inside your brain once, it's in it forever. It wants to take over the FAYZ, and constantly nags Caine and Lana (this 'thing' has invaded both of their minds) in the back of their mind, saying that 'its hungry'. Freaks against Normals - Kids without powers have formed a group called the Human Crew (HC) against kids with powers with Zil Sperry as their leader.
Solutions: Hunger - Quinn and Albert came up with the idea of catching fish, which worked fairly well. Gaiaphage - Duck, with his power (the ability to control his density), 'drills' through the crashed mine shaft (previously crashed by Caine, in an attempt to kill the Gaiaphage, which failed) and then drills himself through the Gaiaphage it self. This presumably kills it, and Lana heals everyone affected by the radiation given off by the pure uranium given to the Gaiaphage to feed it. Freaks against Normals - Essentially, this problem was not fixed, because the human crew is still around in the final pages of the book (this will presumably be adressed in the next book, Lies) but Sam has scared them into backing down, as did Orc, be nearly killing Zil, when Zil tried to kill Astrid (Orc has a slight crush on Astrid, which formed when she tutored him in math)...more
Main Characters: Sam Temple - Good guy who doesn't really want to be in charge, but everyone looks to him because he is able to keep cool through toughMain Characters: Sam Temple - Good guy who doesn't really want to be in charge, but everyone looks to him because he is able to keep cool through tough situations. He has to deal with complaining kids, the threat of Caine and his crew, turning 15, and the general disappearance of parents. His power is that he can shoot laser type beams out of his hand. Astrid Ellison - Sam's love intrest and one of the smartest girls in the FAYZ (Fallout Alley Youth Zone, or, the bubble thing that the kids are trapped in). She is known as "Astrid the Genius". She is vital to Sam's sanity. Caine Soren - The 'evil' character. He doesn't want to take over the FAYZ to help others, but to have more control and more power than his brother, Sam. They did not know they were brothers until recently, when Caine told Sam that his mother (Connie Temple) decided to keep Sam and not Caine. Caine goes to Coates, a pretentious school for 'troubled' kids, (or mischievous kids). Many kids who go to Coates have powers. Caine has the power of telekinesis. Drake Merwin - Sadistic, pshycotic,etc. He is Drakes head side kick who doesn't want to be a sidekick, but is waiting for the perfect time to strike.
Other Stuff -When kids turn 15, they blink out, but Sam and Caine are able to stay in by refusing temptation. ...more